Space…The Next Frontier

outer space oil painting

© Copyright 2017 – Present

Size: 24″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: An original oil painting depicting outer space travel… the next frontier. Gallery wrap means the canvas wraps around the support which allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting. And it also means this painting will not require a frame for hanging.


Purchasing Information

$470

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Artist Comments: I love great sci-fi movies like Star Trek, Star Gate, and Star Wars; just about any story where space travel is involved. In fact, I think I should have grown up to be an astronaut instead of an artist…. well maybe. The bottom line is, I absolutely love adventure and to me traveling through the far reaches of outer space would be the ultimate in adventure. 

In addition to loving the idea of space travel, I am very interested in our national space program. I’m amazed at the many modern inventions we take for granted that has been made possible because of space technology.  Inventions like long-distance telecommunications, water filters, invisible braces, scratch-resistant lenses used in our eyeglasses, and even memory foam used to make our mattresses. Also solar energy and the insulation used in our attics and walls, as well as, portable cordless vacuums, workout equipment, and CatScans. Even smoke detectors, cordless tools, and artificial limbs, to name just a few. Indeed space exploration has created new markets and new technologies that have spurred economic growth and enriched our lives in many ways.

Check out this website for a list of those inventions.


Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage

ladybug on a flower painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 6″ x 6″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A close-up painting of a red ladybug sitting on a red flower. This painting will not need a frame. Gallery wrap means the canvas wraps around the support. This allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting.


Purchasing Information

$170

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Artist Comments: This painting is of a lady bug sitting on a red flower and the ladybugs’ color is almost the perfect camouflage. I named it “Almost Perfect Camouflage” because the red color of the ladybug blends in so well with the flower he/she is sitting on. A natural predator would have to look very close to see it.

Where did they get their name? Are all ladybugs female? What do you call a ladybug that is a male? How can you tell them apart? All great questions!

The name ladybug is the common name for Coccinellidae, a Latin word meaning scarlet, and is the American name for the insect Europeans call the “lady beetle” or “ladybird beetle.” Whether you call them a ladybug, ladybird or lady beetle, the name is thought to have its origins in an old legend from Europe during the Middle ages.

Legend has it that the Europeans agricultural crops were being destroyed by pests, so Catholic farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady (the Virgin Mary) for help. Soon afterward they noticed tiny black and red beetles in their fields eating the unwanted pests. Their crops were miraculously spared the damage from the infestation. The farmers attributed their good fortune to the tiny insects which they called “the beetles of our Lady.” The red color of the beetle represents Mary’s cloak and the black spots her sorrows. Through the years they eventually came to be known as ladybugs.

Even though they are called lady bugs, they do come in both the male and female varieties, and both sexes are called the same thing… “ladybugs.” To the naked eye it is hard to distinguish the male from female ladybugs, although, females are larger than males. And that is hard to distinguish unless they are next to each other.

This painting is part of a series featuring a ladybug. The next ladybug painting in this series is Ladybug #1 — Hanging On Tight.


Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight

ladybug oil painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 6″ x 6″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: Close-up oil painting of a red ladybug hanging on tight to a leafy branch. This painting will not require a frame as the image extends around the edges of the canvas surface.


Purchasing Information

$170

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Artist Comments: This painting is the first of two featuring a ladybug. I actually worked on both paintings at the same time, i.e. Ladybug #1 and Ladybug #2. I painted the ladybug series on six inch by six inch canvases. For such a small creature, I felt 6×6 was the perfect size. I love ladybugs and had been wanting to paint one (or more) for quite some time.

I came across a really good deal on some small canvases and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy 24 of them. When my shipment of 6×6 canvases arrived, I thought this was the perfect time to paint the ladybugs. Before these two particular paintings it had been quite some time since I last painted on such a small canvas. It was a lot of fun and it didn’t take any time at all to finish it.

Now About The Ladybugs!

Ladybugs are wondrous little creatures! They are sometimes called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They most commonly come in the colors of red, yellow and orange which fades as the beetle gets older. Some species have black spots while others have black stripes and still others are a solid color with no markings at all. Their bright colors serve to warn birds they don’t taste good.

Surprisingly there are over 6,000 different species of this particular insect. They are beneficial insects because ladybugs eat other insects like aphids that often damage agricultural crops and garden plants. As such, ladybugs are often grown commercially and sold to farmers and gardeners.

The life cycle of a ladybug consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the species, female ladybugs may lay as many as 1,000 eggs from spring to early summer. It usually takes four days for their eggs to hatch.

The next painting in this series is Ladybug #2 — Almost Perfect Camouflage.


Sunflower From Behind

Sunflower oil painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: Oil painting of a sunflower as seen from the backside of the blossom. Gallery wrap means this painting will not require a frame as the composition extends around the edges of the canvas surface.


Purchasing Information

$410

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Artist Comments: I love all flowers, however, one of my favorite kind is the sunflower. I love the bright sunshine yellow petals and huge blossoms that resemble the sun. Most paintings of sunflowers are from the front of the blossom, however, the back side of some flowers can be just as interesting.

