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Society6 sample

Something new

Hi all!

So, okay, the book signing was cancelled, and that was a disappointment.  Not to worry, I’m working on a rescheduled time and location!  And, best of all it will be we’ll  ahead of Christmas!  But in the meantime – I’ve got something new to show you, and I think you’re going to like it!

I just finished uploading some (not all) of my art to Society6, and there’s lots of different ways you can enjoy my art!  Here’s a small sample of what’s available so far.  Let me know if you’re looking for a specific sketch or painting you’d like to see added.    Society6 sample

Bernadette at B&N

Meet the author/artist at a book signing!

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled.  But I’m happy to let you know a rescheduled signing is coming soon!!!

So excited to have an actual book signing at our local Barnes & Noble bookstore this Friday, November 30 from 2-5 pm!  Please stop by and say hi!

Bernadette at B&N

Me with the poster for my signing!

About the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it.  It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it.  The published book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen on my trip to Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon.  I will have a limited quantity available for sale at the signing this week.Book If you went on a Safari Cover

Book If you went on a Safari Sample

 

I’ll also have a few 2019 calendars available. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.  Calendar 2019

Calendar 2019

And I am also selling a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each)   Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.  Calendar perpetual

Calendar perpetual

Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Catching up!

First, a quick reminder – if you’re looking for gift ideas, please consider a calendar or children’s book – details here.  You can also shop on my Etsy page here.

I had a marvelous trip to the south of France! It was basically two parts – first, a stay in Avignon, with a few side trips, then on to Sisteron, where I stayed at Mas du Figuier with 7 other artist hikers.

The second week I took part in a Trek & Sketch, where we were tutored in sketching by Vincent Desplanche and led on our hikes by François Levrault.

So first, I will share my progression of quick people sketches, Vincent is very good at capturing people, even as they run by in the rain!  I’m not sure there was any improvement in my work over the two weeks, but it sure was fun trying!

At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Oct 22 – At Newark airport, waiting for dinner

Waiting at Newark airport

Waiting at Newark airport

Croissant and coffee

Oct 23 – My first sketch in France, at CDG station, waiting for my train.

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At CDG station, waiting for the train

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 29 – At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

At Forcalquier, in the rain- first lesson in people sketching.

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 - At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike

Oct 31 – At a café in Sisteron, after a wet hike.

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 - practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Nov 1 – practicing people at Aix-en-Provence train station

Map of France with insets

à bientôt, France!

It means ‘see you soon’!  I’ve found a Hike and Sketch trip in the mountains in the south of France.  It’s only four nights, so I’ve extended the visit to include Avignon, with side trips to Aix-en-Provence, as well as a few other beautiful villages I saw back in the 1990s.

Here’s hoping you can understand my map insets! Map of France with insets

Thank you for subscribing to my updates, and I hope you’ll follow along on this new adventure!

Calendar 2019

Looking for gift ideas? How about a calendar or a children’s book?

You’re in the right place! I now have three new items for sale.  These were all inspired by my recent trip to Zambia. A 2019 calendar, a perpetual calendar, and my first attempt at an illustrated children’s book!

First, the book- I made a custom one for my granddaughter, and posted a video of it.  It got so many nice comments, I decided to recreate it.  The book consists of 24 full color pages of animals seen in Zambia, 8.5”x8.5”, and is available on Amazon.  I do have a limited quantity of advance copies available for sale at $10.00 each.Book If you went on a Safari Cover

Book If you went on a Safari Sample

 

Second, a 2019 calendar. ($12 each) The same format as past years, 8.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using my art inspired by Zambia combined with new quotes.  Calendar 2019

Calendar 2019

Finally, a new perpetual calendar, 5.5×11, spiral bound at the top, with each one individually wrapped for easy gift giving, using the same art and quotes as the 2019 calendar. ($12 each)   Keep this one and refer to it for years to come for important birthdays and other dates.  Calendar perpetual

Calendar perpetual

Note: Prices do not include shipping. Please email me here for total cost.

Finally, if you’re looking for more of my art, some are originals, some are prints, and they’re available here on my Etsy page!

