Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tale of the Portuguese Rooster...

(Personalized Sketches photo of an original)

*Click on image to see it is drawn entirely with the last name: CABRAL*

*each original that I do, is done in a fade-proof ink that shows very well.
...however, some values in the sample photos/copies often are not true to life, due to camera lighting.

*some have asked about color in a drawing... The majority of the Personalized Sketches I do are black and white. ...but I have done some with color added afterwards with watercolor pencils, like this rooster.*

Now on to the Rooster Party...(and I do have a couple of little gift certificate giveaways that are used towards a Personalized Sketch of your choosing).

Mr. B's great grandparents came from the Azores on ships sailing to the Hawaiian Islands. They're Portuguese. (with some Spanish, French, a teeny-tiny bit of Irish) This Rooster Party celebrates the tale of "Galo de Barcelos".

The Rooster of Barcelos has become a national symbol for Portugal. It's been said it symbolizes "The winning of justice when you fight for it". The legend is many hundred years old and there are different versions.

Come sit a spell...A Tale to tell...He tells it well...

(This cute animation was created by Daniel Oliviera Prins)
~a Willem de Kooning Academy student~


This ceramic Portuguese Rooster is one of two that made its roost long ago in my hubby's childhood home. His younger sister and her family now own that home, which is so full of memories... My request for a photo was more than fulfilled, when her beautiful 12 yr old daughter sent all 4 views.

Sesame Street's Big Bird at the annual Portuguese Cultural Club Festivities?... No, but how about his Galo de Barcelos

*Once again...Mr. B comes to the rescue! He found several rubbermaids full of photos! Was I surprised when this was in one of them! I didn't remember that we posed with this rooster... & as I looked at the photo, I thought maybe it was a huge statue. But then, I looked a little closer and yep, you can see this rooster has a wing and... a yellow hand??

Baby Girly-Whirly1 looks like she's trying to figure him it a bird...or isn't it? haha


What? Doesn't everybody love standing, facing the door, waiting til their other half repeatedly adjusts for the perfect lighting and the perfect angle... and proceeds to take ten or more pictures in order to get the perfect picture of a Portuguese Rooster on the back of a Portuguese Cultural Club Polo?

