"Charcoal Dusk", black and white charcoal on gray toned paper, 5" x 8" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

New Works

Find what’s new on this site!

I add items nearly every day that are either completely new paintings, photos, products or writing, or items I’ve just added from my archives. No one except me would know where they are, and I don’t expect anyone to have the patience to dig around and see what’s new.

This gallery includes links to works added in the past three months, the new ones at the top of the list.

Greenhouse Gerberas small accessory bag.

I imprinted the design “Greenhouse Gerberas” onto reclaimed cotton fabric using a fabric transfer and made the 5″ x 7″ bag, adding a zipper.



Greenhouse Gerberas small accessory bag.

Greenhouse Gerberas small accessory bag.

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The transfer gives the fabric a little stiffness that works well for these little bags.

I use reclaimed fabrics from cotton, linen and other non-synthetic fabrics like tablecloths, draperies, bedspreads, even clothing, so fabrics vary. I use various color zippers for this design.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral paintings titled “Greenhouse Gerberas”. Read about the pattern here.

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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.

Market Flowers Small Accessory Bag

I imprinted the design “Market Flowers” onto reclaimed cotton fabric using a fabric transfer and made the 5″ x 7″ bag, adding a zipper.



Market Flowers Small Accessory Bag

Market Flowers Small Accessory Bag

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The transfer gives the fabric a little stiffness that works well for these little bags.

I use reclaimed fabrics from cotton, linen and other non-synthetic fabrics like tablecloths, draperies, bedspreads, even clothing, so fabrics vary. I use various color zippers for this design.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral photos titled “Market Flowers”. Read about the pattern here.

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You’ll find all my accessories, totes and other bags on Tote Bags

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© 2022 | 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.

Three Cats Trinket Dish

This 4” round curved dish is made from white polymer clay and stamped in royal purple with my brush pen sketch “Three Cats Looking”. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.



The dishes are 4″ white polymer clay but this time I’ve stamped “Three Cats Looking” in Royal Violet ink. I love this little brush pen sketch and I’ve always wanted to do something with it, so I had a stamp made and here is the first something. I wanted them to look as if they are looking over the edge of the dish so they are way at the top. I may paint one or two of these before Sunday, and some other ideas include a square or rectangular dish, and a flat coaster. I really, really want to do something with the tail to let it hang off an edge or something, but I’m just not sure the polymer clay will stand up to a beating with a tail that thin.

It’s always exciting to see a new design in its first use, and it really gets the creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to play around with these trinket dishes just a little bit this weekend and see what people think on Sunday, and get to other new things later!

And just to prove that my designs are “inspired by cats you know”, here is the photo I took when I sketched the three of them. You can read about the designs in my original post for this daily sketch.

photo of three black cats from behind

Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean

More like this

Find more Trinket and Decorative Dishes in my Handmade Gifts Gallery.

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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.

 

Dusk After the Storm, 9 x 12, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Dusk After the Storm, Pastel, 9 x 12, 2018. The original is still available, matted with a 1.25″ black core violet mat in a matte black frame. Digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are available.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

A storm overtook us as we paddled canoes and kayaks down Chartiers Creek one July evening. We took out and watched it from among trees on the bank as the world turned black then fogged with rain, lightning struck just over the hills around us and the creek ran faster and faster and rose foot by foot. It passed just as quickly as it had started and a sunny evening had turned to a violet dusk while shreds of mist rose and wafted around us like misty sails on unseen ships.

Dusk After the Storm, 9 x 12, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Dusk After the Storm, 9 x 12, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

As always I took photos with my trusty little 2MP digital camera which I wore around my neck on a cord. This photo finally captured the mist and the dusk with just a little bit of blur and I’ve remembered it from that moment. Thirteen years have passed since that evening and this misty memory was one of the images I’d wanted to paint from all those canoe trips. The scene hardly looks like the little creek that runs behind a dozen small towns, once a dumping ground for mining and manufacturing and so polluted it was virtually dead, now alive and constantly in use, and often unbelievably beautiful.

This is my painting from Day 24. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.

See more paintings in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Painting Challenge, February 2018.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

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See daily photos as I post them on Today.

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

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© 2022 | 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.

The Perfect Place Small Accessory Bag

I imprinted the design “The Perfect Place” onto reclaimed cotton fabric using a fabric transfer and made the 5″ x 7″ bag, adding a zipper.



The Perfect Place Small Accessory Bag

The Perfect Place Small Accessory Bag

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The transfer gives the fabric a little stiffness that works well for these little bags.

I use reclaimed fabrics from cotton, linen and other non-synthetic fabrics like tablecloths, draperies, bedspreads, even clothing, so fabrics vary. I use various color zippers for this design.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral paintings titled “The Perfect Place”. Read about the pattern here.

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You’ll find all my accessories, totes and other bags on Tote Bags

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

. . . . . . .

© 2022 | 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.

Woodland Sunflowers Photo prints are made in archival inks on Epson Silky Photo Paper, Cold Press Digital Giclee Paper or Artist Canvas.



Woodland Sunflowers

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I love woodland sunflowers. No matter how many I see, or how many photos I have, I can always find another interpretation of their exuberant yellow expansiveness. The day in 2009 I photographed these woodland sunflowers along the Panhandle Trail I was captivated by fields of them leading off into the woods among the trees. Later, looking at photos, there was just something about this one that captured what I envisioned of the photo I wanted.

Find similar images and products

Photography: Gardens and Wildflowers

I also carry a number of gift items using this image. Search “woodland sunflowers” to find what is currently available.

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

FRAMED PRINTS

A plain matte black frame and white mat is available. Visit “Framing” for details or ask about custom framing. Framed prints are signed on the photo and on the mat.

PHOTO PRINTS

Prints are made on acid-free gloss photo paper using archival digital inks. I usually leave an inch or two of white around the print for easier frame fitting. All prints are countersigned by me.

Larger sizes are available than what I have listed, so please ask if you want a special size.

CANVAS PRINTS

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered here because customers often want a custom size. 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 is black around the sides.

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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

See feline art and photos as they happen on The Creative Cat, along with feline news, health, welfare, rescue stories and more.

See daily photos as I post them on Today.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2022 | 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.

"Evening in the Cat Book Library", 5" x 7", ink and watercolor © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Evening in the Cat Book Library, Ink and Watercolor prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper, Cold Press Digital Giclee Paper or Artist Canvas.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

"Evening in the Cat Book Library", 5" x 7", ink and watercolor © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Evening in the Cat Book Library”, 5″ x 7″, ink and watercolor © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Bean washes his face while Giuseppe surveys the room, sitting in the cat book library.

In my office downstairs I have the triple dresser I’d mentioned in our last family portrait that holds my collection of cat books. It’s a favorite place to hang out, good view, and a cat can even see out the windows from there. It may be a little confusing in the background, but there is a mirror behind the books.

I enjoyed watching the boys pass the time in feline ways, looking at each other, looking around the room, and having little baths, since it was after dinner. As usual, when they are active, I sketched Bean first on the left as he washed his face, then Giuseppe as he looked out into the room. they were actually mirroring each other for much of this activity but that looks funnier in the photos which I’ll share one day soon—synchronized feline relaxation techniques.

It surprised me how many of the books had yellow spines, more than are here. I had forgotten with these pens that the ink is only water proof only after I let the sketch dry completely, at least 20 minutes. I started painting purple into the boys then actually blotted it off, but was even a little too soon with some of the other colors. It turned out okay though. Mostly because I was very carefully supervised.

two black cats with painting

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

GREETING CARDS

  • Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.
  • Feline Fine Art Cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.
  • Individual cards are shipped by first class mail.
  • Sets of six and twelve are packed in a clear-top stationery box. Price includes shipping via Priority Mail.
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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

See feline art and photos as they happen on The Creative Cat, along with feline news, health, welfare, rescue stories and more.

See daily photos as I post them on Today.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2022 | 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.

 

The Perfect Place Face Mask

I imprinted the design “The Perfect Place” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



The Perfect Place Face Mask

The Perfect Place Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral paintings titled “The Perfect Place”. Read about the pattern here.

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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

See feline art and photos as they happen on The Creative Cat, along with feline news, health, welfare, rescue stories and more.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2022 | 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.

Market Flowers Face Mask

I imprinted the design “Market Flowers” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



Market Flowers Face Mask

Market Flowers Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral photos titled “Market Flowers”. Read about the pattern here.

Find similar items

You’ll find all my accessories, totes and other bags on Handprinted Art, Housewares and Apparel

Other items with the same art or design To find all items on this site with the same art or design, use the search box for the name of the artwork and you'll find all that's available.

