Author Archives: Bernadette

Let’s Go For A Ride

When I was little I remember hearing, “Let’s go for a ride”. This meant going for a ride in the car to look at things, to see new places, and just to get out of the house, but usually it was to drive along country roads to look at the scenery. Funny how just riding […]

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Cats After van Gogh Keepsake Box Set

Cats After van Gogh is one of the most popular design sets I have, and I am proud of that. It’s a style I developed entirely from seeing the internationally touring exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close”, bringing my cats into a new style of creative expression. More on that below. They tend to be popular […]

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Butterflies Votive or Accent Lamp

I etched the inside of the jar to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with forest green permanent alcohol ink. The art can be clearly seen on the matte finish label even […]

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The Artist’s Life: The Importance of My Own Designs

I spent the weekend on art projects getting ready for the upcoming Hearts & Paws Pet Care and Adoption Fair on June 22, and, of course, restocking the shelves here on Portraits of Animals. As I move forward with creating unique handmade goods, though there are millions of pieces of artwork out there to choose […]

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Marketplace: “Watercolor Cats” Feline Note Cards ~ The Creative Cat

While I have many other watercolors, these paintings are a subject on an open background, more abstract and experimental, and are versatile for communicating your message: friendship, thinking of you, sympathy, invitation, and more. Read more on The Creative Cat: Marketplace: “Watercolor Cats” Feline Note Cards

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A Father’s Day Gift Idea

In everyone’s life is at least one special person who shared a love of animals, and in that person’s life there is often an animal companion who is or was very special to them. Father’s Day is just around the corner. Portraits take up to four weeks to complete, especially with framing and then shipping, […]

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A Bend in the Road, a Moment in June

In early June, on a lovely sunny day just about noon, I was leaving a morning event and on errands traveling the back roads just for fun, knowing this narrow back road had some wonderful spots. Here is one of them, “A Bend in the Road”. We never know what’s around that bend in the […]

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June Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: White Cat Reflecting

Download your June feline desktop wallpaper calendar, and register for an account on Portraits of Animals to order a free print of this painting. Read more on The Creative Cat: June Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: White Cat Reflecting ~ The Creative Cat

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Tiny Linoleum Block Prints, Whale Tail I and II

I love the photos of whale breaches, but I just wanted to find the essence of the moment, just “the whale’s tail, the water and the sky. “Whale Tail I” and “Whale Tail II” is a simplified, iconic image of a whale’s tail breaching the waves with the clouds over the water in the background. […]

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June Nature Desktop Calendar: Dusk After the Storm

June is the month when Chartiers Creek is still running high enough for a good canoe trip. It’s also a month for storms as summer heat moves in. A storm overtook us as we paddled canoes and kayaks down Chartiers Creek one evening. We took out and watched it from among trees on the bank […]

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