Monday, September 12, 2011

Birds of a Feather . . . Recent Paintings of Birds

Desert Cardinal

Autumn Song Sparrow

Red-Plumed Cardinal

Birds of a Feather Flock Together
~~Paintings by Cindy Morawski~~

One of the best parts of my day happens to be in the morning.  I like to watch the birds come to the bird feeder outside my kitchen window.  While I'm waking up with a cozy cup of coffee, I view a whole cast of bird characters flitting from my front yard's white picket fence to the red bird feeder.  I hung that offering to the local birds after Paul and I first moved into our home on Waldon Heights.  With this severe drought in South Texas, the birds have had a hard time.  I try to not only provide some seed nourishment, but I also offer them water in our bird bath and front fountain.  They repay me daily.  I enjoy their antics, songs, and liveliness. 

Painting birds encourages me take a good look at them.  When I study them before and while I paint them, I notice details that I wouldn't ordinarily see.  They make for colorful subjects.  One of my all-time favorite birds, even since childhood, has been the cardinal.  There are a variety of cardinals in the United States.  Their song and crimson color help them get noticed and appreciated.  Another bird favorite for me is the sparrow.  Again, like the cardinal, there are many varieties.  I decided to paint the song sparrow with an autumn background because my favorite season is in the Fall; I'd like to think that the sparrow's song announces this wonderful season in nature.   

Art Cards and Prints are available for all three paintings.  The originals are also for sale.  Please check out my website for more information.  Thanks. 

Happy Bird Watching!

May All your Wishes Come True~~The Wishing Tree, a Painting by Cindy Morawski

The Wishing Tree
~~ story and painting by Cindy Morawski

Life is not always fair.  Is it?  A slave girl named Cecilia once tried to balance the scales of justice.  She decided to run away from her cruel southern plantation.  She waited for darkness to make her escape, no full moon for her.   Before she lost her nerve, she slid out of her cabin and made for the woods.  Cecilia could hear her heart pounding before she noticed the master's blood hounds baying wildly behind her.  She splashed across the creek so that they'd lose her scent, but she could hear them coming closer.  In the distance was her only hope.  She spied a large oak tree a few yards away.  She headed for it.  The dogs were now crossing the creek.  She wrapped her arms around the tree and wished as hard as she could. 

The hunting party saw the slave girl near the tree.  "She musta' climbed that oak," mumbled the surprised overseer.  He took his pistol out and started firing up and into that tree.  The rest of the night patrol did the same.  The shots lit up the night with their sound and fury.  But, the girl was gone.  They came back the next day after first light.  She had vanished. 

Cecilia Washington was next spotted by the Liberty Bell in downtown Philadelphia.  She was running an errand for a local printmaker, a Quaker and abolitionist.  The Wishing Tree helped Cecilia make her wish come true.  Years later, the story is still being told.  In some Alabama woods near the Jackson's old cotton plantation, bullets were recently found in the trunk of an old oak.

Close your eyes.  The Wishing Tree beckons.  What would you wish for? 
                                  Hope all your wishes come true!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Photographic Observations

 Aphorisms with Animals
Photographs by Cindy Morawski
A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
Scratch a cat and you will have a permanent job.

Aphorisms offer a little truth and an observation.   Here's another one I like:  Money can't buy happiness, but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo. 

Do you know any aphorisms?  E-mail me if you do . . .