Friday, June 29, 2012

A Scolding from Mom – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
– George Eliot

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

A Scolding from Mom – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Another oldie today.  I hope to get some new ones painted over the weekend.  I think I did this one in like 2008.  I can tell:D

About George Eliot

George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, the Victorian author known for her psychologically astute novels set in small English towns. She was born on a farm in England in 1819 and wrote several acclaimed novels, including Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner. She lived with George Henry Lewes for several years, which was considered highly scandalous at the time. She died in 1880.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I smell Bird Seed! ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ans Sharpie

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
– Albert Einstein

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I smell Bird Seed!  ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ans Sharpie

I didn’t have anything new to show you today, so I grabbled a little squirrel from an ATC swap I was in a while back.

I’ve already been out putting graphics on a Semi.  It’s smouldering hot, so any outside jobs have to be done before 8:30 am.  I have done one outside job every morning this week.  Next week promises to be just as hot.

My heart goes out to the people in Colorado, Utah and Florida.  Fires and floods are so awful!  There are fires in Utah that are getting very close to Delta, the town I went to high school in.  They have already evacuated the nearby town of Oak City.   We used to camp out in the Oak City canyon when I was young.  I hope everybody will be okay.  I still have very good friends there and they are pretty scared.  I also lived in Denver and Alamosa, Colorado when I was a kid, so the fires are all around my old neck of the woods.  Be safe out there!

About Albert Einstein

The brilliant physicist Albert Einstein became an international icon for his groundbreaking theory of relativity. He was born in Germany in 1879 and began his seminal work while at the Swiss Patent Office. He later fled the Nazi regime, moving to the United States to teach at Princeton. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize. He declined Israel’s invitation to become its president, saying he lacked the necessary people skills. He died in 1955.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An Old Rock Home in Canada

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
– Amelia Earhart

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An Old Rock Home in Canada – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I painted this one from a photo by Bonnie (Artastic) on WetCanvas.  It’s really fun to do houses this way.  I use no rulers or any method of scaling.  I just wing it and start drawing.  I’m really enjoying anything architectural these days.  The rocks are dabbed on randomly with an itty bitty flat brush.  Fun!

About Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, who was born in 1897 in Kansas, became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean and gained renown as a woman in a field dominated by men. Earhart worked as a nurse’s aide during World War I and learned to fly after moving to Los Angeles in 1919. She first became famous as one of a crew of three to fly across the Atlantic in 1928, but her best-known flight was her last. As she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and was never found.

I’m tickled that I flew solo across three counties last year.  he he

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Weird Space in Watercolor

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

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Weird Space – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

This is my painting of the dance floor at the historic Bell Barn from Indian Head, Sask. (as viewed from above), posted by Bonnie (Artastic) at WetCanvas.  There is not enough space here to tell you everything that is wrong with this, but it is kinda trippy to look at.  Don’t try to walk immediately after viewing this…. you may be a little dizzy.  :D

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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wide Open Space - Illustration Friday

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”
– Margaret Cho

I love that quote!

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Wide Open Space – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

There’s something about wide open spaces.  I love farms and rolling meadows.  This was painted from a photo by Bonnie (Artastic) at WetCanvas.  The sunset really was that color in the photo.  Space is the word for Illustration Friday and I chose this image as this week’s entry.

I have already installed graphics on a travel trailer this morning.  Today’s forecast is for 111 F and I swear, it’s well on it’s way.  I’m getting too old for these extreme temperatures.  I know…. whine, whine, whine.  :)

About Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, the outspoken Korean-American comedian and actor, made television history as the first Asian-American with her own TV series, All American Girl. She was born in 1968 in San Francisco and has mined her life for extremely successful one-woman shows, including I’m the One That I Want and Notorious C.H.O., both of which spawned albums, movie versions, and books. When not touring with her comedy, Cho works now in Hollywood as both an actress and a director.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Eufaula 2011 Art Walk Poster

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”
– Helen Keller

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Eufaula 2011 Art Walk Poster – 11″ x 14 Watercolor

This is the painting that started the sock monkey craze we have going in Eufaula.  See the red building on the far corner, next to the aqua awning?  That’s Steel Daffodils.  I am currently working on the kinda orangy colored building with no awning.  Now it’s gray with black awnings and it’s Our Favorite Place, the new gallery in town.   If you turn left at Steel Daffodils, the next one I’m doing is State Farm, on the right side of the street.   If you turn right at Steel Daffodils, you’ll see my sign shop on the right.  Yes, there will also be a Signs by Beth painting and who knows who else will jump on the bandwagon.    Fun!

