Author Archives: Bernadette

August Nature Desktop Calendar: I Want To Be Where That Gull Is Standing

I always feature something beachy for my July or August desktop calendar, and this painting was a natural for this year. I am immensely proud of how the wave turned out, and really I’m pretty pleased with all of it. The title is true, I just decided to be honest there. The seagull is standing […]

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Color Inspired By Artists on My “Big Nap” Decorative Dishes

Jelly Bean’s roundness is a little exaggerated but it really was a big nap. Another one of the feline shapes I love. “Big Nap” decorative dishes are based on one of my brush pen sketches which I enlarged and use to cut the clay around the outline of the sketch for each dish, soften the […]

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An Update on the Garden Flags

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make my garden flags since the printer for the last ones closed about six years ago. I’ve worked out the use of fabric transfers that should stand the test of time out in the weather. These four flags have been hanging in different areas in my […]

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Keep Cool 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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Ways to Keep Cool, “Mimi in the Laundry Shade”

Mimi’s got the right idea! Soon enough this morning it was too hot even for this, but it reminded me of this painting, as did the skirts and dresses which I also wore this past week. Some things really don’t change much, and me and Mimi outside in the morning is one of them, whether […]

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A Cool and Leafy Spot at “A Bend in the Road”

In early June, 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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New Polymer Clay Things

I have a lot to catch up on here! My hands have been busy with what you see above, and more, plus I’m still catching up on indoor and outdoor projects and upkeep around my house that have been waiting a couple of years. I’ve been putting my new hip to work every day with […]

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Handmade, Handpainted Curving Silhouette Trinket Dish

This 4” round curved dish is made from natural white polymer clay, handpainted with a black design adapted from a daily sketch. The design is adapted from a daily sketch that was actually made from cut paper, in black of course, and Mimi was the model, “Curving Silhouette”. Mimi inspects a few of the dishes […]

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Marketplace: Two-layer Masks and Matching Accessory Bags

Feline-themed double layer masks with a pocket for a filter and matching accessory bags with my feline artwork. And some flower designs too! I get the feeling we’ll need these for a while, so I decided to design my own mask with a few special features, and also printed accessory bags to match. I stocked […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Curious Fawn

For this painting I used self-prepared smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels, so that I would start with a dark background. I painted it without any guidelines, just hitting the surface with my pastels and letting it work out. And I mean literally hitting the […]

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