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Christmas Day Trail Sketches

sketch of trail and trees and overcast sky
charcoal sketch of path in woods

“Uphill Path”, charcoal pencils on 2-ply vellum bristol paper, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I like to capture whatever winter happens to be doing with a visit to the Panhandle Trail on Christmas Day, with photos of course, and also with sketches, and I captured three that I like.

Above is the first of a path I often walk up into the woods. It is steep, and actually continues up and up until it somewhat levels off, and in temperate times has a huge number of varied wildflowers, including the first trilliums of the year. We’d only had a dusting of snow but on this north facing side of the hill it was a little deeper and hadn’t melted. I like the look of rich black charcoal against pure white paper to capture a sense of the woods.

sketch of trail and trees and overcast sky

“Charcoal Dusk”, black and white charcoal on gray toned paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Above, the trail with a dusting of snow, the denseness of the trees along side and on a hill beyond, and the overcast sky. This is the first time I’ve used this toned paper while sketching, and it’s ideal for these winter types of sketches to start with a mid-tone.

The day began with a sunny morning but was so murky dark by the time I was ready to go in the early afternoon I held off until later. We did see some sun here and there, but I decided a late afternoon or even dusk visit would be good, and it was. It meant color was pretty much out of the question, not because there wasn’t any but because an overcast sky like that can really change the way my pastels look in the box and on paper. I did start one but decided to bring it home to finish, and will do others from photos—the clouds broke briefly just before sunset with lots of wispy color in the sky, awakening the cool blues and purples in the landscape, but the light changed so fast it was impossible to catch.

charcoal sketch of woods

“Ravine”, black and white charcoal on tan toned paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Above, a ravine with varied textures, and there happened to be a good bit of tan longer grass bend over under the snow.

See other original art and also original trail sketches here and here, my Christmas sketch from 2011.

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If you’d be interested in purchasing any of these sketches, please contact me.


Solstice

pastel painting of solstice

“Solstice”, pastel, 6″ x 6″ © B.E. Kazmarski

This painting is indeed from the Winter Solstice about a decade ago. As the sun began to set on a zero-degree day with a foot or more of snow the light was so beautiful that I took off in my car with my camera and art supplies. At the top of the hill the gentle pink and coral tones of the sunset melded with the blue of dusk on the field of unbroken snow at the old Christmas tree farm, one of my favorite spots. It was too cold to draw outside since I can’t wear gloves and would soon be dropping my pastels in the snow, so I positioned my car on a convenient side road and sketched this in my front seat. As it does sometimes, the sun seemed to hang in the trees just before it disappeared: solstice, “sun-stand-still”. It’s just a little thing, 6″ x 6″, one of my favorites, especially now that the place is gone to development. It became the inspiration for an exhibit I hosted in 2004, “Winter White”.

And this painting, which I’ve always loved so much, has a wonderful home with a friend who also loves it very much.

If you are interested in a print of this painting, please contact me.


Two Textures

clouds and snow
clouds and snow

Two Textures

Uncertain clouds, uncertain snow.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


A Shared Past

two bare trees in field by road
two bare trees in field by road

A Shared Past

Two ancient apple trees guard the entrance to a farm that no longer exists. What memories do those trees hold in all the years they’ve been welcoming visitors? And the land itself?

Another shot found in the moody light of a dark winter day after snowfall. Still glad I got lost chasing a tree on a hill.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Crystallized Pattern

snow on branches
snow on branches, black and white

Crystallized Pattern

Snow on pussy willow branches, early. Black and white, above, color, below.

snow on branches

Crystallized Pattern

Snow on pussy willow branches, early.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Snow, Overexposed

snow scene
snow scene

Snow, Overexposed

Letting my camera have a little fun.

I had left my camera on manual settings for low light, and when I began photographing the snow yesterday I still had those settings. The photos were mostly white with some specks of this or that and I was about to toss them, then decided to take a look at them on my computer. I increased the contrast, and this is what I got. I couldn’t have done this if I’d tried.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Snowfall

snow on trees
snow on trees

Snowfall

This morning’s snowfall, heavy, deep skies, almost monochromatic, and absolutely silent but for the kiss of snowflakes.

Never hit the brakes on a slushy icy road unless there’s something like this to hop out of the car to photograph. I took three photos in succession and let Photoshop stitch them together. This is not a black and white photo, nor is the color retouched except for a bit of brightening as my camera always shoots a little dark. I love the subtle color in the trees, and the warm gray sky and cool white snow. It’s a golf course, but who would know?

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Autumn Glow in Winter

snow on bright yellow leaves
snow on bright yellow leaves

Autumn Glow in Winter

The morning clouds began to break as the snow stopped in the morning and shone through the yellow leaves still left behind snow piled on branches and vines. I love this photo for the gentle colors and the contrasts it offers, warmly welcoming despite the cool violet snow, like a window in the night.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


First Snow

snow on pussy willow
snow on pussy willow

First Snow

As soon as it was light enough outside I opened a window and photographed the snow on the pussy willow, surprised to see how high it was piled on the narrow branch.

This view is a convenient and favorite view to photograph—I can get a good closeup and the snow really piles on the branches easily in this protected spot.

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Snow at Night

photo of snowy night
photo of snowy night

Snow at Night

I love to watch it snow at night; this is the view out of my back window that overlooks the few streets down to Main Street in Carnegie. My neighbor’s house with the light all ablaze makes it look like…it may be a painting someday.

I did paint this view on a very cold winter morning a couple of years ago…“Frosty Morning, Just Before Sunrise”

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For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. For photos of lots of black cats and other cats—and even some birds as I first published this post there—visit The Creative Cat.


