Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Comfort with a Painting about the Past

Early Winter at the Old Mill
~~Cindy Morawski


At high noon last Saturday, I started my painting demo for Old World Christmas at the Comfort Crockery. The town of Comfort outside of San Antonio was celebrating Christmas in high style with the local shops getting into the Holiday Spirit in various ways. At the Comfort Crockery, one of the shops/galleries for some of my artwork, the holiday celebration began with artists' demonstrations and ended with entertainment featuring the River Pickers. Wine Tasting and appetizers by the Bending Branch Winery were also at hand.


My presentation included a talk about the History of Pastel and a painting demo. I explained the technique of underpainting using a wash of pastels and mineral spirits. Next, I showed the materials and tools I use to create a pastel painting. Then, I launched into the painting itself while describing the setting for my winter landscape, McConnell's Mill in Butler County, Pennsylvania. The finished work is pictured above. The framed painting measures 11 x 14 and is currently for sale. For more details, see my online gallery at http://www.cindymorawski.com/.


Neighborhood Christmas shopping will be available this Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 9 to 3, at Coke R. Stevenson Middle School at 8403 Tezel Road, San Antonio, TX 78254. Stevenson's Holiday Arts & Crafts Show will feature as many as 40 different vendors with a variety of shopping possbilities for your Christmas gift list. Please look for my holiday display in the school cafeteria this Saturday. I will be selling a new Christmas item this year, Snowman Soup, along with my winter landscape art cards in gift- boxed sets, individual art cards, framed miniature paintings, and art gift bags. My above featured painting, Early Winter at the Old Mill will also be available for purchase. Hope to see you this Saturday!





Friday, November 12, 2010

Getting the Christmas Spirit with Winter Landscapes

Cold Country Christmas

Winter Blue Jay

Blue Ice at Cold Creek

Stopping by Reichert's Woods

A Chill Wind

Winter Solstice

Christmas Blue Jay


Getting into the Holiday Spirit!

~~Holiday Invitation~~

Announcing the 22nd Annual Wolfson House

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Visit, tour, shop, and enjoy holiday refreshments at San Antonio's Historic Wolfson House

415 Broadway in San Antonio, Texas

Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19, 2010

10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Homemade Refreshments!


Please join me at the Wolfson House. Look for my Christmas display and items upstairs by the fireplace. I'll be a hostess on Thursday afteroon from 2 to 6. The show will be open all next week from Monday through Saturday. It's a great way to get into the Holiday Spirit and to do some early Christmas shopping too. Plus, if you are interested in sending original art cards for your holiday greetings, consider ordering one or more of my winter or holiday landscapes this year. You can buy them individually or in a box set. Individual cards cost $3 each. Boxed sets vary, depending on how many you order. But, the more you buy, the more you save. Please call or email me if you want to order for the holidays. (Phone: 210-522-0706) (Email: mfa09@sbcglobal.net) Thanks!!!


Morawski Fine Art Calendar Events:

  • Texas Muse: Juried Art Show Exhibit at San Antonio's Emily Morgan Hotel, November & December 2010
  • Think Pink! SAVA's Fundraiser for Breast Cancer at the Downtown River Center Mall's Gallery, November 2010
  • Wolfson House Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, third week of November 2010
  • Old World Christmas at the Comfort Crockery in Comfort, Texas, December 4th, 2010, 9 to 4, with my Winter Landscape Demo from 2 to 4 pm, same day




Thursday, October 14, 2010

BSW Community Sale & Fall Fest & Holiday Art Sale

Strange Pals of Halloween (Photo),
Featuring my cat, Mattie

Fun Faces of Halloween, (Photo)

Halloween Phantom Cat, (Photo)
BSW is having its Community Garage Sale this Saturday, October 16, 2010. The BSW Women's Club is also doing a fundraiser now for a spring college scholarship regarding a deserving resident high school student. Garage Sale Donations can be dropped off at the Tezel Road Clubhouse tomorrow or Friday, October 15th. They will be having a huge sale in the Clubhouse parking lot on Saturday.
My FALL & HOLIDAY Backyard ART SALE will also take place this Saturday, October 16th, from 9 to 3 at 8603 Waldon Heights in Braun Station West off Braun Road in San Antonio. Look for my neighborhood signs and display. Original art, reproductions, photography, and holiday and fall art cards will all be available at affordable prices. If you're looking for a Halloween card or a Thinking of You Autumn card, I have photo and art cards priced at $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00. If you're thinking about Christmas early, I can also make you Original Art Christmas Cards. You can put in your order early and beat the rush. Hope you'll drop by on Saturday!
You're also Invited to San Antonio's
Fall Arts Expo & Fair
"Fall in Love with Your Fire Museum"
Sunday, October 17th, 2-7 PM
11354 Vance Jackson Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Performances by Patsy Torres, West Kings Highway Jazz Band
  • Refreshments
  • Local Artists (Look for my booth!)
  • Fire Museum Artifacts
  • Free Admission
  • See you Sunday!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Art Bloggin' and Photo Postin'~~Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