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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

See feline art and photos as they happen on The Creative Cat, along with feline news, health, welfare, rescue stories and more.

See daily photos as I post them on Today.

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

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© 2022 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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This 3” round ornament is made from a purchased wood circle, the painting impressed on the surface, ready with a hanging hook.



Snowfall Panhandle Trail ornament

My painting “Snowfall” is impressed onto the wood disk with a fabric transfer and finished with an iridescent matte glitter varnish. Decorative text reads: “Snowfall Panhandle Trail”, which is where the scene is and where I painted it. The edge is detailed with pale gold and the back is unpainted.

Snowfall Panhandle Trail ornament, side view.

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This painting is part of my “Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail” series, which you can read here.

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Three Sunflowers square cabochon.

This small pendant is made with a print of my photo “Three Sunflowers”, inside an antique silver square metal frame and a 1″ convex glass cabochon cover. It comes with an 18″ flocked black cord with silver beads on the ends.

Three Sunflowers square cabochon.

Three Sunflowers square cabochon.

I make a high-quality print of my artwork, trim it to fit the cabochon and frame and adhere it all together, then choose a cord or chain that coordinates with it. I decided to decorate each end of the cord with a silver bead.

Three Sunflowers square cabochon with cord and beads.

Three Sunflowers square cabochon with cord and beads.



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Greenhouse Gerberas Face Mask

I imprinted the design “Greenhouse Gerberas” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



Greenhouse Gerberas Face Mask

Greenhouse Gerberas Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral paintings titled “Greenhouse Gerberas”. Read about the pattern here.

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Evening Wildflowers Face Mask

I imprinted the design “Evening Wildflowers” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



Evening Wildflowers Face Mask

Evening Wildflowers Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my floral paintings titled “Evening Wildflowers”. Read about the pattern here.

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© 2022 | 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.

Snow at Night ornament.

This 3” round ornament is made from a purchased wood circle, the painting impressed on the surface, ready with a hanging hook.



Snow at Night ornament.

Snow at Night ornament.

My painting “Snow at Night” is impressed onto the wood disk with a fabric transfer and finished with an iridescent matte glitter varnish. The edge is detailed with pale gold and the back is painted medium blue.

Snow at Night ornament, side view.

Snow at Night ornament, side view.

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Read more about “Snow at Night” here.

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22 Cats Face Mask

I imprinted the design “22 Cats” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



22 Cats Face Mask

22 Cats Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

There are 22 cats in this pattern who all appear in the commissioned portraits included in my book, Great Rescues Day Book“. Read about the pattern here.

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© 2022 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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oil pastel of cat

This art is “Kitchen Morning”, 5″ x 7″ oil pastel on textured paper, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski, signed and dated 12/16/13. The original is available and so are various prints.



oil pastel of cat

“Morning Kitchen”, oil pastel, 5″ x 7″, 12/16/13 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ART

I started out with Mewsette and just kept going. All that beautiful cool light with the warm-toned Mewsette bathing in the center, it just didn’t look finished until I added the surrounding scene. This is oil pastel, but I think I moved over to my soft pastel style for parts of this. Well, that’s okay, and probably because I have been working on a few other pastel works. It’s really the color that counts.

That and the cat hairs embedded into it.

ABOUT MY WORK IN OIL PASTEL

I’ve been working out this style now following Two Cats After van Gogh. I traveled with a friend in April 2012 to see the “Van Gogh Up Close” exhibit. All the way home on the Megabus I remembered the colors and shapes and textures, and wanted to work the same energy and form I saw in his brush strokes, visualizing oil pastel to layer and blend the strokes as an experiment. Arriving home in Pittsburgh just a few hours later I saw Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine, just quietly hanging together on the landing, Giuseppe sitting upright, Sunshine loafing, and visualized exactly what I would sketch, and posted Two Cats After van Gogh as my daily sketch that very day.

After seeing so many van Gogh paintings up close in the exhibit my goals in working “after van Gogh”, or in the style of van Gogh, are to be aware of the colors he used, and why, and to use the textures to build the image, so that every color and stroke, and the shape, direction and energy of the strokes, would be important to the painting. Like poetry, nothing is extra, nothing is wasted.

Mimi is the subject of another oil pastel, In Window Light, and also participates in yet another oil pastel with Mewsette, Kitty Spoons.

You can see other oil pastels in Two Cats After van Gogh and you can also see other feline artwork in the following galleries:

ABOUT MY DAILY SKETCHES

I endeavored to do at least a small sketch each day as a warm-up to my aesthetic senses, so I have a small pouch of art materials and a few various sized sketchbooks available in the house and out. Usually, these are done in pencil, my first and favorite medium, though sometimes it’s charcoal, ink, colored pencil, ink and brush, whatever strikes my fancy at the moment, the greatest challenge to keep it quick and not get caught up in details, let the idea flow onto the paper.

Most often, the subjects are my cats because they are such willing models, though sometimes I’ll also wander afield, literally, and sketch in my yard or anywhere I go for errands. Medium and especially style vary just so I get a chance to do something new.

Every once in a while, they are meant for framing, and I’ve designed a series of notecards, notepaper and notepads using other daily sketches (see my notecards section). Often I use them as illustrations for graphics projects I’m designing.

 

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

PRINTS

Note that prints are not the same dimensions as the original and may be cropped on the top or sides to fit the dimensions of the print size.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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

FRAMED PRINT

All framing is done by me in my studio. This print is matted with a double mat 1.5″ wide, white on top with a rust underneath to match the outline of the two cats. The frame is a molded 1.25″ natural white flat painted wood. The backing is acid-free foam core and the glass is premium clear glass. On this piece, the frame and mats may vary slightly since both the mat and frame are on the list to be discontinued, though that may take more than a year. The framed pieces will definitely resemble the one shown here.

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© 2022 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Soft November Afternoon, pastel on self-prepared bosrd, 10 x 8, 2006 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Soft November Afternoon, Pastel,10 x 8, 2006. The original is sold, digital, giclee and canvas prints are available.



Soft November Afternoon, pastel on self-prepared bosrd, 10 x 8, 2006 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Soft November Afternoon, pastel on self-prepared board, 10 x 8, 2006 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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 of the sycamores along with the soft waving of the plushy field of ripe grass catching the sun was too good not to paint.

As soon as I got the photographs I needed, I stationed myself and got out my pastels. By that time a light autumn haze had softened the sunlight and the blue of the sky, reducing the contrast and depth of shadows. It appeared softer than before, even in the shadows, hence the title.

I prepared several small pieces of 2-ply illustration board with a fine pastel ground, and off I went.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

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© 2022 | 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.

 

Rescued Kitties Face Mask

I imprinted the design “Rescued Kitties” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



Rescued Kitties Face Mask

Rescued Kitties Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my daily cat sketches I titled “The TNR Story”. Read about the pattern here.

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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

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

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Greenhouse Gerberas garden flag

Garden Flag, Greenhouse Gerberas is 11″ x 15″, design imprinted on one side of a cotton/bamboo fabric panel with a 1.5″  rod pocket sewn across the top. Bracket is not included.



Greenhouse Gerberas garden flag

Greenhouse Gerberas garden flag

Flags are printed on cotton twill with a light fabric transfer Because the transfer is intended for light fabric it covers the fabric well and holds the art well, but doesn’t coat the fabric with vinyl the way the opaque transfer does. It leaves a little bit of body but no real stiffness, and never curls from wetness or cold like other fabric transfers.

The flags are printed on only one side. Though I can’t print on both sides, you can see the design really well from the back anytime during daylight.

I typically stock all garden flags, though I only print smaller quantities, usually no more than six at a time. If you’d like a quantity of flags, or a custom flag, please send me an email.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

oil pastel painting of gerbera daisies

Greenhouse Gerberas, draft

I took the reference photo for this painting at a local greenhouse in 2013. I’ve always liked colorful gerbera daisies and their bold smiling faces. I’ve used it for a few graphic designs and decided someday I’d paint it too. I chose oil pastel because I’ve come to enjoy working out the flowers with layering and impasto on a rough-textured paper.

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Smiling Ginger Batik Face Mask

I imprinted the design “Smiling Ginger Batik” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



Smiling Ginger Batik Face Mask

Smiling Ginger Batik Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my daily cat sketches I titled “The TNR Story”. Read about the pattern here.

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Inscrutable Patterns Face Mask

I imprinted the design “Inscrutable Patterns” onto unbleached cotton muslin using a fabric transfer for the patterned layer and used unbleached cotton muslin for the lining, which forms a pocket. Mask is made with elastic ear loops and also comes with 24″ cloth ties.



