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!