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Follow Me to the New Portraits of Animals!

Portraits of Animals new website!

Portraits of Animals new website!

Several new followers have signed up recently, and I don’t want you to be disappointed—I don’t post on this site anymore because I’ve built a brand new website that includes a blog where I post all the inspirations from my felines, my backyard and garden and the beautiful world around me. Maintaining this blog plus my Etsy profile, Fine Art America account and a few other profiles where I displayed and sold my things and decided to invest the time to combine them all into one completely new site. Please visit Portraits of Animals! I moved all the posts from this site to that blog, so to be sure you see the latest I’ve created and have to offer you can go to Portraits of Animals and subscribe to “Notes and Stories” there.

May Feline Sampler Box from Portraits of Animals

May Feline Sampler Box from Portraits of Animals

That’s what you see above, a screen shot for the home page. Finally, this plan I’ve visualized for the past five years has been put into action. I found a template I liked, I’ve planned out my new products and I set up my Sampler Box Program and a free gift for those who register for an account on the site. I have features on the new site that I couldn’t have here, including setting up an account with a free gift when you do, member rewards programs and a sampler box program!

The New “Portraits of Animals”

January had originally been my deadline to have this website ready, but the holiday season doesn’t permit focus on too many things other than the holiday season, so I didn’t get too far. And then I ran off to Savannah to deliver a couple of kittens and visit family. But before I did I decided to stop building that site and decide which way to go: continue with the site or look for a template that better represented my work.

The new menu.

The new menu.

I found the perfect template, designed by an artist for artists. Next, I needed to find three or four days to set it up and get all the parts in there and start adding merchandise. Designing websites has always been a process of not only putting your visualization on a computer screen but also fixing all the little issues, bugs and conflicts that come up, and at this point in my life I like to stake out some time to just focus on it.

At left is what the new menu looks like, always accessible on the left, with drop-downs for extra pages to keep merchandise grouped and organized.

The site includes not only my feline inspirations but my nature and wildlife art as well. How wonderful it is to have it all in one place!

Below are some samples of what the merchandise looks like when you visit!

Handmade Feline-themed Gift Items from Portraits of Animals.

Handmade Feline-themed Gift Items from Portraits of Animals.

I love the way I can set up the galleries so that you can see a whole screen full of images and read the headlines, click on the item and read the details and order. Here is a sample section of animal sympathy cards.

The display of sympathy cards.

The display of sympathy cards.

And here is a detail page, what you see when you click on a product.

Detail page.

Detail page.

A signing bonus!

I like to thank each person who signs up for an account on Portraits of Animals. Each new member receives a thank-you gift not only as an honest thanks from me for signing up, but also so that you can see a sample of my art and the quality of my merchandise, even if you’ve been a customer already and purchased from me in other places.

You don’t need to purchase anything to get your thank you gift, you can just register an account and get your free print.

The thank you gifts always include matted digital prints of art and photos that I usually sell for between $20.00 and $40.00. The selection includes the current month’s featured artwork and several of the more popular images I sell. Sizes vary according to the size of the art itself—some of my more popular sketches are as small as 3″ x 5″—but they are always matted to fit a standard frame size so you can use a frame you have on hand or easily purchase one without the cost of custom framing. Below is the current selection of prints you can choose from. Visit Current New Member Gifts to read more about the size and matting for each print.

The current selection of new member gifts.

The current selection of new member gifts.

About that Sampler Box

November Feline Sampler Box Program from Portraits of Animals

November Feline Sampler Box Program from Portraits of Animals

I’m offering a sampler box with a single box or a three month box subscription which will include the following items:

  • a 5″ x 7″ or 8” x 10” print matted and ready to frame OR a small framed print, either an existing piece of artwork or a new one
  • an alternate print of any size, unmatted, different from the main print in media, style, subject, etc.
  • several greeting cards: a sympathy card, feline art card, feline photo card, non-feline greeting card and two or more note cards, current designs and new designs
  • a handmade or other gift item—a small keepsake box or a little art sampler book, a polymer clay or ceramic item, screen-printed dishtowel, tote bag, crocheted item or rubber stamp, new art paper, for instance—which is exclusive to box recipients and not shared with the public for a week or so after boxes are sent
  • the “boxes” are not boxes at all because they vary so much in content so they are carefully wrapped with wrapping paper made from my designs that you can reuse

These can be things your use for yourself or give as gifts or donation items to shelter or rescue or other fundraisers. Sometimes they’ll be little experiments and I’ll be asking for feedback. I’ll be happy that you get to see art you may have never noticed, and little handmade goods that work so much better in your hands than a photo on your computer.

