Poster Image

Sunlight Breaks Through The


Item#: 2018SYR04

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Sunlight Breaks Through The

poster information


sunlight breaks through the
pines… dreams fade with the cheerful songs of cardinals

I have a wonderful, mostly secluded, backyard. It faces a large wooded area of tall trees, while giant pines form a fence-line on either side of my house. It is home to hawks, crows, an owl and many beautiful songbirds who frequent our bird feeder. Regardless the season, I've developed a special fondness for cardinals-so much so, that they have inspired several of my haiku! On a quiet winter morning, it's stunning to see the striking red brilliance of a cardinal perched upon a rooftop blanketed with snow, his loud cheery song brightening even the grayest of days. When we've flung bedroom windows open in summer, it's the cardinal, whose unique sing-song breaks through the trees, wakening me each morning. It begins around four, when daylight first brightens my room; a flutter of wings, a choir of songbirds, each with a tweet louder than the others, until only the cardinal, with his red bushy crown and the beautiful song, is left to answer the rising of the sun — and, the ringing of my alarm clock! It's a very pleasant way to start the day!

I think the best way for me to get inspiration was to go outside or go on a hike. The place that I went to get my inspiration is right outside Cortland and there was this perfect spot to illustrate the poster. I enjoy doing outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing. I personally identify myself as the girl in the poster. I use a lot of female characters in my artwork to show diversity. I also wanted to illustrate local nature scenery, as you might see at Green Lakes or Clark Reservation. The forest represents closeness to home because it is a safe place, and the surrounding woods portray the magic of nature. I personally chose the poem because it really hits home and it has this outdoorsy vibe glowing from it.