A Rusty Old Truck and Posey Park

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“I’ve learned that people whill forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Dr. Maya Angelou

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

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Rusty Old Truck

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I painted this from a reference photo by Skappy at WetCanvas.  I left the background empty on purpose, so I could do this…. 😀

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou’s unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race. Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics.

Silly Little Orange Alpaca

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“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
– Truman Capote

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

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Silly Little Orange Alpaca – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

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Mary Y. over at WetCanvas posted the cutest little Alpaca youngster on her WDE a couple weeks ago.  I painted this from her photo.  In fact, the Halloween Cat was also from her WDE.  Of course it was a white cat.  I’m sure Mary won’t mind her white critters becoming orange.  She knows what happens at Bethville.  😀

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About Truman Capote

The flamboyant American author Truman Capote is best known for his book In Cold Blood, the true story of the murder of a wealthy Kansas family. Written in a literary style, it spawned the creative nonfiction genre. Born in New Orleans in 1924 and raised by relatives in Alabama, Capote moved to New York when he was nine to live with his mother. He was a larger-than-life personality, known for his colorful attire, his lisping voice, and his outrageous statements. He died in 1984.

What is that cat up to?

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“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”
– Dag Hammarskjöld

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

What is that cat up to?

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I think he’s yawning, feigning boredom, to lure that mouse into a false sense of security.  Or maybe he’s an opera singing cat… serenading that mouse.  He is in Bethville, afterall.  😀

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About Dag Hammarskjöld
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Dag Hammarskjöld, a Noble Peace Prize winner, was a diplomat who strengthened the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission. Born in Sweden in 1905, he followed his father’s footsteps into national government, where he coined the term “planned economy” before becoming a delegate to the U.N. and a two-time secretary-general. He negotiated the release of Americans captured by the Chinese in the Korean War, worked to resolve the Suez Canal crisis, and was on a mission to the Congo when his plane crashed in 1961, killing all aboard.

The Yellow Car – 6″ x 8″ Watercolor

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be.”

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– Groucho Marx

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

The Yellow Car  – 6″ x 8″ Watercolor

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I painted this from a photo by Crispur (Christine) at WetCanvas.  Christine lives in Australia, so that is why you might not recognize the store brands.   Wind is a cellular provider, but I have no idea what Camper is.    In the reference photo, the awnings were plain old black.  Bah humbug.  🙂

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About Groucho Marx

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Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx was the wisecracking central figure of the Marx Brothers comedy team, waggling his eyebrows in movies like Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera. He was born in New York in 1890. His mother organized the family into a vaudeville act, which didn’t become successful until Groucho began ad-libbing jokes and insults. In the forties and fifties, he hosted the wildly successful radio and TV quiz show You Bet Your Life. He died in 1977.

Weathered Suitcases Spruced up – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor

“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.”

John Churton Collins

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Weathered Suitcases Spruced up – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor

Travel is the topic this week for for Illustration Friday.  I found the photo in the WetCanvas Reference Image Library.  It was contributed by OldRockChick.  I loved the wonderful old suitcases, that were (of course) brown,  beige and white.  I really enjoyed doing this one!  🙂

Twinkies are back!  Anybody going to go find some today?

John Churton Collins (26 March 1848 – 25 September 1908), English literary critic, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

From King Edward’s School, Birmingham, he went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1872, and at once devoted himself to a literary career, as journalist, essayist and lecturer. His first book was a study of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1874), and later he edited various classical English writers, and published volumes on Bolingbroke and Voltaire in England (1886), a Study of English Literature (1891), a study of Dean Swift (1893), Essays and Studies (1895), Ephemera Critica (1901), Essays in Poetry and Criticism (1905), and Rousseau and Voltaire (1908), his original essays being sharply controversial in tone, but full of knowledge.

In 1904 he became professor of English literature at Birmingham University.[1] For many years he was a prominent University Extension lecturer, and a constant contributor to the principal reviews. On 25 September 1908 he was found dead in a ditch near Lowestoft, at which place he had been staying with a doctor for the benefit of his health. The circumstances necessitated the holding of an inquest, the verdict being that of accidental death.  Source:  Wikipedia

Chicago Fire Truck – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“We are, each of us, angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.”
– Luciano Decrescenzo

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Chicago Fire Truck –  4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I painted this from a photo by Savatage at WetCanvas.  I had a great time with it.

