Thursday, January 31, 2013

Little Collage for Mary – 4″ x 6″ Postcard

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”
– William Butler Yeats

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Little Collage for Mary – 4″ x 6″ Postcard

This is another collage from an inexperienced collager.  The shoe is from a watercolor painting I did for a WetCanvas WDE (weekend drawing event), so Mary will probably recognize it.  This little card will be winging it’s way to Ohio.

About William Butler Yeats

Irish author William Butler Yeats, known for his mysticism and Celtic imagery, won a Nobel Prize for his plays but ultimately achieved more renown as a poet. He was born in Dublin on June 13, 1865. Co-founder of the Abbey Theater, he served as its resident playwright and worked with actress Maude Gonne, who inspired the romantic longing expressed in many poems. He married at age 52 and co-wrote A Vision with his wife, a book with occult roots that explores the mythology in his poetry. He died on January 28, 1939.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kansas City Skyline in a 5" x 7" Size - Watercolor & Ink

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."
– Plutarch




Kansas City Skyline in a 5" x 7" Size - Watercolor & Ink

This little 5" x 7" painting was so much fun.  By the way... the only ink used in these paintings is blackAll of the color is watercolor painted in with the tiniest little brushes.   

About Plutarch

 

Plutarch, the Greek historian who penned more than 46 anecdote-laced biographies of famous Greek and Roman figures in his Parallel Lives series of books, was more interested in exploring the influence of character on a man's personal destiny than in writing dry histories. He was born in Greece during Roman rule, most likely in the year 45. He traveled extensively through the Roman Empire, finally returning home to become a priest of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi. He died in the year 120.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Collage Postcard for Cricket – 4″ x 6″ Postcard

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”
– Louisa May Alcott

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Collage Postcard for Cricket – 4″ x 6″ Postcard

This is another of my postcard collages.  My very first time doing something like this.  My friend, Cricket, is a big part of our local farmer’s market.  I imagine she has grown a tomato or two.  I really hope she likes it.  :)

About Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott, the beloved American author, is best known for her semiautobiographical novel, Little Women, which was made into a movie five different times. Born on November 29, 1832 near Philadelphia, she grew up in Massachusetts. Her family lived in the genteel poverty depicted in her fiction. She wrote lurid stories anonymously to bring in money but gained fame under her own name with young adult novels, which held readers with their warm characterizations and simple, engaging style. She died on March 6, 1888.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Oh My! A 4″ x 6″ Collage Postcard (by a first timer)

“This is the beginning of a new day. 
You have been given this day to use as you will.

You can waste it or use it for good.

What you do today is important because you are

exchanging a day in your life for it.

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone

forever; in its place is something that you have

left behind… let it be something good.”
–Unknown

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Oh My!  A 4″ x 6″ Collage Postcard (by a first timer)

I mod podged some fabric pieces onto a postcard, then cut out the boat from one of my old paintings and mod podged it and a bit of a doily on top of the fabric.  The little sun is a brass piece and the rest is dimensional acrylic craft paint.   Okay… I was playing and learning and having some fun.

This little postcard will be winging it’s way to Canada for Sharron Marshall.

Today’s quote came from my little Simple Truths book, Finding Joy – Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Mac Anderson  Click here to see a little inspirational video with quotes from this book.  (3 minutes and 32 seconds long.)

I love Simple Truths books!  I think I have 30 of them in my inspirational book collection!
About Simple Truths

There is one thing in life that took me a long time to learn, and that’s… less is almost always more. This “simple truth” is the foundation on which our company was built. I wanted to create beautiful gift books that anyone can read in less than thirty minutes.To make each book special, we focused on three things:
  1. Great content
  2. Great graphics
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We also chose not to offer our books in any bookstores or any retail outlets, to make it even more special as a gift.
Satisfied customers are our #1 priority, so I encourage you to give us feedback on how we’re doing. If we ever disappoint you, I hope you’ll let us know, and we will do everything we can to make it right.
We are honored to serve you! Mac Anderson Founder
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Little Kansas City Skyline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.”
– Anwar al-Sadat

