“This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.”
– Lin Yutang
This must be why I often say “I needed that!” after a good belly laugh.
Stuffed Olive Postcard – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor
The owner of this restaurant, Debbie Gibbens, has the best set of
marketing skills! She is always doing something original and quirky to
promote her businesses. (Besides this restaurant in Eufaula, she has 3
locations of Libby’s, a wonderful clothing store; in Eufaula, Tulsa and
St. Louis.) Debbie commissioned this postcard. She wanted the
restaurant, a VW bug and a sock monkey. The trailer was my idea and she
liked it. I also did their sign when they first opened. The olive is a
carved, dimensional olive.
Here are some of the practice steps I took on the way to the final painting…
About Lin Yutang
Chinese author Lin Yutang wrote more than 35 books in English and
Chinese, including My Country and My People and The Importance of
Living, which brought him international fame. He was born in 1895 in the
Fujian province in China. He created a Chinese-American dictionary, an
indexing system for Chinese letters, and translated many classic Chinese
texts. Written in a humorous, accessible style, his books bridged
European and Chinese cultures. He died in 1976.