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

A Reflective Light, Burnished Waves

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

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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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.

The post card for my 2011 poetry reading.

The post card for my 2011 poetry reading.


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