Catskill Mountain House view of the Hudson Valley

A visit to the Catskills

In August, I had an opportunity to visit some friends in the Catskills. Lucky to have planned it in between rain showers!

Our first day together, we stopped at Kaaterskill Falls, which were running higher than normal due to more than average rainfall recently. In the afternoon, we went to the historic site of the Catskill Mountain House, which had lovely views of the Hudson River Valley. I tried my first rubbing (is that the correct term?) and you can see I need some practice with technique!

Catskill Mountain House - rubbing www.thomascole.org/trail

Catskill Mountain House – rubbing www.thomascole.org/trail

We then went to work on a few sketches…

Catskill Mountain House view of the Hudson Valley

Catskill Mountain House view of the Hudson Valley

Catskill Mountain House view

For day two, we did a short hike in the Northern Catskill Park to Artist’s Rock, then Sunset Rock. This area was America’s first great tourist destination and was visited by presidents, artists and the rich.

Sunset Rock - Catskill Park

View of the North and South lakes from Sunset Rock – Catskill Park

Sunset Rock - Catskill Park

View from Sunset Rock – Catskill Park

It was a lovely few days for my first Catskill visit! For my return trip, rain was forecast, even so, I decided to take the scenic route home past the Pepacton Reservoir. I spotted something out in the middle…

On the Pepacton Reservoir

On the Pepacton Reservoir

So I zoomed in with my camera and saw these true fishermen who didn’t let a little rain stop them!

Fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir

Fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir

 

On the road in Maine – Part 4

Following my excursion to Machias Seal Island, (read about it here) I went down the Maine coast to Acadia National Park, staying in a rental in Southwest Harbor. I hiked the Otter Cliff walk, Cadillac Mountain, and Jordan Pond.

On Cadillac Mountain, I decided to try the North Ridge trail, 4.4 miles with an elevation change of 1,130 ft. It would’ve been much easier without all those gigantic boulders! But it was fantastic, and I would gladly go back and do it again.

Cadillac Mountain tree bark - Acadia Park

Unique tree bark – seen on Cadillac Mountain

Cairn - Cadillac Mountain in Acadia Park

Cairn – Cadillac Mountain

 

For this view from Bubble Rock, I took a side trip straight up some large boulders.  It’s not exactly all the way to the top – I got a little tired, and remembered I still had a couple of miles to finish around the pond, so this is the view very close to the top.

Bubble rock view

View from Bubble Rock near Jordan Pond trail

Jordan Pond restaurant is the only restaurant located within Acadia park. They are known for their popovers, which I decided to try while I sketched the view from my seat.

View from Jordan Pond restaurant

View from Jordan Pond restaurant

My final night at the park was quiet, as I enjoyed a glass of wine on the deck of my rental, I noticed these turkeys fly into a nearby tree. Wow! What a great way to end this adventure!

Acadia park turkeys

Look closely, you’ll see one on the roof and one in the tree!

Going on a Safari!

I recently completed a children’s book for my granddaughter,  using my Zambia trip photos and sketches for inspiration.  These are all original ink and watercolor sketches, then I used a finishing spray for protection.  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video.    Link to video

So many have said they’d like one, I decided to recreate it in a format that can be published. I know, I know, it’s a bold step for me!

But sure enough, I have been slowly made progress on the new, improved version.  Here’s a shot of what I have so far…  These images will be scanned and I’ll create a pdf in Indesign to submit for publication.Work in progress

I’m hoping to complete this and will try using Amazon for print on demand publishing, but I’m open to any suggestions for publishing it!

Art on display!

Lost Dog restaurant art display

15 pieces filled these two walls!

I’m rather excited to let you know my Africa paintings are now on display at the The Lost Dog restaurant in Binghamton, NY.

Stop by to check out these matted and framed paintings inspired by my trip to Zambia last year! Then stay to enjoy drinks and their delicious food! (My favorite is always the Greek Chicken.)

If your favorite one is already sold, you can always order a high quality print, signed by the artist!

Thanks so very much to everyone who encourages me to make art and to share it.  You are all the best! ?