“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James
Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012
Wonderful Old Fire Truck – 4″ x4″ Watercolor & Sharpie
Monday, my work computer crawled off into a corner and died. My computer guru thinks it needs a new motherboard and processor. Since he built it custom for me, he knows it well… like his own baby. So he took custody of it and hopes to have it back under my roof on Monday.
This basically puts my sign shop on stand-by mode. So, rather than cry or throw something… I painted this little dude. Art calms me and gives me time to think and sort stuff out. At 5:00, I usually lock the door and get down to some serious, uninterrupted work until about 6:30. Yesterday at 5:00, I went next door to the nail salon and got a pedicure. This is only the second one I’ve ever had and the massage chair is incredible!
I am practicing what I preach, so I can still be happy and have good days until my computer comes home to start making signs again. I choose to be happy and that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. :)
I painted this from a photo from WetCanvas. I just can’t remember who’s it was. (that’s on my work computer)
About William James
American psychologist and philosopher William James, brother to author Henry James, wrote voluminously during his life, exploring a range of issues from a theory of emotion to a philosophy of history. He was born in New York in 1842 and wanted to be an artist, but his father disapproved. He obtained a medical degree but felt unsatisfied and depressed, leading to a crisis that he called his soul sickness. After this turning point, he began his fulfilling second career. He died in 1910.
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My Attitude is Infectious
Five days a week, I post positive quotes that can change the course of your day. They are quotes that make you feel good.
A lot of people enjoy sharing these tidbits with the people around them. I also post a little piece of myself through my art. I usually paint in a colorful, happy style.
"Alyson Stanfield's book I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion is the most comprehensive self-promotion advice out there for artists. And not only is it packed with information, she also shows artists of all kinds how to implement each action step. I can also attest that the book is well designed, easy to follow, and a pleasure to look at (graphically). I just love the big red exclamation point that I see on the spine when it sits on my bookshelf!"
I recently discovered a wonderful lady, and I wanted to share. Sally Evans has a great site, Embracing Creativity. She has a whole lot of wonderful ideas, but one I subscribed to is her Gratitude Journal. I love getting these emails every day! As a way to help remind you to be grateful for what you do have in your life, and expanding your focus for more good to come, Sally Evans has created a daily gratitude journal reminder. You will receive a short email quote on gratitude and a reminder to write 5 things in your gratitude journal every day for 31 days. It helps you to establish the habit to make room for more joy in your life! To sign up, simply click here