a little niche for beautiful letters, meaningful words, and painterly endeavours.

Fresh Blackberries: Watercolour and Ink in progress on Strathmore 140wt Coldpress

A Wedding Certificate with all the Bells and Whistles! A pet portrait, mountain peaks, a subtle dragon, and bluebirds…..all framed by autumn aspens…

Success Vs. Excellence
"I suggest that you pursue a commitment to personal excellence rather than success, based on your own God-given potential.  Success and excellence are often competing ideals.  Being successful does not necessarily mean you will  be excellent, and being excellent does not necessarily mean you will  be successful.  Success is attaining or achieving cultural goals, which elevates one’s importance in the society in which he lives.  Excellence is the pursuit of quality in one’s work and effort, whether the culture recognizes it or not.  I once asked Segovia how many hours a day he practiced.  He responded, “Christopher, I practice 2 ½ hours in the morning and 2 ½ hours every afternoon.”  I thought to  myself, “If Segovia needs to practice five hours every day, how much more do I need to practice?”       Success seeks status, power, prestige, wealth, and privilege.  Excellence is internal—seeking satisfaction in having done your best.  Success is external—how you have done in comparison to others.  Excellence is how you have done in relation to your own potential.  For me, success seeks to please men, but excellence seeks to please God.      Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes.  Excellence is available to all, but is accepted only by a few.  Success engenders a fantasy and a compulsive groping for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Excellence brings us down to a reality with a deep gratitude for the promise of joy when we do our best.  Excellence cultivates principles, character, and integrity.  Success may be cheap, and you can take shortcuts to get there.  You will pay the full price for excellence; it is never discounted.  Excellence will always cost you everything, but it is the most lasting and rewarding ideal.  What drives you—success or excellence?” —Christopher Parkening

Success Vs. Excellence

"I suggest that you pursue a commitment to personal excellence rather than success, based on your own God-given potential.  Success and excellence are often competing ideals.  Being successful does not necessarily mean you will  be excellent, and being excellent does not necessarily mean you will  be successful.  Success is attaining or achieving cultural goals, which elevates one’s importance in the society in which he lives.  Excellence is the pursuit of quality in one’s work and effort, whether the culture recognizes it or not.  I once asked Segovia how many hours a day he practiced.  He responded, “Christopher, I practice 2 ½ hours in the morning and 2 ½ hours every afternoon.”  I thought to  myself, “If Segovia needs to practice five hours every day, how much more do I need to practice?” 
     Success seeks status, power, prestige, wealth, and privilege.  Excellence is internal—seeking satisfaction in having done your best.  Success is external—how you have done in comparison to others.  Excellence is how you have done in relation to your own potential.  For me, success seeks to please men, but excellence seeks to please God.
     Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes.  Excellence is available to all, but is accepted only by a few.  Success engenders a fantasy and a compulsive groping for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Excellence brings us down to a reality with a deep gratitude for the promise of joy when we do our best.  Excellence cultivates principles, character, and integrity.  Success may be cheap, and you can take shortcuts to get there.  You will pay the full price for excellence; it is never discounted.  Excellence will always cost you everything, but it is the most lasting and rewarding ideal.  What drives you—success or excellence?” —Christopher Parkening

Sketchbook Scribblings….Ink and Watercolour

From Halfway there to Finished!

16x20in. Watercolour and Walnut Ink on Arches 140wt Coldpress

Practice, Practice, Practice…….

Progress: from initial rough sketch towards completion……

Cherry Blossom + Blue Heron Bespoke Wedding Certificate
16x20in. on Arches 140wt Coldpress Paper
Watercolour and Ink

Dogwood Quaker Wedding Certificate

Watercolour and Walnut Ink on Arches 140wt Coldpress

Self Portrait
Graphite on Fabriano Paper
Portrait in Progress
Graphite on Fabriano Paper
Autumn Dogwood (in-progress)