Saturday, March 30, 2013

New Songs for Spring 2013, BIRD Paintings

New Spring Songs
by Cindy Morawski

Looking out my kitchen window, I notice the birds feeding.  One particular squirrel sits atop our big red metal feeder like a prince
surveying his kingdom.  A plague of doves float down to pick up the remains of the seeds.  They flap and beat their wings in a noisy and bossy way.  Soon, they cover the ground with their muted colors.  One sounds the alarm, when suddenly a large bird shadow flies over.   A hawk cries a warning.  He's just as hungry.  The doves fly up in a mass of feathers and panic.   

Baby in Blue


Spring's energy almost takes my breath away.  I feel like I've just awoken from a long sleep.  The live oak trees have lost their leaves and now show a green fuzzy glow about the neighborhood.  Birds seem to be everywhere I look.  The mockingbird flits back and forth to the bush outside my kitchen window above the sink.  When I'm doing the dishes, I hear a flutter and spot a quick movement.  The mockingbird is building a nest for its young.  I see other evidence of this happening in my yard.  The wrens are darting in and out of the birdhouse that I hung in one of my backyard's trees.  Their furtive patterns don't fool me for a second.  I've seen this behavior before in the springtime.  They will leave their feathered legacies.  One egg at a time.  One fledgling at a time. 

San Antonio Song (with Frame)

This spring I painted birds with color.  Baby in Blue is a metaphor for new songs and a spring awakening.  San Antonio Song  shows the Southwest bird with a mission's stucco window.  Is it looking in or looking out?  It has a song in its heart, ready for a season bright with sunshine and bright flowers. 



If you'd like to see my paintings, I'll be in my tent with my new season's artwork in Maverick Plaza, space #124, at LaVillita in downtown San Antonio, the weekend after Easter, April 6, 7, at the Starving Artist Art Show.  This will be the 51st year of the show.  It started in 1963.  It's also a Fund Raiser for the Less Fortunate and is sponsored by the Little Church of LaVillita.  It opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. each day.  There are no admission fees for the show.  Hope to see you there!


New Songs

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Favorite Things

Pinto near Rio Medina, new spring 8x10 painting

Favorite Things
by Cindy Morawski
Traveling last spring to a friend's ranch southwest of San Antonio in Rio Medina, Texas, I spotted a pinto horse grazing in a field of wildflowers.  I slowly pulled my car over to the side of the gravel road and got out with my camera in hand.  The horse looked up from its scented paradise and focused on me.  I then focused my camera's lens on the animal.  I snapped the shot.  I knew it was a scene and landscape that I wanted to preserve for my art and memory files. 
The field was blanketed in shades of yellows and purples.  The yellow flowers in the foreground blazed like miniature suns.  I wanted to rotate around each one and feel its beauty and warmth.  The pinto stood like a sentinel guarding the wildflowers.  What a lucky horse!  I stood there riveted.  I wished that I could exchange places with her, if only for a few minutes. 
When I think of the things that I love most in the world, I still haven't left childhood.  I remain a lover of horses.  I'm still in love with the outdoors.  I remember gathering large bouquets of wildflowers in the spring in Pennsylvania where I grew up.  I'd ride my horse Flame through the country's fields and pastures.  I'd stop and let her graze, and I'd pick a bouquet of spring beauties to share with my mother when I returned home.  My favorite things.  Hmmmm.  The music of the creek nearby, the warm sun on my face, the perfumed field of flowers, and my beloved horse friend Flame. 
I looked at my watch.  How long had I been standing there by the roadside?  The horse's tail swatted some flies away and turned to find another patch of grass to graze upon.  Time to head home.  I looked around.  There were some nearby flowers that I decided to pick for a bouquet.  Some things never change.  I'm delighted about that. 
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