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.

25% Off Select Original Feline Artwork

Six original feline artwork paintings and five block prints are discounted 25% with discount code ORIGINALART25 through February 28, 2023. Why spend extra money on an original when a print looks nice enough? Looking at the original artwork that was done by hand is very different from looking at a print. I’m careful with preparing […]

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“Light Into Darkness” Exhibit Submissions

The North Hills Art Center is hosting a themed exhibit, Light Into Darkness, to benefit local non-profit Veterans Leadership Program. I dropped off my artwork earlier this week. The opening is February 11, and if you’re local stop by for some wine and cheese and some really beautiful art from what I saw of the […]

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Featured Artwork and February Desktop Calendar: Purple Cats, Red Blanket – The Creative Cat

    Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Purple Cats, Red Blanket” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects. Read more on The Creative Cat: Featured Artwork and February Desktop Calendar: Purple Cats, Red Blanket

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Winter Sunset, After Rothko

It’s actually the sunset reflected on the eastern horizon, but I guess it could be the western sky as well. It’s from memory, not from life or from a photo, but it’s something I visualized when I’d looked at the horizon at sunset out my back window, a clear cold cloudless sky and deep shadow […]

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Two Cat Paintings Accepted into an Exhibit

  No time limit on when the art was done was listed, and the art did not have to be for sale, so I decided to enter my two most recent cat-in-winter-sun paintings, “Chocolate Bath” from 2017 and “Winter Afternoon Nap” from 2018. And both were accepted! Read more about this exhibit on The Creative […]

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A Framed Print of “Blue and Yellow”

I like wide mats around small paintings, especially highly detailed small paintings. It helps to isolate them so there is less visual competition, and it makes something small seem like a bigger deal. The person who purchased the original of this painting didn’t want the original 16″ x 16″ white frame and mat. I chose […]

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Color In or Out of the Lines With the Creative Cat Coloring Book

In 2015 I’d been looking at and reviewing coloring books by other artists and decided I wanted to do a coloring book too. I didn’t really have the time to do the big one I envisioned of my larger portrait paintings and wanted to do something smaller and use art that is unique to one […]

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Whale Tail, Tiny Linoleum Block Prints

I love the photos of whale breaches that tell the “whale’s tale” and I wanted to find the essence of the moment, just the whale’s tail, the water and the sky. “Whale Tail I and II” are a simplified, iconic image of a whale’s tail breaching the waves with the clouds over the water in […]

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12 Sketches of Cats (2014) Calendar

  Yes, that’s 2014 CALENDAR, but it’s the art inside you might be interested in. It was printed so that each image in the calendar is of framing quality. The calendar is outdated, but the 14 pieces of artwork will never go out of date. I found a dozen just sitting there and thought I’d […]

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January Geraniums, They’re Ready for Spring

Every autumn I move my geraniums into the corner of my basement. After resting for a month or two, perhaps responding to the lengthening days, they always bloom in mid-January and their variety of pinks is always welcome at a time of year when flowers are in short supply. I tucked the blossoms into my […]

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