You can order a single sampler box or a subscription of three boxes. Shipping within the US is included.

$25.00 for one box, value about $47.50

$75.00 for a three box subscription, value about $142.50

You can read more about the content in the gift boxes on the page on Portraits of Animals, and don’t forget to go and visit the rest of the site too! I add new items and post on the blog every day, and now that I have a comprehensive website I can spend much more time actually creating new things instead of maintaining four or five selling sites.

 

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© 2016 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “Custom Orders” for availability and terms.



Forget-me-nots, and a Spring-themed Greeting Card

photo of cat behind lace curtain with forget-me-nots

Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things

The forget-me-nots are beginning to bloom as they grow taller more quickly, an inch or two each day, in the pots in the windowbox under my dining room window. Each year when I transplant them from the yard and put the pots in place  I remember Sophie and this particular beautiful moment. I’ll always be happy I managed to catch it in a quick little snap on my first tiny digital camera as I left the house one evening in spring several years ago.

Sophie was in one of the windows when I left and when I returned in all seasons, and she always managed to use the curtains to dramatic advantage. This is one of my fondest memories of her, nestled in the creamy lace, and now that she is gone the forget-me-nots have a special meaning for me.

I knew I had to share this image and a greeting card was the most natural way, and also gives others a chance to use the many meanings in the image to send a message to others, of sympathy, friendship, special thoughts, a quick hello.

“Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things” greeting cards are 5″ x 7″, printed on 12 pt. card stock and include an opaque natural white envelope, packaged in a half dozen or full dozen. I print them blank inside for you to add your own message.

CUSTOM PRINTING THE INSIDE

While they are blank inside, you can customize the inside with your own message for an extra $2.50 per dozen; in fact, you can do this with any 5″ x 7″ card on my website. The customization can include a greeting, your name or your company logo. Minimum order for customization is four dozen.

OTHER MERCHANDISE WITH THIS IMAGE

I also offer these image as a framed print and a tote bag. You can find these in my shop on Etsy.

framed print of cat looking through lace curtain

Framed print, Sophie ...

cat behind curtan

"Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things"

 


Two Favorite Photos on Greeting Cards and More

photo of cat behind lace curtain with forget-me-nots

Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things

It’s been hard to narrow this category down to a set of designs, but here are two that are constant favorites! These cards are 5″ x 7″, printed on 12 or 14 pt. card stock and include a matching envelope. Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message.

Above, Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things for me. Sophie was always in one of the windows when I left and when I returned, and she always managed to use the curtains to dramatic advantage. This is one of my fondest memories of her, nestled in the creamy lace with the spring-blooming forget-me-nots in the windowbox.

black cat looking in mirror

God, I'm Cute

Jelly Bean is about as cute as cute can be and he knows how to use it. He loves the bathroom sink, and also spends time each day admiring himself. I honestly do carry a small digital, and sometimes the big one, around the house because I never know when a shot like this will come up. He still does this now and then, but catching the angle just right, with the light coming in the window—and not seeing me in the mirror—make it a rare opportunity.

You can purchase each of these cards individually or by the dozen in Notecards>Cats in my Portraits of Animals Online Marketplace. Cards are $1.50 each, or get a discount when you buy a dozen for $12.00. They also assort with other 5″ x 7″ cards to make up your dozen.

CUSTOM PRINTING THE INSIDE

And don’t forget, while they are blank inside, you can customize the inside with your own message for an extra $2.50 per dozen; in fact, you can do this with any 5″ x 7″ card on my website. The customization can include a greeting, your name or your company logo. Minimum order for customization is four dozen.

OTHER MERCHANDISE WITH THESE TWO IMAGES

I also offer these images as framed prints and printed on tote bags. You can find these in my shop on Etsy.

framed print of cat looking through lace curtain

Framed print, Sophie ...

framed print of black cat looking in mirror

Framed print of God, I'm Cute

cat behind curtan

"Sophie Keeps an Eye on Things"

black cat looking in mirror

"God, I'm Cute."

