Tuesday, December 18, 2012

keep the faith

Cardinals can bring color and vitality into our lives.
  • As the cardinal red color is symbolic of faith, so it can remind us to "keep the faith" though circumstances might look bleak, dark and hopeless.
Their crimson color can remind us of the importance of ourselves as individuals in the 
circle of life.
I am having this watercolor done by Ellen Hopkins Fountain printed for Holiday cards for her as a gift.
If you are interested in purchasing them please let me know.
The cards are 5 x 7.  Envelopes are red or white.

Ellen has inspired me in many ways and recently had some surgery which required a lengthy recovery and I witnessed her faith and strength carry her.

The charming red bird house provides a beacon of hope snuggled amidst the wintry branches.
Have you spotted a cardinal?
It does capture my attention, take time to see a cardinal and feel the vitality of the crimson cloak.
Keep the faith.


Lobster Meets Peach said...

What a great reminder! Especially after last Friday - thank you...

My Notting Hill said...

My childhood friend's favorite bird was the cardinal. She used to send Christmas cards w/cardinals on them. She passed away at age 42 six years ago. Driving home from the airport after her funeral, a cardinal flew in front of my window, holding it's place even though I was going 50 mph, hovered and then flew away. I took it as a sign that she had found peace and eternal life after suffering so much in her passing from breast cancer. Patricia, this was a lovely post. Thank you.

pve design said...

Thank-you. I will send you something special!
Happy Joyful Holidays to you.

Belle on Heels said...

We used cardinals as the main "motif" in our wedding paper! It's the state bird of VA (where I"m from and where we were married) and it was my husband's high school mascot. They've always been a favorite of mine. I love their fabulous "hair" and those chubby red bellies. Even as an adult, I get so excited when I spot one in a tree or flitting about!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

cardinals are breathtakingly magical especially against a snowy backdrop.
Beautiful work.

Jennifer C. Webb said...

what a great idea....for a great friend. The chance to see a cardinal always makes me stop and stare. Such beauty

MJH Design Arts said...

Hi Patricia, I needed this reminder at exactly this moment. The reminder to look up to notice the wonderful connection of our hearts. Be well.

Jeanne Henriques said...

My father was an avid bird watcher and was so excited when he spotted a red cardinal. He passed his enthusiasm on to me, it has been years, but I look forward to seeing them again one day. Love the card Patricia..amazing what a lift it can be to have the colour red in your life.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, may they be merry and bright....always... xx

BRASWELL said...

Love any kind of bird but the red cardinal is amazing. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

eLIZabeth Floyd said...


You introduced me to Ellen Hopkins Fountain and I love her work. And turning this watercolor into a note card is just genius!

Happy holidays and thanks for this lovely post,