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.

Summer Joy: Geraniums and Parsley

An artist in one of the groups I post in said she could feel the “absolute joy” in this painting. Yes, the exuberance of nature on a beautiful summer day, and my joy at even just a little bit of life and color to be inspired by in the year I didn’t have a garden. […]

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Celebrate Summer in “The Swimming Hole”

On a hot summer afternoon out on the trail, there is nothing more refreshing to me than wading into the deeper area of a stream and cooling off. This painting was actually visualized during one of the visits with my great nieces and nephews and I knew I’d have to paint it, but it came […]

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The Inspiration of “A Bend in the Road”

June 1, 2014, on a lovely sunny day just about noon, I was leaving a morning event and on errands traveling the back roads just for fun, knowing this narrow back road had some wonderful spots. Here is one of them, “A Bend in the Road”. We never know what’s around that bend in the […]

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Evening Lights, Acrylic Painting

Those clear spring evenings in April are touchingly beautiful with the turquoise glow in the sky for the longest time after the sun has set. The velvety blackness of the creek and its banks reflects the lights on the street and on the buildings, illuminating the fronts and sides of the buildings. I took several […]

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A Small Still Life, Small Roses

Just one little sliver of sunlight crept through the blind and that was all it took to illuminate these old roses in a tiny glass vase. I stood in my kitchen and sketched this as quickly as possible before the light changed. These are roses that I grow, an unbelievably bright pink pasture rose and […]

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Colorful Spring Sky, April Cloud Study

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different. The […]

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The Garden Gate, the May Garden

About The Garden Gate For someone who is a gardener and spends a lot of time in her yard–what a special place! If I can’t have it in my yard, at least I can paint it. The arbor sporting ivy, the crape myrtle crowning the entrance and the garden gate, mysteriously left ajar and leading […]

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The Woods in Spring in Black and White Film

In April 2020, just after the shutdown began, I was getting back on my feet for hiking six months after my hip replacement. My DSLR needed a repair but I couldn’t get it done right then. I pulled out my old Pentax K1000 fully manual film camera and a roll of black and white film […]

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“Social Isolation,” in the Woods in the Time of Covid

It was a phrase of the times, but it’s kind of how I always felt when I walked in the woods, and I always enjoyed that time alone with the trees and the shadows and the sun. Turns out it was also good for our health in one more very important way—lots more open space […]

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Some Tulips in a Teapot, “Tea for Tulips”

I knew I’d love to paint the tulips, but I really needed to learn to paint the rust on the teapot. I intentionally kept the background vague and loose in shades of green and neutral tones to complement the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and extreme detail in each of the tulips. The frothy white […]

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