While you can see and purchase some of my feline art and images as I create them here, you can browse it all in one place on my e-commerce website, Portraits of Animals.
Portraits of Animals and Paths I Have Walked feature my latest fine artwork and photography, original art and prints, handmade creations, apparel, housewares, gift items, greeting card sets, books and calendars inspired by my household of felines and the beauty of nature.
In every moment of every day, everywhere I go, I see something extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. I am moved to share it by interpreting it in a medium that most clearly expresses my inspiration in that moment, be that medium visual or literary, 2D, 3D, poetry or prose or some combination thereof. I only hope to do honor to the moment and fill others with the same blush of joy I felt at first experiencing it. On this site I present the results of those efforts to interpret my inspirations—my cats, commissioned cats and dogs, wildlife, landscapes, flowers, waterscapes, just about anything that crosses my path.
I found the perfect template, designed by an artist for artists, so my “shop” looks like an art gallery, just the way I always wanted it. Because I have so many works and so many subjects and create new art and merchandise all the time, I carefully designed the structure and menus to guide you through or help you quickly find what you want to shop for.
In addition to my commissioned portraits and feline inspirations you can also find my inspirations in nature and wildlife and even urban settings, all in one place—paintings, sketches, photos and unique handmade and commercially produced goods featuring all those images.
I offer a choice of free gifts for those who register for an account on the site a Sampler Box Program to receive a variety of prints, cards and gift items so you can see things up close. Because I often write about animal rescues and fundraisers to help rescuers and rescue organizations, I included the opportunity to Donate for a Discount so that those who always give when I ask can receive a thank you from me and a discount to shop on my website.
Here is a little tour of what it looks like.
I love the way I can set up the galleries so that you can see a whole screen full of images and read the headlines, click on the item and read the details and order. Above is a sample of art papers on display and below is a sample section of animal sympathy cards.
And here is a detail page, what you see when you click on a product.
A signing bonus!
I like to thank each person who signs up for an account on Portraits of Animals. Each new member receives a thank-you gift not only as an honest thanks from me for signing up, but also so that you can see a sample of my art and the quality of my merchandise, even if you’ve been a customer already and purchased from me in other places.
You don’t need to purchase anything to get your thank you gift, you can just register an account and get your free gift.
The thank you gifts always include matted digital prints of art and photos that I usually sell for between $20.00 and $40.00. The selection includes the current month’s featured artwork and several of the more popular images I sell. Sizes vary according to the size of the art itself—some of my more popular sketches are as small as 3″ x 5″—but they are always matted to fit a standard frame size so you can use a frame you have on hand or easily purchase one without the cost of custom framing. Below is the current selection of prints you can choose from. Visit Current New Member Gifts to read more about the size and matting for each print.
About that Sampler Box
Each box will receive the following items in a design appropriate to the audience:
- a 5″ x 7″ or 8” x 10” print matted and ready to frame OR a small framed print, either an existing piece of artwork or a new one
- an alternate print of any size, unmatted, different from the main print in media, style, subject, etc.
- several greeting cards: a sympathy card, feline art card, feline photo card, non-feline greeting card and two or more note cards, current designs and new designs
- a handmade or other gift item—a small keepsake box or a little art sampler book, a polymer clay or ceramic item, screen-printed dishtowel, tote bag, crocheted item or rubber stamp, new art paper, for instance
- the “boxes” are not boxes at all because they vary so much in content so they are carefully wrapped with wrapping paper made from my designs that you can reuse
These can be things your use for yourself or give as gifts or donation items to shelter or rescue or other fundraisers. Sometimes they’ll be little experiments and I’ll be asking for feedback. I’ll be happy that you get to see art you may have never noticed, and little handmade goods that work so much better in your hands than a photo on your computer.
Sampler boxes can be purchased singly or in subscriptions of three and six boxes. Shipping within the US is included.
$30.00 for one box, value about $47.50
$75.00 for a three box subscription, value about $142.50
Where to find my art and merchandise
Now that I have this comprehensive site I will focus my efforts on keeping it stocked and updated, and I won’t maintain any other selling profiles aside from a few specialty member sites. If you happen to find any links to Etsy, Fine Art America or other sites, you can go to Portraits of Animals to find it now.
You can read more about the content in the sampler boxes on the page on Portraits of Animals, and don’t forget to go and visit the rest of the site too! I have so many works and items to add that even months into building it I’m still adding items I’ve always offered along with new items, and adding pages to the menu as new categories become necessary. Happy shopping!
Bella christens the backdrop for my little photo shoot. It must be good if a cat has a bath there right?
Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.
Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.
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!
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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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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