ARToberfest Award at the NBAL Gala last night

Buda Fine Arts Festival October Booth Display

Folk Singers at the Buda Fine Arts Festival

Under the Big Top Tent in Buda last weekend

Comfort Crockery, Home for some of my ART

September Comfort Art Walk Demo:
Fall Landscape

Inspire's On Fire 2010 Celebration & September Reception

New Braunfels Heist Art Fest~~ Hot August Art!!!

Looking at Both Sides~~ My Recent ART Festivals, Receptions, and Demos
In the '80's, Cindy Lauper once or twice sang her heart out with the song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun!" I remember havin' fun and dancin' to those lyrics. When you're following a path that makes you happy, it is like a dance and it certainly is fun! Creating and sharing art for me is one great big Cindy Lauper dance. At least, most of the time. The festivals, receptions, and galas' mix of people, music, refreshments, and ART are certainly intoxicating for me. The moment of inspiration, the creative process, and the kudos for a painting's completion give off a celebratory vibe too. It all reinforces the equation of : ART = Life is Good!
On the otherhand, there are moments of martyrdom when the outdoor festivals' and demos' temps dip into the freezing 30's, and the summer's equinox reaches a heat index of way over 100 degrees. As a result, the weather can have a huge negative impact on the life of a traveling artist. Sometimes, experiencing the aftermath of a long weekend festival rivals with all the symptoms of a bad hangover or a lousy flu bug. The exhaustion from all that organizing, packing, driving, repacking, selling, number- crunching, and greasy food - on - the - run takes its toll. Sunburn, heartburn . . . it's sometimes the flip-side of the record. In fact, the other side of the vinyl should be called "Land of Confusion" by Phin Collins and Genesis.

For me though, life is about the balance. The ying and the yang. Give me both sides. After a long ride back from an exhausting art show, I can't help but hang on to the smile and comment of a recent patron who bought one of my pieces. "I'm going to go on a relaxing vacation when I look at your landscape in my living room. I really like your art!"


Autumn ART News

Look for me in the following Fall Places & Events:

  • New River Art Group Membership in September~~ Look for my art at the Gallery by the Little Church in Lavillita on the Riverwalk. Come visit the gallery and shop on the first Monday of the month when I'll be working.
  • Georgetown's Art Hop 2010~~ Come see my juried painting in Abbey's Home Furnishings this month during October.
  • ARToberfest, an NBAL Juried Exhbition~~ On October 8th, I won an Honorable Mention Award for my recent painting, "Turquoise Door." The show runs now through November 10th at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 west San Antonio Street. Two of my paintings were accepted.
  • San Antonio Fall Arts Expo & Fair~~You're invited! Sunday, Oct. 17th, 2 to 7 p.m., 11354 Vance Jackson Rd.~~San Antonio Fire Museum Society Fundraiser, "Fall in Love with Your Fire Museum." Come enjoy food, refreshments, music, dance, and Original Works of Art by San Antonio's Artists~~ FREE Admission!
  • Local Artists' Slap Down! US Martial Arts Training Center in Converse~~ Opening reception of the Art Across the Americas Exhibit on Sunday, Nov. 7th from 3 to 7 p.m. Local artists will do demos at 4 pm followed by a silent auction.
  • Spirits & Demons! Fall and Halloween Art Exhibit with the Schertz Area Art Council, now through Nov. 18th at the Schertz Civic Center. Halloween Party Reception, Public invited . . . 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21st~~Square Dancing, Refreshments, and Costume Contest.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Change of Seasons, New Paintings from Cindy Morawski

