Frosty Morning, Just Before Dawn, pastel, 17.5 x 9, 2012 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Frosty Morning, Just Before Sunrise

Frosty Morning, Just Before Dawn, pastel, 17.5 x 9, 2012 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Frosty Morning, Just Before Sunrise, pastel, 17.5 x 9, 2012 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It looks like this out there this morning.

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 bathroom window overlooking the back yard, the streets below me down to Main Street, and the hill on the other side of the valley. I sketched the basics from life but finished from a photo, the light so fleeting.

About Frosty Morning, Just Before Sunrise

I look at this view each day and know the details in all seasons. The morning’s hazy frosty look with the valley in shadow but the bright sky, steam rising from everyone’s chimneys, was very inspiring. I decided to finally do this sketch that I’ve been visualizing for years.

Not just the colors of a snowy, frigid dawn, but that steam rising from all the chimneys was part of the inspiration. I’m not sure why, but seeing the steam rise over the neighborhoods and town on a frosty morning has always had a sense of both melancholy and security for me, possibly knowing that we all are in the same situation. As I watched the sun rise and the day grow light, photographing as it went, it seemed everyone’s furnace turned on at the same time and I knew I had to paint this scene.

The four houses across from me I’ve sketched a number of times before, but in this case I’ve also included what is Main Street in Carnegie off to the left, the little collection of square-cornered things are the buildings, with their steam rising just as well.

The one element I did leave out was the row of trees in my back yard which were featured in another snowy scene from this same vantage point. “Snow at Night”. They were just too chaotic and detailed for this scene, but really when I visualized the scene I realized my visualization actually didn’t include them. There is plenty of interest here without them.

This painting is done in hues of only four colors, a Prussian blue which is a cool blue tending toward slate blue, haze blue that is a warmer color with a red tint and has elements of violet, and one shade each of yellow and pink.

This was one of those times when the photograph just wasn’t going to work.

Prints of this painting

The mat and frame for the original painting.

The mat and frame for the original painting.

“Frosty Morning” traveled to its final home years ago, to a friend “just north of us” in Canada who appreciated the beauty of a bitterly cold morning.

I offer a variety of prints of this painting, as digital, giclee or on canvas.

The original of this painting was pastel, 17.25″ x 9″, on illustration board hand-finished with pastel ground. I offer full-size giclee prints as well as digital and canvas prints.

Other similar artwork

See other landscapes in my gallery of Landscape Artwork and also see other winter paintings in my exhibit Winter White, and more urban/suburban artwork from my exhibit My Home Town.


Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.

Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.


The giclees are printed on acid-free hot press art paper for a smooth matte finish using archival inks. Giclee is the highest quality print available because the technique uses a dozen or more ink ports to capture all the nuances of the original painting, including details of the texture, far more sensitive than any other printing medium. Sometimes my giclees look so much like my originals that even I have a difficult time telling them apart when they are in frames.

I don’t keep giclee prints in stock for most of my works. Usually I have giclees printed as they are ordered unless I have an exhibit where I’ll be selling a particular print so there is a wait of up to two weeks before receipt of your print to allow for time to print and ship.


Digital prints are made on acid-free matte-finish natural white 100# cover using archival digital inks. While digital prints are not the quality of a giclee in capturing every nuance and detail of color, texture and shading, I am still very pleased with the outcome and usually only I as the artist, could tell where detail and color were not as sharp as the original. Digital prints are only available up to 11″ x 17″ and some of the prints are cropped to fit standard mat and frame sizes.


Because the standard size canvas prints are not proportional to the original painting, canvas prints of this painting will have a portion cropped off.

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered because I have limited storage space. Smaller canvases are a 3/4″ in depth, Canvases 12 x 16 and larger are 1-1/2″ in depth.


I do all my own framing and can custom frame a print for you. Please ask.

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