Colorful Autumn Trail, 8” x 12”, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A Crisp Autumn Day on the Panhandle Trail

I painted this scene for my August 2014 exhibit “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow: Seasons of the Panhandle Trail” during Rock the Quarry, the annual fundraiser for the Panhandle Trail.

“Colorful Autumn Trail”, pastel on Canson pastel paper, 8″ x 12″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Colorful Autumn Trail”, pastel on Canson pastel paper, 8″ x 12″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This painting doesn’t have as big of a story as others, but I will say it’s hard to paint along the trail in autumn—or anywhere else for that matter. The overwhelming colors, especially on a sunny day, have me running from place to place looking for the best spot to paint until the narrow window of good sunlight on an autumn day is past, so I end up working in my studio.

I like to capture the tree-covered hills and water and sky and just plain nature in most paintings because the trail itself isn’t a very interesting feature, being just a flat limestone chip path. But in this case, in autumn, it provides a break in the riot of color and also an area to feature those long blue shadows of the trees themselves. That’s really why I chose this scene when I came home with a head full of colors and shapes.


Colorful Autumn Trail, Pastel, 8″ x 12″, 2014. The original is sold, and digital, giclee and canvas prints are available.

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The canvas print is 11″ x 14″, and 8″ x 12″ and 8″ x 10″ are also easily available in the thinbar style, with narrower 3/4″ edges. The art stands up well to enlargement and looks great even as a 16″ x20”. Larger canvases have 1-1/2″ edges and take a little longer to make.

I apologize for the bad photo of the framed original, taken during my exhibit in my tent at night (I need to get with the wonderful couple who purchased the original to get a better image). I framed the original in a slightly decorative gold frame, Pacific blue mat with decorative gold fillet, and I can frame a print in the same manner, or I can frame a print with a less expensive single blue mat and gold or oak wood frame.


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 giclees are printed on acid-free hot press art paper for a smooth matte finish using archival inks. Giclee is the highest quality print available because the technique uses a dozen or more ink ports to capture all the nuances of the original painting, including details of the texture, far more sensitive than any other printing medium. Sometimes my giclees look so much like my originals that even I have a difficult time telling them apart when they are in frames.

I don’t keep giclee prints in stock for most of my works. Usually I have giclees printed as they are ordered unless I have an exhibit where I’ll be selling a particular print so there is a wait of up to two weeks before receipt of your print to allow for time to print and ship.

I offer giclees of this painting in two different sizes: the full size of 31″ x 23″, a half-size of 16″ x 12.5″. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges. All are countersigned by me.


Digital prints are made on acid-free matte-finish natural white 100# cover using archival digital inks. While digital prints are not the quality of a giclee in capturing every nuance and detail of color, texture and shading, I am still very pleased with the outcome and usually only I as the artist, could tell where detail and color were not as sharp as the original. Digital prints are only available up to 11″ x 17″ and some of the prints are cropped to fit standard mat and frame sizes.

Digital prints have at least 1/2″ around the edges depending on the size of the print. All are countersigned by me.


Because the standard size canvas prints are not proportional to the original painting, canvas prints of this painting will have a portion cropped off.

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered because I have limited storage space. Smaller canvases are a 3/4″ in depth, Canvases 12 x 16 and larger are 1-1/2″ in depth. I set them up so the image runs from edge to edge, then the sides are black or white or sometimes I slip in a color that coordinates with the painting.


The original was framed with a 1-1/2″ white mat in a 12″ x 16″ gold frame. I do all my own framing and can custom frame a print for you. Please ask.


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