Adventures In Africa Collection

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adventures in AfricaThis collection of paintings are artworks I’ve done through the years on Africa. I didn’t plan on doing so many about Africa, it just happened that way. Most of these works were commissioned by various customers.

After having done so many paintings about Africa and the research involved to make each one successful works of art, I find myself drawn to this continent. I have an adventurer’s heart deep down and simply love to explore the world.

 

African artCamelthorn Trees of Africa
Landscape Painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ w x 24″ h
Oils on stretched canvas

 

This surreal looking artwork is not really an abstract at all. In fact, it is a realistic landscape painted from a reference photograph (colors and all) of the Camelthorn Trees located in the sand dunes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Africa.

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african wildlife artRaging African Elephant
Wildlife Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ w x 24″ h
Oils on stretched canvas

 

This raging elephant was almost a commissioned painting. I was approached by a potential customer wanting me to do a painting of an African elephant for them. They had recently gone a safari in Africa and witnessed an elephant charging their vehicle. They sped away, however, they were so impressed by this massive animal that they sought me out. Their inquiry never turned into a commission, so I decided to do a painting anyway. It sold to another customer after it was completed.

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African Elephant Serengeti paintingAfrican Elephant On The Serengeti
African Wildlife Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This elephant was a commissioned painting. My customer contacted me after seeing the Raging African Elephant painting above on the internet. He wanted to buy it, but it had already sold several years back. So he commissioned this particular elephant painting plus two others on Africa.

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Mt Kilimanjaro RisingMount Kilimanjaro Rising
Mountain Painting by Teresa Bernard
30″ w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This painting is the second one in a series of three art pieces commissioned on Africa. My customer was same art buyer who hired my services to paint the African Elephant On The Serengeti shown above.

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Victoria Falls oil paintingVictoria Falls, Africa
Waterfall Painting by Teresa Bernard
30″ w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

The third work of art in the commission series on Africa is this painting of Victoria Falls. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this series of commissioned paintings. The commission came at just right time in my life. I was in a slump and having a hard time wanting to paint. This was just what I needed to get out of the slump and start painting again.

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snow mountain oil paintingScaling Mt. Kilimanjaro
Snow Painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ w x 18″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This work of art was a commissioned painting created from a photograph supplied by my client. I was contacted by my customer who had gone on a hiking expedition up Mt. Kilimanjaro some years back. They snapped this photo and wanted me to do a painting for them.

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Africa wildlife leopard painting

African Wildlife — Leopard
Animal Portrait by Teresa Bernard
18″w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This work of art was a commissioned painting, the fourth one in a series of paintings on Africa.

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Africa wildlife giraffes

African Wildlife — Three Giraffes
Animal Portrait by Teresa Bernard
18″ w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This work of art was a commissioned painting, the last one in a series of paintings on Africa.

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Other Series & Collections

Adventures In Africa Collection

Bible Lands Collection

Christian Art Collection

Life In Texas Collection

Paintings of Sunsets Collection

Peggy’s Cove Collection

Space Art Collection

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Artist Blog Index

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An index of my artist blog entries.

Artist Statement

A Painting In The Making

Developing An Art Style of Your Own

My Oil Paintings Index

Oil Paintings of Texas Sunsets

Why I love Sunset Oil Paintings

Series & Collections

Adventures In Africa Collection

Bible Lands Collection

Christian Art Collection

Life In Texas Collection

Paintings of Sunsets Collection

Peggy’s Cove Collection

Space Art Collection

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My Oil Paintings Index

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UPDATED: 30 March 2021

Artist Teresa Bernard Below is an index list of all my oil paintings. If you don’t find the painting that you are searching for here, then it probably isn’t one of mine. Of course this list isn’t exhaustive. I’ve been painting since my preteens and that was before the Internet arrived on the scene and I built this website. Unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of those early paintings, only my memories. So there are some paintings by me out in the world that will only be enjoyed by those who possess them.

