ArtLicensingShow.com is having a party!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

I am very excited!  Today at 2:00 eastern, Cherish Flieder’s six years of work will have a virtual ribbon cutting.  The ArtLicensingShow.com is her brilliant creation.  I am thrilled to be a founding member.  This wonderful site is a safe place for licensing artists to show their designs to art directors who license art.  It is a virtual trade show where the art directors can wander up and down the aisles and see art that is available to them.  The artists are able to reach out to prospective clients, as well.  This site has a lot of working parts and is so well thought out and executed.  To be a part of it is amazing!

“Believe” is my word of the year.  It is the inspiration for everything I am working on, because I do believe that with enough hard work, anything is possible.  I am grateful for this opportunity!  If you are an art director, and you are a member of the site, click here to see my profile.  If you aren’t a member yet (it’s free to art directors who license art) simply contact Cherish at redcarpet@artlicensingshow.com.

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
Marie Curie

Cuckoo Clock Number 16 – A Watercolor Sketch

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Cuckoo Clock Number 16 – A Watercolor Sketch

Another favorite.  I like my Captain Bird.  🙂

Sadly, this brings me to the end of my cuckoo clock sketches.  Since Jell-O molds is the theme for the March lesson, you will see less of these sketches.  I’m trying, but I have been getting a slow start on the Jell-O molds.  Stay tuned.  Maybe my inspiration will come in the morning, since I do most of my painting between 5-6 am.

About Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was a powerful political figure in her own right, crusading tirelessly for humanist causes. She was born in New York on October 11, 1884 and was orphaned young. After Franklin was struck by polio, she acted as his eyes and ears. She was central to the creation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which she considered her crowning achievement, and wrote numerous essays, including a long-running column called “My Day.” She died on November 7, 1962.

Cuckoo Clock Number 15 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.”
Marva Collins

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Cuckoo Clock Number 15 – A Watercolor Sketch

Another one of my favorites.  I’m almost done.  Tomorrow is the last cuckoo clock.

About Marva Collins

American educator Marva Collins pioneered progressive education for disadvantaged children. She was born in Alabama on August 31, 1936 and in her 20’s moved to Chicago, where she founded a school for children who were at risk. After one year, every child tested at least five grades higher. Many public schools have successfully implemented her methods. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America and she received the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004. She believes every child is a winner until someone convinces him or her too thoroughly otherwise.

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is a global swap of stitched postcard love, where people all across the world make a postcard-sized piece of art using any materials they like. The only rules are that it needs to include some kind of stitching, and it needs to fit with that quarter’s swap theme.  The theme this quarter is “Create”.

Create - Logo

Create - Stitched Postcard

My Postcard – 4″ x 6″ Mixed Media

I used Indian Village handmade paper for the back.  I stitched some miscellaneous lace and fabric on with embroidery floss.  The “Create” and the stars are cut out of a watercolor painting from my stash.  It is embellished with a found butterfly and a little Believe charm.  It is winging it’s way to Laura in New Mexico today.

Note… I just discovered the stray thread at the top.  Oh well.  We’ve all seen those before.  🙂

edit:  I picked up Laura’s middle name of Taylor when I wrote this.  I just caught my error.

Cuckoo Clock Number 14 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Cuckoo Clock Number 14 – A Watercolor Sketch

I hope you can see the crown on the bird’s head.  When I resize these for the internet, it is harder to see some of the details.  This one was fun!

About Helen Keller

American author and activist Helen Keller was born in Alabama on June 27, 1880; she became blind and deaf after a childhood fever. When she was 7, Ann Sullivan famously coaxed her out of her sullen, angry shell and taught her to communicate. From then on, Keller took on the world. She graduated from Radcliffe, traveled the world visiting sweatshops and speaking out for the powerless, helped found the ACLU, and wrote eleven books. She died on June 1, 1968.

Cuckoo Clock 13 – A Watercolor Sketch

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Cuckoo Clock 13 – A Watercolor Sketch

Yes, it’s a quilted cuckoo clock.  Who wouldn’t want to live in a quilted house?

About Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarotti, the Renaissance sculptor and painter, is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. He was born in Tuscany on March 6, 1475. He apprenticed to a painter at age 13, infuriating his father, who considered art menial work. By age 25, he had sculpted one of his finest works, the Pietà, in St. Peter’s. Working alone, he took four years to paint more than 400 figures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He also designed St. Peter’s dome and is perhaps best known for his iconic statue of David. He died on February 18, 1564.

Cuckoo Clock Number 12 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else…”
Tennessee Williams

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Cuckoo Clock Number 12 – A Watercolor Sketch

This one is really my favorite.  I don’t know why I didn’t use it on the cell phone case.  Oh well.  Did I mention that March’s project so far is Jell-O molds?  I haven’t drawn a single one… yet.  🙂

About Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams was the pen name of Thomas Lanier Williams, the multiple-award-winning Southern Gothic playwright best known for his plays Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. He was born on March 26, 1911 in Mississippi, where he had a difficult childhood with an abusive father, a smothering mother, and a schizophrenic sister. His emotionally honest plays often feature sensitive souls who don’t fit into a confining culture. He spent most of his adult life in New York City. He died on February 25, 1983.

Cuckoo Clock 11 – A Watercolor Sketch

“If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters.”
Abigail Van Buren

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Cuckoo Clock 11 – A Watercolor Sketch

Maybe a little of grandma’s house on this one.  🙂

About Abigail Van Buren

Pauline Phillips, better known as Abigail Van Buren, wrote the syndicated “Dear Abby” column for 46 years. She was born on July 4, 1918 in Iowa. She had never written professionally when she contacted the San Francisco Chronicle’s editor and said she could do better than their current advice maven. Her version was an instant success. Her twin sister, Esther Lederer, became an advice columnist under the name Ann Landers. Phillips retired in 2002; her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over her column. Phillips died on January 16, 2013.

Cuckoo Clock Number 10 – A Watercolor Sketch

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”
Richard Bach

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Cuckoo Clock Number 10 – A Watercolor Sketch

I know I saw that kitty cat somewhere.  Where did he go?

About Richard Bach

Richard Bach, the American pilot and author, became hugely successful with the publication of the slim novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a spiritual quest about a bird who loved to fly rather than seeing flight as a means to an end. He was born in Illinois on June 23, 1936, a descendant of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. He has been an Air Force Reserve pilot, a flight instructor, and a barnstormer; most of his books involve flight either directly or as a metaphor.

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