Dusk in the Woods votive, front.

Dusk in the Woods Votive

Dusk in the Woods votive, angled.

Dusk in the Woods votive, angled.

When I made the Star of Wonder votive yesterday I also had Dusk in the Woods in mind if the technique worked. It did, and I couldn’t wait to see Dusk in the Woods on a votive too.

Dusk in the Woods is a nearly square painting to I had to decide how to crop it to fit. If I applied the entire painting to the front of the votive, you could barely see the detail. So I set it to wrap around three sides so that you could see a bit of snow and a bit of sky along with all the trees.

Above is the angle from one of the sides, below is the front of the votive.

Dusk in the Woods votive, front.

Dusk in the Woods votive, front.

And below is the other side of the votive. In this portion of the painting (you’ll see below) the sun is actually setting over the stream and the candle lines up perfectly with that spot. IT even looks as if the sunset is reflecting on the snow.

Dusk in the Woods votive, side.

Dusk in the Woods votive, side.


I etched the inside of the vase to better diffuse the light from the candle, then printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase.

This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a clear label I printed from my artwork “Dusk in the Woods”. It’s made from a purchased cube-shaped glass vase 3.25″ in each dimension and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.


Dusk in the Woods, pastel, 31″ x 23″, 2007 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Dusk in the Woods, pastel, 31″ x 23″, 2007 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

That “blue time of day”…a quick walk in the woods after a heavy snowfall as clouds parted and the sun set on the distant horizon, bare trees like sentinels. This time of day always carries a certain melancholy for me, as if a deep instinctive part of me realizes the sun is about to leave and may not come back. The moment stands in all its silent beauty along Robinson Run in Collier Township, on a trail in the woods running parallel to the Panhandle Trail.

I didn’t have my art materials with me when I saw this, but planned to return to do at least a portion of it under similar conditions. That time of day the light changes so quickly, but I could set up and be prepared for the moment I wanted. Alas, we had no appreciable snow for two years and this image was really begging to be painted—I was visualizing it daily and even dreaming about it, which is how I know a painting really needs to be done. I began with my photos, then put them away and spent the hours remembering that moment, the sound, the smell, the cold…

Most important was the color of the snow at that time of day, difficult to achieve in a painting because so much of that color depends on the reflected light from the sky, difficult to reproduce in a two-dimensional painting. I also wanted to capture the stillness of the woods in the large expanse of unbroken snow at the bottom, as all the winter wildlife had taken cover before the snow and still stayed protected, leaving only the constant, comforting gurgling of the water as it flowed past, shallow water rippling over a rocky stream bed.


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