Sunday, March 9, 2014

Postcards from Spring--Color My World--March Blog

Postcards from Spring 2014
by Cindy Morawski

Sunrise in the Garden

Part of the TAG Exhibit--Emily Morgan Hotel--Spring Art Show
March--June 2014
You're invited! 
The Stillness of Rabbits
Look for my spring rabbit portraits in the Starving Artists Art Show, San Antonio's LaVillita in Maverick Plaza, April 5 & 6, 10 to 6.  Happy Easter!

Beloved, Mother Rabbit and Baby

Wide-Open Spaces
My title was inspired by the beauty of the outdoors and the lyrics of the Dixie Chicks.  My March landscape will be one of my original works featured in the Randolph Art League's FIESTA Art Show at Alamo Plaza, April 11--17, 2014. 
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Studio:  (210) 522-0706

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February Blog~~Art Tributes to Wacky Weather, the Winter Olympics, and Valentine's Love of My Feathered Friends

Birds of a Feather
2014 Bird Series:
Ruffled Feathers
by Cindy Morawski
Skating is for the Birds!

Polar Plunge.  Bi-polar.  The local weathermen have been having fun with all the name calling when it comes to 2014's winter weather patterns.  There's no doubt, though, that South Texas has lately been having a roller coaster ride with cold winter weather.  Just when you've lined up your sweaters for a frozen day, it will then suddenly warm up and make you want to put on a pair of shorts.  The cold days have included extended freezes, ice, sleet, graupel ( a snow-like substance that resembles dip-n-dots ice cream), road closures, school closings, delayed events, and more.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!  Besides the roller coaster effect, I also feel like I'm on a tilt-a-whirl--dizzy from all the unexpected ups and downs of a climate that's turned wacky!  What are scientists saying about all of this? 
I've been watching ice skating in the XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi.  The opening ceremonies kicked off last night.  I've also noticed lots of ice right in my yard due to the recent freezing temperatures.  And, because of the two events, I created a cartoon for my birds--who are landing on the bird bath and finding--nothing but ice.  I entitled it~~Skating is for the Birds!  I've been giving them lots of bird seed to help them survive, but every time I put out more water, it freezes, and then they don't have anything to drink.  I've also noted that some of them are pecking the ice and then eating it.  They are catching on. 

February signals a couple of Holidays.  Valentine's Day:  Love and affection.  Cupids.  Hearts.  President's Day:  Birthdays of Washington and Lincoln.  Tributes to our Great Presidents. 
For the Holiday of Love, Valentine's Day, I'd like to pay tribute to more of my backyard birds.  I LOVE my little feathered friends.  They are fun to watch, and I also enjoy photographing, sketching, and painting them.  I'll include some of my 2014 bird series paintings.
Fluff and Flutter, Ruffled Feathers
Tufted Titmouse, Backyard Visitor

House Wren

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hope all of you, have a February full of fun, love, and adventure!  Happy Valentine's Day!  Happy President's Day!  And, Go USA!  Hope our Olympic heroes bring back the gold this month!
Lastly, I had my webmaster, Lori Schroeder of L.S.Website Designs, re-vamp my website's gallery.  I'm going for a more user-friendly approach.  My artwork is now in themes or categories.  Please check it out:  Thanks!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Commissioned Artwork for the New Year and a Look at Past Paintings

Washing Day, Nov. 2013 Commission

Commissioned Painting--Celebration Lawn


Sadie--Pet Portrait~~Commissioned Artwork
Commissions~~Another Road to a Painting
by Cindy Morawski


Webster's Dictionary defines-- commission, verb, "to order to be made."  That's a way of initiating an artwork or painting.  My commissioned works featured here-- were started with a consultation with the buyer or client.  I met the person interested in the commission and talked about the subject of the painting.  My references were mostly from photographs.  However, I also tried to go to the site if it was a landscape, or I met the pet for a portrait of the animal. 
San Antonio Residence--Commission
The more familiar I get with my subject, the better.  I try to photograph my paintings' subjects as well.  I'll take the photos from several angles and at different times of the day if they are outdoors.  Sometimes, I have to go with the client's photograph.  I simply can't travel to the site--it's too expensive or too far away.  If it's a pet that's a tribute portrait, i.e., the pet passed away, I can't meet the animal or photograph him or her.  I have to rely on the owner's photography.  I will also interview the person who is commissioning the artwork and ask questions about what they want or expect.  The details can make all the difference.  If there's a story behind it, I let that guide my inspiration too. 
Commissioned Paintings are a wonderful way to get the painting that you truly want.  It will involve your wishes, your subject, and your way of preserving a memory for the future.  It can also be a treasure that is passed down through multiple generations of your family. 
If you are interested in a commission to kick off the New Year, please give me a call at my studio, (210)-522-0706, or email me:  We'll start with a consultation.  The possibilities are endless.  Other artwork can be viewed through my website:  Thanks and Happy 2014!!!