Winter Solstice 2018 Art & Merchandise Newsletter from Portraits of Animals

Darkness Into Light: Seasonal Inspirations for Art, Gifts and Reading, Winter Solstice Newsletter

Winter Solstice 2018 Art & Merchandise Newsletter from Portraits of Animals

Winter Solstice 2018 Art & Merchandise Newsletter from Portraits of Animals

Darkness Into Light

EACH DAY THE DARKNESS COMES EARLIER, too early, and we talk about how this early darkness feels unbearable. The daylight is less and less, each day shorter, some very old part of our brain senses imminent danger then by a miracle the light returns and we celebrate.

"Solstice", pastel, 6" x 6", 2003 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Solstice”, pastel, 6″ x 6″, 2003 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

In this newsletter please enjoy my annual specials on original artwork, seasonal gift items, featured photos, and a seasonal story and poetry. You can sign up to receive it in your inbox, quarterly on the first day of each new season.


Give the Gift of Original Handmade Art & Goods

If you’re still shopping or looking for bargains after the holiday, shop for special gifts of artwork and unique handmade items inspired by nature in the galleries on Portraits of Animals.

“Snow at Night” pastel, 11.75″ x 8.25″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Snow at Night” pastel, 11.75″ x 8.25″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski


YOUR WINTER 2018 DISCOUNT

Save on original art from the Winter Solstice to the Vernal Equinox.
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25% Off Original Art
any original painting on Portraits of Animals
ALL MEDIA • ALL SUBJECTS
Use the coupon code ORIGINALART25 in your shopping cart.
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Visit my gallery of Available Original Art to browse.


"Safe", pastel, 15" x 20", 2015 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Safe”, pastel, 15″ x 20″, 2015 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski


Gift Items

The blue and green display including keepsake boxes, tiles, decorative dishes and votives.

The blue and green display including keepsake boxes, tiles, decorative dishes and votives.

My Handmade Gift Gallery includes new everyday and seasonal items and designs for my nature and wildlife inspirations including jewelry, decorative dishes and coasters, keepsake boxes and household items.

The green display with keepsake boxes, tiles, votives, and hand-printed note cards.

The green display with keepsake boxes, tiles, votives, and hand-printed note cards.


Seasonal Votives

Dusk in the Woods votive, angled.

Dusk in the Woods votive, angled.

Solstice votive.

Solstice votive.

These votives feature a longtime favorite winter painting, “Dusk in the Woods” on a 3.25′ x 3.25″ square glass votive and this month’s featured nature artwork, “Solstice”, on a 3.25″ round glass votive.

I etched the inside of the votives to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a commercial clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the votive. Each votive comes with an LED tea light. I can guarantee that you’ll be seeing many more of these featuring other art and photos as well.

Visit my Votives gallery to see these and more.


Artwork Imprinted Tiles

I make these 4” tiles from white polymer clay and heat transfer the image onto the surface.Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique. Visit my Tiles and Coasters gallery to see these and more.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These work great as coasters for containers filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.
  • These cannot be used with items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.

Found Along the Panhandle Trail Cube Keepsake Boxes

Set of Seven Keepsakes Inspired by Nature

This set of cube-shaped papier-mâché boxes range in size from 9″ x 9″ to 3″ x 3″. Each box has five images, one on the top and each side, and is trimmed in a complementary color. Find them in my Keepsakes gallery.


Decorative Wooden Trays With Art and Wildflowers

Trays featuring autumn photos.

Trays featuring autumn photos.

These decorative trays are 10 x 14 and 8 x 12, made of lightweight unfinished wood and feature a favorite painting and photos of scenes along the trail. Find these in my Trays gallery.


Wildflowers and Butterflies of the Panhandle Trail Pendants

Wildflowers Butterflies of the Panhandle Trail Cabochon Pendants

Wildflowers Butterflies of the Panhandle Trail Cabochon Pendants

The cabochon pendants I’d made for my Seasons of the Panhandle Trail exhibit sold so well the first day that I made another set the next morning! Sunflowers and sweet peas, daisies and St. John’s Wort, and butterflies, and I make new ones in different shapes and sizes and subjects all the time.

Cabochon pendants are $15.00 each, or 2 for $25.00 with the code 2CABACHONS25 through December 31, 2018. Find them in my Jewelry gallery.


Gallery: Winter White

Panhandle Outbound

I love winter so much I decided to do a show featuring the season in 2004, with snow and without. From bright blue skies to brilliant fluttering chestnut leaves, forest green spruces to amber oaks, shiny red rose hips to olive green moss, winter is a very colorful time of year.

“Winter White” is a series of small sketches, none larger than 12″ x 12″, inspired by winter in pastel, watercolor, pencil and pen and ink from the trails to the backyard, completed en plein air and indoors—often standing on my deck or sitting in the front seat of the car—illuminated by the stark light of winter. Visit the gallery to see more.


Photo Galleries

Visit all my photo galleries for gift ideas on Portraits of Animals. Here are a few galleries with seasonal themes, and stories to accompany.

The Light in the Darkness

Winter Lilies from "The Light in the Darkness" series.

Winter Lilies from “The Light in the Darkness” series.

Never forget that when the light seems dim there is much to be seen with the heart, and when adversity has taken away the quick and obvious beauty, the strongest parts remain, dignified in their naked and twisted strength. More…

I Chased a Sunset

Racing over acres of the park to watch the sun drop below the far horizon, the bare silhouetted trees, the perfect shading in the sky from violet through red to yellow, the violet snow, the final fiery red blaze before it all faded—and all nature made, I was only there to record it.

Read more…

Dramatic Light

Dramatic Light

Dramatic Light

When I saw the snow that morning, just an inch or two carefully blanketing each branch and twig in the tree outside my window I knew what my destiny would be if the snow stopped and the sun came out.

It did, and I headed for the Panhandle Trail, on foot just planning about an hour of photos in the first half mile of the trail. Mission accomplished.

Read more…


Seasonal Stories

Visit my writing website, PathsIHaveWalked.com

The Faded Napkin

The Faded Napkin

The Faded Napkin

I have a white cotton napkin with a woven pattern of broken stripes like dotted lines in pink, blue, green, yellow and violet . The colors are faded now and it’s spotted with stains I can’t remove, but each of those stains is a memory as bright and clear as the colors once were of a series of special Christmas dinners. Read more…

And enjoy a few from years past
Let There Be Peace on Earth

The Christmas Moon


Download your Monthly Electronic Wallpaper Calendar

Desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.

Desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.

Each month I choose an image to feature and design a wallpaper calendar for computers and mobile devices. That image is also available as a free matted print when you sign up for an account on www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net. I alternate between a painting and a photo, and subject matter, medium and style changes all the time.

Go to the article and read about the artwork, then choose your size for your device.


Register for An Account on Portraits of Animals
and Get A Free Matted Print

A sample gallery of New Member Gifts

A sample gallery of New Member Gifts

You get your choice of a matted print just for signing up!

I will add you to the “New Member” group and send you a coupon code and a link to the page to view and purchase your free print.

If you’d like to browse the available prints now, you can visit Current New Member Gifts.
Or go to the Registration Page and sign up.


Thanks for reading, and for following my art and design! Until the Vernal Equinox I hope you find something beautiful in every day.

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