Author Archives: Bernadette

About Bernadette

Portraits of Animals features my latest fine artwork and photography, original art and prints, handmade creations, apparel, housewares, gift items, greeting card sets, books and calendars inspired by my household of felines and the beauty of nature. In every moment of every day, everywhere I go, I see something extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. I am moved to share it by interpreting it in a medium that most clearly expresses my inspiration in that moment, be that medium visual or literary, 2D, 3D, poetry or prose or some combination thereof. I only hope to do honor to the moment and fill others with the same blush of joy I felt at first experiencing it. On this site I present the results of those efforts to interpret my inspirations—my cats, commissioned cats and dogs, wildlife, landscapes, flowers, waterscapes, just about anything that crosses my path.

Stocking Up on Accessory Bags

I spent the dreary weekend stocking up on handmade things, like these accessory bags, plus totes, dishtowels and more. But for now, Sienna is most excited about the accessory bags! I create my own “fabric” swatches by pressing the pattern on fabric using a fabric transfer, the kind often used for t-shirts and other garments, […]

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The Creative Cat New Year Newsletter

Happy Mew Year New Inspirations for 2022 Building on 2021 My goal for 2021, with my newly-established studio spaces, well-stocked materials and updated equipment, was to create more new things in the new year. But what became my motivational force was actually updating the way I made the things I had already designed. I not […]

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Nature & Wildlife New Year Newsletter

The Light Returns It’s hard to believe it’s the new year already! I said that last year at this time too, but these odd years seem to move so slowly, and then suddenly they are gone. And what have I done? Not as much new artwork as I had planned, but I did get back […]

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Featured Feline Artwork and January Desktop Calendar: Winter Afternoon

  The inspiration for this sketch was that black cats are easily camouflaged on the old wool afghan, and it made me laugh. Look closely and you’ll see four cats in this sketch. Basil, Bella, Bean and Mewsette spent the entire long, quiet winter afternoon on the wool afghan my mother made in 1946. Register […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: Avoiding the Photographer

I’m welcoming the New Year with a new painting, “Avoiding the Photographer”! I think that’s an accurate title since the girls were hiding behind my scruffy little hemlock while I was hovering around in the snow in the back yard trying to get their photo this past February 2021. It’s a watercolor, about 12″ x […]

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Sold Original Painting: Waiting on Christmas Night

I’m so excited that my newest cat painting will be going to a new home for Christmas—a friend purchased the framed original for her nine-year-old granddaughter who is very sensitive to artwork, and also has her own black kitty to love. I am thrilled! Sharing cats with another cat lover of any age is a […]

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Gift Certificates for Merchandise, Custom Art or Custom Pet Memorial Gifts

Not sure what to purchase, or you’d like to let the recipient make their own choices? Purchase a gift certificate, or certificates. I offer three certificates, one for general merchandise, one for commissioned art, and one for custom pet memorial gifts so you can be more specific what you want to give to your recipient. […]

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A New Batch of Keepsake Boxes

Mimi is sure the lighting for this photo is horrible. So am I! As soon as we had some sun she and Mewsette and I ran out to set up the photo. Then the sun went in. But we are sure you can see the boxes well enough for now. I made up a new […]

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Pointy-eared and Eartipped, Feline Holiday Ornaments and More!

My “Star of Wonder” ornament is designed from my original “Star of Wonder” holiday card in 2012, more on that below. I handmake each ornament on a wood disk with a silver star, a light blue background and a navy blue cat silhouette, and trim the edge with silver. All these elements have been consistent, […]

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Our Happy Holidays Open House

Happy Holidays Open House In-person and Virtual starts in-person Friday, December 17 to Monday, December 20, 2021, but you can shop any time online, including starting right now! If I need to ship, I want to make sure it gets to you so my virtual open house starts today. Get the details! Read more on […]

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