Summer Back Road, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Let’s Go For A Ride

Summer Back Road, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Summer Back Road, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I was honored that this painting was recently featured on Facebook by Keith Linwood Stover.

When I was little I remember hearing, “Let’s go for a ride.” This meant going for a ride in the car to look at things, to see new places, and just to get out of the house. Funny how just riding around and looking at things was a regular form of entertainment, even in the early days of television. But often, in homes with no air conditioning, a car ride on a country road with all the windows open could be a real treat, and those are the ones I remember.

For me, almost any spot along winding, hilly back roads through fields with old trees and fence posts is a worthy spot for painting. This is one of many I liked best of the group I’ve been taking over the years for various reasons. The tree in the center is the main subject if you ask me, and I like the way it owns the road. The road itself leads straight into the scene, unlike most of my road sketches where the roads have bends. The field on the left gently reaches up and up and up out of the shadow in the left corner. That fluffy summer sky is just so pretty, just enough cloud, just enough blue. It’s a scene that always makes me feel very expansive, positive, wanting to run to the top of the hill as I did when I was a child when I saw such a place. The whole scene has a very simple color palette, and where I like to add complementary colors to most of my paintings to liven up the shadows and highlights, I wanted to maintain the scene’s simple, literal sense. A summer day is very uncomplicated.

It’s painted in soft pastel on a self-prepared board. Where I had added the pastel grounds smoothly on other boards, I stippled it on this one intending to use it for a scene that had fine details, like the leaves on the trees. I used that texture to build the textures all over the painting.

I participated in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge in January 2017. This was my painting for day 3.


Summer Back Road, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Summer Back Road, pastel on prepared board, 8 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Summer Back Road, Pastel, 8″ x 12″, 2017. The original is framed in a 1-1/2″ solid wood white molded frame with no mat and digital, giclee and canvas prints are available.

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Read my wrap-up of all my paintings from this painting challenge.

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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.

I offer giclees of this painting in two different sizes: the full size of 31″ x 23″, a half-size of 16″ x 12.5″. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges. All are countersigned by me.


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.

Digital prints have at least 1/2″ around the edges depending on the size of the print. All are countersigned by me.


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 set them up so the image runs from edge to edge, then the sides are black or white or sometimes I slip in a color that coordinates with the painting. This canvas mirrors the edges of the image around the sides.


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