Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter from the Easter Cows

“I searched through rebellion, drugs, diet, mysticism, religion, intellectualism, and much more, only to find that truth is basically simple and feels good, clear and right.”
– Armando “Chick” Corea

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Easter Cows – Happy Easter!!

Somebody got into the Easter egg dye!  Oh my!  That reminds me of a story.  (I know… weird, huh?)  Stop me if you’ve heard this already.

When I first started my sign company, 21 years ago, I created my brand by wearing overalls every day.  I had all kinds of overalls, short and long.  One Easter, I died all my white overalls different colors.   It was fun!  Well, the overalls went away 13 years ago when the hubby started doing all the laundry.  He couldn’t stand the sound of the buckles in the dryer.  I was happy to give them up because I haven’t done 2 loads of laundry in 13 years!  Yes, he’s a jewel!!  :D

About Armando “Chick” Corea

Armando “Chick” Corea, the American jazz pianist best known for his composition “Spain,” epitomizes experimentation in jazz, incorporating sounds from classical, rock, and flamenco traditions. He was born on June 12, 1941 in Massachusetts. Son of a jazz trumpeter, he began playing piano at age four. He dropped out of Julliard to learn by doing. He played on the seminal Miles Davis Bitches Brew recording, and formed his own jazz fusion group in the early 1970′s. He founded his own record label in 1992.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Victor, Idaho A-Frame – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
– Julia Cameron

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Idaho A-Frame – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I painted this little cabin from a photo on the website for the actual cabin I have reserved for a solo painting retreat in the Teton Valley, Idaho in August.  It is a little south of Victor and not far from Driggs… one of my favorite places on earth.  I’ll spend a few days with my mom and brother in Blackfoot, Idaho, before scurrying off to paint in the Tetons for 4 days.    This is a view of the back of the cabin.  Yes, that is a hot tub.  :)

About Julia Cameron

American author Julia Cameron has become an icon in the creative community for her best-selling self-help book, The Artist’s Way, which guides people through a series of simple but profound exercises to awaken their creativity. She grew up in Chicago and has been writing seriously since age 18. In addition to her 28 books, she has written plays, screenplays, and songs. She was married to film director Martin Scorsese and has one daughter. She currently lives in New York.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New York Life Building - Kansas City

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”  –Booker T. Washington
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New York Life Building – Kansas City – 3″ x 4″ Watercolor

This is another itty bitty painting.  It’s a crop of just a wee corner of a really big building.  I had fun with all the detail on this one.  It is a very ornate building!  I think I am done painting Kansas City ….for now.  I think I have 30 paintings to take to the show.  I think that is plenty.  :D

Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915, Educator. Booker Taliaferro Washington was the foremost black educator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also had a major influence on southern race relations and was the dominant figure in black public affairs from 1895 until his death in 1915. Born a slave on a small farm in the Virginia backcountry, he moved with his family after emancipation to work in the salt furnaces and coal mines of West Virginia. After a secondary education at Hampton Institute, he taught an upgraded school and experimented briefly with the study of law and the ministry, but a teaching position at Hampton decided his future career. In 1881 he founded Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute on the Hampton model in the Black Belt of Alabama.  More…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Banana Republic – Kansas City Mini Watercolor

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
– Peter Marshall

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Banana Republic – Kansas City – 4″ x 3″ Watercolor

Wow… this is big here, but in real life it is only a wee 4″ x 3″.  I love that building!  If you’re familiar with Google street view, you know that sometimes parts of the image are blurred or there may be a car or something in the way.  That is why parts of my buildings may not be just like the real thing…. aside from the wavy walls.  It’s fun making stuff up to fill in the gaps.  :D

About Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall, the witty, magnetic Scottish-American preacher who became chaplain of the US Senate just two years before his death, was the subject of the 1955 movie A Man Called Peter, based on his wife’s best-selling biography. He was born in Scotland on May 27, 1902 and, as a boy, wanted to go to sea; he served in the navy before becoming a minister. His compelling orations and his belief that religion should be fun drew large congregations to his church. He died on January 26, 1949.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cross Roads Coffee Shop – Watercolor ATC

