Award of Excellence for “Snowfall” “Snowfall”, pastel, 11″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski I submitted three paintings and I learned that I’d won an award in the South Hills Art League annual juried show. Above, “Snowfall”, which I’d shown in my exhibit “Sun Shadow Ice & Snow: Seasons of the Panhandle Trail”, won in the second highest award category, “Award of Excellence”. Of the three pieces I entered I’m surprised this one was a winner, but I like snow, so why not? The original is for sale, framed, for $250, as well as prints for $25.00 each, which I will add to my Etsy shop after the opening reception tonight along with the other two paintings. If you are local, please join us tonight: Opening reception Saturday, October 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Exhibit open Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 19, 2014 The Galleria Of Mt. Lebanon 1500 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 Below is the story behind the painting, and below that are the other two paintings I entered in the exhibit. It isn’t always eternal summer on the trail, though memories might make us think so. Winter is my favorite season to paint. I love the subtleties of color and shape with snow in the air and on the ground, and on the trail I am often all alone with the quiet of a winter day, or a gentle snowfall. In this case, I was glad for the time alone and quiet, and my art materials. This is from several years ago, one of the sketches I’d actually done in the front seat of my car during a late winter ice and snow storm, with a personal connection. I’d moved my mother to a personal care home in a neighborhood adjacent to the trail and often combined visits to the trail and visits to my mother. She didn’t care at all for trails, but she thought it was pretty cool when I would pull up in front of the home on my bicycle in shorts and a tank top to visit and cool off and eat my lunch on a summer afternoon when all the other daughters were in jogging suits driving minivans. Though my mother suffered from a number of heart and lung conditions she was overall well but weak, though she often suffered from mild dementia; visits could be troubling. So it was this winter day when I had driven there. The roads were cleared but the trail was not, still, I wanted a dose of nature after my visit and knew of a spot close where I could pull up next to the trail. Not a mark was in the deeply fallen snow, and I decided I would not be the one to leave mine, it was just too perfect. The snow was falling too heavily to work outside my car, so I angled my car just right and sat in my font seat and began a sketch, then decided I should leave before the roads grew worse. I’d always intended to finish this off, adding some bare trees fading into the distance in the heavy snowfall, but I think there was a reason I stopped at this point, and I think it captures this snowy afternoon and my conversations with my mother as it is. . . . . . . . A Bend in the Road (sold), prints available “A Bend in the Road”, pastel, 14″ x 22″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski The Swimming Hole, $350 “The Swimming Hole”, pastel, 17″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski . . . . . . . If you are interested in purchasing this painting or any other originals I have posted here on Today, please contact me. I will also have prints of this painting after the exhibit. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Post navigation Almost MissedCamouflage 0 Comments Wow! Congratulations! Well-earned, I’d say! Loading... Reply Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations! I am not surprised it won a prize – it is full of warmth despite its chilly subject. I love how everything melts in together for such a coherent whole. A limited palette, yet so much is happening. Thank you for sharing and congrats again! Loading... Reply Fabulous and well deserved – congratulation! Loading... Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.