Monday, September 16, 2013

Night Moves---ART Urbanscapes--Energy and Colors of the BIG City

Night Moves
9x12 Painting
Sept. 2013~~Cindy Morawski

 How the Night Moves

I started humming Bob Seger's music when I began my Night Moves painting recently.  It's one of my all-time favorite Seger songs.   Bob's lyrics rhyme moves with  lose and blues--for me, it all sums up the energy and passion of city nightlife.  I love the reflecting colors of the traffic lights, automobile tail and headlights, advertising neon signs, and more.  Here's the last verse of my tribute to Seger. 
I woke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in.
----------Bob Seger, Last song verse to Night Moves
This past summer, I photographed several city scenes at night.  My painting is based upon those photos.  I tried to keep my art style loose and impressionistic.  I also wanted to give voice to the excitement of all those bright colors and the energetic movements of the traffic and people. 
"With autumn closing in" (Bob Seger), I'm also aware of seasonal changes and my focus on Fall Art Shows.  You're invited to my Fall Art Show and Reception through TAG at the Emily Morgan on E. Houston Street-- this Wednesday evening on September 18th, 2013.  Here's a postcard invitation:

Another September art event that's coming up soon is the Comfort Art Walk.  It's taking place this Saturday, September 21st, all day.  I'll be doing an art demo in front of the Comfort Crockery, 402 Seventh Street, where some of my art is currently on display.  I'll also have a trunk show available with extra art cards and prints.  Artists from the  Texas Pastel Society will also be represented in front of the old theater in downtown Comfort with art demos and artwork for sale.  Hope you'll join me and the Texas Pastel Society!
"I woke last night to the sound of thunder."  (Seger)  Well, for me, I heard the happy sound of thunder today when I watched the rain coming down.  I was eating lunch at the Emily Morgan Hotel's restaurant after my downtown art installation in the hotel's library.  The wind kicked up.  The trees were leaning sideways.  The rain came pouring down.  My friend Maria and I were glad we were inside-- looking out.  Safe in a comfy restaurant booth by a large window.  Happily, with the September rains, my yard is starting to look green again.  Now, if the autumn cooler weather can blow in, San Antonio will be all set!
Hope to SEE you in SEPTEMBER!  Happy Autumn 2013!  ~~Cindy

 *PS:  Two More of my Cityscape Paintings -- a closer look at E. Houston Street in downtown San Antonio.

Left:  Sunset on E. Houston
Right:  Night on E. Houston 


Sunday, September 1, 2013

ART HARVEST---Happy Labor Day!

Apple Harvest
8x10 Pastel Painting
~~Cindy Morawski
One of my favorite stops on my August trip to Ohio was Gervasi's Vineyard.  My Cousin Nancy and her husband Dave, plus Paul and I lunched at the Bistro, an outdoor cafĂ© along a beautiful lake near Akron.  We hiked around to check out the landscape, and on our way back we walked through a small orchard with fruit trees, mostly apples and pears.  I looked up at the shiny--red apples in their dark green foliage and knew I spotted perfection.  I was also reminded of Sunday childhood walks with my mother and brother through neighborhood apple orchards in our farming community in Pennsylvania.  October also wouldn't have been complete as a kid without some apple bobbing at Halloween.  I can still remember those sweet, crisp red delicious apples from Dawson's Orchards.  It was worth getting my head soaked in a cold tub of water while apple bobbing to get one of those pieces of fruit.  More good apple memories!  This Fall, I'm looking forward to visiting Medina, the apple capitol of the Texas Hill Country.  They usually celebrate their harvest with an Apple Festival, complete with all things apple--pie, ice cream, apple butter, and more.   
Need an art card for a birthday or other special event?  I have created a variety of art cards featuring my original paintings.  They cost $3.50 each, and you can save if you get 4 or more; they then only cost $2.50 each.  Each card is signed and has the artwork's title.  Of course, they come with envelopes too.  I have cards available at my home studio, or I can ship them to you.   Here's my contact email:  And, here's my website:  You can preview my paintings in my gallery link, and then decide which cards you'd like. 
FALL  ART  Shows
  • Texas Pastel Society's Art Show--Tobin Library--Sept. through Oct. 12
  • TAG Art Shows at the Hotel Valencia and the Emily Morgan Hotels, downtown San Antonio, both shows run from mid-Sept. and last for 3 months . . . wine & cheese reception at the Emily Morgan, Sept. 18th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  You're invited!
  • Comfort ArtWalk in Comfort, TEXAS--Saturday, Sept. 21st--I'll be at the Comfort Crockery, 402 Seventh Street, with a Demo and Trunk Show.  I also have an art exhibit in this gallery & art store. 
  • 27th Annual SA Fall Home and Garden Show--Oct. 4--6--at the Alamodome, look for my display with the Texas Pastel Society
  • Tent Art Show, at my home/ studio, 8603 Waldon Hts., SA--Oct. 12, 9 to 2--Come visit and see what's new!
  • Zion Arts Festival, November 2, 1604 and Braun Rd., 10 to 5
  • 25th Annual Wolfson House Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, 415 Broadway, SA, Nov. 18 to 22, 10 to 6.