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Cross Roads Coffee Shop – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

This is a cute little coffee shop I found on Google Street View.  The part that is really weird about it is that there was a huge sign that said coffee on the side of the building.  I didn’t realize I forgot to add it until I was nearly done painting this….. and I am a sign lady!!  I have owned my sign shop for 21 years!!  I forgot the sign?   What’s up with that????  :D

About Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four-term American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, known as FDR, pulled America out of the Great Depression and led the country during World War II. He was born in New York in 1882. His political career halted when a bout of polio paralyzed him from the waist down, but after learning to walk with leg braces, he became governor of New York and then president. His New Deal initiatives included Social Security, jobs programs, and collective bargaining. He died in 1945.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hammerpress – Little 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.  Never pity yourself.  Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.”
–Henry Ward Beecher

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Hammerpress – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

This business belongs to my friends Bryan & Janiece’s son, Brady.  He has grown a very successful business there in Kansas City.  The poster art he does is wonderful!!  I found his building using Google street view.   Go check out the Hammerpress website.  It’s real eye candy.

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most notorious American trials of the 19th century.  More…

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kitchen Still Life – Watercolor

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
Willie Nelson

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Chef Still Life – Watercolor

I painted this one two summers ago, from a photo by KreativeK at WetCanvas.  It’s one of my favorites, since I really don’t do still life paintings.   Look Ma!  No Ink!!!  **gasp***

I’m still working on KC paintings, but I don’t have anything to show you today.  I did box 25 sets of postcards this morning.  I still seem to have so much to do.  I am determined to make this show a success.  I am really glad I reserved a beautiful hotel suite for the trip, so I can finally take a bit of a breather and just enjoy the experience when I get there.

Willie Nelson to Receive Honorary Doctorate

March 19, 2013
Paging Dr. Nelson, we’ve got a severe case of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” OK, so it’s not the medical kind of doctor, but Willie Nelson will be presented—along with Carole King and Annie Lennox—with an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music.

The presentation will be made during Berklee College’s commencement ceremony on May 11. Annie Lennox will deliver the commencement address to the crowd of graduates and their families at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Berklee’s honorary doctorate recipients are recognized for musical achievements and influence, as well as lasting contributions to culture. Previous honorees include Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, David Bowie and others.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Invitation Postcard for Kansas City Show

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
– William James

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My Postcard for KC Show

I made this postcard to do my own mailing prior to Kansas City show.  I have developed a list of potential customers from the KC area, plus my regular mailing list.  I’d love to have lots of sales while I’m there, so I’m being proactive.  I have done this for shows at The Main Street Studio here in Eufaula, and it brought people to the show.  The back has all of my info, so I can give them away at the show, too.   My QR code is on them, too, so they can scan it with a smart phone and go right to my website.  :D

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 on January 11, 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 on August 26, 1910.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Art Bowl for Kansas City Show

“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Art Bowl for Kansas City Show

They are having a soup bowl auction during the KC show, to benefit their soup kitchen.  It was optional for the artists, but of course I wanted to donate one.  For the local artists, they can go do a ceramic bowl and fire it, etc., but not being local, I did my own thing.  It’s all done in Zentangle and since you can’t do a pencil sketch on a bowl, it’s straight ink to bowl… winging it.  :D

About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson helped spark the transcendentalist movement with the essay Nature, which described his belief in the spiritual essence of humanity and the natural world. He was born in Boston on May 25, 1803. He was a Unitarian minister until he resigned in 1832 to become a philosopher and writer. He suffered the untimely deaths of many of his loved ones: three brothers, his first wife at age 20, and his eldest son at age five. Emerson died on April 27, 1882.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Most Unusual Kayak Tours – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”
Samuel Johnson