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A Little Kansas City Skyline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

This is a little 4″ x 6″ Painting.  Less time to paint, but oh my, those details are little!  At least I didn’t have to paint any bricks.  :)

About Anwar al-Sadat

Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat won the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize in conjunction with Israeli prime minister Menachim Begin for the Camp David Accords. He was born in Egypt on December 25, 1918. He participated in the 1952 coup to oust the corrupt King Farouk and became president in 1970. He led Egypt into the Yom Kippur War to reclaim part of the Sinai Peninsula. When that failed, he took the risky diplomatic path, opening the door to d├ętente. He was assassinated on October 6, 1981 by Muslim extremists.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Salina, KS Church – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
William Penn

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

A Salina, KS Church – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

I painted this from a photo by Suzanne Wallick at Paint My Photo.  I showed you the ink drawing on my post here, while I was trying to decide if I was brave enough to do the bricks.  I actually painted the whole thing, then added the bricks after I looked at it for a few days.  I’m glad I did it, because the bricks really make the painting.  :)

William Penn (October 14, 1644–July 30, 1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The democratic principles that he set forth served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution. Ahead of his time, Penn also published a plan for a United States of Europe, “European Dyet, Parliament or Estates.”  More here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Zentangle Bookmark for Kana - 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”
 Dr. Joyce Brothers

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Zentangle Bookmark for Kana - 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

I had so much fun with this one!  Kana Tyler is a writer, a reader and a lover of books and the color turquoise.   To read more about my zentangle bookmarks go here.

About Dr. Joyce Brothers

The popular American psychologist and advice columnist Joyce Brothers first found fame by winning The $64,000 Question game show. She was born on October 20, 1927. Her influence, through a daily newspaper column, radio and TV shows, and more than ten best-selling self-help books, has made her one of the ten most admired women in America, according to a number of polls. After her husband died in 1989, she wrote her most personal book, Widowed, delving into her own grief. She lives in New York City.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Myth or Madness? – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Ink

“There is nothing more potent than thought. Deed follows word and word follows thought. And where the thought is mighty and pure, the result is mighty and pure.
–Gandhi


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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Myth or Madness? – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Ink

Myth is the word of the week for Illustration Friday.  I used that to inspire me when I painted this for my friend, Bobby Ott’s 70th birthday card.

Legend has it… there is a wonderful little place called Ott, where some tiny little magical people live.  It is thought that they are protected by a large, but affectionate creature who  has never been seen by humans…. until now.

Inside this Birthday card, I told Bobby that as he gets older and has an occasion to question his sanity, all he has to do is pull out this card to affirm that no matter how crazy he may seem…. there is at least one person crazier than him.  (me)  He giggled when I gave it to him.

Mohandas Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948)  was the last child of his father (Karamchand Gandhi) and his father’s fourth wife (Putlibai). During his youth, Mohandas Gandhi was shy, soft-spoken, and only a mediocre student at school. Although generally an obedient child, at one point Gandhi experimented with eating meat, smoking, and a small amount of stealing — all of which he later regretted. At age 13, Gandhi married Kasturba (also spelled Kasturbai) in an arranged marriage. Kasturba bore Gandhi four sons and supported Gandhi’s endeavors until her death in 1944.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Gwyn – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”
A. J. Cronin

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Gwyn – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

Gwen and her husband, Sam, are avid sailors.  They love taking their sail boat out on Lake Eufaula.  They love their Harley, too, but I don’t know how to draw one of those.  :)

You can read about the Play It Forward game on my post here.

About A. J. Cronin

Archibald Joseph Cronin, the Scottish novelist who wrote as A. J. Cronin, had a full career as a doctor before turning to fiction. He was born on July 19, 1896, worked as a Royal Navy surgeon during World War I, and later was appointed Medical Inspector of Mines in Wales. Some of his most famous books are The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom, and Pocketful of Rye. His works were known to reflect both his religious beliefs as a Roman Catholic and his medical training. He died on January 6, 1981.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Kordelia – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
Hannah Arendt
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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Kordelia – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

This is another “Play it Forward” bookmark.  You can read more about the game in my post here.  