Bandelier Monument

Turquoise Door

Late Night at the Pumpkin Patch


A Change of Seasons

Running and laughing down the greenbelt trail with my dogs yesterday marked a celebration. It was the first day of fall in San Antonio. A cool front moved in finally. The rain forest mugginess of the last two weeks lifted, and it was cool and dry when I opened the garage door with Rusty and Phineas beside me at the end of their leashes. The forecast said it was going to be comfortable. Yeah, they got this one right! The chilly air sent goosebumps up my spine. Champagne weather! I felt ready to drink it all in.
As I dodged the rocks and uneven surfaces on yesterday morning's trail, I was jarred into a sudden shift in time. I remembered jogging down a muddy Gilmore Road when I was twelve and living on my family's dairy farm in Pennsylvania. My feet felt lighter than air without my winter boots weighing me down. It was the first day of spring and our farmland was just beginning to thaw out. Mud had replaced the snow, but that wasn't going to keep me from wearing my tennis shoes. No more boots for awhile. It reminded me of all those times at the East Palestine Roller Rink when I'd take off my roller skates at the end of a fun skating session, walk out of the building into the parking lot, and have the distinct sensation that I was floating over the ground. I felt that light.

Living in South Texas decades later, I can still appreciate the change of seasons. No matter that my longings have shifted from spring to fall. I can still celebrate the joy of liberation from oppressive weather and the ability to play or work outside without suffering like a martyr. Just like years ago, I've made it through another tough season, but this time it's not a long, cold winter; this time it's a long, hot summer. So bring on the pumpkins, the falling leaves, the chill in the air. I'm ready! I'm going to give thanks for the change in seasons.
To celebrate the seasons, I included an earlier fall painting entitled Late Night at the Pumpkin Patch. I also included two recent works from a past trip to New Mexico. Turquoise Door is a scene from Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and Bandelier Monument revisits my love of that natural shrine in the setting of one of our nation's national park treasures near Santa Fe.
Happy Autumn Days!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Support Texas Artists in the Buda Fine Arts Festival

~~Special Invitation~~
Buda Fine Arts Festival
October 1 - 3, 2010
Art Premier--Friday, Oct. 1st, 7--10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 10 -- 6
Sunday, Oct. 3rd, 10 -- 4
Located on the Greenbelt in Historic Downtown Buda, Texas
Featured Artist on above card: Shou Ping, Paper Sculpture
Over 50 Artists
Live Music, Silent Auction
Quilt Show, Children's Art Area
Free Festival Admission on Oct. 2 & 3
Oct. 1st's premier, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres with private showing, entry $15 at the door
*I was juried into this event. I'm also looking forward to exhibiting my art in this exciting fine arts festival! Hope you will join me!!!


Crimson October, new 2010 pastel autumn landscape, 14 x 16

by Cindy Morawski

Welcome, Autumn! It officially begins soon on September 23rd. To kick it off this Season, I'd like to invite you to join me in the Buda Fine Arts Festival during the first weekend of October. The temperatures will be cooling off and the Texas Hill Country beckons . . . I have new paintings along with some of my gallery favorites that I'll be exhibiting and selling at the festival. Celebrate the ARTS in 2010 by supporting Texas Artists!

See you soon!




Monday, August 30, 2010

September Seasons: FotoSeptiembre SA/USA

Thinking about Freedom
Gettysburg Civil War Battlefield, PA

Coming Up Yellow
Gerbera Daisy

The Songbook,
Shaker Praises in Pleasant Hill, KY

Maple Lace
Lost Maples Natural Area in Vanderpool, TX

San Antonio Botanical Gardens
San Antonio, TX

Harvest at Sturbridge

Sturbridge Village, MA

Reflections at Sturbridge

Sturbridge Village, MA


Photography by Cindy Morawski

Seasons of September, Past and Present:

FotoSeptiembre SA/USA


FotoSeptiembre in San Antonio is celebrating photography all over the city and in the surrounding communities of the Hill Country too. Museums, galleries, and businesses are showcasing the photography of local artists. Three of my photographic works are currently being exhibited in the gallery of the 764 West Frame Shop at 764 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, Texas. Celebrate photography with this annual event!
Morawski Fine Art
Highlights for September/October:
  • Comfort Art Walk, Sept. 18th, 10 to 5, Comfort, Texas. Look for me in front of the Comfort Crockery on 402 Seventh Street. I'll be demonstrating landscape painting by working on an autumn landscape painting.
  • Inspire's on Fire Celebration, Inspire Fine Art's Juried Exhibition and Reception , Sept. 16, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., St. Anthony's de Padua's Reception Hall, 102 Lorenz Rd., San Antonio, TX 78205
  • SAAC's Spirits and Demons ~~ Fall and Halloween Art Show, Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, at Schertz Civic Center in Schertz, Texas. I'll have fall paintings and Halloween Photography
  • Georgetown Art Hop 2010, Juried Art Exhibition, Oct. 1 - 29, Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas. I recently found out that I was juried in with one of my 2010 paintings for this show.
  • Seventh Annual Buda Fine Arts Festival, Oct. 1 - 3, Buda, Texas. I was juried into this three day fine arts festival. Friday night will feature an art walk from 7 to 9 pm. Saturday & Sunday's hours go from 10 to 6.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Celebrating August with New Paintings and an Art Fest

