Creek Study in Snow, 4" x 8", charcoal, 2001 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Creek Study in Snow, Charcoal

Creek Study in Snow, Charcoal, original was 4″ x 8″. The original is sold but digital, giclee and canvas prints are available.

Creek Study in Snow, 4" x 8", charcoal, 2001 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Creek Study in Snow, 4″ x 8″, charcoal, 2001 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I call this “my private beach” along Chartiers Creek in Carnegie. You can’t keep me away from water, not even in winter. When the creek is low, this area is above water level, ranging from a few inches to several feet wide, right at a bend in the creek. The opposite bank is a steep hill, and depending on the time of day and weather and lighting I see marvelous reflections.

For years I carried a small fanny pack with sketchbooks and mostly black and white media like pencils and charcoal and ink pens, and would stop and sketch when I found an inspiration. So I did with this, standing in the snow, mesmerized by the light ripples of flowing water just slightly distorting the reflected trunks of the trees on the hill. Even if I wasn’t working on white paper in black charcoal, the contrast of the scene flashed out any color in the trunks or water. This sketchbook was 5.5″ x 8.5″, so this little sketch is 4″ x 8″.


I first included this in my 2004 exhibit Winter White and it’s also included in My Home Town.

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