Okay, you are probably wondering why a bookmark for Kordelia would say “Nonny” on it.  Kordelia prefers to be called Nonny and most people do call her that.  I’m not very comfortable with such intimate nicknames and I just like the name Kordelia.  She was the first person I saw do Zentangles.  I’ve been fascinated ever since.  :)

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a number of academic positions at various American universities until her death in 1975.

She is best known for two works that had a major impact both within and outside the academic community. The first, The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951, was a study of the Nazi and Stalinist regimes that generated a wide-ranging debate on the nature and historical antecedents of the totalitarian phenomenon. The second, The Human Condition, published in 1958, was an original philosophical study that investigated the fundamental categories of the vita activa (labor, work, action).  More here….

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Dorcille – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

“The self is a calm stable center surrounded by a continuous changing sea. Merge with yourself and be ready for any emergent sea.
Coretta Scott King


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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Dorcille – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

Learn more about the “Play it Forward” game on my post here.  Dorcille and her husband own Belle Starr Marina, here on Lake Eufaula.   That’s where the fish comes from.  :)   Dorcille misunderstood the post and is not able to play it forward, but she has been my friend for 20 years and I’m sending the bookmark anyway.  (Even though she tried to refuse it.)

I found out this morning that J.E. Lattimer over at Fictional Machines blog has nominated me for Blog of the Year Award!!  What an honor!  :D

Coretta Scott King – Pioneer of Civil Rights 

April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006 – Coretta Scott was born in Heiberger, Alabama and raised on the farm of her parents, Bernice and Obadiah Scott, in Perry County, Alabama. She was exposed at an early age to the injustices of life in a segregated society. She walked five miles a day to attend the one-room Crossroad School in Marion, Alabama, while the white students rode buses to an all-white school closer by. Young Coretta excelled at her studies, particularly music, and was valedictorian of her graduating class at Lincoln High School. She graduated in 1945 and received a scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  More here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Mona – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

“Holding onto a resentment is like swallowing poison and hoping the other person will die.”
–Anonymous
.
Here’s how to REBOUND…
Reevaluate your future.
Explore new options.
Bounce back quickly.
Overcome disappointments.
Uncover hidden strengths.
Never give up on yourself.
Develop wisdom and perspective.

Both of the above are from my little book – Oh, Thank Goodness, It’s Not Just Me!
by Lisa Hammond & BJ Gallager

(Sometimes you just kinda know what someone you love might need to hear.)

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013
Play It Forward Bookmark for Mona – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

This is for our little Playing it Forward game on Facebook.  Here’s what I wrote about it on yesterday’s post.   These little bookmarks are so fun!  This one will be heading to Sweden today.

Inspiration for these bookmarks was found in the following reference books:  One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula and Zenspirations- Dangle Designs by

Monday, January 14, 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Bonnie – 2″ x 5.5″ Zentangle

“Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality.”
– Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Play It Forward Bookmark for Bonnie – 2″ x 5.5″ Watercolor & Black Staedtler Fine Art Pen

To start the year off giving, I became a part of Play It Forward 2013, thanks to Kana Tyler.  She posted on Facebook that the first 5 people to comment on her post will get something handmade (or home grown) in the mail from her, some time in the next 12 months.  The kick is… they in turn, have to play it forward and do the same for 5 of their friends.  I love it!  The first person to comment on my post was Bonnie.  This little bookmark will be winging it’s way to Canada.

