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I like to thank each person who signs up for an account on Portraits of Animals. Each new member receives a thank-you gift not only as an honest thanks from me for signing up, but also so that you can see a sample of my art and the quality of my merchandise, even if you’ve been a customer already and purchased from me in other places.

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The thank you gifts always include matted digital prints of art and photos that I usually sell for between $20.00 and $40.00. The selection includes the current month’s featured artwork and several of the more popular images I sell. Sizes vary according to the size of the art itself—some of my more popular sketches are as small as 3″ x 5″—but they are always matted to fit a standard frame size so you can use a frame you have on hand or easily purchase one without the cost of custom framing.

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Birthroot, Red Trillium, digital photo

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Birth Root, Red Trillium”. 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.

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Birthroot, Red Trillium, digital photo

Birthroot, Red Trillium, digital photo

I took at least a half dozen photos of red trillium on this outing on the Panhandle Trail, and on other days as well, but I love this photo of the red trillium for the interesting angle I could get, the repeating shapes, the two-color palette, capturing that uncertain spring light through the early tree canopy. I was lying on my belly on the trail propped up on my elbows so I could just look uphill over the layer of leaves in the little colony of these trillium with occasional flowers hovering over the leaves. It might also be that this red violet/burgundy is one of my favorite colors. In either case I find it a visually interesting composition. I had one framed on the wall because it’s included in my Panhandle Trail exhibit and it caught my eye each time I went past it. I hope it has this effect on you as well.

Trilliums are truly a magical harbinger of spring for me. I didn’t meet them until I was an adult exploring a tract of land that had been a farm, the buildings had been demolished and many trees cut and left to lay on the ground. I went picking through for something old to take away to remember what this land had nurtured and found an old handmade wooden stool that I still use on my deck. Among the long straight trunks of trees lying about I found a small colony of glorious white flowers with three petals open wide supported beneath by three wide, shiny green leaves growing from the leaf litter as if in defiance to their fate. I pulled out my wildflower guide book and identified them as large-flowered trillium and knew that when summer came the entire area would be bulldozed and by autumn there would be streets and houses here, and no trace left of the trillium. I dug up three and planted them in my back yard under my own trees. Digging up wildflowers to take home is NOT permitted, and on the two or three instances I’ve done this it was for the same reason: I knew the land and all that grew on it was to be bulldozed and those flowers would be no more. I enjoy bringing my photos home from the woods instead, knowing those flowers and the land is somehow preserved to visit forever.

The trillium grandiflorum in my back yard from that long-ago farm.

The trillium grandiflorum in my back yard from that long-ago farm.

Most spring flowers are small, but trilliums are different. They have many names too that refer to the different perceptions and uses people had for them. “Birth root” refers to the practice among Native Americans to use to help stimulate labor. There is also “wake-robin” because they appear about the time the robins do. This variety is also called red trillium or purple trillium, and, of all things, Stinking Benjamin. You can read this article to find out why, and to find out more about trilliums.

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Kelly's Morning Bath 1 and 2

This New Member print is a signed linoleum block print of “Kelly’s Morning Bath” on patterned rice paper in your choice of tan or white tones, and your choice of Kelly’s Morning Bath 1 or 2. This print is 4″ x 12″ and is double matted to fit an 8″ x 16″ frame with black core mats to coordinate with the tan or white tone.

Kelly's Morning Bath samples

Kelly’s Morning Bath samples

Kelly gives herself a complete bath every morning after breakfast on the table in front of the window in my studio, her every move full of purpose and industry.

When I created this print, I created two variations, “Kelly’s Morning Bath I” with no border around each frame, and “Kelly’s Morning Bath II” which has a decorative border around each frame incorporated into the design. Below are details of each frame for each print as well as images of each print.

These prints capture sunny mornings as this window in my house faces my lilac and a number of trees which filter the sun, speckling the table with splashes of sun and shadow. They are printed on rice papers with leaves and flower petals imprinted, handmade, fair trade, eco-sensitive paper (could it be any better?) in a dozen varieties of prints with a white or a cream background, and shades of green, rose and rust for spring, summer and fall.