Inscrutable Patterns Face Mask

Inscrutable Patterns Face Mask

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. I insert a piece of lightweight wire along the top edge so you can bend it over the bridge of your nose for a tighter seal, and also to keep the condensation off your glasses. Here’s me wearing my own personal “Inscrutable Cats” face mask.

me with my sample mask

Me with my sample mask.

Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to form a pocket so you can slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking like a folded paper towel or coffee filter, or a folded piece of tissue paper.

Pocket for extra layers.

Pocket for extra layers.

I add elastic ear bands and also provide 24″ cotton ties if that works better for you. Masks are fully washable.

After adding the elastic I wash the masks in the washer and dry in the dryer, and handle them with gloves to package them in plastic bags to eliminate further handling.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my daily cat sketches I titled “Inscrutable”. Read about the pattern here.

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cat art accessory bag

I screen print the Purr design on canvas, add the heart embellishment, and stitch up the accessory bag. Bags may vary slightly in size, but are just about 5″ x 7″. White zipper closure.



About the artwork

cat art accessory bag

Purr accessory bag.

I don’t know what it is I like about visual word puzzles, but I doodled them when I was younger. A couple of years ago I got a bug about the word “purr” and was determined to fit it into a cat shape. And so I did, though it took all of two years to do it.

The accessory bags are made of the same lightweight canvas as the tote bags. I print the design on the fabric, add the heart embellishment, then construct the bag and use a white zipper.

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purr design on wood block

“Purr” Shelf Sitter/Wall Sign is screen printed on painted wood block and embellished with a foil heart. I painted the block white on the face and black on the sides. The block is 6″ x 8″ x 1.5″ and can sit up on a shelf or hang on a wall.



purr design on wood block

Purr Shelf Sitter/Wall Sign

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I don’t know what it is I like about visual word puzzles, but I doodled them when I was younger. A couple of years ago I got a bug about the word “purr” and was determined to fit it into a cat shape.  And so I did, though it took all of two years to do it.

I painted the 6″ x 8″ x 1.5″ wooden block white on the face and black on the sides, then screen printed the design on the face and embellished with a foil heart I’ve cut out with my Silhouette media cutter. The block can sit up on a shelf or hang on a wall.

purr design on wood block

Side view

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Emerging Spring, pastel on pastelmat, 13.5 x 19.5, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Emerging Spring, Pastel, 13.5″ x 19.5″, on Clairfontaine Pastelmat. Original painting available as well as digital, giclee and canvas prints.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Emerging Spring, pastel on pastelmat, 13.5 x 19.5, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Emerging Spring, pastel on pastelmat, 13.5 x 19.5, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this spring painting for probably all the 20 years I’ve been walking this trail. Carefully tiptoeing along the brush at the edge of the opposite bank I leaned out to see the suddenly brilliant mosses contrasting with the fading reddish leaf cover, the limestone cliff in all its details reflected in the water burbling around the bend below, deeper than usual for the spring thaws, trees clinging to the edge, the mist in the woods beyond.

Photographs were difficult because of the brush growing along the bank I stood on, and I did my best to capture it each year from slightly different angles but knew a painting would be the only way to share this moment of awakening when, soon, all the trees would fill with shadows, the stream ripple and roar over the rocks and bird song fill the woods, all beginning at this moment.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

FRAMED ORIGINAL

The frame is 2″ wide decorative wood stained walnut with dull good finishes.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

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Inscrutable Patterns small accessory bag.

I imprinted the design “Inscrutable Patterns” onto reclaimed linen fabric using a fabric transfer and made the 5″ x 7″ bag, adding a purple zipper.



Inscrutable Patterns small accessory bag.

Inscrutable Patterns small accessory bag.

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The transfer gives the fabric a little stiffness that works well for these little bags.

I use reclaimed fabrics from cotton, linen and other non-synthetic fabrics like tablecloths, draperies, bedspreads, even clothing, so fabrics vary. I use various color zippers for this design.

About the artwork

This pattern is based on one of my daily cat sketches I titled “Inscrutable”. Read about the pattern here.

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Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar
Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar

Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar

Calendars cost $25.00 each including shipping and handling. After costs Pittsburgh C.A.T. receives $10.00 from every calendar sold, and if you’re local and want to pick it up, they’ll get an extra $5.00!



If you’ve been following me and my feline household, you’ll know that several of the cats who live with me now were rescued and fostered through the efforts of Pittsburgh C.A.T. Mariposa emerged from the abandoned house where I trapped and removed a dozen adults and 15 kittens and I am fostering her through Pittsburgh C.A.T. Basil and Bella were both rescued by volunteers, Hamlet and his sister Ophelia, too, were Pittsburgh C.A.T. cats. Charm and her adorable children were as well, and Alvina, Simon and Theodore. They each came to my household in different ways, with different stories and different needs, but all were rescued and given a new chance at a life in a loving home because of Pittsburgh C.A.T.

Pittsburgh C.A.T. has fostered and found loving forever homes for almost 500 rescued kittens and cats every year from TNR projects, local shelters and right off streets, reducing the population of homeless cats in the Pittsburgh area by thousands each year and spreading education about spay and neuter, feline care and behavior and compassion.

In this calendar you’ll read about a couple dozen of those rescued cats who’ve come in with dire medical need from abuse or accidents, chronic or acute illnesses, and near starvation. Healing all those cats and kittens, feeding them and spaying and neutering, keeping up with vaccines and microchips, does not come cheap, but it’s the best way to rescue cats. Pittsburgh C.A.T. is not a 501c3 and can’t apply for grants, so sales of this calendar will help pay for lots of medical care. Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. finish off 2018 and get ready for 2019!

Calendars cost $25.00 each including shipping and handling. After costs Pittsburgh C.A.T. receives $10.00 from every calendar sold, and if you’re local and want to pick it up, they’ll get an extra $5.00! They will be ready about December 8.

Photos and rescue stories included

Each month features a cat or cats and the story who Pittsburgh C.A.T. volunteers rescued through TNR or rescue from abandonment, neglect or abuse, offered medical treatment, fostering, socialization, and a loving forever home that met their individual needs.

You know how I love to write and share these rescue stories, and along with helping these organizations who I support with my particular skills, writing and sharing the rescue stories included in this calendar was probably the greatest creative joy.

Here are a few sample pages:

 

And a sample month:

Resources

In addition, each month is sponsored with an ad from veterinarians, businesses and individuals who work with and support Pittsburgh C.A.T., including five of the veterinarians who regularly take a shift at clinics to spay and neuter plus pet sitting and pet first aid training so you have ready resources for services you and your pets can use right at your fingertips. Each month also features the standard holidays as well as pet-related holidays and events.

The front of the calendar also includes information about Pittsburgh C.A.T.

I designed and am publishing this calendar on behalf of Pittsburgh C.A.T. for which I volunteer and support. All proceeds of sales of this calendar after costs will go directly to Rescue-Foster-Rehome-Repeat wherever the need arises. Price includes shipping. You’ll find a box to enter your address or special instructions in your shopping cart.

PURCHASE HERE

Calendar is 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages saddle-stitched and includes information on Pittsburgh C.A.T. and clinics and adoption.

You can use any credit card or Paypal, and if we’re pinching pennies Paypal fees come to about $1.04 per sale, my credit card processor Squares fees are about 69 cents per calendar. That little difference adds up!

Read more about Pittsburgh C.A.T.

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Red Tail cabochon pendant.

This small pendant is made with a print of my photo “Red Tail”, inside a round antique silver decorative metal frame and a 1″ convex glass cabochon cover. It comes with an 18″ flocked black cord decorated with silver beads.

Red Tail cabochon pendant.

Red Tail cabochon pendant.

I make a high-quality print of my artwork, trim it to fit the cabochon and frame and adhere it all together, then choose a cord or chain that coordinates with it. I decided to decorate each end of the cord with a silver bead.

Red Tail cabochon pendant with beaded cord.

Red Tail cabochon pendant with beaded cord.



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22 Cats small accessory bag.

I imprinted the design “22 Cats” onto reclaimed linen fabric using a fabric transfer and made the 5″ x 7″  bag, adding a colorful zipper.



22 Cats small accessory bag.

22 Cats small accessory bag.

I created my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage. The transfer gives the fabric a little stiffness that works well for these little bags.

I use reclaimed fabrics from cotton, linen and other non-synthetic fabrics like tablecloths, draperies, bedspreads, even clothing, so fabrics vary. I use various color zippers for this design.

About the artwork

There are 22 cats in this pattern who all appear in the commissioned portraits included in my book, Great Rescues Day Book“. Read about the pattern here.

