Author Archives: Bernadette

June Nature Desktop Calendar: Greenhouse Gerberas

I took the reference photo for this painting at a local greenhouse in 2013. I’ve always liked colorful gerbera daisies and their bold smiling faces. I’ve used it for a few graphic designs and decided someday I’d paint it too. So that time was now. I chose oil pastel because I’ve come to enjoy working […]

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25% Off All Commissioned Artwork

Until June 30, 2020, I’m offering 25% off all commissioned fine artwork, all subjects and all media. I always feature my traditional Mother’s and Father’s Day discounts on commissioned pet portraits from April through June so you can have a discount on a special portrait for that person in your life who inspired you to […]

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Featured Artwork: “They Miss You When You’re Gone”

Years ago the owner of the veterinary hospital I used suggested he’d like to have customized sympathy cards. The project never came to be but I kept the ink and monochrome drawings I did in working out ideas for those cards and printed my own first set of note cards in 1992 (more about those […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Sky

Sky was a Blue Merle Australian Sheep Dog and this portrait was a Christmas gift for my client’s father. Sky was a happy, social dog, accepting everyone into his circle of favorite people. His personality made Sky the center of his companion’s universe; as my client put it, “If my mother, my sister, Sky and […]

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Virtual Open House Update and Specials

I am still celebrating the earth here, and I’ll be happy to honor the specials from days 1 and 2 of my open house through the coming weekend, but I’ll hold the rest for a little later. If you tried to reach my site last weekend and weren’t able to, I apologize. It sounds like […]

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Virtual Open House Day 2: Felines and Flowers Greetings Collection

So what’s in this package anyway? All the materials for you to keep track and send greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, events and any other noted or annual life event for yourself, family and friends in Great Rescues Day Book, and at least 70 greeting cards to meet the occasion in a mix of feline-themed cards […]

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Virtual Open House Day 1: 25% Off All Commissioned Artwork Plus Free Framing

I always feature my traditional Mother’s and Father’s Day discounts on commissioned pet portraits from April through June so you can have a discount on a special portrait for that person in your life who inspired you to love animals. You can also commission me to paint non-animal subjects. In fact, I’ve been commissioned to […]

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May Nature Desktop Calendar: Social Isolation

When I considered which image to feature for May I decided it had to be my newest painting, “Social Isolation”.  Even through May the trees still haven’t fully leafed out, and at least at the moment we are still socially isolating. And because I can’t seem to get picture frames delivered to me I still […]

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Join Me for A Virtual Earth Day Celebration

It’s pretty apparent that I’m inspired by the earth herself and all her gifts. I remember the first Earth Day 50 years ago though I was only nine years old because it was such an accomplishment and was so big in the news. That was reinforced by all the changes I saw immediately following in […]

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Bella Being Haunted By Herself

Well, I don’t know how I’d feel if things that looked like me were all over the house. But then, I’m not as cute as Bella! As always, I did not pose her. She must have felt their eyes on her… …or she wanted me to feature things with the Bella! design—accessory bags and dish […]

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