"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.

Garden Flag, Evening Wildflowers

Garden Flag, Evening Wildflowers 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.



Garden Flag, Evening Wildflowers

Garden Flag, Evening Wildflowers

Flags are printed on cotton muslin with a light fabric transfer finished with a “hot peel”, which means I peel the backing off of it within seconds of opening the heat press, leaving minimal plastic coating on the fabric. 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

Evening Wildflowers, pastel, 10 x 14 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Evening Wildflowers, pastel, 10 x 14 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

On a sweltering, sticky August evening I discovered an incredibly beautiful patch of native wildflowers intentionally seeded at Scott Conservancy Kane Woods. I forgot about sweaty hands and the pulse of the sun directly in my face because it was also touching each and every flower on that hillside, filling leaves and petals with brilliance. I photographed my fill.

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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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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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Market Flowers tote bag detail

I create my own “fabric” swatch by printing the pattern on medium-weight cotton fabric using a commercial quality fabric transfer and my heat press to ensure even coverage, then stitch up the rest of the bag with navy blue trim, backing and 24″ twill woven handles. Bags may vary slightly in size, but are just about 17″W x 13″H.



About the artwork

Market Flowers tote bag

Market Flowers tote bag

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

Here’s a detail of the bag and the design.

Market Flowers tote bag detail

Market Flowers tote bag detail

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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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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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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.

 

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

See also

Peaceful Nap Feline Votive, using the same artwork.

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

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© 2020 | 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.

Facades, North Side Pittsburgh, 10.5 x 15, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This row of ancient buildings has been looking over the city of Pittsburgh for well over 100 years, and each owner through time has had their way with each facade. On a bright sunny summer day they stood unapologetic for crumbling insul-brick siding, replacement windows that didn’t fit the original opening, and grass growing where a sidewalk had been. On a perfect summer day, everything is perfect. I appreciated the choice of colors and the distinction each building still held, how solid still after a century, wondering what stories they could tell of the span of human from the beginning of the industrial era to today.

Facades, North Side Pittsburgh, 10.5 x 15, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Facades, North Side Pittsburgh, 10.5 x 15, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Facades, North Side Pittsburgh, Pastel, 10.5 x 15, 2018. The original is not framed yet but will be. Digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are available.



This is my painting from Day 22. 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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Chocolate Bath, 6.5 x 6.5, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Chocolate Bath, Pastel, 6.5 x 6.5, 2018. The original is sold. Digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are available.

Chocolate Bath, 6.5 x 6.5, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Chocolate Bath, 6.5 x 6.5, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

It’s a little painting of a little black cat. I love to paint Mimi, I think because she is so self-aware and nearly all her poses are graceful and inspiring. Possibly it’s just because I love her so much.

Black cats have many colors in their fur. The warm sun shows off Mimi’s mahogany highlights and makes her look positively solid chocolate. I photographed Mimi at her bath in morning sun several years ago for this pose, but any of the many I’ve photographed are all favorites. This one won the contest for which was most paintable.

I also especially liked this angle for her face, and this composition with her on the edge of the art. She was right next to the basement door frame. I painted in the door frame but didn’t like the bit I’d included as looking slightly confusing, and where I thought the geometric shape would coordinate with the geometry on the floor and both set off Mimi’s soft curves and colors, it was too strong a presence and I cropped it out. So it’s just Mimi in the sun.

The biggest challenge is to paint a dark on dark composition with a black cat against a dark background, but Mimi is in warm tones of black and deep sienna and even purple and vermilion, while the background is a cool black with blends of cool violet, green and navy blue.

This is my painting from Day 23 of the February 2018 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. 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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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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Read poetry, short stories, essays and more on Paths I Have Walked.

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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.

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

About the artwork

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.

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.

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© 2020 | 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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"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.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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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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.

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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.

