Friday, October 1, 2010

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.

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