"Spring Comes to a Bend in the Creek", 26" x 19", pastel on sanded paper © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Spring Comes to a Bend in the Creek, prints of pastel

This painting is entitled “Spring Comes to  Bend in the Creek”, 26″ x 19″, done in soft pastel on sanded pastel paper.

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I didn’t paint my inspirations of the seasons in any particular order, simply in the order they came to me, though I painted the sketch for this painting, “Spring Thaw”, long before the idea of painting images of my local watershed ever occurred to me. I wanted to capture the wild feeling of this familiar little spot: the spring mist, the tangled branches, the rushing water full of color.

"Spring Thaw", 8" x 10", pastel, 2003 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Spring Thaw”, 8″ x 10″, pastel, 2003 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

So here is spring as the snowmelt rushes over rocks and gravel and around the bend right here in Carnegie, the sycamores reflecting white in the stark early morning sunlight, a little bit of mist wafting among the trees.

This site looks remote, but it’s a bend in the creek I pass nearly daily in all seasons, especially if I’m on foot on my way to Main Street. Chartiers Creek bends so much, but at this one point it lines up with the morning sun as it rises over Library Hill and both touches the water, rippling over rocks in this area, and the trees, illuminating individual branches.

A hill behind this bend also reflects that light back onto the water at the bend which created an interesting change in color palette across the water.

And the mist is rising as the sun warms the channel, as if sweeping it away.

This painting became the inspiration for my fourth annual poetry reading and art show at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Coming Spring.

You can also find this painting in my Landscapes gallery.


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.


The price below would include a 16″ x 20″ gold frame with decorative corners, but it would likely not be identical to the original, unless I happen to find a similar one at another thrift shop. I do all my own framing and can custom frame a print for you. Please ask.

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