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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Three Cats Trinket Dish

This 4” round coaster 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 coaster are 4″ white polymer clay with “Three Cats Looking” stamped and impressed 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 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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These 4” round coasters are made from terra cotta polymer clay and impressed with a real leaf from one of the trees on the Panhandle Trail: sycamore, oak, maple and beech. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.


Temporarily sold out!

I am currently sold out of these coasters and I guess I’ll have to wait for spring to have more leaves to make them! I will post about them when I make new sets, so check back here or follow my blog.


Trees of the Trail coasters

“Trees of the Trail” coasters, terra cotta polymer clay with the imprint of a real leaf that’s from one of the trees growing on the trail—in fact, the sycamore leaf is from the sycamore tree I sketched in “Sycamore Moon” and the maple leaf is from the tree that holds “The Rope Swing.

I roll and cut the 4″ circles, press the leaf into the surface, bake the coaster and let it cool, then wash natural white acrylic paint over the surface, wipe it down, wash it again, and repeat until the leaf impression holds enough white to be distinguished and the surface has a light patina.

This is a brand new design and an experiment with the technique to get what I was visualizing with actual living leaves, and it worked! Another experiment earlier this month did not work, so this makes me very happy, and I have four sets of these coasters for my 2018 Panhandle Trail show.

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This little short story is essentially free—I have the text below, a recorded version and all the download formats here for you to use. If you’d like to support me by “purchasing” it, I’d totally appreciate that and it would help me carry on with more stories. Purchase here or scroll down to read more about it.



About the story and the illustrations

This is a true story, from the early 90s, written in 2012. I’ve remembered it all these years because I was so moved by the growing relationship between the woman and the cat. But I also had these illustrations in mind all these years as well. This apartment building is still there, still blue, still has a deck with doors at the backs of the apartments and two cats who live there; I think of it every time I look at the building. I’ve always wanted to share this story and the images I’d visualized all those years ago. I’d intended all along, from the time I witnessed this rescue, to write the story and illustrate it, and so I did in May 2012 to celebrate officially moving The Creative Cat to a self-hosted platform so I could offer my work in many more formats.

I also learned to design and format e-books for my own sake and professionally—I’m a designer, I had designed books for two publishers years ago, this is another exciting skill to learn and to offer to commercial customers as well as for my own writing. This book is available on Amazon.com, but I’d love to share it with those of you who have electronic readers of any sort.

And for the 2016 anniversary of sharing this story, I finally recorded it. Some day I’ll have to get a real microphone so please pardon a few little blips, but I enjoyed reading it with you listeners in mind.

The cover design is for the e-book, and I’ve never been really happy with it. One of these days I’ll actually publish it in a small volume and create the cover I want.

And now for the downloads

This story is essentially free. If you want the Kindle version you have to buy it from Amazon.com (their rules, link below), but all the others are open. Creative work may seem to be free, but writing takes time, and printing and promoting take money.  You can support my work by “purchasing” this story for $5.00. If not, just enjoy!



I don’t have any e-book devices but I can read them on my computer. I use both Kindle Previewer and Kindle Cloud Reader to read books intended for Kindle, and a program called Calibre to read e-books in other formats.

Most electronic readers can open an EPUB file.

Kindle readers work best with a MOBI file.

Find it on Amazon.com.

Download it as a PDF

And for the 2016 anniversary of sharing this story, I finally recorded it. Some day I’ll have to get a real microphone so please pardon a few little blips, but I enjoyed reading it with you listeners in mind. Click here to see the video on YouTube, or watch it below.

 

Witness to a Rescue

The little girl cat waits for her chosen person to appear.

The little girl cat waits for her chosen person to appear.

A little tabby and white kitty had joined the varied clowder that roamed in the back yards, often leave-behinds from renters who moved on without their feline housemates. As the brilliant leaves fell from the trees and brush between our yards I noticed her bright white legs while she hopped uncomfortably about like a bunny on the detritus of summer now sodden and brown with November rains. I saw her again a day or two later when the rain had stopped hours before and the weather was quite nice for early November. She was obviously not accustomed to being outdoors, and far too clean to have been outside for long. I noted the direction she was walking and went outside to introduce myself and assess the situation.

