This set of note cards was recently featured in an Etsy Treasury, “Summer Pets”.
This was my first full-color set of cards, made from those first four paintings of Stanley, Moses, Sally and Cookie that changed the course of my art career. Each time I looked at these paintings in my home I could just picture them as note cards.
In 1997, in the days before digital printing, I finally got the process started and spoke to one of the printers I worked with now and then through my employer, discussing size, paper stock and file preparation, choosing an A-6 and a satin-finish ivory cover stock. I’d been a graphic designer for years at my day job and had also freelanced for years at home and had my own computer, so I set about preparing my files.
Scanning my own artwork I set up the cards with the image in the center surrounded by a series of lines in tones that matched the painting, much as a French mat would be. It’s a very old-fashioned style of design, but I wanted the cards to look old-fashioned, like cards I remembered as a child.
Bright sunshine on anything will inspire me, especially when it’s illuminating one of my cats…and so I’d like to share that inspiration with other feline fans. These four designs are printed from my original artwork, each of them cats who’ve shared my life past and present.
After Dinner Nap
Stanley didn’t have many relaxed moments during the day, but one of them was always a spot of sun right after dinner and a nice bath. Rather than disturb him by trying to share in his contentment and fussing over him, I chose to render the warmth of the sun on his side and the depth of the early evening shadows all around.
A Warm Bath
My white cat was endlessly inspiring to me, and I would need two lifetimes to recreate all the images of her that I have photographed and saw every day. With all that lustrous long white fur, Sally’s baths are quite a production, but each bath is like a graceful dance, especially when taken in the morning sun.
A Rosy Glow
She found a warm spot to sleep in the sun on that old pink sweater of mine, and the look of contentment on her face was my first inspiration, especially since Miss Moses (we all thought she was a boy) had been a feral kitten and all her life hesitated to walk across the center of any room, finding security in keeping close to the furniture. But there she is in the middle of the room looking rather smug—I can almost hear her purr.
The Little Sunflower
Real sunworshippers, all of my cats wait for the sun to enter the house in the morning and take their appointed spots. The brilliance of that first light and its reflections around the room, plus the contrast of all the exaggerated straight-line shapes with the organic shape of little Cookie and her shadow inspired this one.
Cards include a border as shown, and are printed in full color on matte-finish ivory stock. They are blank inside, 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” and come with cream opaque square-flap envelopes.
They are available in packs of 12 with three cards in each of the four images or boxes of individual images. Different combinations are available on request. You can find these cards in my Marketplace, and also as a set in my Etsy shop.
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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 my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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