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Marketplace: 25% Off Select Original Artwork

Sunbath, framed.
Sunbath original artwork, framed.

I celebrated the new year with a new painting of Hamlet and Mariposa as well as a new Nature & Wildlife painting and lots of new plans. How about you?

One of my new plans was for lots more artwork and more exhibits, and another was to change how I presented the artwork and offered discounts to make browsing easier, and to not conflict with the art exhibits and vendor shows I attend through the year. I spent some time photographing each painting in its frame so you can see what the finished piece looks like.

Purchasing originals

Why spend extra money on an original when a print looks nice enough? Looking at the original artwork that was done by hand is very different from looking at a print. I’m careful with preparing my images for prints and they are faithful reproductions, but the original always has more depth and dimension, even though it’s a two-dimensional work. You get a piece of my inspiration when you get an original painting, one of the moments I stood on the landing and sketched Giuseppe and Jelly Bean on the bed, or when I watched the snow on the trail and tried to capture the feeling of a quiet, heavy snowfall.

Original art is a very special gift to give as well, and maybe someday they’ll even be considered an investment.


A selection of framed original artwork 25% off

Six original artwork paintings and five block prints are discounted 25% with discount code ORIGINALART25 through February 28, 2023.

Since I’ve not only been participating in vendor events but also in art exhibits my original art is often tied up in those events and I can’t offer general discounts. Works entered in exhibits nearly always have to be for sale, and shows may last for weeks or months. So I’ll occasionally be offering a limited selection of works with a discount to make sure I’m not trying to make my art be in two or three places at once!

Click each image below to visit the post and read more about the painting.


Sunbath, framed.
Sunbath, framed.

Scroll down for more information between each image.

Some of these images are blurry because it’s phenomenally difficult to photograph through glass! When you click on the image here the post you’ll go to has clear images of the painting without a frame.

Mimi's Little Visitor, framed.
Mimi’s Little Visitor, framed.

My original art can be hard to find, and sometimes that’s what people come here to look for. So once or twice a year I offer a discount on a selection of original artwork, be that seasonal or themed in some way.

Warm Winter Sun, framed.
Warm Winter Sun, framed.

I don’t always frame artwork right away because I don’t have a lot of wall space to hang it or even a lot of storage space where it can be kept from damage; keeping the artwork safe while I wait for a reason to frame it—an exhibit or a sale—is much easier and safer.

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, framed.
Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, framed.

But I’ve been participating in art exhibits for the past couple of years, for the first time in almost a decade, and that’s always a good reason to frame artwork right away. Paintings are often purchased from the exhibits, and sometimes they come home and then go right back out to another exhibit so not as much worry about storage.

Mimi in the Formal Garden, framed.
Mimi in the Formal Garden, framed.

So I have much more framed artwork on hand and now, during the slower time of the year for exhibits, I think it’s a great opportunity to offer it with a discount. That’s one of the reasons I’m limiting the sale to February 28—I have exhibits already in February and March, and vendor shows and other exhibits coming up through the year.

It’s awkward to put a piece in a show and have someone purchase it from my website. Shows may last three weeks or three months and most often the work has to be for sale. If it’s at a show but someone wants to buy it from my website, I can’t guarantee it’s coming back.

All my feline block prints are included too.

And because I’ve been able to photograph nearly all the originals in their frames at these events I can add that to the galleries so you can see what the finished piece will look like, which I haven’t been able to do before.

A. Framed, double matted, tinted print (as shown), 16 x 20
A. Framed, double matted, tinted print (as shown), 16 x 20

I have a few last prints of Awakening and The Goddess and The Roundest Eyes from last year’s printing so I’ll need to print more before long. I like to clear last year’s prints before I start new ones.

A. Framed, double matted, tinted print (as shown), 16 x 20
A. Framed, double matted, tinted print (as shown), 16 x 20

I keep a few to use in other ways than framing, like decorative trays and mounting them on wood blocks. So the framed prints I have in stock are discounted.

"Tortie Girls" set of matted and framed block prints.
“Tortie Girls” set of matted and framed block prints.

I have a few extras of Kelly’s Morning Bath on some lovely handmade papers as well.

Framed with greens and tans.
Framed with greens and tans.


And also Nature & Wildlife Artwork

Avoiding the Photographer, watercolor, 12 x 18 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Avoiding the Photographer, watercolor, 12 x 18 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I offered the same deal to my Nature & Wildlife followers and I know many people who follow The Creative Cat are also interested in those subjects. Here is a link to my Nature & Wildlife Artwork so you can browse those too if are interested.

I forgot to photograph “Avoiding the Photographer” after I framed it! This one went off to a show this weekend so I have to put it on hold, but if no one purchases it in the exhibit, it’s coming back home with me.

Purchasing and shipping artwork

These paintings framed and I have packaging on hand for shipping, so it’s really efficient all around. You can take advantage of the 25% discount by using the code ORIGINALART25 through February 28, 2023, good on the paintings on this page and on the linked page. If one sells, I’ll remove it from either of the pages.

Shipping, handling and taxes are included in the price. Shipping costs vary between $25 and $50 depending on the size of the painting. If you are local and want to pick up your purchase, please let me know and I’ll give you a discount code to subtract the shipping from the cost of the artwork, or I will refund it to you later.


Mimi sleeping in a box of pastels.

Mimi sleeping in a box of pastels.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop” .

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

Find out about events and festivals where you can find me and my work.

Sign up for my e-newsletter (below), check the widget on the sidebar on my home page, or sign up to receive posts on Portraits of Animals Marketplace. I plan on plenty of events this coming summer in the Pittsburgh area.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!

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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals 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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