Turkey Twins Go Exploring

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Turkey Twins Go Exploring

Another one from the archives.  It’s amazing how many varieties of birds I can find when I search through my paintings.   I hope you enjoy them, while I work on current art.

I had twin Banny Roosters once.    Darrell and his other brother Darrell.  They were  really little, but put huge fear in grown men.  They were very protective of me and would chase strange men (like the plumber or phone man) all around the yard.  They were hilarious!!

I love doing my blog every weekday.  I started doing this in 2007 and it’s just a part of my daily routine.  I need to start my day with a positive thought.  It stays with me all day.  I really appreciate those of you who take the time to click on your email message and come visit.  You are the best!!!

About Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens, the iconic American humorist and writer, is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. He was born in 1835 in Missouri. He worked at several jobs, including steamboat pilot and miner. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and other successful novels. His writing captured a very American vernacular and flavor, and helped create a distinctive American literature. He died in 1910.


Turkeys go Shoe Shopping

“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Turkeys go Shoe Shopping

Here’s another bird painting.  I did this one in 2008.  I was already into birds wearing shoes.  he he

The weatherman just said the heat is going to blow in here like Sherman blowing into Atlanta.  Made me giggle until I realized that with that heat will come humidity.  Yuk.

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, who wrote as F. Scott Fitzgerald, is best known for his novel The Great Gatsby. He was born in St. Paul in 1896. Fear of mortality spurred him to write the novel This Side of Paradise while in the Army. It was rejected twice by Scribner’s before they finally published it. His wife Zelda’s schizophrenia was the basis for his novel Tender Is the Night. After they separated, he moved to Los Angeles and wrote screenplays for studio films. He died in 1940.

What? You’ve never seen a blue turkey in a straw hat, playing the fiddle?

“Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom, which flows through your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

What?  You’ve never seen a blue turkey in a straw hat, playing the fiddle?

Rummaging through the archives again.  I imagine people sometimes wonder what kind of drugs I do.  Just coffee, I promise!  🙂

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(born May 25, 1803, Boston, Mass., U.S.died April 27, 1882, Concord) U.S. poet, essayist, and lecturer. Emerson graduated from Harvard University and was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1829. His questioning of traditional doctrine led him to resign the ministry three years later. He formulated his philosophy in Nature (1836); the book helped initiate New England Transcendentalism, a movement of which he soon became the leading exponent. In 1834 he moved to Concord, Mass., the home of his friend Henry David Thoreau. His lectures on the proper role of the scholar and the waning of the Christian tradition caused considerable controversy. In 1840, with Margaret Fuller, he helped launch The Dial, a journal that provided an outlet for Transcendentalist ideas. He became internationally famous with his Essays (1841, 1844), including Self-Reliance. Representative Men (1850) consists of biographies of historical figures. The Conduct of Life (1860), his most mature work, reveals a developed humanism and a full awareness of human limitations. His Poems (1847) and May-Day(1867) established his reputation as a major poet.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/ralph-waldo-emerson#ixzz1rvO4bLQ5

Thelma the Turkey and Bert the Lizard

“Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.”
– Channing Pollack

Thelma and Bert – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

What?  You say you have never seen a blue turkey and a giant yellow lizard enjoying a cozy evening around the fireplace?  The turkey is Thelma and the lizard is Bert.  For a couple months in 2008, Eyepaint and I had a running saga, featuring these two stars on WetCanvas.  They shared  many fascinating times.  In fact, Eyepaint even wrote a couple books about their adventures.   They were loved by all.

So, if you ever wondered about my sanity… I may have just tipped you toward the “nuts” side.  😀

About Channing Pollack

American playwright Channing Pollack is best remembered for his work massively redesigning the plot of the film Metropolis after it was shot. He was born in 1880. He worked in every aspect of New York theater, first as publicist for the Shubert family of theater owners, then as a drama critic who was banned from every Shubert theater, and finally as a playwright whose work included the morality play, The Enemy, as well as Clothes and The Fool. He died in 1946.

Christmas Turkey

“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozey, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”
– Billie Jean King

Christmas Turkey

5″ x 7″ Watercolor

Have a very Merry Christmas!

About Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King, the American tennis champion, is best known for “The Battle of the Sexes,” her 1973 match against men’s champion Bobby Riggs. Her win gave women’s tennis a new legitimacy. She was born in California in 1943. She won her first Wimbledon title at age 17, was ranked number one in the world for five years, and is considered one of the world’s greatest tennis players. She was also the first American athlete to reveal publicly that she is homosexual. King launched the initiative GreenSlam in 2007 to encourage the sports world to be more environmentally conscious. She lives in New York and Chicago.

Turkey Trot

“Persons with comparatively moderate powers will accomplish much, if they apply themselves wholly and indefatigably to one thing at a time.”
Samuel Smiles

Turkey Trot

4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I thought I’d continue in my pink theme for the week.  I had fun painting this little postcard.  I used the same photo to paint these turkeys as I used to paint the ones I posted earlier.  The last painting was done in 2008.  The reference is from RubyRedDog2 at WetCanvas.

I have been successful at getting more work done by staying off the internet the last two days.  My computer must be mad at me though, because it is crawling at a snail’s pace today.

Samuel Smile

Name: Samuel Smiles
Birth Date: December 23, 1812
Death Date: April 16, 1904
Nationality: British
Gender: Male

Dictionary of Literary Biography on Samuel Smiles

Asa Briggs, the twentieth-century social critic and historian who has devoted the most attention to Samuel Smiles, sums up Smiles’s general significance best: “Every society has its propagandists who try to persuade their fellow-citizens to develop a special kind of social character which will best serve the needs of the day. In mid-Victorian England one of the most important propagandists was Samuel Smiles, described by the editor of the Autobiography as ‘the authorized and pious chronicler of the men who founded the industrial greatness of England.’… Where Carlyle meditated on the abbot Samson, Smiles told his stories–true stories of men like Josiah Wedgwood, William Lee, James Brindley, and George Stephenson. He saw that the everyday work of applied science had its romance, and he found his heroes among the engineers, the inventors, and the enterprisers.” In addition to his contributions to industrial biography, he is remembered for the “gospel of work” that he propounded in Self-Help (1859), a guidebook to success and “getting on” that attained worldwide popularity in the Victorian period.

Turkeys and Lizards Galore!

“Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.”
– Lois McMaster Bujold

Shoe Shopping Turkeys

4″ x 6″ Watercolor Postcard

This is a painting I did in 2008 for a WetCanvas WDE.  The same photo reference was posted for this weekend.  This image started a back and forth animated play between Eyepaint and myself, that went on for months.  Thelma the Wonder Turkey and Bert the Lizard.  Eyepaint even went on to write two little books about these characters.  What fun we had!

Bert and Thelma shared a lot of fascinating times and met a lot of interesting characters.

And it landed them in hot water on a regular basis.  😀

Yes, they even got involved in some cow tipping with a rascally frog!

We added frogs, eventually.  Bud, Weiser and Er.

I have a lot more, but I didn’t think to put them in a single journal most of the time, so many have been scattered here and there.  Each week, they went to whatever country or town the host lived in and they had adventures revolving around the host’s references.   Fun, fun, fun!!!

**clapping with glee**

About Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold, the award-winning American science fiction and fantasy writer, is best known for her “Vorkosigan Saga” space opera, a series of novels and short stories which blend action with strong character development. She was born in 1949 in Ohio and began writing seriously in her thirties. When her best friend began publishing novels, Bujold thought, “If she can do it, I can too.” She has won the prestigious Hugo Award four times. She lives in Minneapolis and has two children.

No Thanksgiving Dinner – November 25, 2009

“In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.”

– John Ruskin


No Thanksgiving Dinner
5″ x 5″ Golden Fluid Acrylic on Ampersand Panel

I’m pretty sure if he could talk, he’d tell you he’s glad he’s not a turkey today. I hope all of you U.S. people have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

About John Ruskin

John Ruskin was an English art critic who influenced the attitude of a whole generation toward art and architecture. He was born in 1819 in London. His career began with an essay defending his friend, artist J.M.W. Turner, from critics.. His book Modern Painters made Turner popular and gave stature to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He founded the Cambridge Scool of Art in 1858, now known as the Anglia Ruskin University. Leo Tolstoy called him one of those rare men who think with their heart. When Ruskin inherited wealth, he gave most of the money away. He died in 1900.