Sunday, December 30, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Traveling by Train
A Photo Essay
by Cindy Morawski
|Early Departure by Train from San Antonio|
|Amtrak's Sunset Limited|
|Los Angeles to New Orleans|
On the train they call the City of New Orleans, I'll be gone five-hundred miles when the day is through . . .
All Aboard to the Dining Car
Lounge Car with a View
Water and Sky Landscape
Wheels in Motion
Looking for adventure? I'd recommend hopping a train. Paul and I left from Sunset Station in downtown San Antonio and saw some beautiful sights along the way as we headed to Louisiana and New Orleans. One of the highlights included coming into New Orleans on the Huey Long Bridge at night. It was surreal. Almost like gliding in by airplane. The bridge is elevated above the city so with the darkness, the water, and the distant cityscape's lights twinkling, we felt as though we were flying!
Invitation to a Dessert Reception
You're invited to the Candlelight Coffeehouse Cafe
this Thursday, November 29, 2012
from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hosted by the SAVA Co-op Artists
3011 N. St. Mary's
San Antonio, TX 78212
Our ARTWORK will be on view and for sale for the remainder of November and throughout December. BUY ART! It would make a great Holiday Gift!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Gifts from the Heart this Holiday
|The Three Amigos, a Recent Commissioned Pet Portrait|
If you're looking for a uniquely personal gift, a commissioned pet portrait could be just the answer this Holiday Season. I'm offering 20% off this month and next. I will have it finished before Christmas for a HO!HO! HO! Santa Delivery! Just give me a holiday email or phone call, and I'll get to my Christmas Workshop and start right on it! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Studio Phone: 210.522.0706
|Taos Gorge, 9x12 Landscape of NM|
|Golden Morning, featured at the Hotel Valencia|
The paintings on the left are recent ones in my American Landscape series. Taos Gorge, New Mexico, a painting I completed this past October, is based upon an awesome scene I first witnessed outside Taos, New Mexico last Fall. I sketched and photographed it from the gorge bridge that spanned this natural wonder. I especially loved the Southwest colors of pinks, lavendars, and sages, and I tried to capture them in my artwork. Golden Morning, now on exhibit at the Hotel Valencia on the Riverwalk, is a landscape that I painted when I was traveling this past summer in Northern Pennsylvania. The morning scene came from the farm where I stayed when visiting Wellsboro, PA.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Whether it's for work or pleasure, driving is a natural part of my lifestyle. Traffic when I'm going to work. Scenery when I'm going on vacation. It's all a matter of time and perspective.
On the Road Again
by Cindy Morawski
|Sunrise Commute, SA's Loop 410|
I have never had to imagine a life without a car. It's a part of me, like my arm or leg. I learned to drive when I was a kid on my family's farm. I had to help out by driving the tractor as soon as I could reach the pedal. Before I had my official license in hand, I had already clocked a lot of miles on our farm's tractor and pick-up.
Last July, Paul and I visited my family in Pennsylvania, and then we headed by car onto one of the scenic backroads of the northern part of the state, Rte. 6. It's known for its great landscapes, like the PA Grand Canyon in Wellsboro, and for its diners along the way. We both enjoyed the Wellsboro Diner. They had delicious blackberry pie and great coffee. Wellsboro Diner, (Painting on right)
One last painting for the road . . . this one offers my view of I-10 West on the way to Comfort, so naturally, I entitled it On the Road to Comfort. I love the sights going West into the Texas Hill Country. Comfort is one of those stops along the way that can be full of surprises. Wonderful shops, like the Comfort Crockery, and dining treasures too. One of my personal favorites is a place called the Front Street Tearoom. It's a cozy converted house with bright green paint on the outside and a trip to the past on the inside. You'll be greeted by friendly staff and a menu which features a wonderful variety of teas, along with soups and sandwiches that will leave your tastebuds happy. The decor features antique furniture, and of course, a collection of teapots for every occasion.
No matter where you're headed this Fall, I wish you safe travels and happy trails! Hope all your roads lead to good things . . .
Fall Art Shows coming up!
**You're invited to the 2012 THCI! I'll be a part of it this year, October 19--21st. It's a juried art show in the Texas Hill Country~~Boerne, Texas. You can also learn more about it at this link: www.boerneprofessionalartists.com.
**Another special art show for me this month is the Texas Pastel Society's 2nd Biennual National Juried Show. The exhibit runs from October 19 through November 2nd, at Art Incorporated, 9401 San Pedro, San Antonio. More information can be found at www.texaspastelsociety.blogspot.com.