About Helen Keller

American author and activist Helen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880; she became blind and deaf after a childhood fever. When Helen was seven, her teacher, Annie Sullivan, coaxed her out of her sullen, angry shell and taught her to communicate. From then on, Keller took on the world. She graduated from Radcliffe, traveled the world visiting sweatshops and speaking out for the powerless, helped to found the ACLU, and wrote 11 books. She died in 1968.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Practice Sock Monkey

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
– Julia Alvarez

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Steel Daffodils Practice Sock Monkey

I painted this little dude while trying to see if I could paint a sock monkey with his legs crossed.  Ya gotta love sock monkeys.  They are just the purest form of a childhood toy, that’s okay to keep (or make, or buy) as an adult.  I made a sock monkey for my hubby when we were first together.  I was shocked that he grew up poor and didn’t know what a sock monkey was.  I had one.  My mom was great that way!   She taught me to sew very young and by the time I was in junior high, I was making my own school clothes.  I still love to sew, but I have very little time for it these days.

About Julia Alvarez

Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez is best known for her novels, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, about sisters adjusting to life in the US, and In the Time of the Butterflies, the tragic life story of the anti-Trujillo activists, the Mirabal sisters. Born in New York in 1950, she was raised in the Dominican Republic until she was ten, when her family fled the country. She and her husband live in Vermont and run a sustainable coffee farm/literacy center in the Dominican Republic.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sock Monkey Visits Steel Daffodils

“The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.”
–H. T. Leslie

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Steel Daffodils – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Sharpie

This is another sock monkey Eufaula building portrait.  Steel Daffodils is owned by Tammy & Helen, two of the sweetest ladies you ever want to meet.  It’s a wonderful store!  Our little sock monkey is enjoying one of their wonderful coffees.  :)

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I couldn’t find anything at all on H.T. Leslie.  This quote came from the book, Our Best Days.  A daily meditation book for adolescents, Our Best Days offers support on issues such as responsibility, family members, peer pressure, and relationships.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hong Kong Shoreline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

“Rate the task above the prize; will not the mind be raised? Fight thine own faults, not the faults of others; will not evil be mended?”
– Confucius

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Hong Kong Shoreline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

The photo reference was from Joel at WetCanvas.  This little painting is going to be on it’s way to Joel in the Philippines later today.    It’s really fun when we make online art friendships.  I have several paintings in my house and office  from other countries, thanks to my friends at WetCanvas.  Quite often, we just do a trade.

About Confucius

The ancient Chinese social philosopher Confucius founded the ethically based philosophical system which became known as Confucianism. Legend says that he was born in 551 B.C. to a 70-year-old father and a 15-year-old mother. At age 50, frustrated with politics, he left his job as Justice Minister and began a 12-year journey around China. Returning home, he taught a growing number of disciples “The Way” and wrote a set of books called the Five Classics. He died in 479 B.C.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Secret? A little birdie told me - Illustration Friday

What is defeat?. . . Nothing but the first step to something better.
–Wendell Phillips

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Secret? A little birdie told me.
6″ x 6″ Watercolor, Inktense and Sharpie

Secret is the word for Illustration Friday.   The painting is from three separate photo references from Jlloren at WetCanvas.  I had so much fun doing this!  I was in the zone and loving every minute.

Wendell Phillips was born in Boston on 29th November, 1811. Educated at the Harvard Law School, he open a law office in Boston in 1834.

Phillips was converted to the abolition of slavery cause when he heard William Lloyd Garrison speak at the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1835. Phillips was particularly impressed by the bravery of these people and during the meeting a white mob attempted to lynch Garrison. Phillips was so outraged by what he saw that he decided to give up law and devote himself to obtaining the freedom of all slaves.  More….

Friday, June 15, 2012

Another Carlton Landing Painting

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain

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Another Carlton Landing Painting – The Winner’s House – 5.5″ x 8.5″ Watercolor

I have painted this house before.  It’s right across the street from The Meeting House at Carlton Landing.  I tried to find this when Steve and Joann were here, so that I could give it to them, but I couldn’t find it.  I found it this morning.  Now I can give it to them.  Yay!   This is their house, but not their paint choices… of course!  :)

About Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens, the iconic American humorist and writer, is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. He was born in 1835 in Missouri. He worked at several jobs, including steamboat pilot and miner. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and other successful novels. His writing captured a very American vernacular and flavor, and helped create a distinctive American literature. He died in 1910.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Little Pink Bird

“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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Little Pink Bird – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor

You guessed it… This bird was black in the photo reference from Ruby Red Dog at WetCanvas.  I just can’t leave well enough alone.  :D

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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

There’s Nothing Wrong With Living in a Pink House -6″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”
– Orison Swett Marden

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Living in a Pink House -6″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

I live in a pink house.  It’s actually this color, too.  Pink stucco with white trim.  It was my husband’s idea.  It didn’t used to be this pink.  While looking at it from the lake, by boat, the hubby said “It’s not pink enough.”  I’m serious!  He really did say that!  So…. when we had some hail damage a few years ago, he had them stucco it pinker.  It has become a bit of a landmark.  We’ve heard people say “Go to the pink house and turn right to go to No. 9 Marina” or “At the pink house, turn left to go to the dam”.   It has even been called the Mary Kay house… to our face!  How funny is that?