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Paws for Reflection, Pastel, 18" x 14", 1999 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This painting is my pastel, “Paws for Reflection,” 14″ x 18″. The original was a commission and is not available, but I have prints on paper and canvas.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Paws for Reflection, Pastel, 18" x 14", 1999 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Paws for Reflection, Pastel, 18″ x 14″, 1999 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

In 1999 I was honored to create artwork for a limited edition print to be sold as a benefit for The Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. I donated original art to the shelters for their art auctions all the time as well as certificates for a custom pet portrait, and I was known for this realistic and colorful style. I was honored that the shelter chose me for this project.

“Limited Edition” is a rather outdated term referring to the days when art was printed on printing presses. Printing plates were made and once the press tests produced an artist’s proof that was as close to the original as possible, an “edition” of a limited number was printed like 50 or 500, then the press was stopped, the plates used to print were destroyed. This gave each of the authentic prints a higher value because they were limited in number.

The shelter had purchased the rights to that limited run of prints and they bought the original painting. As part of the agreement, I agreed not to make prints of the image for five years following that, though I could include it in my portfolio to show others as examples of my work.

I worked with the shelter to design the image, and chose a cat from photos I had on hand, then worked with the rest of the composition so it was pretty, but not overdone. I love those old wooden casement windows, and you’ll see windows, curtains and vases of flowers as a theme in several of my paintings.

The Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. has merged with the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society to become Humane Animal Rescue Pittsburgh. Limited edition prints are no longer available, but the artwork still hangs in the shelter’s original building.

Why have I waited so long to offer it as a print?

I have offered this image on gift items and a greeting card in the past. But my digital file of this image was based on my photo of the artwork, which I took with my film camera. It wasn’t bad for photographing a larger painting in those days, but was still too “soft” to offer as a full-size print; even as an 8″ x 10″ I could see the soft edges that should be sharper and more clear and in this painting it didn’t work for me. Because I have many of these older paintings that I photographed with film and sold or gave the painting to its commissioned owner before I got the prints back and found the photos weren’t clear enough, I recently purchased a program that uses more refined methods of sharpening images no matter the reason it’s blurry. Now I can finally revitalize these older paintings, and photographs too. I’m happy to offer this kitty now.

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Morning Glories in the Alley

If There Weren’t Morning Glories, Poster Quote prints are made in archival inks on Epson Matte Photo Paper, Cold Press Digital Giclee Paper or Artist Canvas.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Morning Glories in the Alley

Morning Glories in the Alley

I don’t have enough sun to grow morning glories in my yard, so I take advantage of others’ lovely pink and purple trumpets. For years I’ve photographed the morning glories that come up from seeds along the wrought iron fence by my neighbor’s white barn garage in the alley near me. The house was sold, and both the morning glories and the wrought iron fence are gone. I’m so glad I took the time to photograph them.

. . . . . . .

I have been kind of obsessed with morning glories in alleys lately—they’ve just suddenly sprung up so I’ve shared some of my old favorites, but I’m trying not to spend too much time on them right now when I’m really busy.

If There Weren’t Morning Glories

I would get more
done
if there weren’t
morning glories
in
the alley

poem © 2013 Bernadette E. Kazmarski

They got the better of me today, and after a GB+ of photos of the lovely purple and pinks by the white barn and a quick scribble of a thought I decided to spend some time on something I visualized while photographing and finishing my walk home. The thought was a very literal one—I should get home, I had things to do before the end of the day and if I hadn’t encountered such exuberant and colorful beauty while walking down the alley I would probably have been home already.

But I wouldn’t have these many photos of morning glories, each of which I’ll use somewhere sometime, even if I only look at them one winter day, and I wouldn’t have that sweet spontaneous the exercise of my creative intellect from coming upon such beauty that had me let go of what I needed to do, only to come back and do it better than I would have if I had ignored the morning glories and come straight home. Soon the morning glories will be grayish withered memories and I may be too, so it was extra important to capture it.

Please share! And don’t forget to tarry a while by the morning glories.

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SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

FRAMED PRINTS

The photo is double matted with black core white acid-free mat and a solid wood matte black 25″ x 23″ frame and I’ve used a more square layout, but the image can also be more rectangular, and other styles are often available; check the thumbnails above to see what’s available now or ask about custom framing. Framed prints are signed on the photo and on the mat.

Other custom framing options are also available for a special quote. Please ask if you’d like another option.

PHOTO PRINTS

Prints are made on acid-free matte photo paper using archival digital inks. I usually leave an inch or two of white around the print for easier frame fitting. All prints are countersigned by me.

CANVAS PRINTS

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered here because customers often want a custom size. 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, and this image wraps around the sides.

Sycamore Moon cabochon pendant.

This small pendant is made with a print of my photo “Sycamore Moon”, inside a round antique silver decorative metal frame and a 1″ convex glass cabochon cover. It comes with an 18″ flocked black cord decorated with silver beads.

Sycamore Moon cabochon pendant.

Sycamore Moon

I make a high-quality print of my artwork, trim it to fit the cabochon and frame and adhere it all together, then choose a cord or chain that coordinates with it. I decided to decorate each end of the cord with a silver bead.

Sycamore Moon cabochon pendant with beaded cord.

Sycamore Moon cabochon pendant with beaded cord.

 



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St. John's Wort cabochon pendant

This small pendant is made with a print of my photo “St. John’s Wort”, inside a rectangular gold tone decorative metal frame and a convex glass cabochon cover. It comes with an 18″ gold bead chain.

St. John's Wort cabochon pendant

St. John’s Wort

I make a high-quality print of my artwork, trim it to fit the cabochon and frame and adhere it all together, then choose a cord or chain that coordinates with it.

St. John's Wort cabochon pendant on gold chain.

St. John’s Wort cabochon pendant on gold chain.



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Columbines Tile

Tiles are about 4.75″ square, made of white polymer clay rolled thin with my painting “Columbines” onto the surface.

Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These cannot be used with items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
  • These work great with items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Another piece borne of January inspiration in my seed and flower catalogs, this little bunch of columbines was so joyful that it stayed with me. One of my favorite flowers, it is also a favorite of my mother, and I gave this painting to her as a birthday present one year. She has since passed away and I’ve sold her home, and kept the artwork I’d done. I sold the original to a good friend to give to her mother but this image will always remind me of her. Read more about this painting.

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This small pendant is made with a print of my photo “Roots”, inside a round antique brass decorative metal frame and a convex glass cabochon cover. It comes with an 18″ hemp cord decorated with brass and silver beads.

Roots

I make a high-quality print of my artwork, trim it to fit the cabochon and frame and adhere it all together, then choose a cord or chain that coordinates with it.



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watercolor of tortoiseshell cat

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, watercolor and pastel pencil, 8″ x 10″, 2021. The original is available and digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are available.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

watercolor of tortoiseshell cat

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, watercolor and pastel pencil, 8 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I just couldn’t resist. when Sienna decided to help me make the bed by showing me her belly and looking coy. Especially on that woven throw with its all-over pattern of fruits and leaves, I just had to draw her! Well, paint her, but “draw” is what she actually said in the movie, so I’ll go with that.

Yes, this painting is brand new. One of my goals for this year, and the month of January, was more art! And also new art that I could use for my monthly desktop calendars. Mission accomplished from a photo I took in November, the best photo of sooooo many.

Sienna is one of my TNR kitties who turned out to be friendly and adoptable, but she developed a urinary issue that tends to turn off adopters so she’s still with me. She is very shy but a total love and silly and purry and playful.  She loves to help make the bed and rolls around and chirps and races back and forth. She posed like this more than once, and from the very first time I visualized a painting of her, on this blanket, with this title. Lots of photos later I had a selection to choose from, and this was the winner.

When I started painting I thought the throw looked odd without the woven pattern, it just needed that texture. I had used a textured watercolor paper, then also used a piece of linen to “print” a fabric pattern in medium gray watercolor where I needed it to add the texture of the throw. Then when the watercoloring was done I finished Sienna’s fur with white, orange and russet pastel highlights and furs on that sweet belly.

I love cats on floral and decorative patterns, and that theme has been one I’ve wanted to pursue for years. Purrhaps a solid-color kitty would have been a better choice as she seems to blend into the background, but that makes it fun to discover her.

 

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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 print the smaller ones myself, 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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

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Peaceful Nap Feline Photo Frame

This is a purchased wood frame with quality digital prints of my artwork adhered to the face, the sides and back painted with a coordinating color. It’s 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ outside dimension and the photo opening is 4″ x 6″, stands upright with a simple peg at the bottom of the back of the frame and I have also included a sawtooth hanger if you’d like to use it on the wall.

There is no glass or other cover in the opening for the frame, and your photo is held in place with a piece of backing cardboard and metal clips on the back that bend in place.