Some Interesting Things About Sunflowers

  • The sunflower is a plant that is native to North America. Later it was introduced to Mexico and Peru. They can grow up to 6 feet tall and prefer dry, sunny places where their roots can dig deep into the soil.
  • When the plant is in the bud stage, it will face the sun following its movement across the sky from horizon to horizon. This movement allows it to get the maximum amount of the sun’s rays. Once the flower is fully opened into the radiance of yellow petals, it faces east only. It is not known why it does this. One theory is it is possibly a defensive response to prevent the sun from scalding the seed pod during hot summer days.
  • The sunflower is often equated as a symbol of spiritual faith, worship, adoration, loyalty and longevity. Perhaps because it is always seeking the “Light”.

Lighthouse Monument, Palo Duro Canyon State Park TX

light house monument palo duro canyon state park

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 16″ x 12″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A landscape painting of the famous Lighthouse geological rock formation of Palo Duro Canyon. This painting will not need a frame as the painting image extends around the edges of the canvas.


Purchasing Information

$330

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Artist Comments: In 2015 my husband Robert and I traveled to Amarillo TX on vacation. While there we visited the Palo Duro Canyon State Park several times as it quickly became the highlight of our trip. The Lighthouse Monument is one of many “must see” attractions when visiting this park. Multiple visits to the canyon also provided me with a lot of photo ops that will be used as reference material for future paintings of this park.

Fun Facts About Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo TX. Also called “The Grand Canyon of Texas” because of its size and its resemblance to the Grand Canyon located in Arizona. It is the second largest canyon in the U.S. measuring 120 miles long, 20 miles at its widest point and 800 feet at its maximum depth. It also has over 29,000 scenic acres for the tourist or vacationer to enjoy. Just like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Palo Duro Canyon features dramatic geological features, multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls.

For the park visitor there are hiking trails, camp grounds, horse back riding and more! The canyon is also host to TEXAS Outdoor Musical, the longest running musical ever performed on stage. This world renown musical drama has been performed on an outdoor stage in the canyon since 1965.

For more information about this Texas state park visit their website.


The Large White Dog

white dog pet painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 16″ x 20″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting of the profile of a large white dog, perhaps of the Great Pyrenees variety. In the background is a field of yellow wildflowers. Gallery wrap means this painting will not require a frame as the composition extends around the edges of the canvas surface.


Purchasing Information

$410

FREE shipping and handling within the U.S.A.

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Artist Comments: This is a painting of a large white dog, possibly a Great Pyrenees. The Great Pyrenees has been one of my favorite breed of dog ever since Lobo, our Pyrenees mix dog, showed up at our door one day and decided to stay. Living out in the country as we do, means we get a lot of strays who wonder up to our door looking for a place to call home. We don’t know where they come from, but we never turn them away. We try to find their owner, if possible. If not, then we find them a new home or we wind up adopting them ourselves. This painting isn’t of Lobo, but the dog portrayed in it sure does reminds me of him.

A Few Fun Facts About Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees dog makes a great family pet. They are calm, devoted and well-mannered canines. They also make great guard dogs, especially around livestock. They are very devoted to those they love and will protect family with their very life if need be.

The Great Pyrenees is a dog of great intellect with a mind of their own and love to figure things out by themselves. While this is a wonderful trait, it can create a bit of a challenge when it comes to training.

For more information about this breed of dog, visit this website.


My Oil Paintings Index

artist Teresa Bernard in the art studioBelow is a list of all my oil paintings on this website. If you don’t find the painting you are searching for here, then chances are it is not 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 either, only my memories. So there are some paintings by me out in the world that will only be enjoyed by those who possess them.

Jump to:

Animals  |  Flower Art  |  Landscapes  |  Portraits  |  Seascapes | Space Art  |  Still Life

Click on the thumbnail for more information about the painting.

• Animals & Wildlife

African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
ladybug oil painting
Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
$170
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
$170
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
TX Horned Toad Lizard Painting
The Texas Horned Lizard (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
$170
longhorn cow oil painting
Texas Longhorn in The Meadow (2013)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
white dog pet portrait
The Large White Dog (2016)
16″ w x 20″ h
$410

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• Flower Art

Magnolia Flower Blossom oil painting
Magnolia Blossom (2007) 
18″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Sunflower From Behind oil painting
Sunflower From Behind (2016)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Red Rose flower art
Tyler Rose
(2006)
16″ w x 12″ h
$330
Yellow rose art
Yellow Rose of Texas (2008) 
18″ w x 18″ h
$410