Both art shows offer a variety of original and beautiful artwork, and all of it is available for purchase. Hope you'll check out my shows this month!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Postcards to Autumn:
A Harvest of Color in Nature
by Cindy Morawski
|Still Life, Autumn Harvest, Pumpkins and Squash|
Last Fall, I traveled to Utopia to paint. One of the vistas of the Texas Hill Country that really caught my eye was the view of autumn colors in the foreground, beckoning distant hills, and dancing white clouds in the sky. I enjoyed my day out surrounded by the beauty of nature. I parked my car by the roadside and looked out over the valley. It was a moment that I wanted to keep re-living, so I decided to paint it.
One last postcard to Autumn belongs to my painting entitled Rooted in Long Shadows. I also discovered this landscape at popular Garner State Park in Uvalde County. The bright colors of the trees first drew me in. The shadows of the trees reached out along the ground to touch me. I walked into the afternoon's dapple of sunlight and shadows. Standing still, I fell into the spell of opposites. A true land of enchantment.
Rooted in Long Shadows
FALL Art Shows
- Candlelight SA Cafe, Season's Solo Show, all month, 3011 N. St. Mary's St.
- Bijou Cinema Bistro, all month with SAVA Gallery Artists, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd. at Wonderland of the Americas Mall,
- River Art Group Members Fall Competition and Sale, Oct. 5--7, SA's LaVillita, 25% of sales go to Wounded Warriors
- Texas Pastel Society's National Juried Show, Oct. 19--Nov. 2, Art Inc Gallery on 9401 San Pedro
- Texas Hill Country Invitational, Oct. 19--21, Cana Ballroom at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Boerne
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|Between Two Seasons|
New Painting by Cindy Morawski
CANDLELIGHT SAN ANTONIO
Wine Bar and Coffeehouse Cafe
A Solo Art Show of Recent Paintings
by Cindy Morawski
3011 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
You're invited to my Art Show and
DESSERT RECEPTION~~Cake & Coffee or Iced Tea
Saturday, September 22, 2012
2:00 ~~ 5:00 p.m.
Come Celebrate with me on the First Day of Autumn!
RSVP: email@example.com or 210.897.1306
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Golden Age of Mission San Jose
Saturday, August 4, 2012
|DayTrippers Tour of the Huebner Onion Homestead in Leon Valley|
|Shady Retreat at the Onion House near Bandera Road|
Carol Poss, Author and Tour Guide, and the Leon Valley Historical Society Presenters, Darby and Mike
Historical Artifacts Found on Homestead
Cemetery Marker August DayTripping
Living in Braun Station, I make a lot of trips up and down Bandera Road throughout the week. When driving through our Sister Town of Leon Valley, I sometimes check out the progress of the pioneer homestead known as the Onion House. It's located right along Bandera Road so it's easy to spot. I've watched over the past years as it has gone from near ruins to a National Register of Historic Places. With leaders like Carol Poss, the Leon Valley Historical Society has made some big strides. It's now open for touring and activities. Today our DayTrippers travel club checked out our local history and made some "backyard" discoveries that were rather surprising.
Built in 1862 by Joseph Huebner, the Onion House was also once a stagecoach stop. Travelers going from San Antonio in the 1800's, to the towns in the Hill Country, would stop there. It was considered a hard drive from San Antonio. The house is actually named after the Onion family. The John F. Onions have been noted in Texas Law. One was a member of the Texas Legislature, another a longtime district judge, and his twin brother an attorney.
Local legend says that the Onion House is haunted. Our tour guide related to us that a San Antonio paranormal group, aka "ghostbusters" will be visiting next week to look for ghosts. Our DayTrippers group hiked over to the cemetery via the Huebner Creekbed and natural area trails to pay our respects to the past. A fenced-in cemetery grave and shrine marks the spot.
House Tour and Molasses Press
Huebner Creekbed sights near the Onion
Homested and Stagecoach Stop
History and the Wild, Wild West will be our focus next month when the DayTrippers travel to Camp Verde in the Hill Country and find out about how camels were used by the U. S. Government's Army in the 1800's. We'll also make a final stop in Kerrville to take a closer look at the art and history of our American West. We'll be going on September 6th. If you'd like to join us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also answer any questions you might have about our travel club. This summer we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary! We hope to have many more trips in the future.