If you didn’t know that houses in Bethville were a little wonky, you’d think the people who built this one were drunk.  But, I assure you… in the photo from the WetCanvas Reference Image Library,  it’s all neat and straight and…. white!   (…and I wasn’t drunk!)  Be extra careful on those stairs.   :)

About Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden, the American writer who is considered the forerunner of motivational authors, wrote an average of two books a year from 1894 to 1924. He was born on a New England farm in 1850. During college, he worked in hotel management. He then used his seed money to buy a resort in Rhode Island. Wanting to inspire people as he himself had been inspired by British author Samuel Smiles, he began writing books like You Can, But Will You? and founded Success Magazine. He died in 1924.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Happy Yellow House with a Chipper Red Roof

“Whether we have ten days or ten years or thirty years, now, here, in this moment, we are learning that life is precious.”
– Robert Raines

I like that!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

A Happy Yellow House – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

Yes… It’s another white house that got colorized in Bethville.  he he  The photo came from the Reference Image Library at WetCanvas.  I love architecture!  I wish I had realized that when I was younger.  I might have liked being an architect.  But, for now, I’ll be a house painter in stead.  :)

About Robert Raines

I manage corporate Internet marketing, content, strategy & social media at Chevron. Previously, I ran product management at E-Loan, led acquisition marketing at Pacific Bell Wireless, and brand-managed food brands at Quaker Oats. I’m a dad, husband, son, amateur photographer and videographer, folk music lover, 4-chord guitarist, and coffee geek, not in any particular order. This site represents my personal thoughts, opinions and ramblings.

Monday, June 11, 2012

All the mice are safe today! Kitty has something shiney!

“I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back, turn back; you’ll die if you venture too far.”
Erica Jong

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Shiny for Illustration Friday – 4″ x 6″ Postcard

All the mice  are safe today.   Kitty has something shiny, which is Illustration Friday’s word of the week.  This is Jock and was painted from a photo by Rozzi at WetCanvas.  Jock is a special needs cat who loves to sit like this.  In the photo, there was no toy.  I had to give him something shiny to ponder.

It’s painted on a handmade paper postcard by Indian Village.  I got a bunch of these real cheap a couple years ago.  I’m almost out and I can no longer find them.  Bummer.

About Erica Jong

Erica Jong, the American author who made a splash with the sexual frankness of her first novel, Fear of Flying, has written several works of fiction as well as nonfiction books, including the autobiographical Fear of Fifty. She was born in New York in 1942 and now splits her time between New York City and Weston, Connecticut. She has been married four times and has one daughter.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Last Goofy Bookmark... for now

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
–Edward Everett Hale

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Bookmark 6 – Mine – Watercolor, Inktense & Sharpie

I don’t know if you’ll be able to see how much cooler it looks when laminated, but I’ll show you anyway.

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This is the ends of all the other 5 bookmarks, since I painted them on a solid sheet of watercolor paper and cut them apart after they were finished.  :)

This weekend is the Lake Eufaula Association’s Golden Eagle Poker Run.  This is what the McAlester News-Capital  had to say about it:

EUFAULA — The Golden Eagle Poker Run is set June 9 at South Point Pavilion in Eufaula Cove, hosted by the Lake Eufaula Association. The annual fundraising event will offer more than $40,000 in cash prizes (based on 500 entries.)

All card stops are on the water, but the event is open to those in boats, cars and on bikes. The run course will include No. 9 Marina, Evergreen Marina, Belle Starr Marina, Eufaula Cove Marina and the host site, South Point Pavilion, also known as Peter’s Point.

All pre-entrants can pick up packets and first card June 8 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the LEA office, 701 S. Main, Eufaula.

For more information call 918-689-7751 or email

For more on this story, see the print or electronic editions of the McAlester News-Capital. Click here for print edition home delivery or click here to see the Smart Edition for your computer, tablet, e-reader or smart phone.

The Lake Eufaula Association works very hard to promote our lake.  Come out and support them if you are within driving distance.

