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“Deptford Pink”, Photograph

Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink

I also included many of my favorite wildflower photos in this year’s exhibit on the Panhandle Trail. This photo of a Deptford Pink was included in “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow: Seasons of the Panhandle Trail 2015”.

Taken from my photo gallery, “Panhandle Trail, McDonald to Walker’s Mill, Mid-June 2009“, this Deptford Pink is tiny but vibrant enough to stand out in a field of wildflowers and was included in my exhibit, “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow: Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail 2015”. The colors will cheer you in any season.

This print is available in such a variety of styles and sizes I only have the image for display. The white signature you see will not appear on any prints purchased. I sign each print by hand.

FRAMED PRINTS

The photo is matted with Arctic White acid-free mat and a solid wood white frame. Frames may vary in style and finish, but are always about 1″ wide. Framed prints are signed on the photo and on the mat.

Other custom framing options are also available for a special quote. Please ask if you’d like another option.

PHOTO PRINTS

Prints are made on acid-free gloss photo paper using archival digital inks. I usually leave an inch or two of white around the print for easier frame fitting. All prints are countersigned by me.

Larger sizes are available than what I have listed, so please ask if you want a special size.

CANVAS PRINTS

I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered here because customers often want a custom size. 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 is wraps around the sides.

MOUSEPADS

Mousepads are 8″ x 7″, always horizontal, 1/4″ black foam rubber with the image printed on a flexible fabric on top.

Shipping cost is included.  You can find the photo in my Etsy shop.

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The Splendor of Autumn, Original Art and Prints

peppers by bernadette e. kazmarski
autumn wildflower harvest by bernadette e kazmarski
autumn in the valley by bernadette e. kazmarski

The Studio of
Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The Splendor of Autumn

Original Art and Prints

market flowers by bernadette e. kazmarski
birches 1: autumn showers by bernadette e. kazmarski
Squashes by Bernadette E. Kazmarski
birches 2: radiance by bernadette e. kazmarski
backyard birds holiday card set by bernadette e kazmarski
Autumn has arrived in the angle and color of sunlight, leaves beginning to change from green to their autumn brilliance, geese flying south and my bird feeders mobbed by birds on some days, and cooler days and nights. I’m offering a special discount until the last day of autumn, December 20, 2014, on all autumn-themed artwork in my Etsy shop: 25% off anything in my Landscapes and Still Lifes Gallery. Just use the code “AUTUMN25” for your special discount.Just as I have galleries of summer and winter artwork, so do I have a gallery of autumn artwork. Just a few are featured here but you can view and read about others in my Etsy gallery. As much of autumn artwork has to do with trees doing their autumn thing, and Western Pennsylvania is largely tree covered, I’ve had a lot of material to work with through the years. Some were painted en plein air, some were studio pieces.Click on any of the images in this newsletter, top, sidebar, text area or bottom, to find out more about it.

pastel painting of autumn trailThis year I’m adding a new image to my autumn gallery, “Colorful Autumn Trail”, which I featured in my exhibit on the Panhandle Trail, “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow”. I am happy to say I sold the original during the event, but I have archival-quality digital prints of this piece, and can easily have gicleé prints and canvas prints made.

As a new way to present prints of my artwork. you’ll find many are gallery-wrapped canvas prints, including “Main Street at Twilight”, at the top. That’s not the only photograph in this collection, as I’m also offering the ever-popular “Market Flowers” and “Fresh Peppers”.

I’m also offering several popular paintings as canvas prints: “Birches 1: Autumn Showers” and  “Birches 2: Radiance”, and “Autumn in the Valley” and “Dusk in the Woods”. Each of these is 16″ x 20″ and would make wonderful sets of two or even four. They can hang unframed, just as they are, or they can easily slip into a standard frame size with no need for glass or mat. Please ask about framing options.

I’m offering a special discount until the last day of autumn, December 20, 2014, on all autumn-themed artwork in my Etsy shop: 25% off anything in my Landscapes and Still Lifes Gallery. In fact, it’s actually good for any landscape at all in my Etsy shop! Just use the code “AUTUMN25” for your special discount.

