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Thanks for signing up for an account on Portraits of Animals website! 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.

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

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Winter Window”. This print is 8 x 8 matted with a white mat to fit a 12 x 12 frame.

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

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

Kelly pauses in the stark pastel light of a winter afternoon through the big north window in my studio, absolutely still in contemplation as she watches birds flit about at the feeders or Buddy the squirrel making a fool of himself. Kelly is petite for an adult cat, making the window seem vast, and the light is so diffuse that nothing has a hard edge. It is a scene I remember even in the heat of summer.

“Winter Window” is an original pastel on drawing paper I prepared myself, image size 8″ x 8″ painted in 2002 right in my office while Kelly looked out the window, and as often happens capturing that moment of inspiration also catches something essential that more planned paintings don’t. Though only I would recognize this as Kelly and she is facing away I will always feel I captured something very deep about her personality and about our relationship with this simple image.

In 2002 I was casting about for a holiday card image, saw little Kelly quietly looking out the window as she often did; silently so not to startle her I grabbed my pastels and a piece of my “experimental” drawing paper and got to work, standing right in the middle of the room to quickly capture the essence of the scene I visualized in that instant: the pastel winter light different in each pane of the window, the view softened by falling snow, the muted shadows inside, the softness of the bright overcast snow light. But it was all inspired by Kelly’s particular quiet and contemplative nature, I just loved her little shape, her petite figure in the midst of that vast light, and even then I remembered her early history living outdoors with a stray/feral colony; I had always wondered, in these moments, if she thought about those experiences that had so marked her cheerful and affectionate nature with timidity. For me, this has always been a portrait of the Kelly I knew who lived in her happy world with me and her feline siblings, but with part of her still in that other life, and separate from me. Who would know that in one quick visual and a 15-minute sketch I would be able to capture all that? But as always, I’m glad I took the time, and now I have this wonderful memory.

“Winter Window” was purchased by a Creative Cat reader who knew Kelly through my articles, and understood how I might feel about letting go of this painting soon after I’d lost Kelly in 2012, but just as I have always been more than happy when a beloved foster cat went to a loving forever home, so I am with my artwork, that it finds a home where it will be admired and cherished. Read more about her here.

 

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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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Accent, pastel, 6" x 13" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my landscape painting Sunset With Barn. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 6″ x 12″ and is matted with a pure white mat to fit an 8″ x 16″ frame.

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Accent, pastel, 6" x 13" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Accent, pastel, 6″ x 13″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Cardinals brighten my back yard all year round, and are especially brilliant on a snowy day. My back yard is a registered Backyard Wildlife Habitat and I have let brush and brambles fill in at the corners; this cardinal is in a tangle of wild grapevines with a fresh fall of snow. This was done en plein air—but not outside so I wouldn’t cause the birds to fly off, but from my back door.

The single cardinal in the branches and brambles touched with snow at the end of the yard was an inspiration for something a little looser and abstract. This is the “safe spot” for birds and small animals as I’ve let the wild grapevines, raspberries and blackberries and Roses of Sharon grow into a dense tangled mass which is excellent protection from predators and I place a seed feeder and suet feeder into the mess each autumn. A heavy snowfall which layers each branch with white and the play of light and shadow in the mass of branches creates one of nature’s most lovely patterns and shades more shades of blue and purple than I have in my box of pastels.

Where most of my drawing surfaces have some texture, I used scraps of matboard from framing to try out a variety of handmade finishes. This matboard had a laid finish that looked like woven cloth. I mixed marble dust and grit and brushed it on like swirls in plaster, giving the surface a rough brushed appearance. When I considered which drawing surface to use for the sketch I knew this one would be perfect for capturing the feeling of branches and snow.

 

You can read more about this painting and order other sizes of prints as well here. The original painting was part of my exhibit “Winter White”. I also offer this art as a card in my “Backyard Birds” series.

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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.

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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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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.

 

 

"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

~~~

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.