Peaceful Nap Feline Photo Frame

Peaceful Nap Feline Photo Frame

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I’ve had this idea in mind for some time, but this drawing was encouraged by the art exhibits I saw that night, April 4, 2014, at several galleries I visited. What I had in mind was just a faintly colored backdrop with a fair amount of neutral, and a small black cat in the lower right corner doing something catlike. In my visualization, the cat was bathing. Here, she is curled to sleep but alert. It is actually Mimi on my lap, and I’ve had the idea for these miniature sketches but I’ve also wanted to add the background of some sort.

“Peaceful Nap”, pastel, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Peaceful Nap”, pastel, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Peaceful Nap Feline Votive, using the same artwork.

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This 4” round coaster is made from white polymer clay and stamped with my brush pen sketch “Three Cats Looking”, painted red orange, then given a wash of white.

Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These cannot be used as a hot pad for items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
  • These work great as a coaster for items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.


The coaster is 4″ white polymer clay with “Three Cats Looking” stamped and impressed into the clay. It’s then painted with violet paint and given a wash of white to enhance the dimension of the sketch.

I love this little brush pen sketch and I’ve always wanted to do something with it, so I had a stamp made to play with. I may paint one or two of these too, and some other ideas include a square or rectangular dish. I really, really want to do something with the tail to let it hang off an edge or something, but I’m just not sure the polymer clay will stand up to a beating with a tail that thin.

And just to prove that my designs are “inspired by cats you know”, here is the photo I took when I sketched the three of them. You can read about the designs in my original post for this daily sketch.

photo of three black cats from behind

Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean

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Curled on the Bed, 5 x 8, pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The original sketch of Curled on the Bed, Pencil, is still available, and I also have a variety of prints and note cards (and even a few gift items). The original sketch is 5″ x 8″, 2012 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

About the artwork

 

What else to do on a lovely sunny afternoon but curl up in the sun on the bed? Well, some of us have to work, but kitties need their beauty sleep. They gave me a break from the computer when I decided they’d be today’s subject.

This was just as much about capturing all three, each of whom moved enough that they needed extra sketching, as it was about the bedding. I enjoyed the challenge of depicting the pattern on the postage-stamp quilt, each little square with its own pattern and color and the squares arranged in a repeating geometric pattern, as well as the pillow shams with the ruffled eyelet edging. How to render the details in pencil when much depends on color, and how much detail is just enough without drawing every little eyelet opening and every flower and line on each square? Very fun to let my hands figure it out without overthinking it, which is how I end up overdoing it.

I added a little more shading to Mimi, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine since they are black, and I also liked their contrast against the quilt.

I love this particular vintage quilt because I love handmade things, and I use it as much for the background in photos and eventually paintings as just to enjoy its springtime feel. But I have to be careful with it and soon it will be gently soaked in the washer and dried outside in the shade on a warm sunny day to be put away for another spring.

Purchasing prints

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

GICLEE PRINTS

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. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges.

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

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.

The 5″ x 7″ and 8″ x 10″ digital prints are centered on 8.5″ x 11″ digital cover while the 11″ x 14″ has 1″ around the edges because the digital paper is 12″ wide. All are countersigned by me.

CANVAS PRINTS

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered here because customers often want a custom size. 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 is black on the sides.

MOUSEPADS

Mousepads are 8″ x 7″, always horizontal, 1/4″ black foam rubber with the image printed on a flexible fabric on top.

 

Set of Bella! dishtowels on patterned towels.

My “Bella!” design is screen printed on the bottom edge of an 18″ x 24″ woven cotton dishtowel. I hand sew the green button eyes using black quilting thread for extra wear.

See below for ordering instructions.



Bella models her dishtowels.

Bella models her dishtowels.

If you had any doubts that the real Bella’s eyes were as big and round and pale green as buttons, she is here to prove to you that yes, they really are. She was the inspiration for this design, and when I created this design I got as close to the real thing as I possibly could. I went to photograph this new style of dish towels and Bella was napping on the table where I wanted to photograph them. I hoped she might want to wake up and interact with the dishtowels in some way, and what a star, she turned around and did this!

Set of Bella! dishtowels on patterned towels.

Set of Bella! dishtowels on patterned towels.

I saw a gingham dishtowel with a black cat silhouette printed on it and decided I had to try that with Bella! I haven’t found a gingham dishtowel that wasn’t already printed or embroidered for a reasonable price, nor a gingham fabric that I’d like for a dishtowel, so when I saw these Rinnig towels at IKEA I thought I’d give them a try. The pattern is woven into the towel instead of printed onto it, which I prefer for its durability, and the color is actually very dark gray, so it’s a little muted against the black ink of Bella.

The towels seem to be in good supply and they’ll be available for a while, so I feel confident in offering these towels in quantity.

The Bella! design is 8″ wide. I chose the size in part to accommodate the design when the towel is folded in thirds, and because it’s a size I like and can find two-hole buttons for. Trust me, 5/8″ two-hole lime green/apple green/light green buttons are elusive!

Ordering your towels

Offering four different patterns is tricky with ordering. I buy the four in a set, but some people like stripes and some people like plaids, and some people want all four the same, so that makes inventory interesting. That means I may run out of one pattern before others and there may be a delay while I get and print more towels.

Use these pattern names when ordering.

Pattern A, Wide Stripe

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern A, wide stripe.

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern A, wide stripe.

Pattern B, Narrow Stripe

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern B, narrow stripe.

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern B, narrow stripe.

Pattern C, Large Tattersall Check

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern C, large tattersall check..

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern C, large tattersall check.

Pattern D, Small Tattersall Check

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern D, small tattersall check.

Bella! dishtowel on patterned towel, pattern D, small tattersall check.

Original Bella! Tote Bag with the black kitty silhouette

O.M.Geeeee! It’s Bella! On a bag with green button eyes just like her big round eyes! Bella, in silhouette, is stenciled at the bottom of a bag and with just big blue-green eyes that are two-hole buttons sewn on with black thread.

Based on one of my sketches of Bella from shortly after she arrived here simply called “Bella”, I pulled out the scan of the little painting and refined the design in Photoshop. Bella’s eyes are not yellow green, they are a cooler blue-green, and I found pretty close to a good color for her. Others don’t live in a house full of housepanthers, so I added the white, gray and ginger kitties who are her foster friends.

Bella! Tote bag.

Bella! Tote bag.

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watercolor of deer in my back yard

This painting is entitled “Avoiding the Photographer,” 12″ x 18″, done in watercolor on textured watercolor paper.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

watercolor of deer in my back yard

Avoiding the Photographer, watercolor, 12 x 18 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’m welcoming the New Year with a new painting, “Avoiding the Photographer”! I think that’s an accurate title since the girls were hiding behind my scruffy little hemlock while I was hovering around in the snow in the back yard trying to get their photo this past February 2021.

It’s a watercolor, about 12″ x 18″. I’ve been wanting to paint them since I took the photo, and I’d intended to make it my December featured artwork. No time for it in November, but I decided I would paint it anyway and feature it for January.

They are always trying to hide from me, and just like my cats they seem to think that if they can’t see me, I can’t see them. Not so, in fact that often makes them a more interesting subject. We had about six inches of snow and lots of sunshine. The little American hemlock in the corner of my yard is an understory plant, not tall and not dense, just enough to shade the ground and provide cover for birds and other small creatures. It is not adequate cover for two adult deer, though they huddled behind it nonetheless.

Winter is often dark and brownish and with all the trees in our joined back yards the deer tend to blend in, which is also nice. But I love the blue shadows in snow, the patterns of twigs and the sun’s reflection on the tiny needles of the hemlock and wanted to capture all that and the deer without a tedious amount of detail that would not have added to the image. Loose and graceful brushwork and snow shadows like wave upon wave, lots of fun spatters and drips, and likely the first of several paintings of those deer. If they ate all my vegetables and flowers, that’s the least I can get out of the deal with them.

FRAMED ORIGINAL

I will frame the original and update here with the frame and mat.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

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Peace, love and cats

“Peace, Love & Cats” is my design and stenciled hand-lettered by me in acrylic paint on weathered wood reclaimed from a neighbor’s old stockade fence. I create each sign individually and the wood surface varies so each sign is unique. This sign measures 10″ wide x 3.5″ tall and has a sawtooth hanger on the back.



Peace, love and cats

Peace, love and cats

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Unlike nearly every other feline design I offer, no part of this design is adapted from a sketch or painting I’ve already created. I just made it up.

