Commissioned Portrait: Four Kitties Watching Mom

Four Kitties Supervising Mom, 15" x 11", watercolor, 2011 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.
Four Kitties Supervising Mom, 15″ x 11″, watercolor, 2011 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.

These four rescued kitties are supervising their mom working out in the yard! From the left they are Gizmo, Twinkie, Stewart and Elsie, four lucky kitties rescued by people who were working on TNR and found homes for the friendly kitties. The woman’s husband had purchased a gift certificate so that she could choose the portrait she wanted, and she had the idea and lots of photos when I went to visit. Among other ideas, she had a photo from a previous year in which Twinkie and Stewart really were watching her out that window. The little windowbox was full of red tuberous begonias and the casements were open, kitties were enjoying the sun.

The actual photo.

I knew this would be beautiful. Cats and flowers, and looking out a window, what could be better?

Initially, I was to add Gizmo, the third cat in the household then, so I took a few more photos of the cats and of the window with red dahlias that spring so I’d have enough to work with. One thing about cats on the inside of the window is that the screen darkens things and sometimes creates a pattern, the sun sometimes flashes on the screen, and the lights and darks need to be evened out. The window positions just weren’t nice in the initial composite, and worked better in the second. But there was too much window and not enough cats and flowers, so I cropped it down to just the important parts. The dahlias were a little skimpy since I’d taken the photo in May. But still we had some work to do before we had a composition we liked.

But then another thing happened. These people were avid golfers, and the golf course they used had a number of kitties running around. That’s where they’d been busy TNRing the kitties, and finding homes for the friendly ones. Gizmo, Twinkie and Stewart had come from there. When I had visited her she had mentioned a young cat, really an older kitten, who was very friendly and who she was considering adding to her feline household. Elsie joined the household and that balanced the composition with two cats in each of the windows. I solved the flower problem by making them grow and fill the bottom of the image to over flowing, with lots of color, and cropped it down to just enough window, and lots of kitties.

It’s one of the things I love about what I do: meeting generous people who rescue cats, and it’s a real bonus when they love flowers and growing things, and art.

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I also feature artwork which has not been commissioned, especially my paintings of my own cats. If you’d like to read more about artwork as I develop it, about my current portraits and art assignments and even historic portraits and paintings, I feature commissioned portrait or other piece of artwork on Wednesday. Choose the categories featured artwork.

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Commissioned Cat Portraits

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Samantha, pastel, 1994 © B.E. Kazmarski
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Sophie and Ellie, pastel, 2009 © B.E. Kazmarski
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After Dinner Nap, pastel, 1996 © B.E. Kazmarski

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I offer gift certificates for portraits in any denomination beginning at $50.00, which is the basic cost of a small monochromatic portrait.

The certificate itself is 8.5″ x 11″ and features a collage of portrait images with the recipient’s and giver’s names, printed on parchment cover stock. The whole thing is packaged in a pocket folder and includes a brochure, a letter from me to the recipient and several business cards.The certificate package can be easily mailed or wrapped as a gift and shipped directly to your recipient.

I can also make it downloadable if you’re in a hurry.

Certificates are good for up to one year after issue.

You can purchase gift certificates here or from Portraits of Animals if you are also purchasing other animal-inspired merchandise.

I prefer to look over the work and price the portrait according to how much work will go into it, as described above, but you can either set a budget or get started by purchasing a certificate for yourself or as a gift.

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  • “Certificate A” is for a minimum-size 8 x 10 black and white or monochromatic portrait with one subject.
  • “Certificate B” is for a minimum-size 8 x 10 color portrait with one subject.
  • Choose “A” or “B” depending on whether your portrait is black and white or color.
  • If your portrait will be larger or have more subjects, add $50 or $100 or more to your certificate value with the drop-down below.


  • Size: 8 x 10
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  • Color: black and white media such as charcoal, pencil, ink, or monochromatic media such as one color of pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, etc.
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  • Color: full color media such as pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, etc.
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You can use the second drop down to add $50.00 or $100.00. For amounts over this we’d probably have a conversation and I can set up a custom certificate for your purchase.

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Is there an animal lover on your list who has every cat or dog-themed t-shirt and handbag, and even their pets have every toy they can use for the rest of their natural lives? Consider a Commissioned Portrait Gift Certificate. Whether it’s for someone else or yourself, a custom portrait is different from a professional photograph because we can create the scene that you remember even if you never had the chance to photograph it. Your household of animal companions can be grouped in a natural setting even if their lives didn’t overlap. Purchase a certificate here or on Portraits of Animals.


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Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




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