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Flower Art

Protea Flower painting by Teresa Bernard
King Protea Flower (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Yellow Rose Art
Just Another Yellow Rose (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Sunflower From Behind oil painting
Sunflower From Behind (2016)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Yellow rose art
Yellow Rose of Texas (2008) 
18″ w x 18″ h
$410
Magnolia Flower Blossom oil painting
Magnolia Blossom (2007) 
18″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Red Rose flower art
Tyler Rose
(2006)
16″ w x 12″ h
SOLD

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Landscape Paintings

Log Cabin Painting by Teresa Bernard
Log Cabin In the Autumn Woods (2021)
9″ w x 12″ h
$175
Fence Post in the Meadow by Teresa Bernard
Fence Post In The Meadow (2020)
9″ w x 12″ h
$175
the garden cottage painting by Teresa Bernard
The Garden Cottage (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Devils Tower painting by Teresa Bernard
Devils Tower–Our National Monument (2019) 6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Lighthouse Monument, Palo Duro Canyon wall art
Lighthouse, Palo Duro Canyon (2016)
16″ w x 12″ h
$330
Texas Flag Barn artwork
Texas Flag Barn
(2015)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Life in Texas — Round Hay Bales painting
Life In Texas — Round Hay Bales (2013) 
16″ w x 20″ h
$410
Cowboy Sunset canvas wall art
Cowboy Sunset
(2012)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Forgotten Roads Of Bygone Days canvas artwork
Forgotten Roads Of Bygone Days (2012)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Camelthorn Trees of Africa painting
Camelthorn Trees Of Africa (2011)
24″ w x 24″ h
$530
Van Gogh’s Church at Auvers, France oil painting
Van Gogh’s Church At Auvers, France (2011) 
20″ w x 24″ h
$490
Mt. Kilimanjaro Africa art
Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro (2011)
24″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Covered Wagon On The Prairie artwork
Covered Wagon On The Prairie (2010)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Monument Valley artwork
Monument Valley – Navajo Nation (2009)
16″ w x 12″ h
$330
Calvary at Sunset wall artwork
Calvary At Sunset (2009)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
The Garden Tomb oil painting
The Garden Tomb (2004)
9″ w x 12″ h
NOT FOR SALE
The Garden Tomb at Sunset oil painting
The Garden Tomb At Sunset (2004)
12″ w x 9″ h
$260
The Grand Teton Mountains painting
The Grand Teton Mountains (2003)
18″ w x 14″ h
SOLD
Sunset Over Texas oils on canvas
Sunset Over Texas (2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
Fence Post In The Snow wall art
Fence Post In The Snow (2001)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
The Giants Of Sequoia National Park painting
The Giants Of Sequoia (1998)
12″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
Covered Bridge Of Lane County Oregon artwork
Covered Bridge Of Lane County (1997)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD

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Marine Life & Seascapes

tropical sunset painting by Teresa Bernard
Sunset In The Tropics (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa
(2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Return To Peggy's Cove oil painting
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Currituck Beach Lighthouse oil painting
Currituck Beach Lighthouse (2008)
11″ w x 14″ h
$300
Peggy's Cove Revisited
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
Sea Of Galilee At Capernaum painting
Sea Of Galilee At Capernaum (2005)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Peggy's Cove painting
Peggy’s Cove
(2005)
20″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
The Fisherman oil painting
The Fisherman
(2003)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Along The Inter Coastal Waterway artwork
Along The ICW
(2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
$175 
Bunratty Ireland oil painting
Irish Fishing Village, Bunratty IRL (2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
Heceta Head Lighthouse painting
Heceta Head Lighthouse (2000)
16″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
clown fish painting
Clownfish
(1998)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Oregon Coast South Of The Sea Lion Caves oil painting
Oregon Coast
(1997)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD

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People & Portraits

A Boy and His Dog painting by Teresa Bernard
A Boy and His Dog (2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Girl In Red The Dress Painting by Teresa Bernard
Girl In The Red Dress
(2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
The Ballerina oil painting
The Ballerina
(2013)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Portrait of Tera oil painting
Portrait Of Tera
(2005)
16″ w x 20″ h
NOT FOR SALE
Portrait of Robert painting
Portrait Of Robert
(2003)
12″ w x 16″ h
NOT FOR SALE

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Space Art

Fly Me To The Moon painting by Teresa Bernard
Fly Me To The Moon
(2020)
9″ w x 12″ h
$175 
Space The Next Frontier oil painting
Space…The Next Frontier (2017)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Night Sky Over Delicate Arch painting by Teresa Bernard
Night Sky Over Delicate Arch (2017)
6″ w x 6″ h
SOLD
Moonset oil painting
Moonset
(2013)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
First Footprint on the Moon space art
First Footprint On The Moon (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
First Man on the Moon oil painting
First Man on the Moon (2012) 
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Land Rover Tracks of Mars painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD

