Bid on This Print and Start Celebrating Peaches’ 100th Birthday

pastel painting of a cat on a table with peonies

Peaches and Peonies, pastel © B.E. Kazmarsi

Bidding is closed on this print, but you can still purchase one on my website.

Peaches is 20 this year, and though it doesn’t really work out this way, she is nominally 100 years in human years. Now that’s reason for a celebration!

I’ve written about Peaches several times since I’ve been blogging (and even before that), probably more often than any other cat in my household. She came to me five years ago with her sister for me to foster after their owner died and they were almost euthanized because the woman’s son thought it would be cruel for them to spend their last days in a shelter. We lost Peaches’ sister Cream to renal failure about ten months after they arrived, but Peaches quietly integrated her little self into the household without incident and even increased her health while here.

I’ll be writing more about Peaches in the next two weeks leading up to May 1, the day we’ll be celebrating. In addition, other bloggers will be sharing stories and tips and poems and art around all of our blogs about living with and caring for older cats and other animals.

Let’s Get Started

I am offering to the highest bidder a signed 10″ x 16″ giclee* print of “Peaches and Peonies”, the proceeds of which auction will be donated to FosterCat.

How to Bid

  1. Bidding begins April 18, 2010 and continues through midnight on May 1, 2010.
  2. The opening bid is $25.00
  3. In the “comments” section of this blog, please enter your bid amount and any message you’d like to include. If by any chance you cannot enter a comment, please e-mail your bid to me and I will enter it into the comments section according to its time stamp so that all bids will remain in order; please only do this if there is no other way to enter your bid.
  4. At midnight on May 1, I will review the comments for the highest bid and inform the winner the next day via e-mail. For this reason, please use your own account to bid so I know who it’s from.
  5. The highest bid is the winner, not the final bid.
  6. Bids entered on other blog posts or on Facebook, Twitter or any other means except commenting to this post and direct e-mail to me are not valid; believe it or not, everyone is not on Facebook or Twitter or even other social networks, but everyone who can read this message can reach the internet and can send an e-mail, so that makes the bidding fair.
  7. The winner will make their payment directly to FosterCat. When FosterCat has received payment, I will ship the print to the winner.

About the Painting

pastel painting of cat on table with peonies

Peaches and Peonies

MEDIUM: Pastel; SIZE: 16″ x 23″; 2008, $1,500 (note that the print for auction is about half this size). There it is, that moment that turns on all the lights for me…one of my cats in the sun, the conditions that have inspired most of my portraits. Cats are creatures of habit, and Peaches chose this spot to have her after-dinner bath every day for a few weeks when the sun was right; I knew it was a keeper whether a photo or a painting, so I photographed it several times over a period of several days, knowing I’d use at least one photo or all the photos as reference to create one painted image. A painting this size and level of details is a significant investment of time, so I had to wait until my schedule allowed the night-after-night sessions with tiny sections of detail. You can also see it and read more about it on my website.

About the Print I’m Offering

I am offering a 10″ x 16″ print of this work rather than a full-size print because, first, not everyone has tons of wall space, and, second, framing would be less expensive—in fact, this print will fit into a pre-made 16″ x 20″ frame that includes a mat so you can save on custom framing.

About Giclee and Why It’s Valuable

Giclee printing uses special light-fast archival inks and is printed directly from a digital file, which is the most direct and accurate method of reproducing artwork. Prints can be made on many different papers—I use a matte-finish acid-free archival paper—and at just about any size, and when kept out of direct sunlight will keep their original color for at least 100 years. It’s decidedly a limited edition because I’m getting only one print at a time. This print is worth $75.00.

About FosterCat

fostercat logoFoster Cat, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization providing temporary foster homes for cats and kittens until they can be placed for adoption. The organization provides training and support, medications, food and litter as needed, and absorbs all veterinary expenses associated with the care of their kitties. They’ve rescued, fostered and found homes for many, many older and senior cats and I’d like to help them in their mission.

