Set of four cream cards with different birds on each: chickadee, cardinal, bluebird and goldfinch.
‘m Jonalyn, watercolor painter and author. As an artist, I am always looking for thoughtful cards that will be cherished beyond the initial read. As an author, I prefer handwritten cards, our penmanship, even mymessy scrawl, says so much about who we are. So, with my watercolor training, I created a card line for my tradition of letter-writing and sending.
The Flowers, and later Bird Collection is my way to express the way beauty flares up and then is gone. My paintings are a capture of that moment of full bloom. My paintings are inspired by vintage botanicals but also by my love for the impressionists.
My personal card collection has grown into a small business. Printed on 80 pound cream card stock here in my hometown of Exeter, New Hampshire, the paper remains my favorite surface to write my own letters. Each card includes a paragraph (on the back), the story behind the painting. You might enjoy reading one, here’s the “Cardinal Story”.
The brilliant spot of color in winter, the cardinal is often a reminder of hope during dim days. The cardinal’s bright beauty has been a welcome sign to me of God’s restoration even through hard times. The male’s song announces you’re in its territory. It is quick to protect its nest and mate from intruding males. Both cardinal parents works to feed their nestlings, hopping on the ground or on low bushes for food.
“Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they?”
Jesus to his disciples
I get so much encouragement from re-reading beautifully written and carefully chosen cards. When a loved one dies and I can still read their words, written by their hand, it’s like I can better remember them. I am honored that my cards are a part of that enduring tradition of stepping across time and space to write to those we love.
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