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Still Life Paintings

Red and Yellow Onions still life art
Still Life With Red and Yellow Onions (2021) 
18″ w x 18″ h
$410
Great-Grandma's Sewing Thread #1 painting
Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #1 (2021) 6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Great-Grandma's Sewing Thread #2 painting
Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #2 (2021) 6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Great Grandmas Tea Cup by Teresa Bernard
Great-Grandma’s Tea Cup (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
tractor tire oil painting
Still Life With Tractor Tire (2016)
12″ w x 16″ h
$330
Iron Age Pottery Still Life painting
Still Life With Iron Age Pottery (2006)
14″ w x 11″ h
$300
Still Life with Coral and Lantern painting
Still Life With Coral And Lantern (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
$300
Still Life with Fruit and Candle painting
Still Life With Fruit And Candle (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
$300
The Communion Table oil painting
The Communion Table (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
SOLD
The Study still life oil painting
The Study
(2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
$300
Still Life With Boat Fenders marine art
Marine Still Life With Boat Fenders (2003)
9″ w x 12″ h
$175 
Barn Door with Horse Tack oil painting
Barn Door With Horse Tack (2003)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD

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Wildlife Paintings

American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard
American Bison — Our National Mammal (2020) 24″ w x 18″ h
$470
monarch butterfly painting
The Monarch Butterfly (2019)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
Africa wildlife giraffes
Africa Wildlife — Giraffes (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Africa wildlife leopard painting
Africa Wildlife — Leopard (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
TX Horned Toad Lizard Painting
The Texas Horned Lizard (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
ladybug oil painting
Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
$150
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h
$150
white dog pet portrait
The Large White Dog (2016)
16″ w x 20″ h
$410
longhorn cow oil painting
Texas Longhorn in The Meadow (2013)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Pet Portrait
Pet Portrait of Frank (2010)
12″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
african wildlife art
Raging African Elephant (2007)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD

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TB sealThis certifies that  I, Teresa Bernard, am the artist of all my paintings displayed on this website and that you are purchasing it directly from me. Your purchase of any of my paintings is not via art dealers or a gallery. Every painting by me comes with a custom designed official Certificate of Authenticity that is hand signed and embossed with my personal seal to guarantee the buyer is receiving genuine, original, artwork. More information.

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Oil Paintings of Texas Sunsets

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tx sunset oil painting
Cowboy Sunset painting by Teresa Bernard.

One of the most beautiful places in the world to capture a sunset in oil on canvas is Texas. Being a native Texan, of course I’m prejudice! The Lone Star State with its wide open prairies, cacti, ghost towns, old west culture and billowy clouds make a wonderful backdrop for some of the most breathtaking sunsets anywhere in the world. Artists, like me, who are fortunate enough to live here get to regularly enjoy countless opportunities to capture on canvas the setting sun in all its grandeur and splendor for our many sunset paintings. Those who don’t live here can delight in making trips to Texas to see the setting sun for themselves and take it back to their studios in the form of digital photos for many future paintings to come.

Texas cities can make a great sunset cityscape with the unique sky line each metropolis has to offer. Head to the Gulf of Mexico and artists can experience the sun going down on the beach or head out west for a more mountainous terrain and get a glimpse of the mountain peaks of Big Bend National Park as they silhouette them against an orange glowing sky.

Many artists love traveling here to capture the setting sun in all its splendor as it disappears below the horizon. Here are a couple reasons why:

    • A beautiful sunset helps the viewer to appreciate the finer gifts life has to offer. People are naturally drawn to a sunset and there are a few special places on earth where one can embrace a beautiful sunset. Texas just happens to be one of them.
    • A beautiful sunset helps to inspire you. There’s a reason sunsets are timeless and constant standbys of poets, writers, romantics, and artists — they are inspiring. There is something inherently powerful and spiritual about sunsets.

Some Quotes About Sunsets

“Peace… is seeing a sunset, and knowing Who to thank.” – Unknown

“The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than long things past.” – William Shakespeare

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Additional Reading

Why I love Sunset Oil Paintings

Evening Sky Captured in a Sunset Oil Painting, The

Paintings of Sunset Collection

Paintings Of Sunset By Claude Monet

Proper Care Of Your Sunset Oil Paintings

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Space Art Collection

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A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to San Antonio TX the day after Thanksgiving. We planned for a long weekend. While there we spent the evenings strolling the streets around the Alamo when we came across an artist selling his space art on the sidewalk. The interesting part about this he was painting them right then and there as spectators watched. It was fascinating to watch him create faraway worlds, moons, cosmic formations and alien landscapes. I looked on as he created his artwork using spray paint and props to mask off certain areas of the canvas paper he didn’t want overspray to hit. Each creation only took a few minutes to complete. And no paintings two were alike. I could have watched him all night!

