Cookie has a nice long drink many times a day, and her little shape over the water bowl is so very familiar. Because she approaches the water bowl in my studio from the same angle and even holds her tail the same way, I could do this sketch in shifts, first her outline, then her dark areas, then to reinforce the fact that she is a tortoiseshell calico I added orange and yellow colored pencil to fill the color and blue in the bowl.
Because she does this frequently enough and holds pretty still for the entire time she is drinking, I think I’ll pursue ideas involving other media that take a little time to work, and also a different base, such as watercolor or oil pastel.
And so I did go on to pursue ideas involving other media. Cookie’s water bowl became Kelly’s water bowl, and now it’s Mimi’s water bowl.
This is still one of my favorites, hanging in my studio.
Inspired by felines you know! Visit Portraits of Animals on Etsy this Holiday Season.
All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.