Category Archives: pastel

Five More Days, 25% Discount on Spring Art Originals

The summer solstice is five days away, and the 25% discount on spring artwork will end. Nearly every painting in this group is $100 or less so you can cover a wall with spring for very little. Each season when I publish my Nature & Wildlife newsletter I extend a 25% discount on all original […]

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Choosing Art to Submit to a Group Show

The deadline is tonight at midnight to electronically submit to an international exhibit and it’s always so hard to narrow down choices. In this case the maximum to submit is three, but I’ve still got more than that on my list and only hours to go. I am not a member of the Pastel Society […]

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Something About a Rainy Night

I love rainy dark streets with reflections on the wet pavement, and streetlights shining up the faces of buildings. This one, however, was all about that tall violet sky making the buildings and hills beyond look small, the clouds breaking apart after the sun had set, leaving a red glow in the clouds on the […]

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June Nature Desktop Calendar: Sunset Cruise

I took the reference photo for this in 2005. It’s been waiting 12 years to be painted. It was indeed a sunset cruise…down Chartiers Creek on a perfect July evening. Not only the delicate light on the nearly still water and the clear sky gradating up to deep blue, but the curve of the hills […]

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My Sketching Hat With Wildflowers, Spring Art on Sale

Hat With Wildflowers, pastel, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski Kind of sweet and sentimental and actually the last sketch I did on my roundabout trip to the grocery store with pastels and camera. When I came home and parked my bike to unpack it, I untied the bunch of wildflowers I’d gathered […]

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Peaches and Peonies, a Celebration of Spring Flowers and Sunlight, and a Certain Calico Cat

My old-fashioned pink peonies are fervently blooming this year, since we’ve lost a tree and they finally have enough light to really show off. Those aren’t the peonies in this painting, but any time I see peonies I think of Peaches and the moment I saw her bathing on the table in that sweet spring […]

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25% Discount on Spring Art Originals

Each season when I publish my Nature & Wildlife newsletter I extend a 25% discount on all original art that features the season. For the first two months of the season the discount is only available to list members, but for last month of each season I extend the offer to everyone. This month, of […]

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Along the Trail in the Spring Woods

Off in the woods in early spring to photograph the fresh new wildflowers, I love the woods itself, damp, muddy, brown and green, the sunshine suddenly muted by young leaves, the very air a pale green, the water far below running fast with spring rains. And you have a discount until the Summer Solstice: 25% […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Sophie and Ellie, Being Very Good

Don’t forget that through June 30 commissioned portrait certificates and portraits are 25% off. I thought I’d take this week to share a portrait of two very good dogs named Sophie and Ellie from ten years ago. Sophie and Ellie were indeed being very good—they lived right next to a busy walking trail and they […]

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Lilacs and Laundry in My Back Yard

What got me in trouble this afternoon in 2013 when I should have gotten some work done inside was how cute my laundry looked with the lilac blooming above it, and the roses on the gate, and the first geraniums and spring flowers. I have a thing for laundry in paintings, so I decided to […]

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