2019 Autumnal Equinox Newsletter from Portraits of Animals

Autumn Has Arrived

The equal day and night, the angle of the light, cooler days and nights, shadows deep and colors bright, autumn has arrived.

The Bench, pastel, 6 x 8, 2004 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

In this newsletter I’ve included my annual specials on original artwork just in time to start your holiday shopping, plus seasonal gift items, featured photos, and a seasonal story and poetry.

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"Colorful", 11" x 15", soft pastel , 2015 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Colorful”, 11″ x 15″, soft pastel , 2015 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Give the Gift of Artwork
If you’re beginning your holiday shopping, enjoy some time in nature instead of heading for the mall. You can shop for special gifts of artwork in the galleries on Portraits of Animals.
Save on original art from the Autumnal Equinox to the Winter Solstice.
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25% Off Original Art
any original painting on Portraits of Animals
Use the coupon code
SPLENDOROFAUTUMN25 in your shopping cart.

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Visit my gallery of Available Original Art to browse.

Allegheny River Reflections, 12 x 16, pastel

Gift Items
My Panhandle Trail exhibit brought out new products and designs for my nature and wildlife inspirations including jewelry, decorative dishes and coasters, keepsake boxes and household items. Click any image below to read more about the item, and scroll down to read more about my sixth annual exhibit.

2 for $25.00 Gift Items

Maybe you want a set or it’s hard to choose just one, this special discount applies all the time on all designs of gift items, nature and cats.

  • You must purchase two items from the same gift category, i.e., two votives, two cabochons, two tiles.
  • Both items must be available in the gallery so that they are in stock.
  • The two items don’t have to be both cat-themed or nature-themed, they all assort.
  • Both items must be shipped to the same address.
  • Excludes any offer for customization.
  • Each gift category has its own discount code.

Visit Buy 2 for $25.00 on Many Gift Items for details.

Wildflower and Butterfly Votives

Nearly all votives are made from upcycled non-recyclable jars from pickled items, sauces and more. I etch the inside or outside on most of them, then print my artwork on a clear vinyl label and burnish it onto the flat area of the jar, embellishing the rest of the jar with alcohol inks in solids or patterns. All votives come with LED tea lights. Read more here.

Found Along the Panhandle Trail Cube Keepsake Boxes

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. 

Decorative Wooden Trays With Art and Wildflowers

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.

Wildflowers and Butterflies of the Panhandle Trail 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.

Cards for the Holidays,
Right Around the Corner

I also have a selection of sets of holiday cards featuring scenes from nature in photos and art.
Backyard BirdsCardinals on a Snowy DayUnexpected Berries
Winter WalksWinter Beauty
Browse my full selection of Holiday Cards.

Seasonal 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
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.


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.


Seasonal Stories
Visit my writing website, PathsIHaveWalked.com

Short Story: Foretold
The morning’s brilliant sunshine belied the cool air, but the bumblebee, sluggish at breakfast on the spent seed head, foretold the change to come. The season had been awaiting the moment and the moment was here, and even as the day warmed and the bees efficiently bumbled on their way, grand and beautiful clouds appeared on the horizon,… Read more…

Poem: Effortless

I paddled the canoe around the bend,
and was faced with the effortless beauty of the panorama,
the trees in all their colors, the sky with changing clouds,
the water moving and reflecting simultaneously,
all perfectly arranged,
I realized that my creations are but raindrops in a puddle,
wisps of cloud that change and dissipate…

Read more…

Upcoming Exhibit: Seasons on the Panhandle Trail, "Wild Apples" August 23 and 24

Upcoming Exhibit: Seasons on the Panhandle Trail, “Wild Apples” August 23 and 24

Sixth Annual Exhibit:

Sun Shadow Ice & Snow
Seasons along the Panhandle Trail
“Wild Apples” 
featuring poetry inspired by the trail & woods

Paintings, sketches and photographs

Perfect weather, lots of visitors, it’s really my favorite exhibit.

Download your Monthly Electronic Wallpaper Calendar


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

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 Winter Solstice I hope you find something beautiful in every day.

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