"Winter White" post card.

2004: Winter White

small studies illuminated by the stark light of winter a series of small sketches inspired by winter in pastel, watercolor, pencil and pen and ink from the trails to the backyard completed en plein air and indoors by
Bernadette E. Kazmarski

February 12 to March 10, 2004
Opening Reception
February 12, 6 to 9 pm


I love winter so much I decided to do a show featuring the season, with snow and without. I was not only excited to include my trail sketches and daily sketches of other subjects, including inside my house, but a printer I worked with had purchased a digital printer and I could have my post cards printed locally for an affordable price.

“UCP Pittsburgh” was the United Cerebral Palsy offices and training center. They had designed the building with an art gallery on the main floor so they could invite the public inside. My brother was in their program and came to this building daily at that time; he did not have cerebral palsy, but they discovered their training could benefit people who suffered deficits from any sort of brain damage, and my brother had had a traumatic brain injury. I was thrilled when they invited me to hang a show there and immediately put this idea together.


“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. Many of them show various textured surfaces and a variety of lines and styles; these small sketches were just as much experiments with materials and styles as they were attempts to capture the essence of a winter scene.

The headings will tell you how I categorized them. Enjoy the footnotes about my inspirations and the sites where the scenes are.

This show was hosted by United Cerebral Palsy’s Centre Avenue Gallery in February, 2004.

Some of the originals are still available, priced as noted, and I have made prints or notecards from all the images. Some are currently in my galleries but most are not.

Click on any image to see an enlarged version.

color

Whoever said that winter was just brown and gray wasn’t seeing the same world I do.
Whether I’m walking the trails, driving down a back road or just looking out the window, the colors of winter are a constant inspiration. Snow reflects any color depending on the angle of view and time of day, and even without snow the landscape is rich with the colors of jewels. Even interiors are different as the leafless trees admit more light and the sun, at its lower winter angle, fills rooms with clear, stark light.

Panhandle Outbound

Panhandle Outbound

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Panhandle Trail, Collier Township

foot of snow, 10 degrees, January, all alone on the trail


Panhandle Inbound

Panhandle Inbound

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Panhandle Trail, Collier Township

same day, on the way home


Winter Colors

Winter Colors

pastel, 7″ x 5″, $50.00

Chartiers Creek, Carnegie-Rosslyn Farms in late November, not quite winter but feeling so, yet the honeysuckle berries are bright in the sun and all the rushes, grasses and brambles bear a soft warmth.


Ducks

Ducks

Ducks

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Chartiers Creek, Carnegie

local trails

Along with Panhandle, above, wandering the woods across the hills, tracking along streams, and following railroad tracks through the valleys are some of my favorite afternoon walks.

Bell’s Run

Bell's Run

Bell’s Run

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Carnegie-Crafton

snow and shadows and trees and reflections


Walking the Tracks

Walking the Tracks

Walking the Tracks

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Carnegie


Scott’s Run Road

Scotts Run Road

Scotts Run Road

pastel, 10″ x 8″, $50.00

Collier Township

old farms

I was once quite surrounded by working farms and retired farms with interesting rustic buildings and houses, hillside pastures of waving grasses, old apple orchards and simply quiet open space; now these have been turned to neighborhoods. I managed to capture a few before they disappeared.

Solstice

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

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

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Ewing Road, Collier Township, the last few trees on an old Christmas tree farm, now gone with houses built on the land

The moment when the sun stands still,
as it seemed to at this frigid, snow-covered
winter dusk,
spruces standing dignified sentinel
to the moment
of transition.

(This is another of those beautiful places that isn’t there anymore.)


Frost

Frost

Frost

pastel, 8″ x 8″, $200.00

Settler’s Cabin Park, Robinson
Township, the site of one of the original farmhouses, and the overgrown field with the tracks still clear in the grass
.


After the Snow Squall

After the Snow Squall

After the Snow Squall

pastel, 10″ x 8″, $75.00

Ewing Road, Collier Township, a cool old barn at the edge of an old Christmas tree farm


Evening Farm

Evening Farm

pastel, 10″ x 8″, $50.00

Ewing Road, Collier Township, the lovely open hillside that once was a pasture

 avian visitors

I feed the birds in several feeders around my back yard, photographing them as they flutter and fly around and occasionally with the opportunity to sketch though it’s difficult with all that movement.