Was she an indoor-outdoor kitty taking a walk on the wild side, was she a leave-behind, was she lost? Why didn’t they come with a little note hanging on their collar? I knew I always risked “rescuing” a cat who belonged to a neighbor so I got to know as many as I could; this little girl was unfamiliar.

But I was too late to catch her. Before I even left my deck I saw her purposefully continue across the neighbor’s yard directly behind mine to the house next door to that, a four-apartment rental. She trotted easily up the steps to the porch at the back of one of the second-floor apartments as if she belonged there and greeted the woman who was sitting on a chair, reading a book. I heard a faint “meow” and saw her rub against the woman’s legs and then jump up onto her lap.

I knew the woman as another cat owner who had lived in that apartment for at least two years. She had a little black and white kitty who always sat in the west-facing windows of her apartment in the afternoon and evening, dozing in the sun. I had spoken with the woman a few times about cats in the neighborhood, inquiring if she had ever seen them or knew who they were, but we had never exchanged our names or our cats’ names. She never minded discussing our neighborhood cats but seemed to want her privacy and anonymity, and I understood her need to be able to step outside on her porch and read a book without being interrupted by a neighbor unless it was absolutely necessary. Finding out information about a lost cat was apparently a necessary conversation.

Was the tabby and white cat her cat? But she had insisted she was a one-cat person, and that her cat never went outdoors. I doubted that this cat was hers unless she had had a big change of heart and decided to keep an indoor-outdoor cat, and if that was the case, I doubted she’d be ignoring the cat’s fervent though wet and muddy greeting.

The woman does her best to ignore the girl kitty's advances.

The woman does her best to ignore the girl kitty’s advances.

And she was doing her best to ignore it, putting the book between her face and the cat when the cat got between her face and the book, gently picking the cat up in one hand and placing her on the wooden floor of the porch only to have the cat leap nimbly onto the arm of the chair, then onto her shoulder and walk around behind the woman’s head. When the cat got up onto the woman’s head, trying to keep a footing on her hair, the woman patiently put down the book, picked up the cat with both hands, and set her on the porch once more.

Her black and white kitty was in the window right next to her, watching everything.

I had walked across my yard to the corner where I was a relatively short distance away from the second-floor porch, and things were not so overgrown then. I gave a hearty “hello” as the woman was setting down the cat and the woman looked up at me and waved. I asked if the cat was hers and she said it was not, but that it had been coming to visit her when she sat outside to read. She had no idea where the cat had come from and it had not been around for long; it was the woman who identified the cat as female. I told her the cat had every intention of being adopted into her household, and the woman said the cat was very nice but reiterated she was a one-cat household and was sure the cat belonged to someone, she was too nice not to.

I thanked her for her time and decided just to monitor the cat’s activities and ask a few of the neighbor kids if they knew anything about her.

Over the next couple of weeks I saw the cat a few times, not always heading from the same direction as if she was wandering, and looking a little more tattered each time. I would stop her and offer food and she ate it hungrily but always continued on to the woman’s porch. I remembered that we’d first seen her at the beginning of the month and it seemed someone had likely left her behind when they’d moved, intentionally or not. On warm or sunny weekend days the woman often spent a hour or so outside with her book and the kitty happily, a little desperately, perhaps, laid on the affection, performing metaphorical kitty headstands for the woman. When the woman was not outside the cat would stand on the railing of the porch, long legs straight and tail in the air and look in the window, or stand up and slap her paws against the wooden screen door, or sit on the woman’s chair. The black and white kitty would lie in the window, squinting and impassive.

Desperate, girl kitty simply clings to the screen.

Desperate, girl kitty simply clings to the screen.

On yet one more rainy day later in the month as I was working in my kitchen I saw the kitty on the porch and somehow, from that distance, felt her desperation. It was a cold and dark Saturday, slipping back and forth from rain to sleet and even a few wet snowflakes now and then. No little explorations or visits to my yard, I could see her legs were muddy and her fur clumped and wet.