...heehee... my sweet, patient hubby did! His parents were very involved with this club. As teens, Mr. B, his brother & 2 sisters were members too. The hip, cool group of teens performed traditional dances and sang. (I wish I had some of those photos...but maybe on another post...for now, I need to stay focused on the Roosters!)

~~~~~~~~~~ that fellow rooster fans... is a bit about the roosters that are a part of the Portuguese Culture...

Oh, here's a fella with his chest all puffed up! "Mr. Rooster"

(Personalized Sketches copy of an original)
*Click on image to see it is drawn entirely with the name: FRANK*


And with a Mr.'s a Mrs....

(Personalized Sketches copy of an original)
*Click on image to see it is drawn entirely with the name: DOT*


When a comment is's sorta like a calling card to say you came by ;o)

I have 2 "Gift Certificates" to give... (of course, please don't feel any pressure at all...I'm just so happy to have you visit :o)

Each "gift certificate" is worth $20 towards a purchase of an 8x10 single figure drawing (regularly priced @ $65 /B&W or $70/color; matting & framing are not included)
...done in ANY name you choose & of ANY subject matter...a rooster or ANY thing you can think of... (I had to put an expiration date, since Christmas time for me gets very busy with orders.)

(certificate designed by Personalized Sketches)

PLEASE leave a comment for each possible entry.
Here are the possible entries:
1. one comment left on this post telling me what type of drawing you might be interested in
or like to see in a future post. or just let me know what you think about this rooster party :o)
2. if you are a follower (or become a follower)
3. grab one of my buttons & have it on your blog

I will draw the names and notify you in a post and also by email (so please leave your email information).

Since Bella Vista is leaving this party up for a week...the drawing will be done on the following Saturday, September 5th, 2009.

If you'd like to see some Radiant, Red, Refined, Rustic, Rowdy or maybe even Real Roosters, come with me to Bella Vista, she has the Rooster Roster all lined up.

Bênçãos! Até que nós nos encontrarmos outra vez!
(Portuguese for "Blessings! Until we meet again!"


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love your Portuguese Roosters, they are just adorable and have my mouth DIL, Ronnie's wife is 1/2 Portuguese, her Grandparents on her Daddy's side came over from Portugal in the 20's.
They shortened their name to Marshall to be more American. I will have to ask Mindy what it was originally. I would love to register for the gift certificate. You are so talented.

xinex said...

Hi! I just downloaded your button and I will upload it on my blog soon. I have a Portuguese rooster too that I bought from Fatima. I never really knew its significance till now. Thanks for the info. I have to ask you. How do you upload a video from youtube? As usual your drawings are beautiful. I can't think of what type of drawing I would want right now. I like seeing everything you post here. My kids do not live near me, they are all in FL. I used to live in FL too but moved 2 and 1/2 years ago due to hubby's job but I still have a home in FL...Christine

Unknown said...

That's a very interesting history about the Portuguese rooster. Your sketches are amazing.

If I win -- well, I don't know what my choice would be. I'm thinking of all kinds of things!

HeatherOz said...

Loved the rooser party!
I've been trying to think for a while what kind of sketches I could get using my kids names. I will have to think a little more!
Your sketches are SOOOOOO fabulous!

HeatherOz said...

I am definitely a follower!!!

HeatherOz said...

Your button now has a permanant home on my blog!

Anonymous said...

Love the roosters! what a great post as always :-)

I love your wedding monogram sketch, so fabuloso!

Anonymous said...

and I am most definitely a follower!

Anonymous said...

and of course I have your button! (it's scrolling, btw) :-)

Michelle said...

Love the CABRAL drawing! Such a good idea for a house warming gift.

Julie said...

Hi Its me,you stopped over at my place a few days ago... I was telling my 15yr daughter about you.
She is an artist. Monday in school she was playing around and did her name in a drawing just messing around after she had her work done in that class.. When she was finished the boy next to her in class ask if he could have it to hang on his wall at home! So she gave it to him, I did not get to see it, then the next day you joined my blog, with your wonderful art work..She has not seen your work yet but we were talking about it again on the way to school, and how much are lives are some what alike.. I am married to a Dentist, my daughter has had her art work put up for auction, My daughter also acts and has done the same play that your son was in. I am recovering from cancer again... I think your work is wonderful and do plan to spread the word on my blog... I am so slow these days... Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day..

Julie said...

Hi me again, not sure if you got my first post..Here is a post I did about your work .... check it out and let me know what you think... Julie

Barb said...

Hi Sweetheart, I just love your roosters....they are delightful. Your post is lovely! I will be back.

Thanks so much for joining today and helping me to celebrate.

Barb :-)

Jane said...

Our Lord has certainly blessed you with a special talent! Your roosters are gorgeous!!!

Thank you for sharing your Portuguese rooster photos. They are truly special...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed seeing all your unique roosters! You are so talented to draw roosters, etc. using people's names! I'm trying to think of something I could use for my husband, his name is Joe and his birthday is Sept 26th!


deborah said...

Oh my goodness - how clever! I especially like the "Frank" rooster. that's my husbands name.

Bacardi Mama said...

I think that I would do something about golf for my husband as a Christmas gift. The man lives and breathes golf. Have any ideas?

Bacardi Mama said...

I'm a follower!

Bacardi Mama said...

Your button has found a new home on my blog.

Bacardi Mama said...

What a great post. I love the roosters!

Sue said...

I so enjoyed the video, and the rooster that belong to your husband's family are beautiful, thank you for sharing .

Vintage To Chic said...

Hi, love your rooster parade and your sketches are amazing,
have a wonderful week,

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

I just love your Portuguese Rooster pics! Love the Rooster Party!

Irma :)

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Love your roosters!

And your sketches are awesome!

I think if I were to win, I'd choose either a monogram or a rooster!

And thanks for visiting!

xinex said...