Inspiration for these bookmarks was found in the following reference books:  One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula and Zenspirations- Dangle Designs by Joanne Fink.   I really intended to leave them mostly black and white with just a few little hints of color.  Well, as you can see…. I couldn’t quit!!!  I made 6 of these on Sunday.  (I was sick, so I spent almost the whole day in my studio.)  They will be laminated before I mail them off.  :D

About Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens

Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens played a major leadership role during the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s; his reforms include reciting the liturgy in modern languages, expanding the role of laypersons, and opening a dialogue with other religions. He was born in 1904 in Brussels. Wealthy relatives wanted him to study economics and manage their fortune, but instead he entered the priesthood. He was witty and charming, with an enthusiasm for soccer. He died in May 1996.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Special Plaid Wine Box Tutorial

“The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative, the second is disastrous.”
– Margot Fonteyn

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

A Special Plaid Wine Box

I made this wine box for my friend, Ann.  It’s made from a paper mache wine box (from Hobby Lobby) and a favorite old shirt of mine.  I loved that shirt, so when I wore it out, I washed it and put it in my fabric stash.  I used Mod Podge (by Plaid Enterprises) to put squares of fabric all over the box.  The shirt had tabs, so that when you rolled up your sleeves, you’d button them up with the tabs.  That is what I used for the front.  I removed the buttons from my shirt and hot glued them to the tab.  If you make one of these, be sure to start it below the lid edge or the lid won’t go on.   As it is, you have to use thin layers around the top and bend the box slightly to get the lid on.  I think on the next one, I may just paint around the top of the box.

I attached the collar to the lid with hot glue and added a couple buttons.  I used several coats of Outdoor Mod Podge to give it a hard surface.  (Do the collar, too)  I even hot glued the tag inside the box for an extra bit of fun.  Ann takes wine to barbeques and such, so I thought it would be the perfect gift for her.  It was hard not to keep it.  I could put a water bottle or small coffee thermos in there, in stead of wine.  :D

About Margot Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn, the elegant British prima ballerina, is considered one of the truly great dancers of our time. She was born in 1919 in Surrey. She made her debut in 1934 as a snowflake in Nutcracker and was a leading ballerina within four years. She flirted with retirement in the late 1950′s until Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union; he became her dancing partner for the next decade, a brilliant creative match despite their 20-year age difference. She died in February 1991.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Church in Salina, KS – 8″ x 10″ Ink so far

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”
Lady Bird Johnson

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Church in Salina, KS – 8″ x 10″ Ink

This is the painting I’m working on now.  Many, many times, while working on this, I found myself saying out loud… “What was I thinking?”  Can you imagine how smart the architects had to be to design this building?  I’m trying to decide whether to add the bricks…. in some fashion or another.  It would really add to the painting, but it would make me go insane!  Hmmmmm…. what to do.   Maybe I should read Lady Bird Johnson’s quote again.  :D

I am painting this from a photo by Suzanne Wallick at Paint My Photo.

About Lady Bird Johnson

Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, is known for her concern for the environment. She was born in Texas in 1912. Johnson asked her to marry him seven weeks after they met. She supported his career by keeping his congressional office running after his heart attack, stumping for Democratic candidates, and visiting 33 countries as his emissary. She founded the Wildflower Research Center and worked to pass the Highway Beautification Act. She lived in Texas until her death in July 2007.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dancing Kansas City Cityscape – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”
– Oscar Wilde

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Dancing Kansas City Cityscape – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

I am having so much fun doing these city paintings, since I do so many rural scenes.   I hope they go over well at KC show, because I am sure going to have a lot of them.  :)

About Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, the clever, colorful Anglo-Irish writer, is best known for the play The Importance of Being Earnest and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was born in Dublin in 1854 but left when his lady love became engaged to Bram Stoker. He was a leading member of the aesthetic movement and embraced its doctrine, “Art for art’s sake.” Though married with two children, Wilde was known to have affairs with younger men and was jailed in 1895 for “gross indecency.” He died in November 1900.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alexander Campbell House, Salina, KS – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Ink

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.”
Judy Garland

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Alexander Campbell House, Salina, KS – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Ink

I painted this from a wonderful photograph by Suzanne Wallick over at Paint My Photo.  It was really challenging, but I love the way it turned out.   This will be going with me to the show in Kansas City.  :)

About Judy Garland

Beloved American actress Judy Garland will always be associated with her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She was born Frances Gumm in Minnesota in 1922 to vaudevillian parents. She made her stage debut at age two and a half. She starred in 26 films over 13 years and became a huge star. In 1950, MGM ended her contract. Though she primarily gave concerts after that, she did star in a few more films, including her famed role in A Star Is Born. She died in 1969.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Kansas City Autumn Cityscape – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

“Action is the antidote to despair.”
Joan Baez

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Kansas City Autumn Cityscape – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

Yes… it’s another Kansas City skyline.  I did two more over the weekend, as I stayed home with a sick hubby.  I even got a good start on a third.  I have a couple Salina, KS paintings coming.  They are more focused on a single building vs a cityscape.

