Waterscape Artwork

Water in all its many places and moods—trickling stream to lake to ocean—is a constant subject for me. One of the most mutable substances for an artist to study, it can reflect any color and take any shape. It can be the subject of a work or a simple background effect. I haven’t managed to render nearly as many waterscapes as I would like, but have attempted to portray a wide range of its possibilities.

I’ve separated out my images of lakes and oceans for portrayal here.

Most works are available in their original, but I also offer a variety prints on paper or canvas and notecards of quite a few.

Click on any image below to find out more about the art. Also, if you’d like a print or card of a piece of artwork that’s not available, please ask.

Sunset Beach, watercolor, 8 x 10, 2000 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Evening Beach is a watercolor, 8 x 10, painted in 2000. I offer it in three sizes and styles of prints.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

After the first time I visited the beach I discovered that sand was much like snow, my other favorite subject, in the tones and colors it held in all the different lights of day. I liked this quiet scene as the wind picked up at evening.

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Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.

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Serenity, pastel, 5 x 20, 1998 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Serenity, pastel, 5 x 20, 1998 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This is a signed digital print of an original painting, “Serenity”, pastel, that’s 5 x 20, just a long which I painted to fit a frame I recycled.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This sailboat drifted lazily for hours on the calm waters of Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania. As the August afternoon tended toward evening, the sky began to grow pink and the shadows darkened and lengthened, and the serene moment seemed to last for hours.

Painted en plein air as I sat on one of the beaches at the north end of the lake, watching this sailboat was one of my favorite afternoons; this painting always takes me back to that day.

Because of the odd size of this painting, the only reasonable reproduction is a giclee or a digital print, but I also offer custom framing.

Framed print

I use a white mat with a plain square 1″ pine frame in the sample above. Other mat and frame choices may cost more.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.

Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.

Burnished Waves, pastel, 10 x 18, 1998 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Burnished Waves, pastel, is a framed original painting, 10 x 16. It is matted with 3″ acid-free mats, 2.25″ teal with a leather-pattern texture on top, .25″ pale yellow and .5″ dusky blue on the bottom. It’s framed in a pre-made 16″ x 22″ wood frame which I hand-finished in antique gold with an olive gold metallic wash. The backing is acid-free foam core and the glass is premium clear glass.

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ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This original pastel was painted “en plein air” as I stood on a beach at sunset on Presque Isle, in Erie, PA.

The deepening light of evening and sunset burnishes all it touches with gold and silver, and always encourages a time of memory and reflection for me. I had spent the day on Presque Isle in Erie, playing in the water, collecting shells and rocks, photographing the woods and water, and finally settled on one of the beaches facing west to do some painting. Rain clouds rolled in as the sun dropped toward the horizon, deepening shadows and brightening highlights as I did my best to capture the rapidly changing light, the building clouds and lapping waves which grew as the wind increased.

I matted and framed this painting when I finished it in 1999, but for many years it sat in my “extra paintings” box; there was something I just wasn’t happy with at the time. But when the time came for my annual poetry reading and art show in 2011 and nothing new fit what I was feeling in my poetry, I found this in the extras box and realized that when I painted it, I just wasn’t quite ready for its message.

This painting became the signature image for my fifth poetry reading and art exhibit at The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in January 2011 entitled “Burnished Light on Water”, featuring 12 new poems inspired by evening light and reflections, both physical and metaphoric, and an exhibit of paintings and photographs.

 

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.

Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.

Sunset on the Bay is a watercolor, 24 x 12, painted in 1993. I offer it in three sizes and styles of prints.

Sunset on the Bay, watercolor, 24 x 18, 1993 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Sunset on the Bay, watercolor, 24 x 18, 1993 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This original watercolor of beach houses on the Chesapeake Bay was painted from my own photos and memories. This is a view from Chincoteague Island across the Chesapeake Bay toward the mainland in Virginia. That stillness, that odd pink light of a sultry evening on the bay…the beach houses along the dock looked so puny and unprotected under that huge sky above and the water below that I took several photos in the days before panoramic images were available. Later, I brought them out and laid them side by side on my drafting table and sketched the scene onto a full sheet of watercolor paper, not knowing how much of the sky and water I’d use and leaving plenty of extra. I was just experimenting with watercolor techniques and materials and knew I wanted the clarity of the details on the beach houses to contrast with the big sky and water.

I first saw the ocean at the age of 30 when I visited Assateague Island, Virginia and felt as if I’d come home to an old friend; I also enjoyed meeting the wild ponies after having read all the books in the “Misty of Chincoteague” series and read about the island and wildlife refuge. I conspired how to make a living so I could stay there, but instead brought my photos back and have been painting from them ever since.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.

Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.

The Silent Lake, pastel, 7" x 10", 1999 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The Silent Lake, pastel, is a scene on Lake Erie from Presque Isle in Erie, PA, The original was 7″ x 10″, painted in 1999, available in three sizes and styles of prints.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

The sunset struggled through a broken cloud cover for about an hour and a half, providing an ever-changing light show as it changed color and sent rays of light down to the lake in random patterns. The lake, so still and quiet and dark, had such presence, and seemed like a solid land mass instead of a fluid body.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.

Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.