Glory Bellevue Cardinal's great-grandparents, on their wedding day, received the gift of a hand-forged compass, a commission of the village smithy and beautifully wrought in gleaming golds, silvers, and coppers.  And while they presumed it was to be used on their upcoming honeymoon travels, it proved to be a tool of much greater magnitude.  Inside was the inscription, 'stay true'.  Certainly this could have indicated marital fidelity, but the meaning was far more textured.  Use the compass to guide in the right direction, but first decide that direction.  Then, stay true to your purpose and your path.     


    In a time when choices were fewer, freedom of will an extravagance, and survival seemingly the only focus, the couple knew that trivial distractions were simply unacceptable.  Risk, chance, and hope were reserved for the things that truly mattered.  If they knew their direction; what they wanted; what they loved; and they worked faithfully to get there, they would make it, and it would be worth it.  They could do it, one deliberate wing flap at a time.  For the wind could either take them in its direction, or they could use it as a tool to take them where they wanted to go. 


    As they grew older, they passed the golden-hued compass on to their child.  Leaning on their own experience, and to help him find his own direction, they underlined the existing message with their own inscription: INTERIORA VIDE - look within.  By the time it was given to Glory by her father, yet another was added: Set your direction by cant of wing not cast of wind.   


    Glory thought of this as she carved tight turns into the wind, letting it lift her ever higher, then tilting a few feathers and pivoting on point.  She could change direction on the spot and hasten or slow just as readily.  If she knew how to use her wings, the wind became a tool instead of a governor.  With intention, she could go in whichever direction she chose, however far, however fast, however high. 


    While she isn't yet ready to hand the precious compass to her child, she has already added her message to the others: Y UNA ORACION.  Because, if she knows where she wants to be, on a wing she can get there.  But a little prayer can always help along the way.


    Portrait Study, 9” x 12” with backer board in protective cello. 


    Accompanying the Study on a separate sheet is a whimsical tale of the animal featured. Entirely collectible, the stories intertwine, creating a much-loved community of characters.


    We print on Canson® Infinity Arches® Aquarelle Rag luxuriously thick 310 gsm, 100% cotton paper. This archival, matte paper with a felt-marked finish and even natural grain showcases crisp detail and vibrant colour.   I