Author Archives: Bernadette

Red Roses Votive for Valentine’s Day

I’d been planning a line of flower-themed votives and knew this painting would be on one of them, it only depended which jar I would use. I chose one where I could wrap the whole painting around, and you could turn it to find your favorite part of the painting. I etched the entire inside […]

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A Great Rescue and a Commissioned Portrait: Bandit Stole His Daddy’s Heart ~ The Creative Cat

SOMETIMES WE DON’T realize until years later that a series of odd circumstances has an intention beyond our control; often this involves the entry of one of our most cherished animal companions into the sphere of our life, and our entry into theirs. Bandit was one of the rescued cats featured in Great Rescues Day […]

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The Lincoln Gallery

For Lincoln’s Birthday: The Lincoln Gallery at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 100 Photos of Abraham Lincoln, from the collection of Stephan Lorant. I was honored to frame and hang these photos, not only once for display, but a second time for the permanent installation. If you are local and have the opportunity, […]

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Warm Spots on the Coldest Days, Winter Sunbath

I’d always wanted to paint this photo of my orange boy, Allegro. I took the photo in 1993 or 1994 and painted it in 2017, and it was on my mind all that time. I wanted not so much to paint a portrait of Allegro as I wanted to capture that moment that was so […]

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Colorful in Winter

Even if you live in the city you’ll find wildlife everywhere. “Colorful” is one of my favorite duck images on Chartiers Creek from my walks to Main Street. I took the photo several years ago of the mallard balancing on one leg with morning sun reflecting brightly off off an orange brick building on the […]

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Feline Valentines for Cat Lovers and Lovers With Cats

Have we come around to Valentine’s Day already? I have a ready supply of feline Valentine images with all the cuddling that happens around here. In this post I feature all my commercially printed Valentines with photos and illustrations, seven designs in total. These cards are 5″ x 7″ and are printed on 12 pt. […]

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Angel Daisies Votive

A photo from a warm and sunny June morning. Years ago I gave my sister some seeds and plants from my Shasta daisies and she grew them into a huge daisy garden. “Angel Daisies” features a whitewashed angel she had placed in the garden of daisies and she looks right at home. This glass votive […]

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More New Feline Votives

Last week when I made five new votives trying out a few new techniques I had plenty more ideas but ran out of the label material I use to print the images I burnish onto the jars. I found an alternate material to try but didn’t care for it. The labels are available again and […]

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February Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Dusk ~ The Creative Cat

It’s really some of my smaller, quick sketches that are deceptively simple where I feel I both captured the moment and my technique was right on spot, and this is one. Working quickly from life with light blue on black there is no room for “error”—marks can often be integrated into a composition, but can’t […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Jammin’ Jay Blues

When a bunch of blue jays get together, you know it. This one particular section of the mulberry tree in my backyard is a favorite place for jam sessions. I saw this group in the bare branches, noising it out like a random atonal brass quintet, and went to get my pastels and paper to […]

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