When we returned home from that long weekend, I decided to do some space paintings of my own. Space art isn’t a new genre of art for me. I actually painted my first outer space painting as a young teen for an arts and crafts show I entered. My love of the iconic TV show Star Trek led me to paint the “Starship Enterprise” in orbit around some distant planet. The painting got a lot of attention at that small art show and later sold. I wish I had a photo of it, but I was a young teen then and didn’t even think to do that. Besides I was just so excited that someone actually wanted to pay for my painting!

Decades would pass before I did another otherworldly painting and that space art painting was a commission. The painting consisted of a lunar landscape depicting Apollo 14’s mission to the moon and man’s first footprint left there. This sparked a renewed interest in creating more space landscapes to add to my repertoire of space art genre .

Below is an ongoing collection of space art created by me.

 

Fly Me To The Moon painting Fly Me To The Moon
Space Art By Teresa Bernard
9″ w x 12″ h
Oils on canvas panel board

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Night Sky Over Delicate Arch painting by Teresa BernardNight Sky Over Delicate Arch
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
6″ w x 6″ w
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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outer space travel oil paintingSpace…The Next Frontier
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
24″ w x 18″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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space art painting Neil Armstrong astronautFirst Man on the Moon
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
24″w  x 18″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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lunar landscape painting on canvasMoonset
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
20″ w x 16″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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mars landscapeLand Rover Tracks of Mars
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This Mars painting is a commission I was contracted to do for a military service man stationed in Japan at the time.

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lunar footprint paintingFirst Footprint on the Moon
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ w x 24″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

This Moon canvas art is another painting commission by the same person above who hired my artistic services to create this special painting.

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Other Series & Collections

Adventures In Africa Collection

Bible Lands Collection

Christian Art Collection

Life In Texas Collection

Paintings of Sunsets Collection

Peggy’s Cove Collection

Space Art Collection

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Why I love Sunset Oil Paintings

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Calvary at Sunset oil painting
Calvary Sunset painting by Teresa Bernard.

Texas is known for its many beautiful sunsets in the evening sky. Growing up in Texas, I had opportunity of a lifetime of observing many beautiful skies filled with a wide array of shades of orange, yellow, purples and blues. Is it any wonder that I would choose to create sunset oil paintings as part of my repertoire of art? Sunsets are certainly a favorite genre of oil painting for me because of the many bright colors. I also appreciate the fact that the sky at sunset (or sunrise) can be incorporated into many different settings of landscapes, seascapes, and even skyscapes.

I love beautiful sunset paintings and I’m not alone. Here’s why:

    • Sunset paintings are a picturesque representation of the evening sky and sun in all its grandeur and splendor. Just the way God intended.
    • Artists worldwide love to paint sunsets because it gives them opportunities to include vibrant shades of yellow, orange, blue and purple, along with earth colors of dark browns and rich blacks which work together to create warmth and charm within the wall art.
    • The rays of light that bounce off and peek through the clouds create excitement and drama like no other. They catch the eye of the viewer drawing him/her in.
    • Sunsets are for romantics and many artists of oil paintings have captured the romance of a setting sun in some of the most exotic places in the world. Sunset paintings in these settings allow the viewer to be whisked away in their imaginations to some faraway places.
    • Sunset paintings look great in just about any room of your home, office, or place of business.

Additional Reading

Paintings of Sunset Collection

Evening Sky Captured in a Sunset Oil Painting, The

Oil Paintings of Texas Sunsets

Proper Care of Your Sunset Oil Paintings

Paintings of Sunsets by Claude Monet

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Sunset Paintings Collection

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Sunsets have been a favorite genre of mine to paint throughout my career as an artist. Sunsets (and sunrises) are beautiful subjects for paintings with the rich, vibrant, and warm colors like red, yellow and orange. They may be outlined with the beach, sea or mountains. And clouds are also an integral part with their multitudes of colors as the they capture the last rays of the setting sun.

Each painting below is an original painted by me. Some are also part of other collections or series.

 

western sunset oil paintingCowboy Sunset
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 18″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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Garden Tomb, Jerusalem paintingThe Garden Tomb at Sunset
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
12″ x 9″
Oils on stretched canvas

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African art Camelthorn TreesCamelthorn Trees of Africa
Landscape painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 24″
Oils on stretched canvas

 

This is a sunrise painting of a famous national park in Africa. I love the surrealness about it, yet this is very much a realistic painting.