I just started doodlin around in my studio with some nice weathered wood from my neighbor’s old stockade fence. Originally they were hand-painted, not stenciled. I was a sign painter 30 years ago and I’ve wanted to paint some decorative signs since they’ve become popular again. I gave the wood and the paint and two designs a try, then decided on four designs and started painting.

Because of that I began painting these signs freehand with outlines I traced on the wood and that worked fine with the first pieces of wood I used that I’d chosen because they were nice and smooth. However, in real life, most of the wood is not smooth but has rough finishes, stamped patterns from being cut, and splits and holes from nails and weather.

The wood is very rough and weathered so I give it a sanding, then wipe it down with a tack cloth. Now the larger areas on the signs are stenciled, and the text is hand-lettered. I try to find a smooth area for the text for each sign. There is no way to smooth out the surface so I just deal with it as I paint.

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Cats are like potato chips, it's hard to have just one.

“Cats Are Like Potato Chips” is my design and stenciled hand-lettered by me in acrylic paint on weathered wood reclaimed from a neighbor’s old stockade fence. I create each sign individually and the wood surface varies so each sign is unique. This sign measures 10″ wide x 3.5″ tall and has a sawtooth hanger on the back.



Cats are like potato chips, it's hard to have just one.

Cats are like potato chips, it’s hard to have just one.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I remember having seen this quote on a refrigerator magnet in a friend’s house at least 25 years ago. It probably had some resonance with those who remember the Lay’s potato chip commercial. I’ve not seen it since and I have no idea who came up with it, but it’s totally true and it’s not copyrighted, so I decided I had to use it. It makes everyone laugh when I say it.

The cat silhouette design is adapted from one of my daily sketches, “Pink Sunshine”. Because I wanted the cat silhouettes to look like a repeating pattern I wanted them to be as identical as possible. In this case handpainting, because of the wood surface, didn’t give me the effect I wanted, I cut a stencil for the cat silhouettes and then add the whiskers.

I just started doodlin around in my studio with some nice weathered wood from my neighbor’s old stockade fence. Originally they were hand-painted, not stenciled. I was a sign painter 30 years ago and I’ve wanted to paint some decorative signs since they’ve become popular again. I gave the wood and the paint and two designs a try, then decided on four designs and started painting.

Because of that I began painting these signs freehand with outlines I traced on the wood and that worked fine with the first pieces of wood I used that I’d chosen because they were nice and smooth. However, in real life, most of the wood is not smooth but has rough finishes, stamped patterns from being cut, and splits and holes from nails and weather.

The wood is very rough and weathered so I give it a sanding, then wipe it down with a tack cloth. Now the larger areas on the signs are stenciled, and the text is hand-lettered. I try to find a smooth area for the text for each sign. There is no way to smooth out the surface so I just deal with it as I paint.

 

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Home is where the cat is.

“Home is Where the Cat Is” is my design and stenciled hand-lettered by me in acrylic paint on weathered wood reclaimed from a neighbor’s old stockade fence. I create each sign individually and the wood surface varies so each sign is unique. This sign measures 10″ wide x 3.5″ tall and has a sawtooth hanger on the back.



Home is where the cat is.

Home is where the cat is.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

My back yard in the morning is a great creative place for me. While I’m working in my garden and around my house for an hour or two, early, I’m also thinking through yesterday’s ideas to make them today’s realities. I’d been thinking of signs, and begun to visualize a few of them on the wood I’d gathered. Then Mewsette did this on the steps to the deck.

Mewsette as inspiration.

I added the rest of her in a shape that worked, and knew I wanted a dangling tail for interest. Initially I planned to curve the text around her back, but since the wood is narrow and I want to keep it simple I decided to place the text where it naturally fit—in the space underneath reinforcing her position on the step.

When I was handpainting this sign I painted around Mewsette’s eyes, leaving them the wood color. Since I’m stenciling it’s awkward to try to get those little bits of stencil to stay in the right place, so I stencil over the entire shape and then paint the eyes in with a brush. In this case I used a light cool green, which is the color of Mewsette’s eyes, but it’s too light. Her eyes will be a color, and I think I’ll go with a bright green.

I just started doodlin around in my studio with some nice weathered wood from my neighbor’s old stockade fence. Originally they were hand-painted, not stenciled. I was a sign painter 30 years ago and I’ve wanted to paint some decorative signs since they’ve become popular again. I gave the wood and the paint and two designs a try, then decided on four designs and started painting.

Because of that I began painting these signs freehand with outlines I traced on the wood and that worked fine with the first pieces of wood I used that I’d chosen because they were nice and smooth. However, in real life, most of the wood is not smooth but has rough finishes, stamped patterns from being cut, and splits and holes from nails and weather.

The wood is very rough and weathered so I give it a sanding, then wipe it down with a tack cloth. Now the larger areas on the signs are stenciled, and the text is hand-lettered. I try to find a smooth area for the text for each sign. There is no way to smooth out the surface so I just deal with it as I paint.

 

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Home is where the cats are.

Home is Where the Cats Are” is my design and stenciled hand-lettered by me in acrylic paint on weathered wood reclaimed from a neighbor’s old stockade fence. I create each sign individually and the wood surface varies so each sign is unique. This sign measures 10″ wide x 3.5″ tall and has a sawtooth hanger on the back.



Home is where the cats are.

Home is where the cats are.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Because, well, “cats are like potato chips”, I had to have a sign for those of us with multiple cats.  I adapted the two silhouettes from my daily sketch “Morning at the Window” featuring Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean butt to butt, but nicely positioned for the text treatment I had in mind. The phrase “home is where the cats are” divides evenly into three words and three words, but the second half is a little short so I added a heart at the end. Why not?

"Morning at the Window", marker, 7 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Morning at the Window”, marker, 7 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

You can read a little more about the sketch, and about my daily sketches, on The Creative Cat.

On the original sign I painted the heart black, but knew I’d want it to be red, and so it is.

I just started doodlin around in my studio with some nice weathered wood from my neighbor’s old stockade fence. Originally they were hand-painted, not stenciled. I was a sign painter 30 years ago and I’ve wanted to paint some decorative signs since they’ve become popular again. I gave the wood and the paint and two designs a try, then decided on four designs and started painting.

Because of that I began painting these signs freehand with outlines I traced on the wood and that worked fine with the first pieces of wood I used that I’d chosen because they were nice and smooth. However, in real life, most of the wood is not smooth but has rough finishes, stamped patterns from being cut, and splits and holes from nails and weather.

The wood is very rough and weathered so I give it a sanding, then wipe it down with a tack cloth. Now the larger areas on the signs are stenciled, and the text is hand-lettered. I try to find a smooth area for the text for each sign. There is no way to smooth out the surface so I just deal with it as I paint.

 

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Kitty Love picture frames.

I purchase unfinished frames and add color and black cat silhouettes in acrylic paint. Your photo fits in the heart-shaped opening. Frames are 5.5 x 8.5 and are displayed using a dowel peg in the back of the frame.

Please choose the color you’d like in the drop-down list below.



Kitty Love picture frames.

Kitty Love picture frames.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I made a set of these last year. This year I changed the cat silhouette and added a few new colors. The art is “Mimi en Silhouette” as the cat shape. I named this design in French because it’s an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style and you may have guessed I’m very fond of his style.

I also added the pawprints near the heart because it just needed a little something over there, just purrfect for a few little kitty paws.

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pastel painting of fawn in shade

Curious Fawn, Pastel, 13 x 15, 2020. The original is available along with digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are also available.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

pastel painting of fawn in shade

Curious Fawn, 13 x 15, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’m back to a painting for this day of my creative challenge. For this painting I once again used self-prepared smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels, so that I would start with a dark background.

I painted it without any guidelines, just hitting the surface with my pastels and letting it work out. And I mean literally hitting the board with pastels, as I did when I painted Summer Sunset, Robinson Run, wanting to keep myself from falling into the details, using the edges of my pastels to shape the leaves with just a quick tap or swash and moving on.

This curious fawn was part of my back yard, front yard, side yard, he was all over the place in 2016, much to the consternation of his stern mother, who would wait around a corner or in the shadows and stamp her hooves as he wandered here and there, looked in my windows, tasted this or that. Of course, I practically followed him around—inside— with my camera and got many photos that I knew I’d want to paint.

This was my first choice, and my favorite of them all. My yard slopes down from street level to basement level along the side yards. I was up in my house, looking out my side window, quietly watching the fawn amble along the path from the back yard to the driveway, on the north side of the house, the sun to the south as the house cast a shadow. The big wild black cherry was still there, creating a dense shadow on the left. The July day was hot and sunny as you can see in the sunny glare on the leaves at the top, but the cool north light reflected down onto the upturned leaves of my groundcovers creating an all-over spattered pattern that would have been a perfect camouflage for the fawn, but for all the cool and warm light coming in at angles and reflecting all around, highlighting his warm tones.