What do you think of the sky in this one?  Trying something different.  :)

About Joan Baez

American singer Joan Baez, known for her clear soprano and her belief in music as a tool for change, is widely considered the godmother of modern folk-rock. She was born in New York in 1941. She is an ardent activist, working for civil rights, nonviolence, and worker’s rights. She received the ACLU’s Earl Warren Award for her commitment to international human rights and, at the 2007 Grammy’s, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her music includes the chart-topping version of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and the album Diamonds and Rust. She has one son.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Kansas City Skyline at Convention Center Exit – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor

“Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”
Terri Guillemets

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Kansas City Skyline at Convention Center Exit – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor

My friend Jim “Botee” Meyer supplied the photo reference for this painting.  It was a little confusing, but I had so much fun doing it.  I didn’t realize until later that the Sticky-up thingies with the wires coming from them is actually Bartle Hall, and it crosses the highway, too.  Fun stuff!

Terri Guillemets, U.S. quotation anthologist

Terri Guillemets (b.1973) is a quotation anthologist from Phoenix, Arizona who has collected quotes since age thirteen. Her passion is sharing inspirational, thought-provoking, and humorous quotations with a worldwide audience via her website The Quote Garden at www.quotegarden.com, one of the most long-standing online quotation collections and the first to offer a wide variety of special occasion topics. With a personal, heartfelt approach she shares inspiration and love of words with the world, “spreading quotatious joy” as she calls it. A curmudgeonesque optimist whose inner child will never grow up, she also enjoys nature, photography, cloudgazing, and family.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Pouthouse – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

“For time and the world do not stand still, change is the only law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

The Pouthouse – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

Janelle McKnight commissioned this painting for her husband for Christmas.  It is Daryl Wayne McKnight’s woodworking shop, behind their house.  I also made business cards for Wayne, using this image for a background.  I didn’t ask what “The Pouthouse” meant, or how it got it’s name.   Maybe that’s where he goes to pout?  Nah… he is making beautiful woodwork in there, so that has to be his happy place.  He is represented by Our Favorite Place.  Go see his wonderful art if you’re in Eufaula.  :)

John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die.

Of Irish descent, he was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. Graduating from Harvard in 1940, he entered the Navy. In 1943, when his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy, despite grave injuries, led the survivors through perilous waters to safety.

Back from the war, he became a Democratic Congressman from the Boston area, advancing in 1953 to the Senate. He married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. In 1955, while recuperating from a back operation, he wrote Profiles in Courage, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history.  More here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kay Wall – Law Office – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”
Bernard Baruch

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Kay Wall – Law Office – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor

I painted this portrait of Kay’s building for Janelle McKnight, who gave it to Kay for Christmas.  Wasn’t that sweet?

Kay tells me… “ It has been a little bit of everything.  A German man, Mr Seuss , I think, built it for a furniture making shop.  It was a pop factory,  and the city water line boys and local plumbers bring me bottles they unearth bearing the name. The corps of engineers used it as an office during the construction of the dam.  It was “Plock’s Undertaking Parlor”, and I have a wonderful photo of that!   Then, medical and dental offices.  Owning it has been one of my greatest blessings!”

Happy 2013!

About Bernard Baruch

The American financier and unofficial presidential adviser Bernard Baruch was known as the “Park Bench Statesman” for his penchant for taking meetings on park benches. He was born in 1870 in South Carolina. By the time he was 30, he had become a millionaire. During World War I, Woodrow Wilson asked Baruch’s advice on economic issues, which began a long-term relationship with the White House. He refused to become Treasury Secretary in FDR’s cabinet, preferring his unofficial role. He died in 1965.