Anyone can join in and celebrate art by simply tagging any art that uses watercolor (or gouache) with #WorldWatercolorMonth.
31 days artists from all over the world come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolors and also help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them via The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.
I´ll try to participate as often as I can and start today with a painting of a pair of cardinals to which I have been inspired by my wonderful friend Jill who also loves hummingbirds of which she´s sharing beautiful pictures on her blog.
When I first heard of these birds, I have to admit having envisioned them more or less looking similar to the clerical kind of cardinals I´m more used to here in Europe, since the birds are not native around here. 😉 That is to say – like old men with huge glasses, wearing impressive red robes and a silly looking hat. 😉
But of course, they look much more beautiful than these leaders of the Catholic Church, who are also referred to as Princes of the Church. The blood-like red of their robes symbolizes a cardinal´s willingness to die for his faith by the way, a notion with which I´m quite uncomfortable to be honest, especially since so many fanatics seem to consider this kind of action the right thing to do – which of course it´s not and never can be.
No bird or animals would do something alike, they are far too busy living their life, bringing up their offspring and actually fight for their survival.
Why can´t human beings be more like them? Why do we have to fight each other for things as abstract as belief systems?
It´s called live and let live for a reason, and not kill or get killed.