Daily Sketch: Bella

painting of black cat
“Bella”, watercolor, 8″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Pretty Bella, she is so slender and graceful! She loves to curl up on the toilet tank and lean against the tissue box, and as soon as I saw her, especially when I saw the photo below, I had an idea for an illustration of her. Just simplify the background with a green level she is lying on and a pattern on the left, not even the tissue box, in colors to match her eyes, the tank and then a darker green–the tissue box had black, but I just didn’t like it when I tried it out, too much competition with the star.

Got to have those beans on the bottom of her foot, and the curled hind foot! And of course those round eyes! I actually painted this last night but it was so late I wanted to wait until today to post it, and now it’s getting late again! Here is the reference photo.

black cat
The reference photo for Bella’s painting

I stood at the doorway behind the baby gate with my cats and sketched as fast as I could.

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What other sketches did I share around this date?


Mimi Morning Birdwatching, 2013
marker sketch of black cat watching birds at feeder
“Mimi Morning Birdwatching”, brush markers, 8″ x 6.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi quietly watches the birds fluttering around the feeder outside the kitchen window.

Our feeders are busy now from dawn to dusk with migrants and new residents of our yard for winter as birds come down from Canada, thinking it’s a little warmer here. In addition to the feeder I keep outside the big north window, I add feeders one by one as birds migrate through until later in the year when I have all of them up for the coldest part of winter. They are nearly always good for a little birdie show at this feeder right outside the kitchen window, and this year I think I’ll add a little water bowl just for fun, right outside the window.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Bella

    • September 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

      That’s the most beautiful thing about her, Austin!

  • September 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Lovely lady..I think green is her color..

    • September 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Bluemoonalone, I thought it was just my five, but now I’m convinced that it’s a black cat color!


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