Bridge Over Schoharie Creek

Bridge Over Schoharie Creek 72dpi© Durga Yael Bernhard

I started this oil painting last year on a sunny day in May.  To celebrate both our birthdays, my friend, neighbor, and sister painter Sarah and I drove up to Prattsville to this lovely rock beach on the side of Schoharie Creek.  There we indulged in a day of fine art – me laying aside my illustration deadlines, she escaping from toils too numerous to tell.

This view of the bridge gave a perfect panorama to the west, with lush mountains and forests.  It was a ideal practice piece, as I was – and am – still in the process of learning to paint in oils.  It was also a welcome break from the mental work and research that accompanies my work as an illustrator.  That work was waiting when I got home, and though I managed to work some more on this landscape over the next few weeks, it had to be put aside soon after, and I did not get to finish the painting until two weeks ago.  Yet there was something nice about picking it up in the spring again.  Every painting is a repository of memories, and when it is a long time coming, it embodies its own time span.

Bridge Over Schoharie Creek is for SALE.  It’s oil on canvas, 30″ wide by 24″ high.  If you’re interested, please email me at

Order Bridge Over Schoharie Creek as a POSTER this week, and get a free greeting card (of the same image)!   $10 for the poster and card, shipping included.  Order your poster here.  Your can also order a six-pack of cards for $15.  Order greeting cards by filling in the title here.

A good week to all,

D Yael

Author / Illustrator of
THE LIFE OF AN OLIVE – forthcoming in September
THE HUNGRY HAGGADAH: A Passover Story in Rhyme
THE JEWISH EYE – 2016 /5776 calendar of art
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
GREEN BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN – Nat’l Green Book Festival Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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