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 Open House and Studio Sale

Join us for an In-person and Virtual Open House! Friday, July 31 through Sunday August 1, 2021 In person or virtual, you’re invited to our Summer Open House, July 31 through August 1. I always feel bad that some of you who have been following me from the very beginning can’t be here for my […]

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The TNR Story Design and Gift Items, and a Discount

  I love mini cat prints. Typically I create art with cats in a scene or a sketch with no background, but I’ve never intentionally created a patterned mini print as artwork. I created the artwork this design is based on in 2014 for an entirely different purpose, and the story of that is below, […]

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Upcycled Glass Jar Votives Get a New Look

I make most of my votives from upcycled non-recyclable jars from pickled items, sauces and more, and I’ve always used some sort of flameless candles, either the small votives or a variety of small or large pillar candles. They looked nice, but I always felt there was something missing. They just didn’t have that magical […]

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22 Cats Garden Flag, Tote Bag, Accessory Bag and a Discount

This gives me the chance to feature several things with this unique cat pattern in which you’re sure to find a kitty like yours! Get two items with this pattern for $25.00. Read more about the pattern, the garden flag and other products and the discount on The Creative Cat: Marketplace: 22 Cats Garden Flag, […]

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Four New Flowery Garden Flag Designs

I’ve been designing my garden flags with just my art, but seeing all the flags around that have something to say, I decided to say something with mine! I chose four pieces of artwork rich with color and detail and added a message to each one. About the flags Each garden flag is handmade. My […]

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Carnegie Farmers Market Sundays, July 18 and 25

Carnegie Farmers Market Sundays! July: Sunday, July 11, 18 and 25, 2021 Noon to 3:00 p.m. It was so busy, two hours in I could finally sit down for a few minutes. What a great event! Everyone was so happy! And no rain even though it was forecast for the whole day, although a storm […]

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Accepted Into an Exhibit, “How Small Beneath the Sky”

I entered this painting into two back-to-back exhibits through the 2021 Westmoreland Art Nationals: the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit and the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. I was pleased that this painting was accepted into the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit, which opened in May and just closed at the end of June. I […]

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Upcoming Event: Carnegie Farmers Market Sundays in July 2021

Carnegie Farmers Market Sundays! July: Sunday, July 11, 18 and 25, 2021 Noon to 3:00 p.m. I’m so excited to be getting out to events again! Many events are brewing and I’ll have news on them soon, but the first one up is the farmers market in my own town, on Main Street in Carnegie. […]

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July Feline Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Five Cats and One Box

So what do five cats do with one box? Mewsette is in the box while Giuseppe is checking under the flap of the box, and Jelly Bean is sitting next to the box washing “there”, Mimi is experiencing box envy and planning on how to get into the box, and Mr. Sunshine is looking away, […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: 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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