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New Painting: Witness Purrtection Program

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“Witness Purrtection Program,” pastel, 12 x 16, 2023 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

One of the times I went to Birgitta’s farm with a delivery of feral cats I took the reference photo for this painting. Of course I would photograph any cat I saw, and I love the chickens, so when I saw this group of chickens in the green green grass….hey, one of those things is not a chicken. I laughed that the cat was the same color as the chickens and immediately thought something about a “witness protection program.”

The April exhibit at the North Hills Art Center each year is Art for Animals, and this year it benefits Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary. I have plenty of new animal artwork already, but I decided I had to do a painting including farm animals. Oh, the sheep in their stalls, her little herd of goats, the chickens! But while I’m all about the dignity of sentient creatures and take their images seriously I remembered this photo and knew I had to paint it. Kitty has his back to us but his ears are turned our way. Did his cover somehow get blown? Should he hit the road?

But of course I had to put a “kitty word” in the title so it became “Witness Purrtection Program.”

It’s a pastel and I wanted to keep it loose and active, as if the breeze is rippling the grass and the chickens are moving. I framed it without a mat in a dark rough plank wood frame that coordinates with the old fence boards. I’m so happy with it.

I dropped it off at the art center today along with “Nikka’s Jupiter Ball” and “Big Blue.” You can read more about the show on Portraits of Animals.

Where to find “Witness Purrtection Program”

And this painting is also for sale—after the show—but prints and cards are available. I may feature it as a desktop calendar later this year. You can find the options on Portraits of Animals.

Hope you enjoy!

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