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August Featured Artwork Still Available, Get a Free Matted Print

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August Featured Artwork

I’m still working my way through a really big assignment and haven’t been able to choose my September featured artwork for nature or felines and put my monthly desktop calendars together. I know it’s going to be at least another day, so if you’d still like to register for an account and order a free matted print of either of these paintings, they are still available! Scroll down to read more about how to register and about each painting.

I Want to Be Where That Gull is Standing

I Want To Be Where That Gull Is Standing, Pastel, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I Want To Be Where That Gull Is Standing, Pastel, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I always feature something beachy for my July or August desktop calendar, and this painting was a natural for this year. I am immensely proud of how the wave turned out, and really I’m pretty pleased with all of it.

The title is true, I just decided to be honest there. The seagull is standing on a beach on Hilton Head Island and I’d like to be there at just about any point, weather conditional.

I took photos of the beach when I visited my niece and I’m just working my way around to a few. It was January and the weather was quite calm so not too many exciting waves, but this colorful swell was actually very nice. The little riffle behind the gull, the curl of foam in front, I painted until I could hear it. So many of the artists I follow are painting waves these days, and I see wave workshops. I also wanted to catch that wave and just do at least one. I painted this on a scrap of Wallis sanded pastel paper because I needed to layer the pastel in just that way.

This was my painting from Day 27. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.

See more paintings in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Painting Challenge, September 2017.

Click here to register for your account to order your free print. When I receive your registration I’ll send you an email with information on how to order, then order it here. If you’ve registered already and never ordered your print, you can do it now! This New Member print is a signed digital print of my painting “I Want to Be Where That Gull is Standing” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet paper. This print is 8 x 11 and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11 x 14 frame.

You can also find this painting in my Waterscapes Gallery.

The Purrfect Camouflage

painting of cat behind vase of flowers

The Purrfect Camouflage, 11 x 16, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This was something I thought all cat companions could relate to, human and feline. Sophie really thought I couldn’t see her because she thought she blended right in with the flowers. She almost had me fooled until I saw one of the flowers looking back at me and I knew I had to investigate. Her ulterior motive was to eat the flowers, something I hate to clean up after. This picture was intended to be one of a pair, because in the next picture she was delicately biting a leaf.

I still remember deciding to photograph the flowers for just that reason, and looking at them, then surprised to see Sophie looking back at me when she sat up a little taller. Of course, the subject of the proposed painting changed from the flowers to Sophie.

Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “The Purrfect Camouflage” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects. The New Member print is a signed digital print of my watercolor painting “The Purrfect Camouflage” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″, matted in white an 11″ x 14″ frame.

Or purchase another size print or greeting card

I offer prints as:

  • digital prints on matte-finish art paper
  • giclees on art paper
  • on canvas in standard sizes
  • as framed prints, as shown, and custom framing is available

This painting is also available as a 5 x 7 greeting card with a white envelope individually and as the original set of Feline Fine Art Cards.

And also find this image on several gift items

You can find this art and more on Portraits of Animals. Search “purrfect camouflage” to find what’s currently available.


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