“A truly powerful force in the universe is that of optimism. Optimism lies at the root of our mental and physical health. Feelings of hope can stimulate the body’s immune system and inspire recovery from a critical illness.
Optimism expresses itself in the persistence and resilience of living things. A child learning to walk repeatedly falls down and picks himself up until he stands erect. A decade after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens destroyed the local ecology, life reestablished itself on this volcano with amazing abundance and rapidity. And despite its hostile environment, a sole dandelion miraculously pushes itself up through a crack in the concrete. That dandelion is optimistic that it can and will survive.In the long run, the forces of love and life always triumph over those of fear and death. No matter how challenging the obstacles or difficult the tests, there is always cause for optimism.”
Douglas Bloch

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Kayak Tours – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

Oh My!  Something seems to be lurking in the jungle here.    I started this painting with the Iguana.  It came from a photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas, from the Reference Image Library.  I couldn’t paint the feet, so I decided to use another of her photos to hide them. 

These photos were taken when Li and her hubby were on the Tortuguero River in Costa Rica.

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.  Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”.  He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel JohnsonMore…

Douglas Bloch, M.A., is an author, teacher and mental health coach who writes and speaks on the topics of psychology, healing and spirituality. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from New York University and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Oregon. He is the author of ten books, including , Healing From Depression: 12 Weeks to a Better MoodWords That Heal the Blues: Affirmations and Meditations for Living Optimally With Mood Disorders, and The Power of Positive Talk: Words to Help Every Child Succeed.  

A former radio talk show host and popular public speaker, Douglas has given lectures and workshops around the country to  businesses, schools, church groups, recovery centers and national psychology conferences. Douglas currently leads healing from depression and anxiety support groups in the Portland area. He also offers a mental health newsletter on his web site,

Friday, March 15, 2013

Victoria, Hong Kong Skyline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.”
– Katherine Mansfield

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Victoria, Hong Kong  Skyline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

This painting is from June of 2012.  The photo reference was provided by my friend, Joel from WetCanvas.  He lives in the Philippines, but this is Hong Kong.    Joel does a lot of traveling.   There is just so many fun ways to paint buildings!   :)

About Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was the pen name of short story writer Katherine Beauchamp, who is best known for her collection The Garden Party. Born in New Zealand on October 14, 1888, she moved to England as a young woman and became friends with writers such as Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. Her writing style was influenced by Anton Chekhov; like him, she focused on intimate moments that revealed character. She in turn influenced a generation of short story writers. She died on January 9, 1923 of tuberculosis.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New York City – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Pigment Liner

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain

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New York City – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Pigment Liner

That was fun!  I wish you could see it in real life.  All the windows in my building paintings are done with iridescent paint, so they kinda sparkle like real windows.  The reference photo was provided by MissMouse at WetCanvas.

The large building in the center took me a full hour to paint.  You really can’t see it here, but the pink tiered building on the right even says New Yorker on top.  It’s teenie-tiny!

About Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens, the iconic American humorist and writer, is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. He was born on November 30, 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 on April 21, 1910.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New York City – 5″ x 7″ Work in Progress

“How can disappointments be opportunities to grow? When we feel thwarted, frustrated or empty it is difficult – but not impossible – to see the positive side of our pain.Most disappointments come from a sense of failure when our expectations of ourselves or others are not met. 
If we can work through our initial response or source of frustration that lies within ourselves, we are taking the right steps toward turning our hurts and fears into growth-filled experiences.Do we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves or approval of us? 
Have we sold ourselves short by placing our entire self-worth on our jobs, paychecks, or possessions? Have we accepted negative feelings about ourselves, or do we see ourselves as capable human beings?
  TODAY I will probe the sources of my self-esteem. I will seek my happiness within myself, not in other people, places, or things.”

– Liane Cordes (from the book – The Reflecting Pond)

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New York City – 5″ x 7″ Work in Progress

This is the painting I am working on now.  I thought it would be fun to show you some progress shots.  Fist I do a pencil drawing, then come back in with ink.  I use Staedtler pigment liners.   They are archival quality, fade-resistant  and acid-free.