In Conclusion

Good luck! Peaches and I would like to know we can give FosterCat a pile of money to help them help other cats like Peaches.

Other articles celebrating Peaches’ 100th Birthday

Bid on this Print and Start Celebration Peaches’ 100th Birthday

How Peaches Stole My Heart

Old is Awesome!

Loving Care for Your Senior Cat, Part 1

Beyond Food and Water, Loving Care for Your Senior Cat, part 2

My Feline Garden Sprites

Eva Offers a Donation in Honor of Peaches’ 100th

A Poem Dedicated to an Old Cat

Help FosterCat Even More Through My Three Cats

Cookie Reminisces

On The Conscious Cat

How to Care for Your Older Cat

On Catnip Chronicles

Peaches and Peonies

Donate to FosterCat Through Other Blogs and Websites

Eva Offers a Donation in Honor of Peaches’ 100th

Help FosterCat Even More Through My Three Cats

Other articles about Peaches

Peaches Applies for a Job

Get Well Wishes for Peaches

Peaches Says, “Thanks for All the Get Well Wishes, They Worked”

This is a short list—Peaches appears in many articles I’ve written on my household, on pet loss, and even some silly things I’ve written on my website before I had a blog! Search “peaches” in the search box for more articles.

44 Comments on “Bid on This Print and Start Celebrating Peaches’ 100th Birthday”

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  5. animalartist says:

    Kym, you came right in under the line at 11:46 p.m.! Congratulations on being the high bid on the giclee of Peaches and Peonies, making a generous donation to FosterCat!

    At your convenience, please go to to make your donation under “How You Can Help”. You can either click the paw and donate through PayPal or send a check. Also send me a mailing address where you can receive a Priority Mail package! When FosterCat receives your donation, I’ll ship the print.

    Again, congratulations, but most of all, thanks for your generosity to the good works of FosterCat!

  6. Kym Detrick says:

    I would like to bid $130 for Peaches!

  7. Linda Mohr says:

    Peaches–Hope you had a great birthday. I bid $125 in your honor.

  8. animalartist says:

    Kym, thank you! We made it to $100 for FosterCat!

  9. Kym Detrick says:

    I LOVE Peaches and would like to bid $100.00

  10. animalartist says:

    Peaches thanks you! So do I and so does FosterCat.

  11. Linda Mohr says:

    Peaches–you are beautiful. Happy Birthday. My bid is $85.

  12. […] April 29, 2010 in Cats | Tags: Bernadette Kazmarski, Geriatric Cats, Peaches and Peonies, Renal Failure Happy Birthday to Peaches who is celebrating her 20th birthday on May 1. Way to go Peaches!! To honor Peaches, Bernadette Kazmarski is offering a beautiful cat print. You can bid on the Peaches and Peonies print through midnight May 1 by leaving a comment on her blog. The auction proceeds will benefit FosterCat. For more information visit here. […]

  13. […] honor of Peaches, animal artist Bernadette Kazmarski’s cat who is turning 20 years old on May 1, a number of […]

  14. […] addition to bidding on the print, you can shop at and trigger an instant donation to FosterCat, Inc.  For […]

  15. animalartist says:

    Marko, thanks for visiting, and thanks for the compliment. Interesting tour of the museum.

  16. Marko Mitic says:

    Exellent !
    Nice work.
    I will be back to check some new info.
    Thank you,


  17. […] Read about Peaches’ Birthday *name […]

  18. animalartist says:

    Yowza, thanks everyone! FosterCat will really make out from this! They’ve got about 30 adult cats in foster right now including Hampton who is on a special diet which FosterCat will pay for in perpetuity. The more they get the more cats they can help!

  19. Debbi says:

    I’ve decided that I love this piece so much, I’ll make another bid for $70.

  20. It’s really an exquisite piece. I’ll bid $65.

  21. animalartist says:

    Thank you, Renee! But don’t you think Eva might get jealous…wait, since they look so much alike you could tell her the cat is actually her!

  22. Renee says:

    Okay-here I go. I’d like to put in a bid for $50.00. I really love this piece.

