Daily Sketch: Lazy Saturday Afternoon

watercolor of three cats
Lazy Saturday Afternoon, watercolor © B.E. Kazmarski

It’s Giuseppe in the front in teal, Mewsette draped off the edge in green, and Jelly Bean in purple. Rather than use the colors I associate with each of them, these colors came about because of the reflections on each of them from the window light, the mirror behind them and the walls. I hadn’t intended to do them in different colors though! This time I actually wanted them to be purple, maybe, with tints of other colors, but here we are again.

No watercolor pencils this time, no pencil lines, just the colors and a brush and three cats having a really good afternoon nap on top of the wardrobe—so good they stayed still long enough for me to paint the basics before they moved. This is a first for me (not them, they nap all the time)—I have never been able to watercolor without an underlying pencil sketch. I’ve never put the brush to paper and felt I had enough control to just paint in watercolors. I have to credit all the daily experience of my daily sketches with giving me this confidence and control. My goal was this loose quality, though, just enough to indicate their shapes and positions, no more.

I have also set up an all-in-one scanner/printer etc. in my studio with much better scan and print quality than the cheap thing I have downstairs. A friend “donated” it to me when they went wireless, and all the better for me! Aside from a little shadowing and distortion from the slightly rippled watercolor paper it’s spot-on for color. The scanner bed is a little small, but I’ll be happy to quit complaining about how bad my scanner is and apologizing for inaccurate color!

I spent more time than I’d planned in playing around with the new printer and haven’t downloaded today’s photos…I’ll have to make up for it tomorrow. That and Giuseppe rolling around all over my work table, and of course I couldn’t move him, so not as much got done as I’d have liked. But I got a nice painting.


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11 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Lazy Saturday Afternoon

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  • June 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Bernadette, I absolutely adore this beautiful watercolor!!! The colors are fantastic, I can’t quit looking at it. Is the original for sale? If so, I am really interested!

    • June 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Paulette, I can’t take my own eyes off of it! I have it as the desktop wallpaper on my upstairs computer, and I’ve been planning all the cool things I’m going to make from it–place mats, tablecloths, trays, you name it!

      Yes, the original is for sale. I was planning to offer it in my July e-newsletter, and people who have purchased from me actually get a preview e-newsletter before I send things out to the public. But you don’t have to wait until them. I’m planning on a white frame, either that 2″ wide flat plain white style I’ve been using, or a nice white barnwood that goes really well. The colors were too hard to match when I wanted to match the frame to it. Let me know if you are interested–it will be $100 framed, I had to raise that price a little when I purchase special molding. I’m not sure about the mats, again because the colors are a little difficult.

      Thanks for the compliment!

      • June 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

        Yes, Bernadette, Don & I both love the painting and would love to by it. The price is fine. How do we proceed?

        • June 17, 2012 at 1:47 am

          Wow, I’m so glad you’ll have another one! I can send you a PayPal invoice for the amount plus shipping, which would be $25.00 again–I just can’t get away with a smaller box when the frame is 11″x14″, of course it’s larger on the outside.

          Let me know which frame you’d prefer. For the flat plain white look at the frame on this painting: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98144188/colorful-kelly-framed-original, that’s the best sample; remember that this shows an 8″ x 10″, but yours would be an 11″ x 14″ so the moulding would be narrower in proportion, but it’s still 2″ wide gloss white. For the white barnwood look at this moulding sample: http://www.michaels.com/Open-Back/products-framing-openback,default,sc.html.

          Sunday is a studio day, especially since it’s supposed to rain, so I’ll be taking care of things tomorrow.

          • June 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

            Bernadette, I’m leaning towards the white barnwood, but will defer to your expertise if you think the other would look better. Does the PayPal invoice come to me in an email ? Just want to make sure I don’t miss it –unfortunately, I’m not the most computer savy person. I still have trouble navigating some web sites.

            Also, wanted to let you know that my husband was thrilled with the Father’s Day portrait gift certificate given to him this morning by his four “feline children”. He will be in touch with you soon to start the process. He is still deciding what he wants, but is leaning towards a favorite photo of our beloved torty & white Abbey. We rescued her when she was not more than 2-3 weeks old and were blessed to have her as a part of our lives for 16 years. Don’t think either of us will ever get over loosing her. She was one of a kind!

            Just to let you know, we still intend to have you do the portrait (that i mentioned to you earlier) with at least our four current kitties as a 50th anniversary gift to each other, but will have to be put it on hold for a while, as my 87 yr. old Mother is nearing the end of a loosing battle with metastatic breast cancer and I am going to have to go to San Diego in the next couple of weeks to help my 90 yr. old father take care of her for the duration. So, I just don’t have the time or energy to gather everything that will be needed in time for our Aug. anniversary date. Something to look forward to after I return home!

          • June 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

            Paulette, I just sent a PayPal invoice which you will receive in e-mail. Depending on your settings it will either be a live invoice or just a link. After that it’s like any other shopping cart, but if you have any problems, contact me.

            I’m leaning toward the barn wood too, and I think I’ll just get it because I’ll use it for a print or even for something else. It’s kind of loose and informal, and the plain white is modern, I like them both!

            What a wonderful Father’s Day gift! And I’m so glad you could take advantage of the discount too. I can’t wait to meet Abbey, and don’t forget I need to hear stories when I do a portrait too, so start getting those together! I’m so sorry your mother is in that condition. It’s hard enough to watch anyone with cancer, but no 87-year-old should have to suffer that much pain. I hope your father makes it through okay too. We can wait until after, and it can be a healing thing.

            With this new scanner I don’t have to take things off to have them scanned by someone else unless they are just too big for my scanner. I’ll get the moulding probably Tuesday and check to see that I have the mat board I’m thinking of. I should be able to have it out by Friday.

            thanks again!

  • June 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I Love this bright n cheerful series.. this bright squelch of kitties in the Sunshine. xxx

    • June 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Annie, I’m pretty pleased with it. Guess what’s going to be framed for next month?

  • June 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Stunning! Having a good printer does help, but your talent is there to be seen even when the print quality is naff! x

    • June 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Carolyn, thanks! It’s always a disappointment when I produce something I really like and the scanner/printer screws it up. And also, I’ve had to pay a service to scan the pieces I sell and use as prints and notecards so the better equipment also eliminates travel and cost. Nice!

      Love the word “naff”! You and Annie are from the UK and I enjoy your vocabulary. Between the two of you and a friend in Canada, I’ve added to my word usage and sometimes add the “u” to things we Americans don’t typically do.


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