. . . . . . .
I also have a selection of sets of holiday cards featuring scenes from nature in photos and art:
“Backyard Bird Paintings”“Cardinals on a Snowy Day”“Unexpected Berries”“Winter Walks”“Winter Beauty Paintings”
Browse my full selection of Holiday Cards.
. . . . . . .
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The Splendor of Autumn, Original Art and Prints

main street at twilight by bernadette e. kazmarski
peppers by bernadette e. kazmarski
autumn wildflower harvest by bernadette e kazmarski
autumn in the valley by bernadette e. kazmarski

The Studio of
Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The Splendor of Autumn

Original Art and Prints

market flowers by bernadette e. kazmarski
birches 1: autumn showers by bernadette e. kazmarski
Squashes by Bernadette E. Kazmarski
birches 2: radiance by bernadette e. kazmarski
backyard birds holiday card set by bernadette e kazmarski
Autumn has arrived in the angle and color of sunlight, leaves beginning to change from green to their autumn brilliance, geese flying south and my bird feeders mobbed by birds on some days, and cooler days and nights. I’m offering a special discount until the last day of autumn, December 20, 2014, on all autumn-themed artwork in my Etsy shop: 25% off anything in my Landscapes and Still Lifes Gallery. Just use the code “AUTUMN25” for your special discount.Just as I have galleries of summer and winter artwork, so do I have a gallery of autumn artwork. Just a few are featured here but you can view and read about others in my Etsy gallery. As much of autumn artwork has to do with trees doing their autumn thing, and Western Pennsylvania is largely tree covered, I’ve had a lot of material to work with through the years. Some were painted en plein air, some were studio pieces.

Click on any of the images in this newsletter, top, sidebar, text area or bottom, to find out more about it.

pastel painting of autumn trailThis year I’m adding a new image to my autumn gallery, “Colorful Autumn Trail”, which I featured in my exhibit on the Panhandle Trail, “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow”. I am happy to say I sold the original during the event, but I have archival-quality digital prints of this piece, and can easily have gicleé prints and canvas prints made.

As a new way to present prints of my artwork. you’ll find many are gallery-wrapped canvas prints, including “Main Street at Twilight”, at the top. That’s not the only photograph in this collection, as I’m also offering the ever-popular “Market Flowers” and “Fresh Peppers”.

I’m also offering several popular paintings as canvas prints: “Birches 1: Autumn Showers” and  “Birches 2: Radiance”, and “Autumn in the Valley” and “Dusk in the Woods”. Each of these is 16″ x 20″ and would make wonderful sets of two or even four. They can hang unframed, just as they are, or they can easily slip into a standard frame size with no need for glass or mat. Please ask about framing options.

I’m offering a special discount until the last day of autumn, December 20, 2014, on all autumn-themed artwork in my Etsy shop: 25% off anything in my Landscapes and Still Lifes Gallery. Just use the code “AUTUMN25” for your special discount.

. . . . . . .
I also have a selection of sets of holiday cards featuring scenes from nature in photos and art:
“Backyard Bird Paintings”“Cardinals on a Snowy Day”“Unexpected Berries”“Winter Walks”“Winter Beauty Paintings”
Browse my full selection of Holiday Cards.
. . . . . . .
Thank you for browsing my artwork in this e-newsletter. If you’d like to share this with a friend, please use the “Forward to a Fried” link below and this will ensure the e-mail and its contents compose correctly when forwarded, and if you’ve received this from a friend and want to receive my studio e-newsletters on a regular basis, use the “subscription preferences” below to sign up. As always, if you are no longer interested in receiving these e-mails, use the subscription preferences below to remove your e-mail from the list.
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The Aster Washcloth, Inspired by My Favorite Autumn Wildflower

photo of asters

Wild Autumn Asters

My favorite autumn flower is not a domesticated variety but is the wild aster that blooms wherever it can grow.

My set of summer flower-themed crocheted cotton washcloths was inspired by garden flowers as they bloomed in my back yard, but as summer wore on the wild asters began to bloom in the woods and fields as well as around the edges of my garden, where I let them grow for the birds and other wildlife who visit.

three crocheted cotton aster washcloths

Set of three aster washcloths.

The inspiration

The slender blue rays surrounding the tiny yellow center make it seem delicate yet it grows in intense heat and drought in late summer to bloom undiminished all through autumn. The seeds provide forage for migrating birds and the stems a convenient place to perch even in winter. Of course, they also bloom in shades tending toward purple and pink and snowy and creamy white as well, but the blue is my favorite.

And there are hybrid varieties of asters which have long been garden favorites. These flowers inspired the familiar patterns which are the first and the simplest flower I remember embroidering on tablecloths, napkins, pillowcases and doilies, as well as the flower found on vintage china and other tableware, and I’m a sucker for this as well.

Working out the design

photo of crocheted cotton aster washcloth

Crocheted Cotton Washcloth, Aster

As I worked out the design, I wanted to maintain the look of the rays and the detailed of serrated edge around the outside of the flower and the tiny yellow center, its overall delicacy and its sense of floating above its leaves, while producing a cloth that was functional as well as easy enough to make in an amount of time that would justify its cost. The colors had to be from easily obtainable off-the-shelf cotton yarns so that there would be no delays in ordering materials at any time.