The American author Edward Everett Hale was born in Boston on the 3rd of April 1822, son of Nathan Hale (1784-1863), proprietor and editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser, nephew of Edward Everett, the orator and statesman, and grandnephew of Nathan Hale, the martyr spy of the American Revolution. He graduated from Harvard in 1839; was pastor of the church of the Unity, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1846-56, and of the South Congregational (Unitarian) church, Boston, in 1856-99; and in 1903 became chaplain of the United States Senate. He died at Roxbury, Massachusetts, on the 10th of June 1909. His forceful personality, organizing genius, and liberal practical theology, together with his deep interest in the anti-slavery movement (especially in Kansas), popular education (especially Chautauqua work), and the working-man’s home, were active in raising the tone of American life for half a century. He was a constant and voluminous contributor to the newspapers and magazines. He was an assistant editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser, and edited the Christian Examiner, Old and New (which he assisted in founding in 1869; in 1875 it was merged into Scribner’s Magazine), Lend a Hand (founded by him in 1886 and merged in the Charities Review in 1897), and the Lend a Hand Record; and he was the author or editor of more than sixty books — fiction, travel, sermons, biography and history.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bookmark 5 - A Doodle-A-Thon

“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Bookmark 5 – Watercolor, Inktense and Sharpie

Are you sick of the bookmarks yet?  They are so fun and full of color.  The colors really came out bright, when I laminated them.  There is one more, which is the ends of all the other 4.  I kept that one!  :)

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, who wrote as F. Scott Fitzgerald, is best known for his novel The Great Gatsby. He was born in St. Paul in 1896. Fear of mortality spurred him to write the novel This Side of Paradise while in the Army. It was rejected twice by Scribner’s before they finally published it. His wife Zelda’s schizophrenia was the basis for his novel Tender Is the Night. After they separated, he moved to Los Angeles and wrote screenplays for studio films. He died in 1940.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Obi the Ceramic Dog and Little Bit of Mexico

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
– Colette

How fun is that?  My hubby would say… just look cool doing it.  :D 

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Obi the Ceramic Dog – 7″ x 10″ Inktense and Sharpie

This is a portrait of our dog Obi, who just happens to be ceramic.  We named him Obi because he obediently sits at the window and watches the lake all day.   He is around 3 feet tall and we got him at our favorite little store in Van Buren, Arkansas, Little Bit of Mexico.  We have bought a lot of ceramic pots and metal art there.  It’s just a wonderful place to shop and the proprietors, Dave and Barb Little, are terrific, too.

The last time we went there, we were in my hubby’s little retro T-Bird.  Nothing we bought would fit in the car so Barb and Dave delivered it to us in Eufaula the next day.  Seriously, if you want a great little road trip, head to Van Buren and tell Barb and Dave we sent you.

Derwent Inktense pencils are so fun to do art with.  Check out that link.  They can be purchased anywhere you buy your fine art supplies.  (I am not being compensated for this, I just love the pencils.)

About Colette

Colette was the pen name of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French author acclaimed for her intimate, lyrical novels, including Chéri and The Vagabond. Born in Burgundy in 1873, she moved to Paris in 1893 when she married Henri “Willy” Gauthier-Villars, who locked her in a room and demanded that she write. After their divorce, she became a music-hall performer and continued to write. During World War I, she converted her second husband’s estate into a hospital for the wounded. She died in 1954.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sock Monkey and the Stuffed Olive

“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.  :)

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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…

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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.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hurry Home – 6″ x 6″ Watercolor and a wee bit of Sharpie

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

Hurry Home – 6″ x 6″ Watercolor and a wee bit of Sharpie

This is my contribution to Illustration Friday, where the word is Hurry.  If you have pets, you know this could be:

Hurry home, Mom. I miss you when you’re gone!”
Hurry!  I gotta peeeeeeee!”
Hurry with that food, please.  I’m hungry!”
Hurry!  Throw the ball!  Throw the ball!”
Hurry and get situated.  I neeeeed to sit on your lap.”
Hurry!  Get the leash already!  I wanna go for a walk!”
Hurry!  I need a doggie biscuit…  right now!”
Hurry, would you?  You walk too slow!”

I could go on.  Everything seems to have a sense of urgency when they have to communicate with their expressions.  :)   I painted it from a photo by Valri Ary 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.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Am I a Llama or an Alpaca?

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”
– Isak Dinesen

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Am I a Llama or an Alpaca?  – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I can’t tell the difference between Llamas and Alpacas.  I’m guessing alpaca, but I really don’t know.

Our Favorite Place is having their Grand Opening tomorrow (Saturday, June 2).  I’m so excited!  They have only been open a few weeks and they have already sold one of my paintings!  Yay!  Here’s a link to what’s happening at the Grand Opening.  I’ll be there from the ribbon cutting (at 9:55 am) until around noon.  Many of the artists and Made in Oklahoma product people will be there.   If you’re within driving distance of Eufaula, OK, it’ll be worth a visit.  Hope to see you there!

About Isak Dinesen

Isak Dinesen was the pen name of Karen Blixen, the Danish author famously portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film of her best-selling memoir, Out of Africa. She was born near Copenhagen in 1885. In 1914, she and her new husband moved to Kenya to run a coffee plantation. She stayed on after divorcing her husband ten years later, living an unusually independent life. Her book of stories, Seven Gothic Tales, sold well, but Out of Africa made her a worldwide success. She died in 1962.