Unconcerned

Snow falls on the catkins
Snow falls on the catkins

Unconcerned

I forgot to post yesterday’s snow photo! The catkins have finally begun to open, but the catkins do their thing even under the snow.


Reflections of Snowfall

snowy hillside reflected in creek.

Reflections of Snowfall

Trees and rocks and snow on a the steep banks of the creek; I only wish I’d had my better camera handy since the little one fails me except in bright sunlight.


Diamonds in Air

glittering powdery snow
glittering powdery snow

Diamonds in Air

When that fine powdery snow blows around in the wind on a cold morning so that the early golden sun highlights each tiny crystal it looks as if diamonds are floating around in the air, flashing as they turn and fly. I tried to capture it, some even have little rainbows; I think I’ll try my cross-screen filter next.


Carefully Balanced

snow balanced on twig
snow balanced on twig

Carefully Balanced

We had a lovely snow squall last night, big fluffy flakes swirling all around for about an hour, and in the dark, later, all was frosted in powdered sugar. This morning, all the snow still carefully balanced on every branch and twig, no matter how narrow. Here, just a few big snow clusters fell at the right angle to cling to this tiny twig, and then others fell atop, leaving lacy spaces in the miniature snowdrift on the twig. You can see one sparkling snow crystal facing the sun about the middle, and the rose of sharon seed pod is about one-half inch, to give it scale.


Surprise Snowfall

snow falling on branches
snow falling on branches

Surprise Snowfall

A little bit of a surprise snowfall began mid-afternoon today and fell heavily for about two hours; though it didn’t amount to too much, the big soft flakes falling straight and then at angles were lovely.


This Way and That Way

Tracks

Tracks

A thin layer of snow covers the ice in a barrel in my yard, birds walked all over it to explore.


Settling Into Evening

snow-covered houses at dusk
snow-covered houses at dusk

Settling Into Evening

Sunset fading orange casts a warm glow on snow-covered rooftops and streets; shadows tinge violet. Houses, mill and more houses march across the valley in courses, filling from one hill to the next.


Good Night Little Town

sunset over small town
sunset over small town

“Good Night Little Town”

Tonight’s sunset reminded me of this photo I took several years ago from a ridge above Carnegie PA. It’s one of my favorite places to observe the sunset or incoming storms, and the valley includes nearly all of Carnegie. In this view you can see the snow-covered rooftops of houses, businesses and industrial buildings with a slight violet glow and the winding course of Chartiers Creek reflecting the pale aqua of the sky as it meanders through town and the sun slowly sets on a bitter cold winter evening. Tonight’s sunset looked like this, even down to the snow on the rooftops, but I couldn’t get to this vantage point in time to get the photo. Still, I wanted to share this moment; I’ve never posted this image on Today before.

“Good Night Little Town” is one of 14 images of Carnegie PA in my exhibit, “Carnegie Painted”

 


A Straight Line

railroad tracks in the snow.
railroad tracks in the snow.

A Straight Line

Possibly a good way to begin the year, but virtually impossible for most of us.

But train tracks always fascinate me in their absolute perfection of line in this part of the country. This line variously clings to the side of a hill before running along the edge of a hill and crossing a number of tunnels and trestles. The topography is everywhere here—hills come in every shape and size, creeks and streams run down every hill and along the bottoms of hills, little back roads wind back and forth with creeks and yet the railroad lines predictably go in a straight line off to the horizon, aside from ones that make lovely gentle curves like another local line I photographed last week.

This line actually does go gently around a curve where it disappears in the distance.


Song Sparrow at Dusk

song sparrow on branch with snow.
song sparrow on branch with snow.

Song Sparrow at Dusk

A few birds always gather at dusk to find their last meal for the night, and there is always enough seed on the ground for them to feed, dangerous though it is. One little song sparrow balances on a branch near the ground to scout for the best spot before dropping down to eat. A male and female sparrow joined him in the gathering darkness.

I’ve always liked a song sparrow’s little round and striped body. Below is the same song sparrow in a view from the front.

song sparrow from the front

Song Sparrow


Around the Curve

train tracks rounding curves along a hillside
train tracks rounding curves along a hillside

Around the Curve

The single line of tracks follows the bends of Chartiers Creek and the heights of a natural highwall as it has for at least 100 years. Tracks, trees, dried plants, on an overcast day there are no shadows, only black and white, like an ink drawing.


Holiday Lights

photo of christmas lights in snowy pine
photo of christmas lights in snowy pine

Holiday Lights

Whatever holiday you celebrate, the return of the light is a part of it. Happy Holidays everyone!


Celebrating the Solstice

"Solstice", pastel, 6" x 6" © B.E. Kazmarski

“Solstice”, pastel, 6″ x 6″ © B.E. Kazmarski

This painting is indeed from the Winter Solstice about a decade ago. As the sun began to set on a zero-degree day with a foot or more of snow the light was so beautiful that I took off in my car with my camera and art supplies. At the top of the hill the gentle pink and coral tones of the sunset melded with the blue of dusk on the field of unbroken snow at the old Christmas tree farm, one of my favorite spots. It was too cold to draw outside since I can’t wear gloves and would soon be dropping my pastels in the snow, so I positioned my car on a convenient side road and sketched this in my front seat. As it does sometimes, the sun seemed to hang in the trees just before it disappeared: solstice, “sun-stand-still”. It’s just a little thing, 6″ x 6″, one of my favorites, especially now that the place is gone to development. It became the inspiration for an exhibit I hosted in 2004, “Winter White”.

And this painting, which I’ve always loved so much, has a wonderful home with a friend who also loves it very much.


Ridge:2011

ridge of snow on roof

Ridge

Last night’s wind and snow formed an interesting ridge on my neighbor’s roof, painted warm and cool on either side of the edge.

I miss my winter!