Hi! Thanks for all your nice comments. Did I ever thank you for the award that you gave me a few weeks ago? I remember commenting and thanking you but it would not let me the first few times and then I forgot if I ever was successful. Gee! I am really getting forgetful, lol! Anyway, if I haven't thanked you, I do now. I really appreciate it a lot. Hope you have a great weekend...Christine

Marytoo said...

I have one of these roosters!!! I graduated from high school in the Azores.

Nina in Portugal said...

The Galo de Barcelos is common place around my place!

We live in Barcelos!! Small world, huh?!

At the 600 year old market in town, they sell these little ceramic roosters by the thousands. Folks come from all over Portugal, specifically tourists, to buy their roosters here.

Your drawing is beautiful...and VERY authentic!!

And to make the world even smaller, before we moved to Portugal we lived in LaGrange, Ga.

We could be related...

It's so good to meet you!!

I'll be back soon....

~Nina in Portugal

JKW said...

I love all the different roosters you have. A rooster drawn with a persons name? How unusual but really beautiful. Blessings, Janet

LaVonne said...

Thanks for the history lesson. You are talented and your rooster sketch is very nice. I have not seen other sketches yet, but animals are always nice for children's rooms, I think. Thanks for visiting my blog. Stop by anytime! ;)

Bearly Sane said...

Love your rooster sketch ... what an interesting post.
Sandi - My Roosters Party On

Coloradolady said...

WHat an amazing talent, I am hoping I win, this will be wonderful Christmas gifts for two folks I know....I am crossing my fingers!!

Aurora said...

Well I am with Nina on this one. The world is small. I live in the same town as Nina but I grew up in the Azores. I was just wondering what Island your husband's family is from. It is possible that I have visited it. That was a cool video of the Galo de Barcelos story. Where did you find it?

Unknown said...

awesome roosters! love the cultural info and the photo is too funny.....i'm already a follower!


Katie said...

Hey Maria:

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your super sweet comments! Did you enter the 250 custom card giveaway? That ends tomorrow and cards with one of your drawings, maybe saying Thank You over and over would be a fun way for you to enclose a nice note to your customers when you send them your order.

There must be something about roosters, my mom loves them. She has a really big one on the top of her shelves in the kitchen. She also love Polish pottery, hm...were you two seperated at birth, LOL! The similarities coming out are beginning to add up.

PS: Thanks for answering the question about color. Because it'd be fun to have one for ER but she'd want color. I wasn't goint to enter but what the heck!

I really like how you did a couple's monogram and of course I also loved the Kappa Delta nautilus shell. BTW way have I mentioned yet how amazed I am by the sheer variety of things you draw. I mean even the geek squad! Sorry for the comment that went on and on...

Katie said...

I follow, now it'll be way easier to keep up with you rather than using your link button on my page.

Katie said...

I sport your lovely button in my scrolling gadget.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I normally try to reply individually & directly in an email or on your post to those of you that leave comments here.

but just wanted to say thank you for your interest in the drawings I do, please ask any questions, and no comment is too short or too small *wink* (Katie)...

as many of you know, I tend to go long! but do try to shorten my comments! haha

I do enjoy hearing from all of you! Thank you!
Blessings & Aloha everyone!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Your account is still wrong through my followers I had to access you through your e-mail yesterday. I am doing a post tomorrow about how to fix this.

Marie Reed said...

How exciting! Your sketches are phenomenal. I even draw stick figures badly:) I adore rooster and was glued to the screen reading this. The rooster is also the symbol of France. Napoleon tried to change it to the more regal eagle but that it never caught on. Cockadoodledoo!

Unknown said...

Hi, Great selection of rooster's here!Your sketches are wonderful, Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog, Have a sweet day! x

Britt said...

Oh my goodness - I love your sketches! Thanks so much for stopping by A Penny Saved and leaving a comment - I'm so glad you did because I loved checking out your blog! You do beautiful work!

Pam @ This Humble House said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Your sketches are so beautiful! I love your style!

I would love to see a sketch of anything in nature! Trees, leaves, fences, houses...that kind of thing.

I am going to follow your blog and look around a bit, too.

~ Pam

Theresa said...

Wow, you have some talent for sure! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my rooster collection! It was a lot of fun and over time I have really collecting up a bunch of them.! Savannah is one of my favorite places on Earth! Have a blessed day and come visit again:)

Anonymous said...

what an absolutely charming post about your roosters and your drawings are something to crow about! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, I tried to email you but it was returned with a message about "delivery has failed" or something like that. :) My email is over on the sidebar of my blog if you want to contact me that way. xo

santamaker said...

Okay, so ....not only do we have our gorgeous dental student girl in common, but I am also of Portuguese descent. My mother was Portuguese, father was Spanish. I lived in both countries in my youth. You can read about my story on my blog, it's titled, "A little spanish girl and a tall tree". It's about my childhood and why I came to the US.
I'll see if I can do a rooster post..I sure have enough of them. Loved you video and your sketches. You are so talented.
Ate logo!

Barb said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. Your roosters are exceptionally lovely.

That big one-OMG. Love your artwork. you are one talented lady.

Ah, the military... we have to stick together. I am so proud of Jeff and his commitment that I could just cock-a-doodle-doo. Oh, oh, I need to move away form the roosters-hehe.

Have a blessed day.


P.S. I am following your blog too!

Donna said...

Wow! Your work is amazing. I can't believe you can draw pics like that with just names. I had to study the "Frank" rooster before I was able to see what you were talking about.
Please sign me up for the drawing.:)
Thanks for stopping by my blog. You can still see all the postings of the "Oz" party here.
Just keep scrolling way down til you see the Oz button. All the postings all still listed and you just click on their blog names to take you to their Oz post. Hope this helps.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your drawings are so cool! I had to call my daughter over to have a look. She's working on her portfolio for art school (SCAD) and right now she working on an ink and watercolor piece. She was really amazed too!


