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Thanks for signing up for an account on Portraits of Animals website! Each new member receives a thank-you gift not only as an honest thanks from me for signing up, but also so that you can see a sample of my art and the quality of my merchandise, even if you’ve been a customer already and purchased from me in other places.

The thank you gifts always include matted digital prints of art and photos that I usually sell for between $20.00 and $40.00. The selection includes the current month’s featured artwork and several of the more popular images I sell. Sizes vary according to the size of the art itself—some of my more popular sketches are as small as 3″ x 5″—but they are always matted to fit a standard frame size so you can use a frame you have on hand or easily purchase one without the cost of custom framing.

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This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Headed for the Beach”. Prints are made in archival inks on acid-free Epson silky photo paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted in pure white to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

Headed for the Beach



ABOUT THE ART

Seagulls are rarely this organized, but they certainly looked amusing marching in unison. Really, I wouldn’t mind at all if I was marching with them on the beach. Taken on Hilton Head Island, SC when I visited my niece and her children who live in Savannah. Even though I took the photo during a summer visit, the beach is still a summer thing.

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This New Member print is a signed digital print of my landscape painting “A Bend in the Road”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 12″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit a 12″ x 16″ frame.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

"A Bend in the Road", pastel, 14" x 22", 2014 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“A Bend in the Road”, pastel, 14″ x 22″, 2014 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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 road, but the anticipation is what makes the journey exciting.

I was driving slowly along enjoying the view, then I saw this spot and hit the brakes, gasping with awe at the complicated beauty of nature, the shapes and colors, the sun and shadow, the straight-up height of the trees along the road, arching far overhead, the road bending ahead as if you were to enter a magical place. The trees had finally reached full cover in the woods and all along the trails and I simply could not get enough. I knew I should have carried my art materials! There was no one but me on this road so I took a few photos through my windshield, then put the car in park, shut off the engine with flashers flashing and stood in the middle of the road to take photos, barefoot and listening, smelling, feeling, taking in as much of the spot as I could to remember.

You can read more about this painting and order other sizes of prints as well here.

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This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel photo “Reading My Mind” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and is matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Mimi, Reading My Mind

Mimi knew exactly the pose I had visualized, and here she is, as beautiful as I had imagined.

Many of us joke that our animal companions can read our minds. In a very real way they can with their understanding of body language, and use of their senses to anticipate emotions by our scent if it’s fear or anger or another state of the human mind that puts us a bath of hormones.

But without the same language as us can they truly understand our thoughts? And respond appropriately? And communicate in return?

You can also order other sizes and styles of this photo visit Mimi, Reading My Mind in Cats  Photography Gallery.

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Allegheny River Reflections, pastel, 12, x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The original of this painting is pastel, 16″ x 12″, on sanded pastel paper. Your New Member Gift print is an 8″ x 11″ print matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

Allegheny River Reflections, pastel, 12, x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Allegheny River Reflections, pastel, 12, x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This is a view of the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania, seen from Tarentum. I took a quick walk through the park along the river on a beautiful autumn day and took as many photos as I could. The hill is very high and steep behind this row of trees and otherwise the hill comes down to the bank of the river, but for this short stretch the row of trees was separated from the hill, deep in bluish shadow, while the trees caught the late afternoon sunlight.

I knew I wanted to keep this loose, just capturing the visual of the reflection and the contrast with the bright sunlight, bright leaves, and dark hillside.

Read more about this painting or order the original or other prints at Allegheny River Reflections.

 

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Holly on the Rocker, watercolor, 8" x 12", 2008 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Holly on the Rocker” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. It is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14” frame with a single white mat.

Holly on the Rocker, watercolor, 8" x 12", 2008 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Holly on the Rocker, watercolor, 8″ x 12″, 2008 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

About the artwork

I call this one “the portrait I couldn’t resist”. Holly’s portrait wasn’t really commissioned, but I couldn’t help myself for painting her, and her person couldn’t help but buy her portrait, so it’s almost the same. Holly’s mom and dad are friends of mine and long-time cat rescuers as I described in the story “A Bridge Between the Ages”.

Holly is a congenial little calico who greets you at the door and knows she’s the center of attention. On the back of the rocker Holly is accessible to everyone who walks through the room and can see most of the first floor of the house. You can read more about Holly’s portrait and her rescue on The Creative Cat.

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You can find “Holly on the Rocker” as part of my Feline Fine Art series of note cards.

You can find more feline artwork in the galleries Feline Artwork, My Cats and Daily Sketches.

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© 2018 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Sunset Cruise, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Sunset Cruise”, pastel, 9 x 12 from 2017. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white black core mat to fit a 11″ x 14″ frame.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Sunset Cruise, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Sunset Cruise, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I took the reference photo for this in 2005. It’s been waiting 12 years to be painted. It was indeed a sunset cruise…down Chartiers Creek on a perfect July evening. Not only the delicate light on the nearly still water and the clear sky gradating up to deep blue, but the curve of the hills on either side. Of all the photos I took for this one scene, this off-center horizon has stayed with me all these years.