She hopped onto the railing and walked back and forth, meowing, then jumped onto the chair, stood up with her paws on the sill and looked in the window. As a last measure of desperation, she climbed the screen door so she could see in the window of the interior door and clung there at an angle, meowing.

I saw the interior door open and light shone onto the porch. The screen door slowly opened far enough for the woman to come outside, put both hands around the cat’s torso and gently remove her from the screen. The woman opened the screen door and disappeared inside holding the cat. I watched the screen door close behind her, then the brown interior door closed leaving just the yellow square of light.

I had just witnessed a rescue, but who had rescued whom, only time would tell.


I never did find out where the cat came from, but I don’t think it mattered because she was apparently meant to be with my neighbor. I never got to know the woman any better, respecting her privacy. Better to keep good relations with neighbors in the first place, and people set boundaries for a reason. We spoke often enough that if she had wanted to be more social she had the opportunity. If not for the cat’s insistence on being part of the woman’s life I probably would have taken her in long before that, giving her veterinary care and fostering her to find her a new home, as I did with many cats in similar situations who showed up in my back yard in those days.

I will add that when I watched her peel the cat from the screen and take her indoors, I simply started to cry. I have no idea if she kept the cat or not because she moved soon after, but I think the cat finally convinced her that she belonged with the woman. These sorts of rescues often have a touching or dramatic back story, but that part I can only guess.

One of the reasons for my Daily Sketches has been to practice, just practice—sketching my cats in various poses and activities, working in different media and different styles; through this I grew to enjoy working with watercolor pencils, which is the medium I chose to use for these illustrations. The daily sketches are experience in working quickly from life, but I also want the experience of working with a visualized image with no live models, though I’ll admit I did stretch out Jelly Bean to get a better idea what the kitty would look like clinging to the screen. Illustrating one of my stories gives me this experience in working from a visualized image.

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I’m very excited to have finally recorded this after years of thinking about it. It’s really my beginning plan for recording all my books, and this one I’ll expand to include other stories I haven’t yet written about. But to do that I’ll need to purchase a better microphone and a quieter chair! Between that and printing and the time it takes to create these things, so I’ve set up a Patreon page through which patrons can pledge a certain amount each month to support these projects. You can read about it here or visit my Patreon page.

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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.

Read more about this painting.

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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!

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"Tabbies" tiles in black.

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 black.

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
  • Sunshine and Flowers
  • Fawnball
  • Let Me Clean You Up
"Tabbies" tiles in black.

“Tabbies” tiles in black.

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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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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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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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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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 orange 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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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 orange 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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Original natural with black, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

The Big Nap Decorative Dish is 6.5″ wide x 5″ high, and about 1/2″ deep, made of polymer clay and the original sketch brushed on each dish by hand. Each one is handmade, hand-painted and unique. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.


I am temporarily out of this style of dish, so the Add to Cart button below will not work until I am restocked and reset the button. If you’d like to be notified when The Big Nap Decorative Dish, Japanese Brush Pen is back in stock, please send an email to bernadette (at) bernadette-k (dot) com. Thanks for your understanding!



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Jelly Bean’s roundness is a little exaggerated but it really was a big nap. Another one of the feline shapes I love.

“Big Nap” decorative dishes are based on one of my brush pen sketches, each one handmade, hand painted and unique, reflecting my influences from Japanese brush pen art, Theophile Steinlen, and Andy Warhol.

When I made my initial trinket dishes two years ago I developed a ton of ideas after working with both polymer and air-dry clay. The basis of one set of designs is my brush pen sketches integrated in several ways. I worked out the first of one of those styles, a little larger than the original 4″ trinket dishes, and using the outline of a sketch to shape the dish. Air-dry clay feels more like real clay but in earlier tests I found that worked this thin it would lose its strength, so I chose polymer clay.