Birds in Snow

Birds in Snow, pastel, 7" x 10" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Birds in Snow, pastel, 7″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

pastel, 7″ x 10″, sold

my front yard; watching the birds at the feeders is like watching waves on the beach


Jammin Jay Blues

Jammin' Jay Blues

Jammin’ Jay Blues

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

my back yard, the blue jays making noise in the mulberry


Snowbird

Snow Bird

Snow Bird

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

my back yard, a little junco in a snowstorm


Accent

Accent

Accent

pastel, 6″ x 13″, sold
my back yard, a cardinal bright in the snowy branches

 local parks

Backroad

Backroad

Backroad

pastel, 5″ x 7″, sold
Settler’s Cabin Park, Robinson Township


Remnants

Remnants

Remnants

pastel, 5″ x 7″, sold

Settler’s Cabin Park, Robinson Township

Remnants of an old farm


The First Shadows of Evening

First Shadows of Evening

First Shadows of Evening

watercolor, 7″ x 5″, sold

Carnegie Park


Hills at Dusk

Hills at Dusk

Hills at Dusk

pastel, 13″ x 6″, sold


Stream in the Snow

Stream in the Snow

Stream in the Snow

pastel, 5″ x 6″, sold


A Walk in Frick Park

A Walk in Frick Park

A Walk in Frick Park

pastel, 6″ x 8″, NFS

You just never know where  you’ll find art.

interiors

The stark angled sunlight of winter fills our rooms as well.

Rehearsal Hall

Rehearsal Hall

Rehearsal Hall

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, now called the Lincoln Gallery


Winter Window

Winter Window, pastel, 8″ x 8″, 2002 © B.E. Kazmarski

Winter Window, pastel, 8″ x 8″, 2002 © B.E. Kazmarski

pastel, 8″ x 8″, sold

Kelly at my side window, my little cat in the stark pastel light of a winter afternoon looking out at the big winter outdoors


Afternoon Nap

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

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

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

Stanley on my bed

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.)

structures

Snow falls on everything in winter, and the bare trees reveal scenes we’ve not seen.

On the Edge

On the Edge

On the Edge

pastel, 6″ x 6″, $50.00

Carnegie hillside


Snow in the Alley

Snow in the Alley

pastel, 5″ x 7″, sold

Barrett Way, Carnegie


Snow Shower

Snow Shower

pastel, 5″ x 7″,sold

Third and Third, Carnegie


The Shortest Day

The Shortest Day

The Shortest Day

pastel, 6″ x 6″, sold

house up the street, a scene I see from my desk every day


Night Window

Night Window

Night Window

pastel, 5″ x 7″, sold

house across the way, a scene I see from my kitchen window

in the backyard

Paintings of little scenes in the snow.

The Fallen Branch

The Fallen Branch

The Fallen Branch

watercolor, 5″ x 7″, $50.00

back yard certain shades of blue watercolor are impossible to scan


Colorful Shadows

Colorful Shadows

Colorful Shadows

watercolor, 6″ x 4″, $50.00

back yard


Gentle Shadows

Gentle Shadows

Gentle Shadows

watercolor, 6″ x 8″, $50.00

back yard


Set Pricing on the Three Paintings Above

They aren’t framed alike but are alike enough in content and style that they make a nice grouping.
The Fallen Branch, Colorful Shadows and Gentle Shadows, three for $100.00.


Morning Snow 2

Morning Snow II

Morning Snow II

pastel, 8″ x 8″, $300.00

back yard next door


Morning Snow 1

Morning Snow 1

Morning Snow 1

pastel, 8″ x 8″, $300.00

next door, other side


Set Pricing on the Two Paintings Above

Morning Snow 1 and 2 are available as a set for $500.00.


Winter Cherry Tree

Wild Black Cherry Branches

Wild Black Cherry Branches

pastel, 8″ x 10″, $75.00

outside my studio window


Tracks

Tracks

pastel, 8″ x 8″, $75.00

outside my front window


Standing Trees

Standing Trees

Standing Trees

pastel, 6″ x 6″, $50.00

my neighbor’s back yard from my deck

pencil, ink and charcoal

All are from my little sketchbook, all done en plein air from the woods to my chair at my desk, looking out the window.

Light Woods

Light Woods

pen and ink, 7″ x 5″, sold

Settler’s Cabin Park, Robinson Township


Tree Study

Tree Study

pencil, 5″ x 7″, sold

outside my studio window, the cherry tree


The Sentinel

The Sentinel

charcoal, 5″ x 7″, sold

tree at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall


The Path of the Elves

The Path of the Elves

charcoal, 5″ x 7″, sold

tree at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall

(Treebeard the Ent)


Creek Study in Snow

Creek Study in Snow

charcoal, 7″ x 5″, sold

my private beach, Carnegie


The Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought Iron Fence

pen and ink, 5″ x 7″, sold

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall


I hope you enjoyed the show! I also hope to add these the images to my galleries soon.

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