Author Archives: Bernadette

Favorite Photos for Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail

It was really the art that inspired me to have an exhibit of Panhandle Trail images during Rock the Quarry, but I have far more photos than paintings. I’ve used them as the basis for paintings, I’ve used them for graphic designs and websites totally unrelated to Panhandle, and I sell prints of them too. […]

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People Will Know a Cat Lives here

I don’t like to run the same post on two different blogs on the same day but I want to let my readers here know about my first set of painted signs for cats. Rather than reprinting the same information in this post, I’m just going to give you the link to my post on […]

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Getting Ready for Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail

I’ve been enjoying my trip around the seasons while getting ready for my fifth annual Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail exhibit. I can hardly believe it’s next weekend already! I’m framing new artwork and making sure the older pieces are clean and neat, making prints of art and photos and packaging or framing them, plus […]

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Reduce Your Stress With the Creative Cat Coloring Book

I recently read about a Drexel University study of the effect of creating art on just about anyone—just 45 minutes of art creation can significantly reduce your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And you don’t have to be an “artist”, it works for anyone even if you’re just doing construction paper collages or coloring […]

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Back to the Drawing Board, or is that Archaic?

My cats were expecting a good DIY craft show but were disappointed, and you can see that Giuseppe is not happy. Neither am I. “Back to the drawing board” was a phrase we used to use when things were largely designed on paper on a literal drawing board, though now it’s largely computerized. Making things […]

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The Morning Glories Are Here

I don’t have enough sun to grow morning glories in my yard, so I take advantage of others’ lovely pink and purple trumpets. For years I’ve photographed the morning glories that come up from seeds along the wrought iron fence by my neighbor’s white barn garage in the alley near me. The house was sold, […]

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A Favorite Painting Sold, and the Story of Two Portraits

After 20 years, this painting of two rescued borzois finally went home with a loving owner. In 1998 when I met with their person to photograph them for a commissioned portrait she had an idea of just their faces, but as I watched the two racing around the sunroom with such joy, all that light […]

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Kitty Love Picture Frames for Photos or Quotes

I purchase unfinished wood frames and add color and handpaint black cat silhouettes and pawprints in acrylic paint. I chose fresh, vivid colors to brighten the area where they’ll display. The art is “Mimi en Silhouette” as the cat shape. I named this design in French because it’s an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style. Your […]

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Running Through the Woods, a Day I Love to Remember

This painting was included in 2016: Sun Shadow Ice & Snow, Seasons on the Panhandle Trail. It’s another one I’d been wanting to paint, a day in the woods and on the trail with my great-niece Cassidy and great-nephew Kyler from 2011, from the same visit where I got the reference photos for “The Swimming […]

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August Feline Desktop Calendar: Smiling Ginger Kitty

When you are a “cat person”, it seems to begin with day one and work its way all through your life to the end, with cats intertwined with everything in between. And I’ve been looking at this batik I did in sixth grade and thinking how cool it would be to batik again… In 2011, […]

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