The round shape of “The Big Nap” fit well to this idea. I didn’t really want to cut around all Bean’s legs so I added a little to the shape to fill in around his legs. Because the clay is baked and it works best if the object is held to the final shape while baking the size ended up being determined by the one dish I could use to form the gentle curve I wanted that could also be baked in the oven along with the clay. After it’s baked, I use the same brush pen to draw the sketch onto the clay that I used for the original sketch.

Japanese brush pen

Sometimes just a single interesting line is most expressive.

Original natural with black, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

Original natural with black, “The Big Nap” decorative dish.

Theophile Steinlen

The red and black with gold is an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style when illustration black cats with an accent color. He has been an inspiration since before I can remember, and while the black and white design was what inspired this particular dish, this design was the color version I envisioned before I knew I even wanted a color version.

Black and red with gold, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

Black and red with gold, “The Big Nap” decorative dish.

Andy Warhol

The orange and blue combination with the black outline is inspired by Andy Warhol. Years ago when I began filling my black ink and brush pen sketches with bright colors readers compared them to Warhol’s cats. Being from my hometown I had grown up with that as an influence and totally missed it. I’ll be making more of this style in a variety of other colors.

Orange and blue with black, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

Orange and blue with black, “The Big Nap” decorative dish.

Read more about “The Big Nap” and my daily sketches on The Creative Cat.

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© 2020 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Black and red with gold, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

The Big Nap Decorative Dish is 6.5″ wide x 5″ high, and about 1/2″ deep, made of polymer clay. Each dish is formed by hand and individually painted with red and black acrylic paint, and the original brush pen sketch is brushed on each dish in gold. Each one is handmade, hand-painted and unique. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.



ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Jelly Bean’s roundness is a little exaggerated but it really was a big nap. Another one of the feline shapes I love.

“Big Nap” decorative dishes are based on one of my brush pen sketches, each one handmade, hand painted and unique, reflecting my influences from Japanese brush pen art, Theophile Steinlen, and Andy Warhol.

When I made my initial trinket dishes two years ago I developed a ton of ideas after working with both polymer and air-dry clay. The basis of one set of designs is my brush pen sketches integrated in several ways. I worked out the first of one of those styles, a little larger than the original 4″ trinket dishes, and using the outline of a sketch to shape the dish. Air-dry clay feels more like real clay but in earlier tests I found that worked this thin it would lose its strength, so I chose polymer clay.

The round shape of “The Big Nap” fit well to this idea. I didn’t really want to cut around all Bean’s legs so I added a little to the shape to fill in around his legs. Because the clay is baked and it works best if the object is held to the final shape while baking the size ended up being determined by the one dish I could use to form the gentle curve I wanted that could also be baked in the oven along with the clay. After it’s baked, I use the same brush pen to draw the sketch onto the clay that I used for the original sketch.

Theophile Steinlen

The red and black with gold is an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style when illustration black cats with an accent color. He has been an inspiration since before I can remember, and while the black and white design was what inspired this particular dish, this design was the color version I envisioned before I knew I even wanted a color version.

Black and red with gold, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

Black and red with gold, “The Big Nap” decorative dish.

Japanese brush pen

Sometimes just a single interesting line is most expressive.

Original natural with black, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

Original natural with black, “The Big Nap” decorative dish.

Andy Warhol

The orange and blue combination with the black outline is inspired by Andy Warhol. Years ago when I began filling my black ink and brush pen sketches with bright colors readers compared them to Warhol’s cats. Being from my hometown I had grown up with that as an influence and totally missed it. I’ll be making more of this style in a variety of other colors.

Orange and blue with black, "The Big Nap" decorative dish.

Orange and blue with black, “The Big Nap” decorative dish.

Read more about “The Big Nap” and my daily sketches on The Creative Cat.

More like this

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

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© 2020 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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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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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.

FIND SIMILAR ART

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This 3” round ornament is made from a purchased wood circle, handpainted with the design, ready with a hanging hook.