  23. […] a part of celebrating Peaches’ 100th Birthday, I am reprinting this article, Part Two in a two part series exploring Senior Cat Care that was […]

  24. Debbi says:

    I hope I’m fortunate enough to spend many years with my babies, who is only two and 7 now. Happy Birthday Peaches!! Gorgeous artwork. I will submit a bid of $45.

    • animalartist says:

      Debbi, 2 and 7 have a lot of years to go, and I hope all three of you can enjoy them together! Thanks for the bid–all the more for FosterCat so they can assist adult and older cats during kitten season. Stop back to read other articles about older cats that you can keep on file for later.

  25. Julia says:

    A mosy joyous Birthday wish for Peaches!!! Congratulations!

    • animalartist says:

      Thanks for visiting, Julia! Peaches appreciates all the birthday wishes she can get. Stop back as we continue to add articles about Peaches and about loving older cats.

  26. […] Bid on This Print and Start Celebrating Peaches’ 100th Birthday […]

  27. […] “Peaches and Peonies” created by renowned animal artist and publisher Bernadette Kazmarski. Click here to view “Peaches and Peonies” and to register for the […]

  28. animalartist says:

    Marg would be so happy! Thanks, Allia! Especially from Peaches who is about one-quarter the size of MacDuff…

  29. How ’bout I bid for Marg….$40.00? Zat okay?

    love to Peaches from MacDuff and the gang.

  30. animalartist says:

    Marg, thanks for the compliment! As I always say, with models like these how can I go wrong? You can certainly make a donation to FosterCat. There’s a link in the article above next to their logo, and they have a page where you can use PayPal or you can mail a check. Make sure you read about the kitties while you’re there!

  31. animalartist says:

    Jim, what a wonderful story–and many people might not think so, but what an act of love for you. I haven’t spent all of Peaches’ 20 years with her, but they have such a gravitas at that age that I swear they could speak human if they had the physical capabilities; I saw it in all my older ones’ eyes. Thanks for your bid!

  32. […] add your comments on your older cats, and please read about blog auction for a signed print of Peaches and Peonies. All proceeds from the highest bid go to FosterCat. I’ll also be featuring other articles on […]

  33. Marg says:

    That is such a gorgeous picture Bernadette. I don’t want to complicate things, but I cannot afford to bid on that picture as much as I would like to have it, but can I make a small donation to the Foster cat organization???
    Give Peaches my best and a very Happy Birthday to her that is for sure. I will write a post on May 1st about older cats.

  34. Jim Thiltgen says:

    I had a calico that passed shortly after she turned 20 a year ago. I knew her end was near, but couldn’t bear the thought of the last trip to the vet. Her last act was to climb the stairs to me room, give a little sign, and pass; very peaceful for both of us. I’ll go to $35.

  35. animalartist says:

    Ingrid, thank you! She’s the purrfect subject! What other kitty would think of posing in the sun next to a vase of peony flowers?

  36. Ingrid says:

    Happy Birthday, Peaches! I’m looking forward to your special celebration – how purrfect for such a special kitty.

    The print is gorgeous, and I’d like to enter the bidding at $30.00.

  37. Renee Austin says:

    I am in love with Peaches and I think your artwork is beautiful-if you’ve not yet had an opening bid I would like to start @ the $25. (Am I doing this right?) I’m looking forward to a nice long celebration of Peaches’ Birthday~Renee

    • animalartist says:

      It’s hard not to be in love with Peaches–all the pet sitters who stopped here told me how cute and friendly she was and anyone who’s helped me with fluids for her just goes on and on about her. Honestly, I know she’s a doll, but this is getting comical! Well, maybe I’m glad no one would adopt her five years ago.

      Yes, you are bidding correctly, and you are the first bid! Thank you! Read about FosterCat, too–I think you’d like working with the organization and I’m so glad I can help them.

  38. Ihavecat says:

    what a wonderful print Bernadette! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEACHES!

  39. Peaches, how awesome! Happy birthday!!

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