Author Archives: Bernadette

Hold Jewelry, Memories or Just Stuff in Feline Vintage Cigar Box Keepsakes

I had another stash of vintage cigar boxes in reserve and decided it was time to make some new keepsakes with them. I’m featuring my feline designs here. I’m working on the flower and butterfly designs and will post them as soon as I have them finished. About the boxes These cigar boxes are the […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 18: Curious Fawn

I’m back to a painting for this day of my creative challenge. For this painting I once again used self-prepared smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels, so that I would start with a dark background. I painted it without any guidelines, just hitting the surface […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge Day 17: Poem, The Blush That Rise

The blush that rise at end of a winter’s day to meet the early falling darkness,… I have a Monday prompt for writing and an image and words immediately began building in my mind. Though I began a painting today, I decided that I would work on my chosen painting subject for two days and […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 15: Poem, One Chance to Be

Cycle turning biology undeniable tender green pushes through soil hard and frozen, offers budding violet hope as bitter storm roars in, opens to adversity hesitate, hide, wait, unthought for only one chance to…be. The first flowers of spring in bud as a cold front comes roaring in, yet they stand tall and follow their path. […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 13: Update on Amy’s Portrait

My goal with Amy’s portrait today was to get the values settled, the dark areas and the light areas, and to get the plant as finished as I could get it. I posted this challenge update on The Creative Cat: February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 13: Update on Amy’s Portrait

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 11: I Will Always Walk With You Pet Memorial Gift

In addition to other creative activities, I also design and make handmade goods which I sell to be used as decorations and gifts. I’m counting this activity toward my creative challenge too. In addition to these items today, I also designed a 20-page course catalog for a local community’s quarterly parks and recreation activities. That […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 9: Update on Amy’s Portrait

I’m counting all creative things I do into my creative challenge, especially artwork. Time spent on a portrait works into that. I began this portrait last summer but picked it up again after my hip surgery last fall. I had a chance to meet with the customer last month and posted the first draft then. […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 7: How Small Beneath the Sky

I don’t know what it was about this image as a photograph that stayed with me from the time I took it. It’s that sense of my tiny self, smaller than one of those dots in the valley below, under the huge sky above, the sense of infinity as night draws down, and eternity as […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 4: The Woman’s Hour Graphic

Yes, I did jump backward a day; “Greenhouse Gerberas” was my art for Day 5. I designed this set of graphics on that day but waited until my customer, my local public library, was ready to distribute them to share them here. These images are part of my commercial art. For me, all creative efforts […]

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February 2020 Personal Creative Challenge, Day 5: Greenhouse Gerberas

I worked my way across the rest of this painting the second day and added the finishing touches the third day, and now it’s finished. I only had an hour or two each day to work on it each day, but my goal has been to work on a piece of artwork each day, and […]

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