Everything here can also be found at my shop in Carnegie, in Carnegie Antiques at 423 West Main Street.

You can be sure I’ll be adding to this section regularly! In fact, you can help me decide which photos to use as cards by browsing my Photography Gallery under Animals>Cats, or browsing The Creative Cat for images and telling me which ones you would use as a greeting card. You’ll even find a gallery of “bathroom kitties” in my photo gallery, featuring those black cats and the wonderful mint green fixtures.


“Feline Sketches” Note Cards, Writing Paper and Memo Pads

Feline Sketches note cards header

My ever-inspiring family of felines causes me to carry both my camera and a sketch pad around the house. Quick, simple pencil sketches catch them hanging around the house and are my favorite warm-up to creating larger pieces of artwork.

in the box pencil sketchWhile I could live three lifetimes and never be finished with the images I can create from my group, friends also give me photos that are too good to pass up.
Pencil can be challenging to reproduce, and I’m happy to include a series in addition to my pen and ink and my full-color fine art notecards series.

Below, a sample notecard, notepaper and memo pad. These are not in proportion to each other—please read the descriptions below for exact sizes.

Conversation With a Daisy

Who knows? Maybe Namir really was sharing secrets with the daisy.

Conversation With a Daisy notecard
Note Card 4.25″ x 5.5″
Conversation With a Daisy Writing Paper
Writing Paper 5.5″ x 8.5″
Conversation With a Daisy Memo Pad
Memo Pad3.5″ x 8.5″

Images of my cats

conversation with a daisy pencil sketch
Conversation with a Daisy
Who knows? Maybe Namir really was sharing secrets with the daisy.


in the  box pencil sketch
In the Box
As soon as I set the empty box on the table, Sophie hopped into it and made it her permanent observation post, even though she didn’t really fit into it.



Moses in the Sun
Shy Moses loved nothing more than a spot of sun on the floor.



Pawse
Moses pauses to sleep on the bed with her paws all disorganized.


Sleeping Beauty
My first successful sketch inspired by my beautiful Sally.



Stripes
Stanley shows off his “racing stripes”.


Images of others’ fine felines


Don’t Wake Me Up
Cats are professional nappers, and should not be disturbed when engaged in their daily work.


In the Bag
Cheap entertainment for you and your cat.


Ready for Play
Who can resist the big-eared kitten with the wild-eyed look?

All products are printed in soy-based ink on 25% cotton fiber stock with a 35% recycled content. In addition, the paper was manufactured in the USA using windpower using no bleach from trees in a managed woodlot. Cards are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ with matching envelopes.

They are available in packs of 12 as described below. Packs or boxes of individual images or different combinations are available on request.

Writing Paper and Memo Pads

I also offer these images on 5.5″ x 8.5″ writing paper with second sheets matching envelopes and on 2.75″ x 8.5″ memo pads.

  1. twelve sheets of writing paper, twelve sheets of blank sheets, twelve envelopes in a clear, resealable plastic sleeve
  2. memo pads with 25 sheets

Ordering Information
NOTECARDS

Pack of 12 Note Cards, all “My Cats”
Pack contains two each of the six designs under “my cats”, above, $8.00 per package.

Pack of 12 Note Cards, all “Other Fine Felines”
Pack contains four each of the three designs under “other fine felines”, above, $8.00 per package.

Pack of 12 Note Cards, one design
Choose your design, $8.00 per package.

WRITING PAPER

Pack of 12 Writing Paper, one design from “My Cats”
Pack contains twelve each of one design under “my cats”, above, twelve blank second sheets and twelve matching envelopes, $11.50 per package.

Pack of 12 Writing Paper, assortment from “My Cats”
Pack contains two sheets of each design under “my cats”, above, twelve blank second sheets and twelve matching envelopes, $11.50 per package.

MEMO PADS

25-sheet memo pad, 2.75″ x 8.5″, any design
Each memo pad has a small version of one of the designs at the top or bottom of the sheet, $3.50 each.]

To see larger images and to order, please visit my Online Marketplace.


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