pastel wildlife painting great blue heron pond lily pads marsh

Big Blue, Pastel

Big Blue, Pastel, 13.5 x 19.5, 2023. Digital, giclee and canvas prints are available.

About Big Blue


pastel wildlife painting great blue heron pond lily pads marsh

Big Blue, pastel, 13.5″ x 19.5″, 2023 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

We have a rookery of great blue herons not far from me and I see them all the time flying overhead and fishing in the creek sometimes right in the middle of town. The fact that a creek that had once been as polluted as Chartiers Creek was for decades could today host great blue herons is actually pretty surprising and it’s still exciting when I see what looks like a big pterodactyl flying through the middle of town.

We don’t have any water lilies on Chartiers Creek so this is obviously not from downtown Carnegie. In fact, it’s not even in Pennsylvania!

In 2016 I visited my niece in Savannah, Georgia. She is very familiar with all the wild and conservation areas and took me on a whirlwind tour of what felt like everything but I know there was a lot more to see. I photographed everything I could, lots of photos, knowing I’d want to create some artwork. In fact, I decided right then and there that I was going to go home and start painting and title my next solo exhibit “My Visit to Savannah Georgia” or something like that. I did not start painting then, but In the intervening years I did a small pastel marsh sketch and two small paintings of seagulls on the beach from my photos. The big show had to wait.

Until now. I have a dozen images in mind, each different, lots of water, other birds, and plants, and the Atlantic Ocean. I might not paint them one after another, but if I get half of that dozen finished I’ll be really pleased with myself.

I’m not thrilled with the title, but in all the years I’ve been thinking about this, and the week I took to paint this, I haven’t come up with anything else. “Big Blue” is the silly name I call them when I see them, not that they respond or even care, but I stop what I’m doing, if I can and watch it and photograph it if I have something on hand to do so.


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.


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 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.


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.


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

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