Friday, May 18, 2012

Bookmark 1 - Doo-wap Doodling

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”
– Morris West

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Bookmark 1 – Watercolor, Inktense & Sharpie

I finished the bookmarks this morning.  They were really fun to do.  I like the little “stitching” that makes them pop a little more.  I’m going to post them one at a time, because work is so busy that I may not get many little paintings done to post through next week.  Memorial Day weekend is the official start to summer on Lake Eufaula.  Everybody is sprucing up their businesses and their boats before all the tourists get here.  I’m the sprucer.  he he :D

The 6th Annual Lake Eufaula Sailboat Bucket Run is this coming weekend.  (They are wisely skipping the Memorial Day weekend craziness.)

Tucker-Downing Agency of Wilburton had the following on their blog about the Bucket Run:

“The Bucket Run is a unique sail boat race for inland waters. It’s a point to point race and not your run of the mill “round the buoys” race. The course is 14 miles in each direction and it is not without some very real challenges. The race begins along the beaches and outside the entrance to Eufaula Cove Marine. It heads mostly east and enters “The Narrows”. A part of the lake where Oklahoma’s gentle giant, and one of the largest man made lakes in the world, narrows down to only about a quarter mile wide as the surrounding hills push the entire flow of the rivers feedling the lake into a narrow pass between the hills.

It’s here that the Bucket Run has been won or lost every year since the beginning. Despite the challenges of The Narrows most competitors will still have a huge smile on their face as they cross the finish line each day.”This race is a committment!” was the only comment heard from a certain entrant the first year he was in the Bucket Run. That sailor didn’t let that stop him and he’s been seen around the Bucket Run more than once. In fact, once most sailors complete the entire two days they are hooked and always return. From catamarans to club racers, from brand new to 100 year old designs, the Lake Eufaula Sail Boat Bucket Run is a sailboat race for every kind of sailboat. But, when the final boat crosses the finish line on Sunday the only thing you can be absolutely certain of is that you’ve made some new friends, re-established old friendships and will have lots of stories to tell until next year.”

Come on down to the lake and enjoy the graceful beauty of all those sailboats. It is truly an amazing sight! For more information or (918) 855-1316

About Morris West

Morris West, the popular Australian writer best known for religious thrillers including The Shoes of the Fisherman and The Devil’s Advocate, spent 12 years in a Christian Brothers monastery but left before taking his final vows. He was born in Melbourne in 1916. He wrote his first book while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he held such varied jobs as a radio soap-opera writer and Vatican correspondent for London’s Daily Mail. He died in 1999.

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