Reflections on the Maple Trail
Landscape of Lost Maples

Have you ever hiked Lost Maples Natural Area in Vanderpool, Texas? I went hiking there last fall and that's where I found this scene. I started out by hiking the Maple Trail. Not too far down the path, I found a footbridge with immense rocks on both sides. To the right, I spotted a long ridge of colorful trees. When I crossed the bridge, I noticed that below and to the right, water, boulders, and distant tree-lined hills marked the horizon. The bright sight of orange, red, and yellow hardwood trees dotted my view as well. Meanwhile, I couldn't help but also notice the sunlit reflections of the water displaying the blue sky and the shimmery images of the elephant-like rocks in the pond. It was an image that I photographed, and that stuck with me for months. I had photos of this landscape in my studio with the intention that I'd get around to painting it eventually. I have studied the photos off and on since last November. Last week, I took the plunge and started painting. I remembered the crisp, cool air and the pungent aura of decomposing leaves beneath my feet. I heard the laughter and chatter of my fellow hikers and the giddy sense of a holiday. It felt quite liberating! Now that the zenith of the summer heat is upon me, I am looking forward to October and the welcoming cooler temperatures. I'll emerge from my summer cocoon like a butterfly and journey into the World of Autumn.

Redwall Buttes of the Grand Canyon, my artwork selected by SAAC for this year's art festival ad poster.
I would like to invite all of you to the New Braunfels HEIST ART FEST!! I'll be participating in the festival next Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 10 to 4. A variety of artists will be set up with paintings, prints, photography, art cards, and more to help celebrate art. The Schertz Area Artz Council and the 724 West Frame Shop are sponsoring it at the following location: 764 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, Texas. Check out the website for more details or call the following number: www.764west.com or phone -- 830.629.0998.
Hope to see you soon!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Looking Back at my Summer Seasons Art Show

Summer Seasons Art Show at Wine Styles at The Rim in San Antono, TX~~Paintings by Cindy Morawski, standing in center with friends

Good friends, good food, and good wine! Plus, more new landscapes displayed on table.

Art Reception Line-up: Right to Left-- Steve, Cindy, Sherry, Anna, and Janet

Artist Friends (right to left)-- Vera Smith and Brigitte Tuttle

Supporters~~ Paul and Steve having fun!

Smile and say "cheese"!! Friends~ Sherry Heffner (right) and Anna Quintana (left)
How do you spell f-u-n? It all starts with a recipe for success that includes the ingredients and mix of an art show, friends, and refreshments. I experienced all of that at my Summer Seasons Art Show at The Rim in San Antonio, Texas, last week on Wednesday evening, July 28th, 2010. Wine Styles hosted my art show and reception in their gallery at the store's location at 17503 La Cantera Pkwy., Ste 115.
To all my friends, a BIG thanks for coming out to the show and reception! There was a good turn-out and sale. I appreciated all the kudos and conversation! It was a memorable night in the life of this artist!!!
My next art event will take place later this month on Saturday, August 21st, from 10 to 4, at the New Braunfels HEIST Art Festival. It's sponsored by the 764 West Frame Shop of New Braunfels and the Schertz Arts Council. I'll be located in Booth # 17 with my tent and artwork. Hope you can join me and about 20 other artists for the show!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Award of Merit for Pet Portrait~Forgiven

Forgiven, Award of Merit, 2nd Place Winner!


After a dance around the studio with Rusty, my dog subject matter for Forgiven, I decided to share the good news with my family and friends who voted in this past spring's Animal Art Contest. I tied for 2nd place and received the Award of Merit. I will receive a $50 certificate and a membership to the International Art Market Gallery and Members Gallery. Here's the link if you want to see the Best of Show winner and the one who tied with me: http://www.guestgallery.com/101Animal.htm


*PS: Thanks again for voting and inquiring about the contest results! I appreciate your support of my art!!!