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Sunset oil paintingCalvary at Sunset
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Austin TX sunsetSunset Over Texas
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
12″ x 9″
Oils on canvas panel board

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Peggy's Cove oil paintingReturn to Peggy’s Cove
Seascape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 18″
Oils on stretched canvas

 

This is a sunrise painting I was commissioned to paint. Sunrises are also a favorite of mine and this one particular is no exception. I love the way the warmth of the sun begins to peek from behind the building on the peer and shine down in the water and bath the side of the boat.

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snow mountain paintingScaling Mt. Kilimanjaro
Snow Painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 18″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

A sunrise painting I was commissioned to paint of this famous place in Africa. I love the way the mountain is silhouetted against the sky with a rising sun.

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Other Series & Collections

Adventures In Africa Collection

Bible Lands Collection

Christian Art Collection

Life In Texas Collection

Paintings of Sunset Collection

Peggy’s Cove Collection

Space Art Collection

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Developing an Art Style of Your Own

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vincent van gogh self portrait
Vincent Van Gogh – Self-Portrait 1886

One of the greatest compliments I ever received was from a renown artist who, after having viewed several of my paintings, pointed out that I had my own art style. I was surprised to hear that, because without realizing it, through the years, I had actually developed my own unique style of painting. Up until that day I hadn’t given much thought to even having my own style much less trying to develop one. What’s more, I barely even knew what an art style was. I knew all the Old Masters had it, or so I was told, and that it was something good to have. So I set out to find out more about artistic style, what it is and where it comes from.

What exactly is art style?

Artistic style is a specific characteristic or group of characteristics that is consistently present in the artworks of an artist. It’s that extra little thing, referred to as “identifiable style,” that an artist does to distinguish his/her work from the work of other artists.

Many artists, whether they realize it or not, have an identifiable style of painting. Their personal style is neither good or bad. It is simply the result of the particular choices and decisions a painter makes in the course of composing their oil paintings. These decisions are what defines the identity of an artist’s style and is made up of a combination of the mediums, technique and subject matter chosen. It’s not that an artist chooses to paint landscapes, still life or portraits — those are only genres. Rather, it is HOW the artist handles each of the various art elements (line, form, texture, value, color and shape) that make up the composition. Click for more information about the basic art elements.

Should you develop an art style of your own?

If you ever hope to be taken seriously as an artist, then I would definitely say “YES,” for the following reasons:

  1. Developing your own original style will help to define you and set you apart from other artists. It’s your individuality and uniqueness as an artist.
  2. It’s what allows others who view your work and know that it is a work painted by you without having to look at the signature on the canvas.
  3. It offers you a way to have personal satisfaction from your works by expressing your own ideas and inner vision.
  4. If you plan to display your paintings in art galleries, then a distinct art style is something a gallery owner or curator will want to see in your work.
  5. Finally, developing your own style is a necessary thing if you want your paintings to capture the eye of art collectors. Many collectors hold to a certain opinion of, “if it looks just like the real thing, then I’ll just take a photograph and hang it on the wall.” For many art connoisseurs, an artist’s personal style is the essence of the art.

How do you develop your personal painting style?

Before I can tell you how to do that, I first need to tell you how to absolutely NOT develop one. You won’t develop your own style by copying the works of other artists. Let me repeat that. If you copy the works of another artist, you will never develop a unique art style of your own. The reason for this is when you copy someone’s work, you are merely imitating the choices and decisions that have already been made by the artist who’s work you are copying. Novice painters often do this. They copy the works of other artists they like and this is a disservice to the world of art. As long as they continue to do this, they will never develop their own form of unique artistic expression and move beyond being a mere hobbyist to a serious artist or even a professional one. Your style is developed by the decisions and choices YOU make about the different elements that go into your painting.

An artist’s unique style does not develop over night. It evolves over time as a result of either conscious or unconscious effort on the part of the artist and it will most likely change a number of times as the painter grows as an artist. The best way to develop a style is to do a lot of painting. In doing so, you can expect your style to progress as you acquire more experience, knowledge and skills. As you move from painting to painting, you will find that certain artistic characteristics or qualities will keep reoccurring. This is your unique style. One thing to keep in mind about style is that you do not have to stick with the same one all your life. You can change it at any time and you will be surprised to find that it can and often does evolve.

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A Painting In The Making

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This blog article is about my painting process. How I take an empty canvas to a finished painting.

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Gallery wrap stretched canvas.