Susan Wymola said...

I really like your blog,and your sketches are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Beatiful Work! If I could enter and actually give my GC to someone I'd love to do that...I have a sister-in-law that is crazy about Roosters, but I won't have they money so just giving her the GC might work lol.

Sue said...

I've only ever seen something like this once before. It seems as if it would be so time consuming to create. You have quite the talent. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and leaving a nice comment. I'm way down on the list alphabetically. People get tired before that... I am still not done going through the list...

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

What a fabulous story/post! I love your artwork and I love your rooster. How sentimental. I love stories like that! If I won, I would like something beachy, such as a starfish, or a seashell with my last name on it. OH! I also LOVE trees. And it would be a "family tree" because of the name. I would like that too. So many possibilities!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. I am adding myself as a follower of your blog. I hope that you might want to add Tales of Bloggeritaville to your list to follow. I love new friends..and I LOVE your blog!

Tracy said...

Your roosters are so cool...and your art work is gorgeous. You are a talented lady :)
Have a great week!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Girl! You are so talented!!! Love your roosters, and those sketches? Simply amazing! I am in awe AND I am a follower!!

Thank you for visiting my lead me to yours!

Lou Cinda :)

Mom said...

I love the Portugues rooster picture and would love to have it with "Aint God Good" caption.
My daughter and her family lives in Portugal as missionary's. I have several of these roosters. I have towels, napkin holder, kitchen towels, etc. but would love the picture you drew.
My daughter is at Portugal Bound.
Wanda W... God bless.

Kathy said...

Your rooster art is just wonderful. I am glad I am getting to many of the blogs on Barb's list for the rooster party.

SmilingSally said...

What a terrific talent you have to draw a rooster using one word over and over. Amazing!

You wanted my email. It's

smilingsal55 AT yahoo DOT com

I have a book blog you might like to visit:

Susie's country cottage said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog. I have enjoyed having a look around yours. You have some lovely Portuguese roosters! I have been to Portugal many times for holidays but never really knew the history behind their national symbol so thanks for filling me in there.

Ms. Bake-it said...

So sorry I am late arriving. Still working my way through the parties. I do not want to miss anyone!

That is a very interesting history about the Portuguese rooster ! Thank you for sharing it with us. Your sketches are amazing! I am now following you.

~ Tracy

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Great talent you have ! Love the roosters too !

Debbie said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments and visiting my blog. It's taking forever to check out all the roosters. Love the sketches of your roosters. Very beautiful. Debbie

Rhondi said...

Thanks for coming to my rooster party and leaving a comment. I still haven't gotten around to them all!! That is a very nice sketch you've done. I love the Portuguese roosters and had a blue and white one but it broke several years ago and I haven't found one ot replace it. I'm very pleased to meeet you.

Rainy Day Farm said...

Who new Portuguese roosters were so darn cute. I just love them. Your drawings are amazing!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi at my blog!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Thanks so much for your visit to see my roosters. I love yours! My son was just in Portugal and he loved it over there! I love your rooster and hen sketches; especially the rooster! I'd be happy to win one of those. Have a wonderful week.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I just came back to see if you have a winner yet and see it has been extended. I'm going to "Follow" you and I'll put your button on my blog!

I hope I win!!

My email is

Love your work!


Sarah said...

Sorry I'm so late for your party. It is taking me all week to get around to each party. I don't want to miss a one. Your Portuguese roosters are wonderful. Hope to see you at my place sometime.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

I am still making my rooster rounds. Thank you for stopping by my rooster post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and watching the video. My father did alot of traveling through Portugual and Spain and and I have seen pictures of the Portuguese roosters through the years. Have always loved there colorful design. As far as your drawings...they are fabulous and you are very talented! Thank you for sharing the history!

Harbor Hon said...

Beautiful blog! Wonderful roosters! I really liked the You Tube and couldn't stop watching it. I am amazed that you can take a name and make a picture from it. You are one talented lady. Thanks for stopping by my little blog also. Peace. xxoo

Randall and Rachel Beita said...

I love the babies that you draw with their name. I think they are so sweet. I would love to have the name and meaning of the name under the name under the drawing. To me names and thier meanings are so important.

I picked Josiah for my little one because it means God heals, God saves, God redeems. God gave me this little one when I wasn´t supposed to be able to try for a year because of hormone problems.

Randall and Rachel Beita said...

I just saw the sailboat. What a beauty!! So creative!

2003beachbunch said...

bummed I missed it! Single parenting is taking it out of me right now :-( I will be so excited to get my hubby back. Great job!

tracy said...

Hi there
Thank you so much for your visit to the rooster party I wasnt even here for...I just got back from my trip to Wales and am only now returning calls.First let me say I love your blog and you are so very very talented!You had mentioned in your comments to me that we have things incommon...we do indeed,as I read through you profile.My wonderful hbby Mr.B:) Has given me a beautiful last name when we married ,almost 5 yaers ago,it means more to me than any one will know except him and the Lord,I would love to have you do a stech with our last name.I will return to you with more info,in the mean time I will follow your blog,for steching is my passion (another thing in common,but I am not nearly as good as you.I draw,just beacuse it makes me happy in my soul.)Love all the roosters you have displayed for us...thanx
Tracy (Gracie)

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