Star of Wonder Ornament.

“Star of Wonder” is entirely handpainted onto the wood disk, the star in silver, the background and cat in two shades of matte blue, with a silver edge. The back is painted the background blue.

Star of Wonder Ornament side view.

The genesis of this design has a story, which you can read in its original post, as a holiday greeting card. I also offer this design on a votive, a garden flag, and a gift bag.

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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.



Dusk in the Woods ornaments

Dusk in the Woods ornament

My painting “Dusk in the Woods” is impressed onto the wood disk with a fabric transfer and finished with an iridescent matte varnish. The edge is detailed with silver and the back is painted solid medium blue.

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This painting has a story, which you can read here. I also offer this design on a votive, a tray, and a gift bag.

Find more Ornaments in my Handmade Gifts Gallery.

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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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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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Greenhouse Gerberas, Oil Pastel, 11 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

Greenhouse Gerberas, oil pastel, 11 x 15 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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. So that time was now. I chose oil pastel because I’ve come to enjoy working out the flowers with layering and impasto on a rough-textured paper.

I chose oil pastel because the tones of the colors matched the tones in the photo, and I could layer it and build up colors, then finish with working through the composition with the tip of a tool to add definition in the flowers, leaves and stems. When I frame this I will crop it in from the edges a bit. I can see it on a tote bag or placemat too. I guess we’ll see!

I began this painting on day 3, but finished it on day 5 of my painting challenge. 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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© 2020 | 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.

 

pastel painting of stormy sunset

How Small Beneath the Sky, Pastel, 16 x 20, 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 stormy sunset

How Small Beneath the Sky, 16 x 20, pastel © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I don’t know what it was about this image as a photograph that stayed with me from the time I took it. It’s that sense of my tiny self, smaller than one of those dots in the valley below, under the huge sky above, the sense of infinity as night draws down, and eternity as a warm autumn day changes over to cold winds and an incoming storm.

I finally painted it. I had always envisioned this and other sky paintings as moderately large, and 16 x 20 was a good size for this one. I used a piece of smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels. I painted it freehand, no tracing or measuring, as if I was standing out there watching the scene en plein air. It’s as close to the real thing I as can get in my studio. And, of course, I would not be painting this en plein air under those conditions, so it works for me.

I love amazing skies and that was my first draw to the idea for the photo, but the tiny lights below became an integral part of this image and gave it its title.

I took the photo in 2011 and shared it on my photo blog with a narrative, but the image stayed with me. In 2016 I looked it up again and wrote a poem and named my painting after that poem. Now as a painting it’s hit the major categories of my creative efforts.

Here is the narrative:

Rain had fallen intermittently all day, but the day had been steadily dark and cold even without falling rain. But as often happens on long rainy days, the clouds broke at about sunset to give a view of faded blue sky trimmed along the edges with heavy clouds, offering reflected light but no direct sunlight. Suddenly the autumn leaves shone again even in the cooler light. I carefully watched the light, deciding that when my errand was done, or as soon as I could, whichever came first, I’d head for my favorite ridge to photograph what there was of the sunset, hoping for lots of red from the humidity in the air and sunrays from the layers of clouds breaking up, but I’d take what I could get.

No such dramatics were in the plan for this evening, but I felt the valley settle into night as I watched the clouds march steadily from the north, hearing only the wind as it swept from far beyond the horizon across my face, tugging at my hair and skirt on the hilltop where I stood, one tiny dot of a figure in this complicated and beautiful landscape, chilling my fingers with the first real cold of winter in its direct and determined path. In the center is Carnegie, somewhere in there is my house, and all of the familiar streets and scenes of my days reduced to a few amorphous blots of color, light and shadow.

In just minutes the north wind had carried the cloud cover over the valley once again like a blanket, leaving the valley in deep shadow but for the dots of light collected in the velvet darkness, small shreds of red showing through at the horizon; the sun has not given over yet, there is still some fire in its day.

