Observant Gull pastel on gray fleck mi-tientes, 5 x 7 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Observant Gull, Pastel

Observant Gull, Pastel, 5″ x 7″, 2017. The original is framed in a 1″ solid wood blue weathered frame with a single pale blue black core mat and digital, giclee and canvas prints are available.

Observant Gull pastel on gray fleck mi-tientes, 5 x 7 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Observant Gull pastel on gray fleck mi-tientes, 5 x 7 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

What can you say about gulls that is unique, since this is pretty much what they do all day? I’ve done a few other gull paintings and intend to do a few more, but unless I start numbering them I have to find something about this gull, “[Adjective] Gull”, that will make this painting different from the others. At least to me.

Last year at this time (January 2016) I was in Savannah, Georgia, delivering two rescued and well-socialized kittens to my niece and great niece and nephews. My niece and I spent an afternoon enjoying the beach, me for the first time in about 30 years, and doubly wonderful in January having left a moderate snowfall and very cold temperatures behind in Pennsylvania.

I took more photos of gulls and waves than anyone should have taken though I tried to be more restrained. Still, I’m glad I did, as I have this particular gull standing in exactly the same spot but with head turned in different directions, from different angles, and with different levels of reflection on the water. So, now, when I have finally found the time to do a few sketches and paintings from last year’s photos, I can sort through my gull photos and find exactly the right one, the tide washing back down the beach at an angle, the gull’s reflection broken up in a clear and interesting pattern, the blue of the reflected sky gradating from light to dark.

The framed painting. It’s difficult to photograph a work with glass so the details are a little soft but the colors are okay.

"Observant Gull", framed.

“Observant Gull”, framed.

I liked the uncropped version too. Sometimes I like the rough edges on a sketch.

Observant Gull uncropped version © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Observant Gull uncropped version © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I was participating in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge in January 2017. This was my painting for day 11.

Read my wrap-up of all my paintings from this painting challenge.

See all the art from this and other painting challenges on Creative Challenges.


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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