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.

“Scratch Your Claws Here” Doormats

This is another project I’ve been waiting to see come to fruition—my own black cat silhouette doormats! I decided to make a few during my virtual open house in October, in part to answer some questions about materials and designs for me, and to gather feedback on the whole idea. The idea was a hit, […]

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New Votive Design: Sycamore Moon

As I was walking the last of the trail on my Christmas Day hike, the sun had set and the moon had risen and I approached the two sycamore trees side by side in the dim light, their bare branches etched against the blue-gray sky. I remembered the idea for a votive with the painting […]

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January Feline Desktop Calendar: A Sweet Cuddle

Every once in a while I like to move away from complicated, colorful art and appreciate just a simple line and what it can express. The New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel “A Sweet Cuddle”. This print is 8″ x 11″ and is matted to fit an 11 x 14 […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: Frosty Morning, Just Before Sunrise

The coldest, frostiest mornings always seem to come in January, right after all the warmth and color of the holiday season. I painted this in January 2012, standing at my window to sketch the basics but finishing from a photo, the light so fleeting, but I look at this view each day and know the […]

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Winter Solstice Presentation: The Light in the Darkness

I’d intended to share this here on the actual day of the solstice, but my crazy schedule keeps getting in my way. I think I’m nearly done with that schedule and pretty much back to normal timing, and I can tell you my cats are happy with that. I want to thank you for continuing […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Brothers, Paladin and Percy, and Consider Giving a Portrait Certificate

To really be true to the two together, we had to use the entire photo, from their butts to their toes. Also, consider giving a certificate for a commissioned portrait as a gift for the holidays. Read more on The Creative Cat: Commissioned Portrait: Brothers, Paladin and Percy, and Consider Giving a Portrait Certificate

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Dramatic Light Accepted Into “Pennsylvania Winter” Exhibit

A favorite photo was chosen to be part of an exhibit featuring Pennsylvania winter, one of my favorite subjects. Pennsylvania Winter: People, Places, and Things is an online juried exhibition that includes artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Forty images were chosen by juror Patrick McGrady, the Charles V. Hallman Senior […]

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Featured Artwork and December Desktop Calendar: Black Cats Dreaming in Color

The way the frilly colorful lines worked out in this sketch always reminded me of both confetti and some Christmas wrapping paper we had when I was little and looks so festive. And likely the three brothers are dreaming of the wonderful things that will fill the house for them when they awaken. Download your […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Winter

Winter is represented by the frozen hillsides of a farm drifted with snow and reflecting the colors of a winter sunset. The quiet, stillness and subtle color, the snow drifted up against the fencelines in the distance and caught on the clumps of flattened grasses and brush in the fields, the flat sky reflecting the […]

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November Nature Desktop Calendar: Soft November Afternoon

This little painting was done en plein air on a sunny November afternoon in 2006. I was photographing a conservation area owned by a conservation organization I worked with, and at that time I toted some art materials just about everywhere. The rich burnished colors of the remaining oak leaves and the ghostly white trunks […]

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