Daily Sketch: A Pile of Socks

charcoal sketch of cat kneading socks
“A Pile of Socks”, charcoal pencil, 9.5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Oh, thank you,” said Mr. Sunshine as he happily squinted and stepped into the pile of socks I was sorting and folding. “This is just…so nice…purrrrfect,” he said as he began purring loudly and kneading slowly and thoughtfully with both front paws.

Cats and laundry just go together as if the laundry basket had a little bell on it that only cats could hear. Finishing with the socks was out of the question right then, so I sketched him, from my angle, foreshortened, looking down on his happy face, relaxed ears, closed eyes and starfish paws.

Charcoal pencil is good for a quick study. I was going to add some color to the socks with pastel to distinguish them, but I left them as they were. I like the lines.

What was I sketching last year?

On the Flowered Rug

sketch of two black cats on rug
On the Flowered Rug, marker © B.E. Kazmarski

These two settled on the landing for a good bit of the afternoon… read more and see the original post.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: A Pile of Socks

  • March 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    We likes that you didn’t add color and kept it as is. That way we can see each of us as the kitty in the picture! Purrs…

    • March 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      That’s just what I was thinking, guys! Even though we are all black kitties, we haven’t always been, and not everyone wears pink and turquoise and yellow socks like our human…

    • March 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Susan, I’ll wear all the socks and find myself washing and sorting and folding them again in a month or so. I’ll have the sketch forever.


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