watercolor of deer in my back yard

Avoiding the Photographer, New Member Print

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my painting “Avoiding the Photographer”. This print is 8″ x 11″ and matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.


watercolor of deer in my back yard

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

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

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

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

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


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