Author Archives: Bernadette

A Walk in Black and White Film

I loaded a roll of black and white film into my old Pentax K1000 and headed out to walk to the grocery store, bringing back images from around my neighborhood along with my groceries. Another in the occasional issue of photographing while walking an unextraordinary path and finding extraordinary things, on a path I’ve walked […]

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Winter Birds, Framed Set

In winter I have feeders visible from just about every window. Watching the birds gather, mill about, eat, leave is like watching waves or fire, the constant motion mesmerizing and meditative. I visualized these sketches over years looking out my doors and windows at the birds gathering on my walk or in my trees, and […]

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Curving Tracks in the Snow

We have just enough snow that the landscape is changed to nearly black and white, clear contrasts and every little branch with its tiny frosting of snow. Driving errands today I loved the look and remembered this sketch. The graceful curve of the tracks in any season, because I admire it all the time, is […]

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Got Ginger Tabbies?

I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you are, but where we are it’s dark and cold and kind of slushy. What better way to brighten up a day like that? And though these two designs were based on a black tabby and a torbie, part of the fun of being an artist is […]

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Organize With Nature, “Found Along the Panhandle Trail” Series Cube Keepsake Boxes

Are you sorting photos or correspondence, even bills? Clean up 2019 and start 2020. Colorful boxes inspired by flowers, butterflies and scenes of the Panhandle Trail will make the job easier and be prettier to look at than an old box. This set of cube-shaped papier-mâché boxes ranges in size from 9″ x 9″ to […]

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What’s on My Easel: Amy

A good start on my next commissioned portrait, “Amy”, former feral mom cat happy in her forever rescue home. This portrait will be about 16 x 22 and is painted in pastel. Read more about this portrait on The Creative Cat: What’s on My Easel: Amy

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Valentines for Cat Lovers and Lovers With Cats

As if the candy Valentine hearts-inspired Valentines aren’t enough, I have a ready supply of feline Valentine images with all the cuddling that happens around here, a mix of both photos and illustrations. These cards are 5″ x 7″ and are available singly or in half or full dozens. Read about the on The Creative […]

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Whale Tail, a Tiny Linoleum Block Print

I love the photos of whale breaches that tell the “whale’s tale” and I wanted to find the essence of the moment, just the whale’s tail, the water and the sky. “Whale Tail II” is a simplified, iconic image of a whale’s tail breaching the waves with the clouds over the water in the background. […]

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Hand-printed Valentine Cards Inspired by Valentine Candy Hearts

Candy hearts-inspired Valentines with kitty messages—what could be a better Valentine for cat lovers? Each is hand-printed so be sure to order early. I usually print these little linocuts in earth tones or “tabby colors”, but I’ve been itching to use brights and pastels and all sorts of combinations with them. I decided they made […]

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“Safe” in Plain Sight

The deer were in my back yard this afternoon, well-camouflaged by the light and the muted colors. If you look closely, there are two in this photo. I had seen the most prominent one reclining on the ground, and all I had was my cell phone but I tiptoed around the side of the house […]

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