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Kelly’s Morning Bath is always available. I print on plain white rice paper as well as handmade papers with deckled edges, rice papers of other types and patterns with leaves and petals and plant parts embedded into the paper, all sorts of things. I also print Kelly’s Morning Bath on gift bags and tote bags and placemats and curtains other household items. You can search for “Kelly’s Morning Bath” to bring up all that I have available at any given time.

Autumn Rainbow

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Autumn Rainbow”. 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.

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Autumn Rainbow

Autumn Rainbow

This is the colorful sugar maple that stands by Chartiers Creek on my way to Main Street. It’s like an old friend. I chose this angle because it had every color of leaf in it and filled the whole frame with just bits of that brilliant complementary blue autumn sky. Because the leaves are almost gradated in a semi-circle it made me think of a rainbow.

I had a few places to photograph autumn scenes for a couple of customers and I just couldn’t stop, not until the clouds covered the sky and the rain came. What a gorgeous autumn day to be running around in the woods and on Main Street and several other places trying to get the best autumn photos before the rain and cold! This is the colorful sugar maple that stands by Chartiers Creek on my way to Main Street. It’s like an old friend.

You can see more photos from this day in this post.

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Autumn in the Valley, pastel, 31 x 27, 2010 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The original of this painting was pastel, 31″ x 27″, on illustration board hand-finished with pastel ground. Your Autumn in the Valley, Pastel, New Member Gift print is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

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Sloping hills blaze with autumn color at a rocky, rippled bend in Chartiers Creek, yet on the horizon deep gray-purple clouds hover; although the day was sunny I remember it being distinctly chilly with a sharpness to the breeze, especially on the water in a canoe, and winter is literally on the horizon.

For two reasons the scene was reminiscent and inspiring: first, that I rounded the bend to see this natural splendor in all its detail, brilliant color, fluttering leaves, rippling water, changing clouds, happening all on its own with no help from me or any other human; and, second, it was an example of that “change of season” with the gray-purple clouds of winter arriving on the horizon, two seasons blending into one another. I needed to share this image, and it was so moving that the inspiration also became a poem, and the title for my third annual poetry reading and art show at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Change of Season.

No, I couldn’t paint while paddling, and my little digital photos didn’t do the scene justice, yet other than wading down the creek and setting up an easel in the middle of the water, there was no other way of painting this. To take the scene from the tiny digital image to the full-size painting took a good bit of memory and visualization; it’s a good thing I’m very familiar with scenes like this.

"Afternoon Nap", pastel on hand-finished paper, 7.5" x 7.5", 2004 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my oil pastel sketch “Afternoon Nap” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. It is 8″ x 10″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14” frame with a single pure white mat.

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A Portrait of an Old Cat: Afternoon Nap

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An old cat, a gentleman,
he has found a quiet spot, upstairs in the afternoon,
and has so perfectly placed himself a little off-center
on the expanse of white bedspread,
illuminated by stark winter light through the window.
(Stanley finds all the best places.)

~~~

You know those moments where you walk upon a scene of your cats doing something that you always want to remember, whether it’s a regular habit or a one-time thing? This scene was one of Stanley’s regular habits during his last few years; every afternoon he’d head upstairs with intent and I’d find him curled in the same spot on the bed.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Dusk in the Woods, pastel, 31″ x 23″, 2007 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel “Dusk in the Woods”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper to simulate the original watercolor paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

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That “blue time of day”…a quick walk in the woods after a heavy snowfall as clouds parted and the sun set on the distant horizon, bare trees like sentinels. This time of day always carries a certain melancholy for me, as if a deep instinctive part of me realizes the sun is about to leave and may not come back. The moment stands in all its silent beauty along Robinson Run in Collier Township, on a trail in the woods running parallel to the Panhandle Trail.

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.

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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.