"Sycamore Moon", pastel, 14" x 20" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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

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"Sycamore Moon", pastel, 14" x 20" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Sycamore Moon”, pastel, 14″ x 20″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski


There are two large sycamore trees near the entrance of the Panhandle Trail, but because they are growing against a hill I don’t see them from this angle against the sky until I am headed back home, nearly at the trailhead, and often at dusk, especially the early dusk of a winter night. Because the light changes so quickly at that time of day I knew there was no way I’d be able to capture the scene en plein air, so I photographed it almost every time I saw it. I guess I really wanted to paint this scene, and for this year’s Panhandle Trail exhibit I decided it was time.

I debated among media to use. I wanted the smooth solid color of the evening sky to the east, I wanted each branch and twig to be clear, and I wanted it to look almost monochromatic, capturing the l’heure bleu I love so much. Though I’d always imagined a watercolor I decided on pastel, mostly because I could feel my hand drawing the twisted twigs. To achieve the smooth background I used colored pastel paper, Canson Mi Tientes, on the smooth side, because the blue was just what I wanted for a cold winter dusk. I drew the shadows and characteristic mottling of a sycamore tree on the trunks and branches in dark warm gray pastel, the highlights in light warm gray, then added just touches of blue for the mid-range shadows. The moon is in pure white with its characteristic grayish shapes on the glowing white surface that make it recognizably our moon, and resting among the somewhat gnarled sycamore branches.

You can read more about this painting and order other sizes of prints as well here. The original painting was featured in my 2016: Sun Shadow Ice & Snow, Seasons on the Panhandle Trail exhibit.

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