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This and other similar artwork

The original of this painting is still available, and you can also purchase prints in other sizes and media by visiting the listing for Sunset Cruise, Pastel.

This was my painting from Day 13 of the September 2017 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.

This painting and others like it can also be found in the following galleries:

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© 2018 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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A Warm Bath, pastel, 12″ x 10″, 1997 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “A Warm Bath”. This print is 8 x 10 and  matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11 x 14 frame.

A Warm Bath, pastel, 12″ x 10″, 1997 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A Warm Bath, pastel, 12″ x 10″, 1997 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski



I chose this pose because you could still see Sally’s face, though she was looking down, and there is something I love about a cat’s face at that angle, the soft forehead, the nose, the whiskers sprouting here and there.

Still, this is the painting where I remember the feeling of “fingerpainting” for the first time, applying layers and colors of pastel, them mixing them with my fingertips and knuckles, the sides of my hands, both hands, a different color in each area. It was because I looked at the fur on Sally’s head in the reference photo and imagined digging my fingers into it to scratch the top of her head, which she loved, and I did my best to make the top of her head make me, and you, want to do that, even to feel it. The bright pink of her ear, the cool and warm highlights in her fur, it was all I could do to focus on one area to work it out completely.

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© 2018 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.

 

"Garden Sketch With Mimi", 5" x 7", watercolor, 2013 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Garden Sketch with Mimi”. This print is 5″ x 7″ and is double matted with white top mat and red bottom mat.

Garden Sketch With Mimi matted new member print.

Garden Sketch With Mimi matted new member print.

This July is ten years since we lost Lucy, since I saw Mimi in my garden on that very day, nearly in this very spot, very pregnant with the four big black cats you see here every day, hunting for chipmunks to feed herself and her growing kittens, the day all our lives changed. Here she is now, and she owns that garden, napping happily while working as an artist’s model. No more hunting to feed kittens, no more running from unneutered male cats and neighbor’s dogs, no more mincing down icy sidewalks on those tiny paws. Mimi turns 15 this year and July 29, the day she came here, is her nominal birthday. While I celebrate her every day I especially want to recognize this anniversary. Of all the art and photos I’ve created of her, this one represents her change in status best of all.

Read more about Mimi and this artwork.

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© 2018 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.

 

Sparkling Gems, pastel on Strathmore charcoal. pastel paper, 12 x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my landscape painting Sparkling Gems. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and is matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

Sparkling Gems, pastel on Strathmore charcoal. pastel paper, 12 x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Sparkling Gems, pastel on Strathmore charcoal. pastel paper, 12 x 16 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

The reference photo for this painting was taken on a bright January day with lots of snow cover, and waited about five years to be painted. The mallards were floating on Chartiers Creek where it flows under Main Street on my walk to the bank and post office. The water is shallow there, and with the noonday sun shining right down on it with no shade from trees, the water is filled with light as well as the sky reflecting down onto the surface and light reflecting in various shapes and colors onto every little ripple. It was beautiful to look at, but darned complicated to piece together the interaction of light in the water and on the water and reflections on the surface. I was determined to keep it loose because I didn’t want to contain the movement of the water with unmoving edges.

I named it “Sparkling Gems” because the water is so sparkling and clear like aquamarine, emerald, jade, peridot, tourmaline, malachite, turquoise, while the mallards are like the deeper gems, ruby, garnet, sapphire, lapis, adventurine, agate, and all so beautiful after a few days of cold and snow.

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Read poetry, short stories, essays and more on Paths I Have Walked.

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© 2018 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.

Sophie Keeps an Eye on things

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Silky Photo Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Sophie was always in one of the windows when I left and when I returned, and she always managed to use the curtains to dramatic advantage. This is one of my fondest memories of her, nestled in the creamy lace with the spring-blooming forget-me-nots in the windowbox.

 

Market Flowers

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photo “Market Flowers”. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Silky Photo Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK
I visit many farmer’s markets through the summer now that every community seems to have one at least once a week, to purchase what my garden is not producing. All the farmers are local and are small family farms and I enjoy meeting the people who grow my food, and who took the time to pick it and sort it and wash it and pack it the day of the market. This particular farmer had buckets and buckets of flowers and in the light from the sky all the flowers were so vibrant I couldn’t pass them up.

 

Are You Looking at Me?, pastel, 17" x 22", 2008 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my pastel “Are You Looking At Me?” Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This is the guy who started it all–and nearly the last one to have his portrait done! He fostered every stray kitten and cat I ever brought into my home, and shepherded me through the ups and downs of the fifteen years he was with me. More intelligent than many people I’ve met, friends of mine will remember him as the cat who opened the refrigerator door, took out a container, opened it, and helped himself to the contents. I’ve used his image in other works, but I’ve finally decided that the best depiction of his personality is of him being silly, rolling around in the sun and making sure I noticed how handsome he was.