And here is the poem from 2016:

How Small Beneath the Sky

Tiny toy buildings,
fluttering ribbons of roads,
arcs of light that illuminate our night are but pinpoints in the velvet earth below;
How small beneath the sky.

Poem © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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.

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.

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

 

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.

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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See daily photos as I post them on Today.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

 

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

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

Inscrutable Patterns small accessory bag.

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



Rescued Kitties small accessory bag.

Rescued Kitties 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 “The TNR Story”. 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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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.

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

Inscrutable Patterns small accessory bag.

I imprinted the design “Smiling Ginger Batik” onto reclaimed cotton fabric using a fabric transfer and made the 5″ x 7″ bag, adding an orange 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 a batik I created in sixth grade! Read about Smiling Ginger Kitty Batik here.

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. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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 Wildflowers small accessory bag.

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



Evening Wildflowers small accessory bag.

Evening Wildflowers 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 “Evening Wildflowers”. 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.

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

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

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

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. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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 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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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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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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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.

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© 2020 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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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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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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© 2020 | 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 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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You’ll find all my accessories, totes and other bags on Handprinted Art, Housewares and Apparel

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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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© 2020 | 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.

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

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© 2020 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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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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See daily photos as I post them on Today.

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

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

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.

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.

. . . . . . .

© 2020 | 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.

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.

Find similar items

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

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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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© 2020 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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three daisies dish

The Daisies Decorative Dish is roughly 6″ in diameter and about 1/2″ deep, made of polymer clay. Each dish is formed by hand and individually painted. Each one is handmade, hand-painted and unique. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.



three daisies dish

Daisies Decorative Dish

The flower design was adapted from a popular photo. Each dish is formed and painted individually. I roll the clay thin, then hand-cut each flower and add the texture to the petals with fingers and tools. Each bowl is constructed from three individual flowers inside a cereal bowl to give it the raised shape. Here is what the dishes look like after baking but before embellishing.

After baking, I paint and/or embellish it to represent the given flower, in this case daisies, but also the yellow woodland sunflowers that inspired the design and variously pink cosmos or blue chicory or violet asters.

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ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I initially called this the “Woodland Sunflowers Bowl”, inspired by a popular photo of three woodland sunflowers, below.

Three Sunflowers

Three Sunflowers

Care and use of polymer clay items

Polymer clay is a flexible plastic that is baked in a moderate temperature to create a bond that strengthens its shape. The clay will retain some flexibility even after baking and larger pieces may even seem downright floppy. A finished piece may also soften a bit when it comes in contact with high heat so don’t put your polymer clay item in the dishwasher or on the stove. This may distort the shape of your dish, tile, or coaster. The benefit of this is that your polymer clay item is nearly unbreakable. They’ve hit the floor in my home and at vendor shows, and sometimes they bounce! Rarely, they will chip.

WASH BY HAND IN WARM WATER WITH MILD DISH DETERGENT

The entire piece is waterproof, though gentle washing is still in order. The clay itself will always keep its color, it’s what I’ve added onto it that might be damaged with harsh detergent or heavy duty scrubbing. Let it soak a bit to loosen surface dirt from the varnish, then use a sponge or a washcloth.

DO NOT use UNDER CONTAINERS heated in oven or microwave

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. But if you want to put your mug filled with a hot beverage or your soup bowl in there, that would be fine!

DO NOT use to serve food

I add a light coating of matte varnish to all my polymer clay items that are painted, have an image impressed on the surface or have any sort of decoration. Neither the clay itself nor the varnish is food safe. You can put some chips or nuts or candy in or on your dish, tile or coaster, but not dip or ice cream or sweet pickle relish, anything wet that will interact with the surface. Likewise, no pet food, at all, so they don’t lick the dish.

AS A DECORATION

Whether on your countertop, desk, wall, or sink, or wherever you use your polymer clay item, whatever the color, shape or design, I hope it makes you smile every time you look at it.

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