All of my paintings are composed and painted on commercially pre-primed  stretched canvas. I prefer the type of canvas that wraps all the way around the stretcher bar support. This allows me to carry the painting around the edge of the canvas giving it a more finished look. It also means the painting will not require a frame for display unless one is desired.

Gesso Primed Stretched Canvas

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Gesso primed canvas.

Even though the canvas I use has already been pre-primed by the manufacturer, it’s not sufficient. Additional layers of primer need to be applied to provide adequate support for the pigment. Before I can begin a painting, the canvas must be primed and prepared to receive the oil paint. I apply two layers of gesso on the stretched canvas and allow each layer to thoroughly dry between coats. Then the canvas is lightly sanded to smooth out any rough spots. I try to prime as many canvases as I have in my inventory. That way I have a ready supply of primed canvas on hand, ready-to-go, at anytime inspiration strikes and I want to start a new painting.

Click for more information on what to know about gesso. For step-by-step instructions on how to prime a canvas using gesso, check out this article on WikiHow: “How to Prime a Canvas“.

Sketching The Image

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Sketching the image on the canvas.

After the canvas has been properly prepared, it is now time to start sketching the image on to the surface of the canvas. Every painting starts out as a simple grid drawn on canvas. This grid serves as an aid in placement of the focal point and other elements where they will best compliment the overall composition. Using a pencil or stick of charcoal, I begin sketching the image that will eventually become the painting. I try to make the sketch as detailed as I can making sure to include the shadow areas too. BTW, I don’t usually make my grid lines this dark. It’s best to keep them light. I only made them dark so they would show up better for the purposes of this example. I will erase them before the layer of under paint goes on.

The Underpainting

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The underpainting.

An underpainting is the first layer of paint to go onto the canvas and serves as a base for the additional layers that will follow as the painting is developed. It is an important layer and is made up mostly of medium (a mixture of mineral spirits and linseed oil) and pigment. I use this underpainting layer to get rid of the stark white canvas surface and to begin blocking in color which also helps to define the basic outline of the image. I keep this layer thin making sure not to cover up my sketch lines. That will happen later as I develop the painting as I add more layers of pigment. Once the underpainting layer has dried, I begin laying in oil paint layer upon layer and adding more and more detail as I go until the painting is complete.

Painting In Layers

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Layering on the oil paint.

I paint in layers and allow each layer some drying time before applying the next. This takes longer to finish a painting, but this technique allows me to achieve the affect I’m working toward on each of my paintings. Some paintings will have more layers than others depending on the amount of detail that needs to be included in the composition. Allowing each layer to dry also shortens the final drying time required before the coats of varnish are applied.

Applying Varnish

After the painting is completed and has had ample opportunity to thoroughly dry, I will then apply at least two coats of artist grade clear varnish to protect the painting and make the colors pop.

The Finished Painting

white dog pet portrait
The finished painting.

The Large White Dog
Domestic Pet Painting by Teresa Bernard
16″ w x 20″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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Sneak Peeks

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Updated: 12 April 2021


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Christian Art Collection

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The Christian Art Collection comprises paintings of a religious theme. God is very important to me and is a huge part of my life. I am very grateful to Him for my gift of oil painting and everything else He does for me. Through my paintings, it is my desire to communicate all the wonder and majesty of the great I AM. I attempt to achieve this through a painting technique called “realism”.

Realism in art is a style of painting which depicts the subject matter as it actually appears in real life. There is no attempt to artistically stylize or distort the subject matter in any way. Instead I spend a fair amount of time and effort paying attention to detail and creating an accurate depiction of life forms and objects, perspective creating the illusion of reality, good composition, lights and darks, and color and tone. However, I stop short of my paintings looking like a photo, but rather prefer to communicate a Christian message by representing God’s handiwork in nature through realism.

 

Auvers, France church paintingVan Gogh’s Church at Auvers, France
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 24″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

 

Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. I find his life and paintings to be so interesting. During his life he painted many works of art people aren’t even aware of. The painting he did of this church is one of his better known paintings.

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sunset oil paintingCalvary at Sunset
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas

 

Scripture tells us the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross just before sunset on Good Friday, also referred to as Holy Friday.

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religious still lifeThe Communion Table
Still Life by Teresa Bernard
14″ x 11″
Oils on stretched canvas

 

This oil painting depicts The Lord’s Supper a ritual instituted by Jesus the night of Passover observance.

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Other Series & Collections

Adventures In Africa Collection

Bible Lands Collection

Christian Art Collection

Life In Texas Collection

Paintings of Sunsets Collection

Peggy’s Cove Collection

Space Art Collection

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