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Misty River Morning, Original Watercolor

watercolor of bridge and city

It’s often misty along the rivers, and coming toward Pittsburgh from the west the early morning sun lights the mist with different tones, on this particular day it was pink and all else looked a dusky blue. I painted this watercolor in two colors, a pink wash in the background and the elements in cool Prussian Blue.

Pittsburgh’s skyline is so familiar to anyone who lives here, especially PPG Tower with its four modern glass spires at the corners, and you can also see the fountain at The Point, pale against the darker trees of Point State Park behind it, a little bit of Heinz Field and a tugboat plying its way down the still river creating just a bit of a wake, all seen through and around the arch of the West End Bridge.

I created this work for an exhibit I had in 2006 entitled 100 West Busway, featuring 125 thumbnail photos of Pittsburgh taken through the bus window on the round-trip journey from Carnegie and back on the 100 West Busway route, running from the south hills into downtown Pittsburgh, through the east end and Oakland and all the colleges and research centers, back into downtown and back to the suburbs.

From the 125 thumbnails I created a dozen works, each in a different medium, all framed with black wood frames and white mats. This is one of those pieces, and is actually one of the originals from the show.

This painting is 8″ x 11″ in a 14″ x 17″ raised-profile 1.25″ matte-finish black frame with a 3″ white mat, ready for hanging, available in my shop on Etsy in my gallery for Pittsburgh Art and Photos.


A Trip to the City, Original Pencil Drawing

amish couple drawn in pencil

While on a bus ride I saw this Amish couple who boarded and consulted with the bus driver, then sat down. I know I shouldn’t photograph them, but I knew I wanted to sketch them, all the anachronism of their clothing and the chrome of the bus, even the “No Smoking” sign above them, but in a monochromatic medium. Then I remembered the devoted expression on the man’s face as he gazed at the woman, she so practical in talking with the bus driver, and remembered they had boarded in front of one of the teaching hospitals in Oakland. I guess I’ll never know the story, but I wanted to keep the moment.

I love to work in pencil, it was my first and is my most familiar medium, one in which I can visualize the finished details and looked forward to the contrasts of their homespun clothing with the shiny rails of the bus.

I created this work for an exhibit I had in 2006 entitled 100 West Busway, featuring 125 thumbnail photos of Pittsburgh taken through the bus window on the round-trip journey from Carnegie and back on the 100 West Busway route, running from the south hills into downtown Pittsburgh, through the east end and Oakland and all the colleges and research centers, back into downtown and back to the suburbs.

From the 125 thumbnails I created a dozen works, each in a different medium, all framed with black wood frames and white mats. This is one of those pieces, and is actually one of the originals from the show.

This drawing is 9″ x 12″ in a 13″ x 16″ raised-profile 1.25″ matte-finish black frame with a 2″ white mat, ready for hanging, available in my shop on Etsy in my gallery for Pittsburgh Art and Photos.


Pennsylvania Station, Original Ink and Watercolor Drawing

a sketch of pennsylvania station in pittsburgh

I truly love older illustration styles, and this I initially saw on ceramic plates and tiles imported from Italy. It’s an ink sketch colorized with watercolor.

This was another image for “100 West Busway”, the remodeled and renewed Pennsylvania Station where trains had actually rolled into the roundhouse in front and turned around. A bustling place from the time trains ran through Pittsburgh, it fell into disrepair but its Victorian grandeur would not be hidden and it was turned into luxury condos upstairs and restaurants and services downstairs; the Amtrak station is in the bottom level, next to where the tracks run now.

I created this work for an exhibit I had in 2006 entitled 100 West Busway, featuring 125 thumbnail photos of Pittsburgh taken through the bus window on the round-trip journey from Carnegie and back on the 100 West Busway route, running from the south hills into downtown Pittsburgh, through the east end and Oakland and all the colleges and research centers, back into downtown and back to the suburbs.

From the 125 thumbnails I created a dozen works, each in a different medium, all framed with black wood frames and white mats. This is one of those pieces, and is actually one of the originals from the show.

This collage is 8″ x 10″ in a 14″ x 16″ raised-profile 1.25″ matte-finish black frame with a 3″ white mat, ready for hanging, available in my shop on Etsy in my gallery for Pittsburgh Art and Photos.