On this one, I came in with the sky and water first.  I often save the sky for last and I think this way is better.  I wet the area then bring the color in.   Everything after the liner is watercolor.  I have some teensie tiny itty bitty brushes.  It feels like it would be cheating if I used colored markers.

See the building to the right of the tall purple building?  That puppy took me an hour all by itself, just to paint the color in.  I’m getting close to finishing, so I should be able to show you the finished painting before the week is out.  :)

The reference photo is by MissMouse at WetCanvas.  She provided it to the Reference Image Library for artists’ use.  If you haven’t checked it out, you should.   It’s an amazing source of inspiration.

“The Reflecting Pond” is a collection of meditations that takes one subject at a time and covers it in depth. Whether we have a concern about self-acceptance, fear, friendship, or love, there is a chapter full of understanding thoughts. Used as an extra dose of support on specific issues, this book will help us think through day-to-day living problems. An excellent resource for those in aftercare programs.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Anita’s Happy Birthday Card

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.”
– Marva Collins

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Anita Haltom’s Birthday Card

Our friend Anita turned 80!  We went to her Birthday party at the VFW on Saturday.  Anita can run circles around me.  She’s an energetic and beautiful lady.  I’m proud to call her my friend.  Her husband Harold threw a big wing-ding for her, complete with karaoke.  NO…. I do not sing!  (just in case you were wondering)  :D

About Marva Collins

American educator Marva Collins pioneered progressive education for disadvantaged children. She was born in Alabama on August 31, 1936 and in her 20′s moved to Chicago, where she founded a school for children who were at risk. After one year, every child tested at least five grades higher. Many public schools have successfully implemented her methods. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America and she received the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004. She believes every child is a winner until someone convinces him or her too thoroughly otherwise.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Another KC House – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Another KC House – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

This is my step-sister’s house.  She lives in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as does my step-mom.    I am really looking forward to seeing Joan (step-mom) when I am in KC.  I drove up to visit her a couple years ago and we had a nice time.

I woke up this morning in a panic.  I realized I only have 2 weeks until I have to submit my inventory list for the KC show.  I am going to set a doable goal of framing 3 paintings a day, minimum, so I can take a little of the pressure off.  April may see me going back to painting Eufaula again.  I already have one painting commissioned that I really need to get to.  All of this when the sign shop is the busiest ever!  I am woman… hear me roar!

About Helen Keller

American author and activist Helen Keller was born in Alabama on June 27, 1880; she became blind and deaf after a childhood fever. When she was 7, Ann Sullivan famously 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 found the ACLU, and wrote eleven books. She died on June 1, 1968.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wine, Anyone? A watercolor Painting

“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value in your life.”

–Christiane Northrup, M.D.
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Wine, Anyone?
Here’s another one from the archives.  In 2011, I used a photo from the WetCanvas Reference Image Library for this one.  Monday, I’ll have another new painting for you.  Have a great weekend!
Christiane Northrup, M.D. 
From her website:  As a physician, author, mother, inspirational speaker, and pioneer in women’s health, I’ve dedicated my life to teaching women how to flourish.
Health isn’t just the absence of disease. It’s being physically and emotionally able to live joyfully and in alignment with your deepest self. You have the ability to build health every day. Just be open to new ideas and to adopting new habits.
I designed this Web site to help you enjoy vibrant health. Read my blog, the hundreds of articles in Health Wisdom A-Z, the Health Centers and my newsletter archives. Listen to recordings of my Internet radio show, or download podcasts and video clips, prepared just for this site.
Flourishingly yours,
p.s. Stay connected by signing up for my newsletter and joining my Facebook community.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Proof that I am a Little Weird – Acrylic on Canvas

“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else…”
– Tennessee Williams

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Proof that I am a Little Weird – Acrylic on Canvas

It’s a cat in Bethville!  Oh My!   This is a little diversion, since I’m sure you’re a little tired of Kansas City paintings.  Do I see life a little differently from normal people?  You bet!  :D

About Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams was the pen name of Thomas Lanier Williams, the multiple-award-winning Southern Gothic playwright best known for his plays Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. He was born on March 26, 1911 in Mississippi, where he had a difficult childhood with an abusive father, a smothering mother, and a schizophrenic sister. His emotionally honest plays often feature sensitive souls who don’t fit into a confining culture. He spent most of his adult life in New York City. He died on February 25, 1983.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Small Town America – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor Portrait

“I can change only myself, but sometimes that is enough.”
Ruth Humlecker

 ”Happiness is more fleeting for some of us than for others. We may ponder this notion but fail to grasp the reason. However, careful attention to how “the happy ones” go through life will enlighten us. We will note how seldom they complain about others’ actions. We will discover their willingness to accept others as they are. We will see that their attention is generally on the positive aspects of people and circumstances rather than on the negative.

 We can join the parade of “happy ones” by letting go of our need to change people and situations that disturb us. Even when we are certain other people are wrong, we can let go of controlling them. Doing this means changing ourselves, of course. But this is the one thing in life we do have control over.

 I will change myself if I think something needs changing today!”

Karen Casey

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Small Town America – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

This is actually in Wisconsin, but I loved the small town America feel to it.  The photo is courtesy of jediknl2 at WetCanvas.  They shared it in the Reference Image Library for everyone to paint from.    I love that library!

My friend and fellow blogger, Leslie White, taught me that leaving a path of white in a painting allows the eye to travel through it.  I forget that normally, but used it here.  Thanks, Leslie!

I couldn’t find any reliable biography info on today’s authors.  I sure do love the quotes, though.  :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hi Hat Coffee Shop – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”
– Richard Bach

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Hi Hat Coffee Shop – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

Mandy, over at KCC suggested the Hi Hat Coffee Shop as a much loved Kansas City (actually Westwood Hills) building to paint.  Evidently, the owner of the shop watched that particular building forever, waiting for it to come up for sale or lease.  When it did, he snatched it up immediately!  I can see why.  What a fun little place.   I may go find them when I’m in KC

About Richard Bach

Richard Bach, the American pilot and author, became hugely successful with the publication of the slim novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a spiritual quest about a bird who loved to fly rather than seeing flight as a means to an end. He was born in Illinois on June 23, 1936, a descendant of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. He has been an Air Force Reserve pilot, a flight instructor, and a barnstormer; most of his books involve flight either directly or as a metaphor.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Character Neighborhood – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson

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Character Neighborhood – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

Yes…. That house really was pink.  It was even brighter, but I toned it down.  (HA! Me…. toning down?   It’s rare, but it happened.)

I really loved these houses.  When I was little, I remember my grandpa having a front yard like that.  It’s a neat memory.  I imagine, when they were built, they were quite fancy, but have been forgotten, in favor of those huge homes we see these days.  I found these cute houses with Google street view.  They are in Kansas City.

Emily Dickenson

In 1830, Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but severe homesickness led her to return home after one year. Throughout her life, she seldom left her house and visitors were scarce. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her thoughts and poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home in 1860, and some critics believe his departure gave rise to the heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson in the years that followed. While it is certain that he was an important figure in her life, it is not certain that this was in the capacity of romantic love—she called him “my closest earthly friend.” Other possibilities for the unrequited love in Dickinson’s poems include Otis P. Lord, a Massachusetts Supreme Court Judge, and Samuel Bowles, editor of the Springfield Republican.   More…

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Elk and the Magpie – Watercolor Postcard

“Change is a part of the flow of life. Sometimes we’re frustrated because change seems slow in coming. Sometimes, too, we’re resistant to a change that seems to have been thrust upon us. We must remember that change, in and of itself, neither binds us nor frees us. Only our attitude toward change binds or frees.”


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The Elk and the Magpie – Watercolor Postcard

The photo for this painting was provided by Crias at WetCanvas.  I painted it when I was in Idaho in 2011.    I’m still working on the little painting of the character houses.   I’m loving how it looks so far.  I’ll share it on Monday, hopefully.  :)