I photographed him as he walked, but this was my favorite posture, paused, head turned in interest, huge ears turned forward, the clear lines of his spots running down along his body. I’m so glad I’ve finally had the chance to paint him.

Without the tree, that area of the side yard is in nearly full sun and is quite different now, but I loved looking and walking in this little area. I miss it, and it’s actually a joy to preserve it in this painting.

This is my painting from Day 7. See other paintings in this and other painting challenges on the page Creative Challenges.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

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A Tangle of Cats at the Door, 5 x 8, pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The original sketch of A Tangle of Cats at the Door, Pencil, is still available, and I also have a variety of prints and note cards (and even a few gift items). The original sketch is 5″ x 8″, 2012 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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A Tangle of Cats at the Door, 5 x 8, pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A Tangle of Cats at the Door, 5 x 8, pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Not that they’d all keep still while I sketched them, instead I wanted to catch their energy, not sure how many or how detailed I’d get I let the sketch build itself and drew them one by one as they moved around at the basement door, looking out at the garden in the morning while I did some work in the basement.

Fun, all five in a row, I believe it’s Mewsette, Giuseppe, Bean, Mimi and Mr. Sunshine.

I’ve been surprised at the popularity of this sketch. I can only guess that my sketchy pencil lines really did capture their energy while they watched at the door. It’s one of the most often-viewed sketches of all time and gets at least one view per day, often as many as ten.

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SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

GICLEE PRINTS

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. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges.

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

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.

The 5″ x 7″ and 8″ x 10″ digital prints are centered on 8.5″ x 11″ digital cover while the 11″ x 14″ has 1″ around the edges because the digital paper is 12″ wide. All are countersigned by me.

CANVAS PRINTS

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered here because customers often want a custom size. 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 is black on the sides.

MOUSEPADS

Mousepads are 8″ x 7″, always horizontal, 1/4″ black foam rubber with the image printed on a flexible fabric on top.

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Garden Sketch With Mimi tile.

This tile is 4″ x 4″, made of white polymer clay rolled thin with a print of my watercolor “Garden Sketch With Mimi” onto the surface.

Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.

I have the tile pictured above and an older model from my very first attempts with the design running to the edges.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These cannot be used as a hot pad for items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
  • These work great as a coaster for items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.

Special: Two Tiles for $25.00

Because it’s hard to choose just one, this special discount applies all the time on all my tiles.

Use the code 2TILES25.

They are $15 each and you get a $5.00 discount when you buy two. All tax, shipping and handling are included in that price. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend!


ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This was not what I’d intended to paint that day but I like it anyway. It’s Mimi napping in the shadow on the cool bricks among the geraniums, near the vintage aluminum tub where I grow pole beans. Mimi was so happy to be outside she only rested in each position for less than a minute, and the sun was in and out behind the clouds. The temperature was in the 90s and we weren’t doing much but looking for a comfortable spot.

I had wanted something a little tighter in detail, but I like the details this one has. I did a light pencil sketch underneath because it’s so small I knew I’d run out of space if I didn’t give myself some guidance about Mimi, the geraniums and the barrel, but aside from that I just painted.

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"Tabbies" tiles in orange.

Tiles are about 4.75″ square, made of white polymer clay rolled thin, then pressed onto one of the inked linoleum blocks from my “Tabbies” series, printed in a variety of colors.

Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These cannot be used with items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
  • These work great with items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.

DESIGNS AVAILABLE

Clockwise, from top left:

  • Wrinkled Pajamas
  • Fawnball
  • Let Me Clean You Up
  • Sunshine and Flowers
"Tabbies" tiles in orange.

“Tabbies” tiles in orange.

How to order

The ordering option below includes the names of all tiles available in this color. If a design name is missing, it means it’s sold out and I need to make more. If you’d like a design that’s missing, please let me know!

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I’ve had tiles in mind for a long time. I just like them for decoration, but they are also useful as coasters or a base to display something.

I’ve had the idea of using my linoleum blocks for the “Tabbies” series to create some texture with the impression along with color.

I don’t have a kiln at the ready and don’t really want one. I experimented with air-dry clay to substitute and while the finish has the feel and texture of kiln-fired clay they just began to crumble weeks after I’d made the first ones.

These tiles are made of polymer clay rolled thin, then pressed onto one of the inked linoleum blocks from my “Tabbies” series so they are a little dimensional and a little colorful, just as I had imagined. They are about 4.75″ square, determined by the designs on the block, three of which have distinct edges that look best when cropped to the edge.

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Butterflies Votive, small

This glass votive is etched by hand and finished with a clear label I printed including four of my photos of butterflies from back yard and trail. It’s made from a repurposed sauce jar 6.5″ tall x 3″ wide and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.



Butterflies Votive, small

Butterflies Votive, small

I printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with forest green permanent alcohol ink.

OTHER VOTIVES

Find other votives featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife in my Handmade Gifts Gallery or search “votives”.

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Summer Wildflowers votive.

This glass votive features my photo of “Summer Wildflowers” printed on a clear label and burnished onto the jar. It’s made from a repurposed pickle jar 8.5″ tall x 5″ wide and comes with a string of 30 LED fairy lights. Price includes shipping.



Summer Wildflowers votive.

Summer Wildflowers votive.

I printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with forest green permanent alcohol ink.

OTHER VOTIVES

Find other votives featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife in my Handmade Gifts Gallery or search “votives”.

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Sycamore Moon votive in the light.

This glass votive features my painting “Sycamore Moon” printed on a frosted label and burnished onto the jar. It’s made with a straight-sided glass vase 6.75″ tall x 4″ wide and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.



Sycamore Moon votive in the light.

Sycamore Moon votive in the light.

I printed the design on a commercial frosted vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The votive comes with an LED votive, but will also accommodate a larger LED candle. Below is how it is lit in darker conditions.

Sycamore Moon votive in the dark.

Sycamore Moon votive in the dark.

 

OTHER VOTIVES

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Woodland Sunflowers votive, tall

This glass votive features my photo “Woodland Sunflowers” printed on a clear label and burnished onto the jar. It’s made from a repurposed pickle jar 7″ tall x 4″ wide and comes with an LED tea light. Price includes shipping.



Woodland Sunflowers votive, tall

Woodland Sunflowers votive, tall

I printed the design on a purchased clear vinyl label and burnished it onto the vase. The curved glass areas are painted with olive green permanent alcohol ink.

OTHER VOTIVES

Find other votives featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife in my Handmade Gifts Gallery or search “votives”.

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“Five Cats and One Box”, brush markers, 6.5″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Five Cats and One Box original marker sketch is available matted and framed. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper, Cold Press Digital Giclee Paper or Artist Canvas.



 

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

“Five Cats and One Box”, brush markers, 6.5″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Five Cats and One Box”, brush markers, 6.5″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I love drawing with brush markers, and using them for my daily cat sketches really taught me serious lessons about focus and letting my hands intuitively follow what I saw, letting the brush tip create a fluid line all its own.

All five joined me in the kitchen for lunch, so I gave them a box to keep them occupied. And me too. I put down my lunch and ran to get my markers. I remember those days of daily sketches, one of the lessons to capture the feeling of all those cats in action, and this was one time when my eyes were full of the potential.

When they mill around like this each of them is in constant motion, and I’ll use the old jump rope analogy for how I determine when to jump in—I stand there and watch them moving around, observe what each of them is tending to do in the moment, then sketch them one by one. But sometimes, like Mewsette in the box, they move too much and end up looking vague. Also, see how I changed my mind about the background color from yellow to turquoise, just drawing on top of it. It’s a sketch, not a masterpiece.

So what do five cats do with one box? Mewsette is in the box while Giuseppe is checking under the flap of the box, and Jelly Bean is sitting next to the box washing there, Mimi is experiencing box envy and planning on how to get into the box, and Mr. Sunshine is looking away, acting as if he doesn’t care at all about the box.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

GREETING CARDS

  • Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.
  • Feline Fine Art Cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.
  • Individual cards are shipped by first class mail.
  • Sets of six and twelve are packed in a clear-top stationery box. Price includes shipping via Priority Mail.
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Three Cats Looking Coaster

This 4” round coaster is made from white polymer clay and stamped with my brush pen sketch “Three Cats Looking”, painted violet then given a wash of white.

Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These cannot be used as a hot pad for items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
  • These work great as a coaster for items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.


The coaster is 4″ white polymer clay with “Three Cats Looking” stamped and impressed into the clay. It’s then painted with violet paint and given a wash of white to enhance the dimension of the sketch.