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• Landscape Paintings

Bunratty Ireland oil painting
Bunratty Ireland (2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
$210
Calvary at Sunset wall artwork
Calvary At Sunset (2009)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Camelthorn Trees of Africa painting
Camelthorn Trees Of Africa (2011)
24″ w x 24″ h
$530
Covered Bridge Of Lane County Oregon artwork
Covered Bridge Of Lane County (1997)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
Covered Wagon On The Prairie artwork
Covered Wagon On The Prairie (2010)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Cowboy Sunset canvas wall art
Cowboy Sunset
(2012)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Fence Post In The Snow wall art
Fence Post In The Snow (2001)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Forgotten Roads Of Bygone Days canvas artwork
Forgotten Roads Of Bygone Days (2012)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470
Life in Texas — Round Hay Bales painting
Life In Texas — Round Hay Bales (2013); 16″ w x 20″ h
$410
Lighthouse Monument, Palo Duro Canyon wall art
Lighthouse, Palo Duro Canyon (2016)
16″ w x 12″ h
$330
Monument Valley artwork
Monument Valley (2009)
16″ w x 12″ h
$330
Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Mt. Kilimanjaro Africa art
Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro (2011)
24″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Sunset Over Texas oils on canvas
Sunset Over Texas (2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
Texas Flag Barn artwork
Texas Flag Barn
(2015)
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
$220
The Giants Of Sequoia National Park painting
The Giants Of Sequoia (1998)
12″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
The Grand Teton Mountains painting
The Grand Teton Mountains (2003)
18″ w x 14″ h
SOLD
Van Gogh’s Church at Auvers, France oil painting
Van Gogh’s Church At Auvers, France (2011); 20″ w x 24″ h
$490

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• Marine Life & Seascapes

Along The Inter Coastal Waterway artwork
Along The ICW
(2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
$220
Still Life With Boat Fenders marine art
Boat Fenders
(2003)
9″ w x 12″ h
$220
clown fish painting
Clownfish
(1998)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Currituck Beach Lighthouse oil painting
Currituck Beach Lighthouse (2008)
11″ w x 14″ h
$300
Heceta Head Lighthouse painting
Heceta Head Lighthouse (2000)
16″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Oregon Coast South Of The Sea Lion Caves oil painting
Oregon Coast
(1977)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Peggy's Cove painting
Peggy’s Cove
(2005)
20″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
Peggy's Cove Revisited
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
Return To Peggy's Cove oil painting
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Sea Of Galilee At Capernaum painting
Sea Of Galilee At Capernaum (2005)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
The Fisherman oil painting
The Fisherman
(2003)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa
(2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
SOLD

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• People & Portraits

Portrait of Robert painting
Portrait Of Robert
(2003)
12″ w x 16″ h
NOT FOR SALE
Portrait of Tera oil painting
Portrait Of Tera
(2005)
16″ w x 20″ h
NOT FOR SALE
The Ballerina oil painting
The Ballerina
(2013)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470

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• Space Art

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
Moonset oil painting
Moonset
(2013)
20″ w x 16″ h
$410
Night Sky Over Delicate Arch oil painting
Night Sky Over Delicate Arch (2017)
6″ w x 6″ h
$170
Space The Next Frontier oil painting
Space…The Next Frontier (2017)
24″ w x 18″ h
$470

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• Still Life Paintings

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
Iron Age Pottery Still Life painting
Still Life With Iron Age Pottery (2006)
14″ w x 11″ h
$300
Barn Door with Horse Tack oil painting
Barn Door With Horse Tack (2003)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
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
tractor tire oil painting
Tractor Tire
(2016)
12″ w x 16″ h
$330

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Oil Paintings of Texas Sunsets

tx sunset oil paintingOne 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

Sunset Paintings Collection

Sunsets have been a favorite genre of mine to paint throughout my life as an artist. Sunsets (and sunrises) are beautiful subjects for paintings with the rich, vibrant, 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. Several of the ones shown 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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Texas Flag Barn

Texas Flag Barn landscape painting

© Copyright 2015 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A landscape oil painting of an old barn with the Texas flag painted on its roof. This painting will not need a frame as the painting extends around the edges of the canvas.


Purchasing Information

$410

FREE shipping and handling within the U.S.A.

Contact the artist to purchase this painting.


Artist Comments: Texans are a proud bunch and we love our state. This is evident everywhere you go here. It would be rare indeed to travel through the Lone Star State and not see a barn or some other out building painted up with the Texas flag like the one in this painting. And you don’t have to travel far outside the city limits to find one either. This particular barn happens to be a famous landmark on US Hwy 377 just east of Stephenville, Texas.

About The Texas Flag

Lone Star FlagThe Texas flag (a.k.a. the “Lone Star Flag”) was adopted in 1845 when Texas became the 28th state. It is a rectangle that has a width to length ratio of two to three. It contains a vertical blue field of color and two horizontal fields of color, one being white and the other one red. The flag also sports a single white star which is located in the center of the blue field. This lone star represents “ALL of Texas and stands for our unity as one for God, state, and country.” Each color field in the flag symbolizes the following:

  • Blue stands for loyalty
  • White represents purity
  • Red is for bravery

This painting is part of the Life In Texas Series.