Pittsburgh’s Gateway Center, Original “Monochromatic Collage”

white collage

Pittsburgh's Gateway Center, Monochromatic Collage Original

And now for something completely different from yesterday (and the day before).

This is a medium and style I had enjoyed as sculptures and 3-D “drawings” in college which I called “monochromatic collage” wherein I build the image in 3-D using materials with texture and pattern to create the parts of the scene, though often the scene was totally abstract. I’d then paint it all over with, usually, white gesso, but often other colors of opaque matte-finish paint, always one solid color to really enhance the textures.

In this case, it was another image for “100 West Busway” This is Gateway Center, one of the first things you see as you come out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and cross the Fort Pitt Bridge. You see the two main hotels in downtown Pittsburgh in the backgound and in the foreground the trees of Point State Park surrounding the historic remains of Fort Pitt and the blockhouse as well as the Point and its fountain at the very spot the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio.

I created this work for an exhibit I had in 2006 entitled 100 West Busway, featuring 125 thumbnail photos of Pittsburgh taken through the bus window on the round-trip journey from Carnegie and back on the 100 West Busway route, running from the south hills into downtown Pittsburgh, through the east end and Oakland and all the colleges and research centers, back into downtown and back to the suburbs.

From the 125 thumbnails I created a dozen works, each in a different medium, all framed with black wood frames and white mats. This is one of those pieces, and is actually one of the originals from the show.

This collage is 8″ x 10″ in a 14″ x 16″ raised-profile 1.25″ matte-finish black frame with a e” white mat, ready for hanging, available in my shop on Etsy in my gallery for Pittsburgh Art and Photos.


Our Golden Gate, an Entrance to Pittsburgh

Entering Pittsburgh is lovely from any angle, especially at dusk when the buildings, bridges, rivers and sky hold so many colors. From almost any approach to Pittsburgh the city often seems to spring up out of nowhere, like magic, and I wanted to capture a bit of that magical feel in a photo of this entrance to the city, bridge, river and all.

This is the Fort Pitt Bridge catching the sunlight as the buildings are caught in shadow on a summer afternoon. I enhanced all the colors applied several different filters in PhotoShop until I had that magic combination of colors and patterns I desired.

I created this work for an exhibit I had in 2006 entitled 100 West Busway, featuring 125 thumbnail photos of Pittsburgh taken through the bus window on the round-trip journey from Carnegie and back on the 100 West Busway route, running from the south hills into downtown Pittsburgh, through the east end and Oakland and all the colleges and research centers, back into downtown and back to the suburbs.

From the 125 thumbnails I created a dozen works, each in a different medium, all framed with black wood frames and white mats. This is one of those pieces, and is actually one of the originals from the show. I’ll be posting others, both originals and prints in the next month or so.

This 14″ x 10″ luster-finish photo is framed in a 14″ x 18″ narrow-profile matte-finish black frame with a 2″ white mat, ready for hanging, available in my shop on Etsy in my gallery for Pittsburgh Art and Photos


South Side Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is an awesome city to photograph, and after I stopped in the South Side (Sah’Side) yesterday I remembered the day I took this photo, a bright overcast winter afternoon that flattened the depth of field but enhanced the brilliant colors on this block of buildings.

photo of south side pittsburgh

Sah'Side © B.E. Kazmarski

Sah’Side
If you know Pittsburgh, PA, you know that “SahSide” is how we pronounce “South Side” in Pittsburghese, and also that part of town is just as colorful as the photograph!

And if you don’t know Pittsburgh, this photo seems to remind many people of other favorite cities—Amsterdam and New Orleans are usually the first guess. Not surprising because Pittsburgh, especially this older area, was built by immigrants from Europe who brought the familiarity of their hometowns with them. It’s a view of an old-style city street rejuvenated with new coats of paint and lots to offer.

Do you miss Pittsburgh or know someone who does? Sending someone from Pittsburgh off to college soon? A small framed photo is a wonderful way for them to remember one of the details of the city you don’t often see otherwise.

It’s available as a 5″ x 7″ photo in an 8″ x 10″ frame, and as an 8″ x 10″ in an 11″ x 14″ frame. All photos are luster finish and the frames are a matte-finish black frame with a double linen-finish mats, white with black liner. They are easiest to order from my Etsy shop, or you can e-mail me with your request.


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