Pet Portrait Painting

Mockingbird Studio


Saturday, July 24, 2010

San Antonio Summer Art Show at The Rim

Wine Styles Happy Hour in June

It's a Texas Thang! Schertz July Art Show Reception

A Hundred Acres
Recent Rural Landscape Painting by Cindy Morawski
New Summer Art Show at The RIM
Featuring the Paintings of Cindy Morawski
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Located at ~~Wine Styles
17503 LaCantera Pkwy. Ste. 115
San Antonio, TX 78257
Phone: (210)558-6788
Ladies Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m.
Includes Drink Specials with Low Half-off Prices
Jazz Band entertainment all evening!
Please join me for my ART Show featuring some of my most recent work and a relaxing evening with Friends at Wine Styles this Wednesday evening.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nature Photo Album, Celebrating the outdoors on Waldon Heights

Sophia, the neighborhood cat, keeping an eye on the doves

White-Wing Doves sharing some breakfast seeds

Our Crepe Myrtles greeting the summer sky

Rain, rain bring me vivid colors everywhere!

Mr. McNutty, my squirrel friend and frequent backyard visitor

Texas Hydrangea standing tall by the front fence in my yard
Celebrating the Outdoors on Waldon Heights!

Blooms and Neighborhood Buddies
What would summer be like this year in 2010 without celebrating the outdoors in San Antonio? Yes, it's getting hotter, but unlike last summer with its drought and excessive heat, we have had beautiful flowers and shrubs blooming and green grass everywhere! Due to the gentle rains and easy spring, summer tiptoed in with lots of benefits. I have been thrilled with the local color, and I don't want to forget the beauty all around me. That's why I wanted to share my photos of critters and flowers that I snapped this summer in my yard in Braun Station West.
Sometimes, we take for granted the wonders of nature. But, if we're lucky enough to have a yard in the suburbs or city, there is hum of life, a web of life, and a dazzle of life right under our noses. Just last night, I heard our little front pond's resident toad doing his croaking mating call. This morning during a coffee break, I witnessed a green hummingbird whiz by my red geraniums. And, this afternoon, I felt almost lulled into a meditative moment by the cooing of the backyard doves' call.
I'll need to get busy painting some of the good things in my life. Look for flowers, squirrels, birds, and more in my future paintings. I'll keep you posted.
Sending my Summer Best,
Cindy Morawski
Mockingbird Studio and Gallery
8603 Waldon Hts.
San Antonio, TX 78254

87th Nesbitt Reunion, July 9 - 11, 2010

Above, left to right: Greetings in the Nesbitt Room at the Best Western Hotel in Harrisburg, PA: Harry Rodriguez, President Marylou Nesbitt, and Secretary & Family Historian Audrey Nesbitt Rodriguez

Right: Welcome to Hershey and Chocolate World! Saturday, July 10th, a tour of Hershey with the Family

87th Nesbitt Reunion 2010 at the Cassel Farm in Elizabethtown, PA
After returning to Texas from our Nesbitt Reunion this past weekend, I just wanted to say, "Wow! What an amazing weekend!" I also just wanted to say Thanks to the planning committee of Nesbitts that made this possible~~ Marylou Nesbitt, President, Audrey Nesbitt Rodriguez, Secretary/Treasurer/ Family Historian, and Amy Reichert Kennedy, local coordinator and planner. From greetings and registration on Friday, July 9th to breakfast on Sunday, July 11th, I experienced a whirlwind of wonderful activities and visiting that made the time fly by much too quickly. Personal highlights for me included exploring the Nesbitt Archives, swapping stories with my cousins, aunts, and uncles, plus, singing along with the family on the entertaining trolley ride at Hershey. The unforgettable Saturday night Picnic Dinner at the Cassel Farm in Elizabethtown also was not only delicious but filled with fun because of the accompanying silent auction fundraiser after dinner.
Our business meeting revealed the possibility of an 88th reunion in Erie, PA in 2012. I hope to see you all again at the next reunion if not before the 2012 gathering! Again, thanks for the clarity of our family tree, Audrey, and the planning and communications from both Audrey and Marylou! In closing, thanks to all of you for the great memories from another successful family reunion!!
Best regards,
Cindy Morawski