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This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel “Safe”. Prints are made in archival inks on acid-free Epson art paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted in pure white to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

ABOUT THE ART

Though they nibble on some of my favorite foods and flowers that grow in my back yard, I enjoy observing the two does who have visited for the past three years, sometimes with their boyfriend and sometimes with a fawn. When I came outdoors they would often leave my vegetable garden and scurry through my woodland garden to the overgrown area between all our yards. Though they were in plain sight of about six houses and all of us watched them, they apparently felt they were safe—and they were, really, because when I looked at the reference photo for this I wondered why I’d taken a photo of the brush at the end of the yard, and then I saw the ears. It was the perfect cover, hidden in plain sight.

“Safe” is painted in various pastels on Strathmore pastel paper from my photo references. This work was one of my new paintings for the 2015 Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my landscape painting “A Bend in the Road”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 12″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit a 12″ x 16″ frame.

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"A Bend in the Road", pastel, 14" x 22", 2014 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“A Bend in the Road”, pastel, 14″ x 22″, 2014 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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 road, but the anticipation is what makes the journey exciting.

I was driving slowly along enjoying the view, then I saw this spot and hit the brakes, gasping with awe at the complicated beauty of nature, the shapes and colors, the sun and shadow, the straight-up height of the trees along the road, arching far overhead, the road bending ahead as if you were to enter a magical place. The trees had finally reached full cover in the woods and all along the trails and I simply could not get enough. I knew I should have carried my art materials! There was no one but me on this road so I took a few photos through my windshield, then put the car in park, shut off the engine with flashers flashing and stood in the middle of the road to take photos, barefoot and listening, smelling, feeling, taking in as much of the spot as I could to remember.

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Allegheny River Reflections, pastel, 12, x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The original of this painting is pastel, 16″ x 12″, on sanded pastel paper. Your New Member Gift print is an 8″ x 11″ print matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

Allegheny River Reflections, pastel, 12, x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Allegheny River Reflections, pastel, 12, x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This is a view of the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania, seen from Tarentum. I took a quick walk through the park along the river on a beautiful autumn day and took as many photos as I could. The hill is very high and steep behind this row of trees and otherwise the hill comes down to the bank of the river, but for this short stretch the row of trees was separated from the hill, deep in bluish shadow, while the trees caught the late afternoon sunlight.

I knew I wanted to keep this loose, just capturing the visual of the reflection and the contrast with the bright sunlight, bright leaves, and dark hillside.

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"Stripes", pencil, 8" x 5", 2002 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pencil sketch “Stripes” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. It is 5″ x 8″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14” frame with a single black core white mat.

"Stripes", pencil, 8" x 5", 2002 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Stripes”, pencil, 8″ x 5″, 2002 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

About the artwork, and Stanley

This is a daily sketch from many years ago, at another time when I did daily sketches. Stanley settled on the pillow on the recamier for his after-breakfast nap and I simply grabbed my pencil and sketchbook and swung around in my desk chair and got it down on paper. I’m so glad, because more than any photo with all its distracting details, this sketch brings Stanley and that moment right back for me as I remember studying him and deciding what was essential about the scene and about what I loved of Stanley.

I always loved Stanley’s “racing stripes” on his face and the back of his head, and “Stripe” or “Stripes” were nicknames I had for him. This pillow was meant for me to use during yoga, but apparently I was wrong about its purpose.

This is from 2002, from another time when I did daily sketches of my cats and of my yard and my town and anything else. Life moves you around and sometimes you need to let some things go for a while, but not forever. I missed the sketches and what I learned in each one, one of the reasons my daily sketches are so important to me today.

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See more images of Stanley.

You can find “Stripes” as part of my “Feline Pencil Sketches” series of note cards.

You can find more feline artwork in the galleries Feline Artwork, My Cats and Daily Sketches.

Library Avenue, ink, 12 x 16, 2007 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my ink sketch “Library Avenue”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit a 11″ x 14″ frame.

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Library Avenue, ink, 12 x 16, 2007 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Library Avenue, ink, 12 x 16, 2007 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I carry with me a little pouch of art materials including pencils, gel pens, fountain pens, markers, charcoal and Conte crayons so I’m always ready to capture an image. As a contrast to working in pastel, I love drawing in ink because of the patterns I can make with lines to create shadows and textures, and it’s just right for capturing that beautiful stark winter sunlight on a cloudless day that shines nearly horizontally in early December, highlighting distinct edges and shadows.

This is larger than the usual 5″ x 8″ sketchbook, however, as I had started carrying a larger sketchbook when I was on my bicycle. This one was intended to be done on site, but to be honest the angle of the houses nearly defeated me. I had to start the drawing three times before I finally captured the acute angle and could start working on details. By then the sun had moved so far that shadows were very deep and I’d lost much of the fine detail in the facades of the houses. I had taken photos and ended up finishing it up at home.

This sketch is also part of My Home Town.

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"Cool Morning Bath", oil pastel, 5" x 7" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Cool Morning Bath”. This print is 5 x 7 and double matted to fit an 8 x 10 frame.

