Carlos the Cardinal – Watercolor ATC

“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail.  That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.”
–Dorthea Brande

Carlos the Cardinal – Watercolor ATC

“I’m Carlos the Cardinal.  The thing I like best about spring is a clean birdbath!  Humans always clean the birdbath in the spring!” 🙂

This little card went to Briar in Aukland, New Zealand.  Carlos does look like he is giving that birdbath a good inspection. 

Dorothea Brande (1893 – 1948) was a well respected writer and editor in New York.

She was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, the Lewis Institute in Chicago (later merged with Armour Institute of Technology to become Illinois Institute of Technology), and the University of Michigan. Her book Becoming a Writer, published in 1934, is still in print and offers advice for beginning and sustaining any writing enterprise. She also wrote Wake Up and Live, published in 1936, which sold over two million copies. It was made into a musical by Twentieth Century Fox in 1937.

While she was serving as associate editor of The American Review in 1936, she married that journal’s owner and editor, Seward Collins. Collins was a prominent literary figure in New York and a proponent of an American version of fascism, which he explored in The American Review.

Dorothea Collins died in New Hampshire.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Artswebshow
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 03:24:00

    Will the bird bath pass the test, will it.
    Lol, that is one beautiful bird


  2. asmalltowndad
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:07:29

    Carlos’s feathers looks like my hair in the morning (what little I have). No bird baths here just a finch feeder.


  3. lesliepaints
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 09:17:05

    I thank Carlos and you for reminding me my birdbath needs addressing! I’m sitting here with my laptop, enjoying looking out the window at a jay and some blackbirds pecking around under one of the feeders. I have already been visited by Carlos, the house finches and a few goldfinches this AM. Life is good but still cold here!


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 10:19:23

      Thanks, Leslie! I can’t remember the last time I just sat and looked out the window. It’s still cold here, too, but tomorrow our warming trend starts. Highs in the 70’s and 80’s coming after today. Yippee! Now go clean that birdbath! 😀


  4. lindahalcombfineart
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 09:14:27

    Beth, I love the whimsical back ground and the spring colors. Your cardinal looks like he is ABOUT ready to dive right in.


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