That’s a tall order for a washcloth! Each of my designs fit these criteria, as did the aster, though I created a few versions that had far too much yarn involved or had such complicated stitches around the edge that they took forever. I also had a raised center as the aster flower has raised stamens in its center, but that felt awkward and took too long to dry. Finally, I put it to the test in both the bath and the kitchen to make sure the yarns were colorfast, that it performed its task of washing and also dried quickly enough that it wouldn’t grow mildew, a caution with using cotton yarns for products like these, and that it could be washed and dried in the dryer without losing its shape or shrinking. In the end, I was pleased with the design and glad to add my favorite blue flower to the set.

A wash cloth, a dish cloth, a hand towel, a doily…

This washcloth averages 9″ in diameter, though like most handmade items they vary up to 1/4″. In addition to their obvious use as a washcloth or dishcloth, I have a friend who uses these as small hand towels in the bathroom because they are absorbent and large enough to dry your hands after washing.

They can also be used as doilies for decoration or to protect a table top from scratches, and are even thick enough to be used as a hot pad. It’s not useful as a potholder, though, in part because the stitch is more open than a potholder generally is to allow for easy drying time.

set of aster washcloths with soap

Gift Set of Aster Washcloths

Ordering

I offer these in my Etsy shop as singles for $7.50 each and sets of three for $20.00. I also have gift sets consisting of two aster washcloths and a bar of vegetable oil and goats milk Lavender handmade soap, packed in a straw basket with green shredded packing tied with a white ribbon, all for $20.00, pictured at left. Each washcloth or set includes a decorative card including information and care instructions.

I also offer a discount on the purchase of two for $14.00 and three for $20.00, and you can mix and match the aster with other designs, but these are too numerous to list as products on Etsy. If you’d like a custom set, just send me an e-mail or a conversation on Etsy.

set of five flower washcloths

Set of all five cloths.

Other flower patterns

Inspired by the flowers in my garden as they bloom from spring through autumn, I designed these crocheted washcloths to brighten up your bath or kitchen or anywhere in your house.

red rose washcloth

The Red Rose Washcloth

The first was the rose, which I have always loved to draw and paint, and as I watched my roses bloom I envisioned how I would interpret the furled petals swirling out from the center in a crochet pattern, deciding to make it as a cotton washcloth. Then my daisies bloomed and as I worked out that pattern the idea was born for a set of washcloths of all my favorite flowers!

Crocheted washcloth collection

The Garden Collection of crocheted washcloths.

The full set consists of a rose, daisy, sunflower, red poppy and aster. The main rose is red, but I’ve also crocheted the rose in pink, white, yellow, lavender, burgundy, variegated…all my favorite rose colors, and you can see what’s available on Etsy as well. See the full set and the individual cloths on Etsy.

I wanted the patterns to be relatively simple, both easy to make and easy to enjoy, no more than two colors, and in simple stitches that would be practical for their intended use, easy to handle and drying relatively quickly. They can also be used as hot plates, doilies or just for decoration!

Each cloth is between 8″ and 10″ in diameter and is made of yarn-dyed cotton. I’m selling them as a set of five and also individually and in sets of two and three of each pattern.


Crocheted Washcloths are a Hit on Etsy!

Crocheted washcloth collection

The Garden Collection of crocheted washcloths.

Two of my flower-themed crochet washcloths are featured in collections on Etsy:

Thanks to both of you!

Inspired by the flowers in my garden as they bloom from spring through autumn, I designed these crocheted washcloths to brighten up your bath or kitchen.

As I watched my roses bloom I envisioned how I would interpret the furled petals swirling out from the center in a crochet pattern, deciding to make it as a cotton washcloth. Then my daisies bloomed and as I worked out that pattern the idea was born for a set of washcloths of all my favorite flowers!

The full set consists of a rose, daisy, sunflower, red poppy and aster. See the full set and the individual cloths on Etsy.

I wanted the patterns to be relatively simple, both easy to make and easy to enjoy, no more than two colors, and in simple stitches that would be practical for their intended use, easy to handle and drying relatively quickly. They can also be used as hot plates, doilies or just for decoration!

Each cloth is between 8″ and 10″ in diameter and is made of yarn-dyed cotton. I’m selling them as a set of five and also individually and in sets of two and three of each pattern.

I’m so pleased with my latest offerings, the tote bags, gift bags and crocheted washcloths. Along with my block prints and small framed prints they really represent more of what I create.

If items are offered as sets, such as the crocheted pawprint or flower washcloths, or the gift bags, I can fill a custom set if you contact me and describe what you’d like.


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