Tag Archives: pastel

Winter Birds, Framed Set

In winter I have feeders visible from just about every window. Watching the birds gather, mill about, eat, leave is like watching waves or fire, the constant motion mesmerizing and meditative. I visualized these sketches over years looking out my doors and windows at the birds gathering on my walk or in my trees, and […]

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Two Special Feline Originals Sold

It’s both calmly gratifying and thrilling that another person has considered the purchase of one of my original paintings at its higher value than a print they could easily choose, and that one of my inspirations is admired enough that another person not only likes to look at it, but they want to own it, […]

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November Colors

This is Chartiers Creek, a view from a bridge in late November, not quite winter but feeling so, yet the honeysuckle berries are bright in the sun and all the rushes, grasses and brambles bear a soft warmth, and lots of color. I painted it en plein air, stainding on the bridge on that bright […]

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A Book Cover Illustration: Klepto Cat Book Cover No. 39, “A Purrfectly Perilous Plot”

As soon as Patricia described the plot of book 38 in the Klepto Cat Mystery Series I visualized exactly what it would look like. I used reference photos from many of my own cat photos as well as the curtain, stage and audience at a performance at my local public library. Read more on The […]

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Featured Gallery: Winter White, My 2004 Solo Exhibit

small studies illuminated by the stark light of winter a series of small sketches inspired by winter in pastel, watercolor, pencil and pen and ink from the trails to the backyard completed en plein air and indoors by Bernadette E. Kazmarski February 12 to March 10, 2004 Opening Reception February 12, 6 to 9 pm […]

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September Nature Desktop Calendar: Main Street September Morning

I love quiet little street scenes, and living in a small town they aren’t difficult to find. I took the reference photo for this early on a Saturday morning in early September 2015. The day was already hot, still holding the heat of August, and a bit of a mist had risen when the sun […]

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My Home Town Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

This year the town of Carnegie, Pennsylvania turns 125 years old. This weekend is the big celebration on Main Street. This weekend is the big celebration. I don’t travel too far to paint and sketch, but find new perspectives to share on the most familiar things around me. I have many paintings and photos of […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Serenity

This sailboat drifted lazily for hours on the calm waters of Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania. As the August afternoon tended toward evening, the sky began to grow pink and the shadows darkened and lengthened, and the serene moment seemed to last for hours. Painted en plein air as I sat on one of the […]

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Featured Artwork: “Mimi in the Formal Garden”, a Special Commission for CWA ~ The Creative Cat

I was very honored and excited when Deb Barnes, president of the Cat Writers’ Association, contacted me at the end of March with a very special commission. She wanted to know if I could create the artwork for the thank you note that would be given by the organization to the many sponsors, donors and […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Franklin, First Draft ~ The Creative Cat

Meet Franklin, the subject of my next portrait. He’s an older boy, 15 years to be exact, and a nice light buff color with yellow-green eyes. I’ve blocked in all the shapes and color areas, and I always love it at this stage; sometimes I’ll actually leave it here, loose and expressive. As long as […]

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