"Cool Morning Bath", oil pastel, 5" x 7" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Cool Morning Bath”, oil pastel, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi twisted and turned in the diffuse morning light at the door, all those delicate shades reflecting warmer on the floor, cooler on her, but still all in greens and blues and a very pale yellow, the light swirling around her. I liked this sketch a lot a year ago when I painted it in 2013, and I like it even more every time I look at it.

Oil pastel again, for the strength of colors and the texture, but here the delicacy of the mixed pale yellows, greens and blues carries the idea of cool winter morning light that I wanted, the shadows deeper and just a bit warmer, Mimi’s black fur turned blue and green in all the reflections. Mimi, so inspiring!

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"Garden Sketch With Mimi", 5" x 7", watercolor, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Garden Sketch with Mimi”. This print is 5″ x 7″ and is double matted with white top mat and red bottom mat.

Garden Sketch With Mimi matted new member print.

Garden Sketch With Mimi matted new member print.

This July is ten years since we lost Lucy, since I saw Mimi in my garden on that very day, nearly in this very spot, very pregnant with the four big black cats you see here every day, hunting for chipmunks to feed herself and her growing kittens, the day all our lives changed. Here she is now, and she owns that garden, napping happily while working as an artist’s model. No more hunting to feed kittens, no more running from unneutered male cats and neighbor’s dogs, no more mincing down icy sidewalks on those tiny paws. Mimi turns 15 this year and July 29, the day she came here, is her nominal birthday. While I celebrate her every day I especially want to recognize this anniversary. Of all the art and photos I’ve created of her, this one represents her change in status best of all.

Read more about Mimi and this artwork.

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Sparkling Gems, pastel on Strathmore charcoal. pastel paper, 12 x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my landscape painting Sparkling Gems. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and is matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

Sparkling Gems, pastel on Strathmore charcoal. pastel paper, 12 x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Sparkling Gems, pastel on Strathmore charcoal. pastel paper, 12 x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

The reference photo for this painting was taken on a bright January day with lots of snow cover, and waited about five years to be painted. The mallards were floating on Chartiers Creek where it flows under Main Street on my walk to the bank and post office. The water is shallow there, and with the noonday sun shining right down on it with no shade from trees, the water is filled with light as well as the sky reflecting down onto the surface and light reflecting in various shapes and colors onto every little ripple. It was beautiful to look at, but darned complicated to piece together the interaction of light in the water and on the water and reflections on the surface. I was determined to keep it loose because I didn’t want to contain the movement of the water with unmoving edges.

I named it “Sparkling Gems” because the water is so sparkling and clear like aquamarine, emerald, jade, peridot, tourmaline, malachite, turquoise, while the mallards are like the deeper gems, ruby, garnet, sapphire, lapis, adventurine, agate, and all so beautiful after a few days of cold and snow.

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"Peaches and Peonies", pastel, 23" x 17", 2008 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel painting “Peaches and Peonies” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and is matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK


There it is, that moment that turns on all the lights for me…one of my cats in the sun, the conditions that have inspired most of my portraits. Cats are creatures of habit, and Peaches chose this spot to have her after-dinner bath every day for a few weeks when the sun was right; I knew it was a keeper whether a photo or a painting, so I photographed it several times over a period of several days, knowing I’d use at least one photo or all the photos as reference to create one painted image.

The painting illustrates a moment in my kitchen that I treasure because it includes Peaches, plus my painted white wood table with the vintage Battenburg lace table cover, three painted white chairs I’d picked up over the years and a hand-made white-painted cabinet that carried a story all on its own, plus a bouquet of peony flowers a friend had stopped and dropped off because she thought I’d like them. The reflections, the wrinkles in the cloth, everything is the memory of a part of my life, but so I’ve found, also familiar to others.

I took in Peaches and her sister Cream as 15-year-old fosters after their owner died. Peaches lived to be 20 and I feel as if she was with me for all those 20 years. Visit My Cats Gallery for more information about Peaches.

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Sophie Keeps an Eye on things

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Silky Photo Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Sophie was always in one of the windows when I left and when I returned, and she always managed to use the curtains to dramatic advantage. This is one of my fondest memories of her, nestled in the creamy lace with the spring-blooming forget-me-nots in the windowbox.

 

Market Flowers

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Market Flowers”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Silky Photo Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK
I visit many farmer’s markets through the summer now that every community seems to have one at least once a week, to purchase what my garden is not producing. All the farmers are local and are small family farms and I enjoy meeting the people who grow my food, and who took the time to pick it and sort it and wash it and pack it the day of the market. This particular farmer had buckets and buckets of flowers and in the light from the sky all the flowers were so vibrant I couldn’t pass them up.

 

Are You Looking at Me?, pastel, 17" x 22", 2008 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel “Are You Looking At Me?” Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This is the guy who started it all–and nearly the last one to have his portrait done! He fostered every stray kitten and cat I ever brought into my home, and shepherded me through the ups and downs of the fifteen years he was with me. More intelligent than many people I’ve met, friends of mine will remember him as the cat who opened the refrigerator door, took out a container, opened it, and helped himself to the contents. I’ve used his image in other works, but I’ve finally decided that the best depiction of his personality is of him being silly, rolling around in the sun and making sure I noticed how handsome he was.

 

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