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“Green Apples” and “Squashes” Set of Prints

"Green Apples" and "Squashes", prints

“Green Apples” and “Squashes”, prints

I was new to oil pastel–before the “Green Apples” they felt like crayons and I never thought I’d get used to them, being so accustomed to chalk pastels. But it was the very differences that kept drawing me back–the brilliance of the colors, the quickness of a sketch, the ability to create “impasto”, or an actual thickness of the medium on the paper seen most often in oil paintings. My Granny Smiths were politely piled in their bowl, unaware that they were providing a great inspiration for me to do my first still life, and to do it in oil pastel as an experiment. I chose one of my favorite colorful 1940s cotton tablecloths featuring lemons and raspberries to drape over the little round table.

8x8 canvas prints

8×8 canvas prints

The original was purchased, and the woman who purchased it decided that she would like two paintings for the spot, identical in size, matting and framing and perhaps style. We discussed several subjects, but as the summer waned and she mentioned golds and earth tones, I knew it had to be squashes. One of my favorite vegetables to grow and to eat, they were just about ready to harvest, and their colors were perfect to create a piece to complement the Green Apples. She had incorporated a Jacquard pattern into some of the fabrics in her dining room, so I incorporated it into the background of the painting.

The originals were actually 12″ x 12″, but 8″ x 8″ is a nice size.

ABOUT THE PRINTS

These are signed digital prints or canvas prints of original oil pastel paintings at their original dimension, little square paintings.

I also sell these as individual prints, but this listing is for the set.

8×8 canvases are regularly $40 shipping included and I’m offering these $65.00 for the set shipping included.

8×8 digital prints are usually $22.50 each shipping included, but I’m offering these for $35.00 for both prints including shipping.

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding.

The side of the canvas.

The side of the canvas.

DIGITAL PRINTS

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.

The 5″ x 7″ and 8″ x 10″ digital prints are centered on 8.5″ x 11″ digital cover while the 11″ x 14″ has 1″ around the edges because the digital paper is 12″ wide. All are countersigned by me.

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. If possible, as in the case of these two paintings, I set them up so that the excess outside of the margins of the painting, which I cropped off to frame, are used to wrap around the back of the canvas so that the sides have the image as well.

WHERE TO FIND THESE PRINTS

I have sets of these prints available in my Etsy shop.

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“Two Cats After van Gogh” Prints on Paper and Canvas

oil pastel sketch of two cats

Two Cats After van Gogh, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

This art is “Two Cats After van Gogh”, 5″ x 6″ oil pastel on textured paper, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski, signed and dated 4/12/12.

After seeing the  “Van Gogh Up Close” exhibit I wanted to work the same energy and form I saw in his brush strokes choosing oil pastel to layer and blend the strokes. It’s Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine, just quietly hanging together on the landing, Giuseppe sitting upright, Sunshine loafing. Originally the sketch had only the two cats but I decided that if I was to truly create homage to van Gogh, I needed to have a background for these two to exist within, especially that lovely cerulean blue and turquoise van Gogh often used. I scraped my name into the oil pastel in the lower left as Vincent often did in his paint.

I am honored that this painting, and the series based on it, won the President’s Award in the Cat Writers’ Association 2013 Communications Contest.

SHIPPING

Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.

PRINTS

Note that prints are not the same dimensions as the original and may be cropped  on the top or sides to fit the dimensions of the print size.

GICLEE PRINTS

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

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.

The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges. The 5″ x 7″ and 8″ x 10″ digital prints are centered on 8.5″ x 11″ digital cover while the 11″ x 14″ has 1″ around the edges because the digital paper is 12″ wide. All are countersigned by me.

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 white on the sides.

FRAMED PRINT

This print is matted with a double mat 1.5″ wide, white on top with a rust underneath to match the outline of the two cats. The frame is a molded 1.25″ natural white flat painted wood. On this piece, the frame and mats may vary slightly since both the mat and frame are on the list to be discontinued, though that may take more than a year. The framed pieces will definitely resemble the one shown here.

framed print of oil pastel painting

Two Cats After van Gogh, framed digital print, 8″ x 10″ © B.E. Kazmarski

MOUSEPADS

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

mousepads with cats

“Two Cats After van Gogh” mousepad.

Stay tuned for other items with this image, like keepsake boxes, wood-mounted prints and coasters!

DAILY SKETCHES

I endeavor to do at least a small sketch each day as a warm-up to my aesthetic senses, so I have a small pouch of art materials and a few various sized sketchbooks available in the house and out. Usually, these are done in pencil, my first and favorite medium, though sometimes it’s charcoal, ink, colored pencil, ink and brush, whatever strikes my fancy at the moment, the greatest challenge to keep it quick and not get caught up in details, let the idea flow onto the paper.

Most often, the subjects are my cats because they are such willing models, though sometimes I’ll also wander afield, literally, and sketch in my yard or anywhere I go for errands. Medium and especially style vary just so I get a chance to do something new.

Every once in a while, they are meant for framing, and I’ve designed a series of notecards, notepaper and notepads using other daily sketches (see my notecards section). Often I use them as illustrations for graphics projects I’m designing.


