Christmas Bounty

Christmas Bounty


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“CHRISTMAS BOUNTY” is an original watercolor painting by Donna Cushman, resident of the Constitution State, Connecticut. Donna is a Quadriplegic, and she paints with a brush in her mouth. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Donna Cushman for THASC Sales Co. of Margate, FL. THASC has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

Once again THASC artist Donna Cushman graces this blog with another spectacular painting. Her work is even more astounding when you think that she paints with a brush in her mouth. This card has the elements of Thanksgiving and Christmas with the cornucopia overflowing with fresh fruit and surrounded by holly and holly berries, all depicted in captivating bright colors.

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“Goat Amalthea with Infant Zeus” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, comes from two Latin words: Cornu meaning “horn” and Copiae meaning “abundance or plenty.” We usually associate the cornucopia as the symbol of Thanksgiving in North America. In olden times, it referred to a horn-shaped basket filled with vegetables and fruits and sometimes garnished with flowers, as we see the poinsettias in Donna’s painting. The origins of the horn are found in two legends of Greek mythology. One version is the legend of Amalthea and Zeus, the powerful god who from infancy was raised on the milk of the goat Amalthea (“Nourishing Goddess”). One day, the strong, future king of the gods, accidentally broke off one of her horns. Regretfully, he ensured her to always fill the horn with whatever she wished: eternal abundance. Zeus also placed Amalthea among the constellations in the heavens.

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“Hercules and Achelous” by Peter Paul Rubens

Another version of the legend is that of Hercules, son of Zeus, who battles Achelous, the river god, to win the river nymph Deianira, daughter of King Oeneus. To win the contest, Achelous transformed himself into a bull, but Hercules was too strong and ripped off one of his horns. Deianira and Hercules kept Achelous’s horn and filled it with flowers and fruits at their own wedding.

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The Cornucopia from the movie “The Hunger Games”

Today the cornucopia is usually a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with festive fruits, vegetables and nuts. In the book and film series The Hunger Games, the cornucopia is filled with weapons and marks the starting point of the Games. The Cornucopia is also used today as a symbol on the Idaho, Wisconsin and Peru flags. Donna Cushman reminds us that the cornucopia is much more than a pretty decoration at Holiday time, but also a reminder of America’s gratitude for the good things life has given us.

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Wisconsin and Idaho State Flags

Wishing all of THASC’s artists, my readers and my THASC family, a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.

See you on Thursday.


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5 thoughts on “Christmas Bounty

  1. Dana November 24, 2015 / 9:04 am

    The cornucopia picture donna painted, is so beautiful, it has poinsettias, for Christmas, and fruit, for thanksgiving, two holidays rolled into one. What a great holiday picture.
    I never knew it meant horn or plenty. It makes alot of sense because it is shaped likeca horn, and theres plenty of fruit in it. I
    Never knew in the movie the hunger games,they used a cornucopia, for the starting of the games. I always learn something new every week from reading your blogs. Its a beautiful decoration,for your thanksgiving table,also. Well,heres to another
    Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all at Thasc sales. To maria a healthy and prosperous,Thanksgiving.


    • tesoromio315 November 24, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      Dear Dana,
      Every time I read your comments, you take my breath away. I am so touched that you learn something new each time you read my blog. Believe me , I do too! I truly hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving and put a special cornucopia on your table for Jacob. Thanks again, Dana and love from all of us at THASC.


  2. bobby bear November 24, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    Hey Cuz, great reads as always, now please take Thanksgiving Day off.

    loved the card too


    • tesoromio315 November 25, 2015 / 12:39 am

      Thanks, Bobby bear. No rest for the weary!
      Have a great holiday and thanks for reading!


  3. Anne L. Goldstein November 25, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Maria. I am grateful for your long time friendship. Anne :>)


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