I bought a new vinyl cutter yesterday and it is supposed to be here today, so I can get back to making signs.  At home, in the mornings, I’ve been working on more bookmarks.  I think I have 8 of them inked.  It’s a great project to take my mind off of computers.  I’ll share later.  🙂

About Luciano Decrescenzo

Luciano Decrescenzo, the Italian writer, filmmaker, and intellectual, has published 28 books on subjects ranging from Greek philosophy to his own childhood in Naples. He was born in 1928 and worked as an engineer for IBM for several years before turning to philosophy and writing. He has also directed, written, and starred in a number of Italian language films and received honorary Athenian citizenship in 1994.

Choo Choo Train 21

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
– John Ruskin

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Choo Choo Train 21 – 6″ x 8″ Watercolor

This train painting got it’s name from the CCT 21 that really was on the train photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas.  It is a Denver & Rio Grande Western train.  Do you think the train people have a good sense of humor?  Does the CCT really stand for Choo Choo Train?  Well…. probably not, but this is Bethville, after all.

I just got my computer back.  I lost my hard drive on Saturday and I’ve been down ever since.  I sure do miss it when it’s sick.  The sign shop comes to a sudden halt!   I did some cleaning and routine maintenance around the shop and some paperwork, but made no signs.

Aaaaaccckkk!  There’s a wasp in here!  gotta go!

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.

 

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013 It’s Really a Paisley Horse! 6″ x 8″ Watercolor

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
– T.S. Eliot

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

It’s Really a Paisley Horse!  6″ x 8″ Watercolor and Black Staedtler Pigment Liner

Yes… I think we have already established that I’m a little bit wacko!  But, in case you weren’t sure… this should remove all doubt.  (Especially since I an considering a series.)

The border and background is inspired by Mexican Folk Art and the paisley?   Pure Bethville.  😀

The brown horse reference photo is by SkattyKat at WetCanvas.

About T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot, the Nobel Prize–winning poet, is perhaps best known today for a light book of rhymes that became the Broadway hit Cats. He penned such weightier poems as “The Waste Land,” “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” and “Four Quartets.” His work is rich with deeply felt religious meditations, but he never wanted to be perceived as a religious poet. He was born in 1888 in St. Louis and made his adult home in England, where he worked as an editor at the publisher Faber & Faber. He died in 1965.

 

Sneak Peek at a Fancy Horse

“We can’t change other people. Certainly we have made others feel guilty enough so that they have given in and done things our way. And we have won many power struggles. But ultimately we can’t claim ownership of anyone else’s mind, and we aren’t the stewards of anyone else’s life. We may feel diminished by our lack of control initially, but in time we will love the freedom of living only our own lives. The extra time we’ll have and the peace we’ll know will comfort us.”

–Karen Casey

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Sneak Peek at a Fancy Horse

Remember the horse rolling around on his back?  You can see it here.  I started something really different with this horse.  It may take me a long time to finish it.  Oh… the pencil lines?  I forgot to take a progress picture of this after I erased those.  🙂

The plain brown horse is from a photo reference by SkattyKat at WetCanvas.

Karen Casey

Millions of people around the world spend a few moments in quiet reflection with Karen Casey every day. Karen is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning, the first daily meditation book written expressly for women in recovery from addiction. Published in 1981, Each Day a New Beginning has sold more than three million copies and has been translated into ten different languages. Over the years, readers around the world have come to regard Karen as a trusted companion on the recovery journey. Among her other best-selling inspirational books are Keepers of the Wisdom, A Woman’s Spirit, Fearless Relationships, and A Life of My Own. In her newest book, Serenity (Hazelden, 2007), Karen shares favorite passages that gently convey simple lessons for living with greater peace, hope, and trust. Karen enjoys golfing and riding her Harley with her husband. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Naples, Florida.  See Karen’s website here.

Another Cat Portrait – Panny 4″ x 4″

“The human mind thinks in pictures.  Having visual images of your dreams, goals and heart’s desire helps manifest them into your life.  Paint a picture in your mind.  Create a movie in your head.  Play that movie again and again.  You are the star in your own life.”

–B.J. Gallagher

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Another Cat Portrait – Panny 4″ x 4″

Panny belongs to Wildhorse Australia from WetCanvas.  This is an older painting, as I am still working on my commission.

I want to take a moment to be thankful for all the men and women in the Armed Forces, who have given  their lives so that we may be free.  Happy Memorial Day weekend!

BJ Gallagher is an inspirational author and speaker. She writes business books that educate and empower, women’s books that enlighten and entertain, gift books that inspire and inform, and kids’ books that charm and delight. Whether her audience is corporate executives, working women, or a group of giggling youngsters, her message is powerful, positive, and practical. She motivates and teaches with empathy, understanding, and more than a little humor.  More…

 

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