I love this little brush pen sketch and I’ve always wanted to do something with it, so I had a stamp made to play with. I may paint one or two of these too, and some other ideas include a square or rectangular dish. I really, really want to do something with the tail to let it hang off an edge or something, but I’m just not sure the polymer clay will stand up to a beating with a tail that thin.

And just to prove that my designs are “inspired by cats you know”, here is the photo I took when I sketched the three of them. You can read about the designs in my original post for this daily sketch.

photo of three black cats from behind

Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean

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painting of black cat at window watching hummingbird

The original watercolor of Mimi’s Little Visitor is available as well as prints made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper, Cold Press Digital Giclee Paper or Artist Canvas.


ABOUT THE ARTWORK

 painting of black cat at window watching hummingbird

Mimi’s Little Visitor, watercolor, 8 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I was very honored and excited when Deb Barnes, then president of the Cat Writers Association, contacted me at the end of March 2020 with a very special commission, to create the artwork for the thank you note that would be given by the organization to the many sponsors, donors and others who helped their annual conference be a success. That painting is Mimi in the Formal Garden, which won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse™ Medallion in last year’s CWA Communications Contest.

I was possibly more honored and excited when, in September, as immediate past president, she again contacted me for artwork for a thinking of you, get well, all-purpose greeting card to be used by CWA for correspondence with members.

Creating the image

Her idea this time was again to include little Mimi cat with flowers in a very colorful composition. Another opportunity for a cat painting that I’d been wanting to do! And which would also go into the hands of cat lovers who, like me, were members of this organization (more about CWA below).

We discussed a few of the photos I’d posted over the summer which included colors we both wanted to use, Including one that I’d wanted to create a painting from, but it just wasn’t coming together no matter how I tried to visualize the finished work. So I took the elements we wanted, worked my way through ideas as I organized my studio spaces, and came up with a combination of the colors we both liked and which I’d been wanting to paint: Mimi at the window watching birds.

I have always had a windowbox at my dining room window, and for most years I had geraniums in that box until the shade became too dense. I had plenty of photos, and red was one of the colors we wanted. Also, years ago, I had grown morning glories around that window, and while they never looked like this, that was my aspiration, plus I’ve got plenty of photos of morning glories since I photograph them wherever I see them.

My current window wasn’t really good for this painting, too dark brown and not enough of a “window” look without too many muntin bars. Of course, I have photos of windows I like and slipped one in. And then there had to be a covering of some sort behind Mimi so you could actually see her. Originally I had wanted a vase of flowers indoors, or perhaps some pretty glassware in the sun, and a patterned or lace curtain. But with the flowers all those patterns and objects were just too much and distracting, so I made it a simple white curtain.

And then the bird, which one or ones would that be? I have feeders outside all windows, and we attract all sorts of birds. Of course, my first thought was a sampling of all those colorful little friends. But then I thought I was channeling a lot of similar art I’ve seen all my life and I wanted something a little different, and perhaps more accurate and appropriate. I’ve also always had hummingbird feeders, and those little hummers have come right up to the screen to look at Mimi! Plus, they are attracted to the red geraniums so of course they’d be around outside the window. And I have photos of hummingbirds and the feeder, of course. Then I had to add a couple of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies because they visit us too, and they also visit morning glories. Then finally Mimi’s silhouette shape, her tail curled in a circle, her alert ears and eyes intent, the red collar with the jingle bell, that’s my girl.

Thank goodness Deb was patient while I worked my way through all these ideas last autumn, completely distracted by all the physical work of renovating my basement for studio space and reorganizing nearly the entire house in the process, until some painting area in the house was ready for me to work. I didn’t actually finalize the idea until November, and painted the painting in December. Normally I jump right on things, but by the time I could finally sit down and paint again I was so ready for this painting it practically painted itself. I chose watercolor for all the details and contrasting light and shadow, and enjoyed every stroke.

About the CWA

Conceived on November 21, 1992, the Cat Writers’ Association is a worldwide, 300 members plus organization comprised of a wide variety of talent, supporting evolving mediums and platforms such as Fine Arts, Journalism, Social Media, Graphic Design, Writing, Radio, Television, Videography, Podcasts, Websites, Blogs, Photography, Illustration, Cartoons, and so much more! Their goal, whether through humorous and lighthearted pieces, to serious, highly technical information is to improve the quality of cat information for the general public and to inspire, educate, and inform.

SHIPPING AND CHARGES

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.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

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.

FRAMED PRINTS

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

GREETING CARDS

  • Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.
  • 5″ x 7″ Feline Fine Art Cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.
  • Individual cards are shipped by first class mail.
  • Set of six 5.5″ x 4.25″ note cards are printed on textured watercolor paper and packed in a clear-top stationery box.
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Bath 6" Decorative Dish in Violet

This 6” round shallow dish is made from white polymer clay stamped with my brush pen sketch “Bath”, then painted and given a wash of white.

Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.

NOTES ON USE:

  • These are not safe for use with food.
  • These cannot be used as a hot pad for items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
  • These work great as a coaster for items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.

Each dish is formed and painted individually. I roll the clay fairly thin, cut it with a 6″ cutter, and baked it on a curved plate. The plate is painted in violet acrylic paint, a little heavier on the kitty and around the edge, then given a wash of white to fill the impression from the stamp.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Read more about Bath and my daily sketches on The Creative Cat.

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Tricolor Girls Settling Down for a Nap, pastel, 14 x 14, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This is a print of my painting, “Tri-color Girls Settling Down for a Nap”, pastel on Pastelmat card, 14″ x 14″, 2020 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.



About the artwork

Tricolor Girls Settling Down for a Nap, pastel, 14 x 14, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Tricolor Girls Settling Down for a Nap, pastel, 14 x 14, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

They may be well-camouflaged among the pillows, but that’s the way they liked it. My three precious tri-color girls settle down for a nap on the bed on a bright, sunny winter afternoon, February 27, 2007. Peaches was 17, Cookie, 15, and Kelly, 14. Peaches had been with us for about 18 months, but it was as if these three had always been together; this is not the only photo of the three of them on the bed from that era. It was a regular thing. The memories are precious.

Downstairs, Namir is in a box being stalked by Lucy, and at that moment those five were the total number of cats who lived in this house. We had just lost Stanley about a month previous, and Sophie three months before. Peaches had lost her sister Cream nearly a year before, and we had all lost Moses almost exactly a year before. After a chain of losses over a year and I was just glad to enjoy watching these three feeling happy, healthy, safe and sleepy on a sunny afternoon.

The composition, each of the girls in her own space but gathering together, the colors, the familiar window, pillows, bedpost, the routine, I wanted to paint this almost immediately. I put the photo in my folder of images, but other paintings called me first; the following year I painted Peaches and Peonies, and the year after that Darling Clementine.

But I think the time that’s passed has made the moment even sweeter. Fifteen years ago these three were right there in front of me, and I knew that even in that moment there would be a day they would only live in my memory. This past spring, with all my decisions about vendor shows and products and scheduling events, I turned around and decided I wanted more time for my artwork and writing, much of it concerning my family of felines, which had been waiting long enough. And so, I paint, every day.

And there I was in my studio. where Cookie, Kelly and Peaches all began in this house, with two more foster cats, Simba and Midnight Louie, another two rescued fosters observing me in my creative work, and inspiring me to yet more, all over again.

Purchasing prints

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

GICLEE PRINTS

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. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges.

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

I have canvases printed as they are ordered so I rarely have any on hand. 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.

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

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Blue and Yellow, Watercolor, 8.25 x 8.25, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.

Blue and Yellow, Watercolor, 8.25 x 8.25, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This time of the year is always about the first bursts of color, especially blooming things. I always have a stem or two or more of forsythia in my kitchen, and in those brief moments of sunshine the yellow is warm and brilliant before the classic Blue Willow dishes.

I took a bunch of photos of the forsythia in my kitchen on April 8, 2006, and this one in particular stayed with me. The late afternoon sun angles in at that time of the year, and it just highlighted the area with the forsythia branch, as if it was intentional, but the clear light also defined the detailed pattern on the Blue Willow dishes. I love both. And not only was the sun’s natural highlight inspiring, but the shadows were as well, in the deep areas where the pattern is muted, and the middle areas where there is reflected light within the shadow.

Such a simple image, and so much to see within it. I wanted to paint this photo from that day on, both for all the inspirations I found in it and my love for paintings of little domestic settings with all their everyday details. I’m glad I finally did!

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

CANVAS PRINTS

I have canvases printed as they are ordered so I rarely have any on hand. 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.

Other items with the same art or design To find all items on this site with the same art or design, use the search box for the name of the artwork and you'll find all that's available.

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For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

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