Tag Archives: pastel painting

#30paintingsin30days, Day 18: Evening Wildflowers

On a sweltering, sticky August evening I discovered an incredibly beautiful patch of native wildflowers intentionally seeded at Scott Conservancy Kane Woods. I forgot about sweaty hands and the pulse of the sun directly in my face because it was also touching each and every flower on that hillside, filling leaves and petals with brilliance. […]

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Featured Gallery: Winter White, My 2004 Solo Exhibit

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 […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Sparkling Gems

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 […]

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Watching Birds in Snow

These birds were actually pecking around in the snow under a bird feeder, but their random order and little shadows were intriguing. This was done en plein air—but not outside so I wouldn’t cause the birds to fly off. In winter I have feeders visible from just about every window. Watching the birds gather, mill […]

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A Colorful View of Winter

This painting is entitled “Colorful”, 11″ x 15″, done in soft pastel on self-prepared board with marble dust and gesso. “Colorful” is one of my favorite duck images on Chartiers Creek from my walks to Main Street. I took the photo several years ago of the mallard balancing on one leg with morning sun reflecting […]

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Winter Sunbath, Warm Spots on the Coldest Days

I’d always wanted to paint this photo of my orange boy, Allegro. I took the photo in 1993 or 1994, and it’s been on my mind all this time. I wanted not so much to paint a portrait of Allegro as I wanted to capture that moment that was so much Allegro in his quiet, […]

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Winter Sunset, After Rothko

It’s actually the sunset reflected on the eastern horizon, but I guess it could be the western sky as well. It’s from memory, not from life or from a photo, but it’s something I visualized when I’d looked at the horizon at sunset out my back window, a clear cold cloudless sky and deep shadow […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: Sycamore Moon

There are two large sycamore trees near the entrance of the Panhandle Trail, but because they are growing against a hill I don’t see them from this angle against the sky until I am headed back home, nearly at the trailhead, and often at dusk, especially the early dusk of a winter night. Because the […]

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Register Before December 31 and Choose a Free Matted Print of “Winter Window”

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. ABOUT THE ARTWORK Kelly pauses in the stark pastel light of a winter afternoon through the big north window in my studio, absolutely still in […]

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Quiet Time in the Studio

After the crazy hours getting ready for the holidays and the mess I made up here, it’s nice to clean it up, get back to artwork and enjoy some quiet times in the studio while Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine nap by the window. “Studio Morning Shift” was another such painting from this past January […]

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