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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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“Cats After van Gogh” Garden Flag Giveaway

cats after van gogh garden flag
“Cats After Van Gogh”

I’m so pleased this design won both a Muse Medallion and the President’s Award in the 2013 Cat Writers’ Association communications contest, and I want to share the design. Two lucky winners chosen in a random drawing of comments on this post will have the opportunity to fly this flag in their yard. Details are below.

A bit about the designs

When I first painted this I posted my impressions and reasons for the style I’d used in oil pastel:

I am channeling Vincent van Gogh tonight, trying to work the same energy and form I see in his brush strokes. I can layer with oil pastel, but can’t apply or build up the thickness of medium that can be accomplished with paint; this sketch is also quite small, about 6″ x 5″, so I can’t work all the little strokes in as I’d like, but perhaps I’ll actually try this on canvas at some point, and something a little bigger.

And the second one that’s on the other side of this flag, “In Window Light”:

Here Mimi lounges in the light from the window, slipping in under the mini blind. Who doesn’t know that posture of the vigilant kitty, not sleeping, just kind of hanging out and waiting for…well, humans tend to be pretty dull, but that gives kitties a lot of resting time. In the strength of the sun, all colors appear in her fur and on the old marble windowsill and the hot yellow sun outside the window, and I’ve no doubt Mimi enjoyed her nap.

Please visit the posts drawn from when I created this art and then expanded it into my April 2013 desktop calendar and also my June 2013 desktop calendar.

About the flags

These “garden flags” are digitally printed on both sides of a heavyweight, durable indoor/outdoor woven printable fabric, and I finish by adding the rod pocket. Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. This flag has a different design on each side, as shown.

I tested my original flags in my back yard for nearly a year before offering them—and that original flag is still hanging out there on my clothesline! Some colors are slightly faded on the side of the flag that’s faced the sun for this whole year, but the other side is fine. The flag and the bracket should last you many seasons.

For the giveaway

The giveaway starts November 7, 2013, and be finished at midnight PST on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Please click here to visit The Creative Cat for the rest of the details and to enter.

Buy one now!

Of course, if you can’t wait to have a garden flag, you can find the Cats After van Gogh garden flag in my Etsy shop or browse all the available garden flags.


black cat with garden flags.
Mimi is pretty pleased with her representation.

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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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January Jeraniums!

oil pastel painting of pink geraniums in vase

January Jeraniums 1, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

They are at it again! Every autumn I move my geraniums into the corner of my basement but also keep a few around the upstairs near sunny windows. After resting for a month or two, perhaps responding to the lengthening days, they always bloom in mid-January and February and their variety of pinks is always welcome at a time of year when flowers are in short supply. Winter, so far, has not been terribly cold but has been dark with more rain than snow, and I think it’s actually all the reflected light from snow that helps them to bloom as well, so this year’s blooms are nothing like the ones that inspired these paintings.

These are small original pastel paintings, one oil pastel and one chalk pastel, 4″ x 4″, 2002. (I know “geraniums” isn’t spelled with a “j”, I just like it that way for the alliteration.)

chalk pastel painting of pink geraniums in turquoise vase

January Jeraniums 2, chalk pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

I placed the flowers in the turquoise vase I keep in the kitchen, and on the gingham placemat it was all such a lovely combination that I brought out the drawing materials, creating one sketch in chalk pastel and one in oil pastel. I like to keep these little sketches small and quick; they liven my senses for color and design and give me a little break during the workday.

January Jeraniums 1, the oil pastel painting, carries the bolder versions of the color scheme. January Jeraniums 2, the chalk pastel painting, carries the bolder versions of the color scheme. It was interesting for me to see the two variations build themselves through the materials, right under my hands, in a matter of minutes. They are the same subject, but very different.

two framed pastel paintings of pink geraniums

January Jeraniums, set

Find these paintings on Etsy.

January Jeraniums, framed set, $75.00 plus shipping.

January Jeraniums 1, framed original, $45.00 plus shipping.

January Jeraniums 2, framed original, $45.00 plus shipping.


January Jeraniums!

two framed pastel paintings of pink geraniums

January Jeraniums, set

Every autumn I move my geraniums into the corner of my basement. After resting for a month or two, perhaps responding to the lengthening days, they always bloom in mid-January and their variety of pinks is always welcome at a time of year when flowers are in short supply.

oil pastel painting of pink geraniums in vase

January Jeraniums 1, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

I placed the flowers in the turquoise vase I keep in the kitchen, and on the gingham placemat it was all such a lovely combination that I brought out the drawing materials, creating one sketch in chalk pastel and one in oil pastel. I like to keep these quick little sketches small and quick; they liven my senses for color and design and give me a little break during the workday.

These are small original pastel paintings, one oil pastel and one chalk pastel, 4″ x 4″, 2002. (I know “geraniums” isn’t spelled with a “j”, I just like it that way for the alliteration.)

chalk pastel painting of pink geraniums in turquoise vase

January Jeraniums 2, chalk pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

January Jeraniums 1, the oil pastel painting, carries the bolder versions of the color scheme. January Jeraniums 2, the chalk pastel painting, carries the bolder versions of the color scheme. It was interesting for me to see the two variations build themselves through the materials, right under my hands, in a matter of minutes. They are the same subject, but very different.

Find these paintings on Etsy.

January Jeraniums, framed set, $75.00 plus shipping.

January Jeraniums 1, framed original, $45.00 plus shipping.

January Jeraniums 2, framed original, $45.00 plus shipping.


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