Daily Sketch Reprise: Stained Glass Cats, 2014

pastel drawing of three cats like stained glass
“Stained Glass Cats” (cropped), hard pastel, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Here’s an idea that’s been occurring to me lately as I watch the cats in the sun by the dining room window. I love the way the glass in a stained glass panel is shaded light toward the center of its shape, darker outside by the shadow from the lead between the shapes, and even the rippled quality of the color in many pieces of glass. I’d considered oil pastel for this but they weren’t handy when Jelly Bean, Mewsette and Giuseppe gathered in the late afternoon sun in the dining room window. The geranium leaves were aglow, shadows were deep and colorful, and each cat is its unique color. I followed the simplified shapes and colors I saw through squinted eyes.

I’ll definitely work on refining this, at least as long as the sun shines in the window like this. Below is the uncropped version of the sketch.

pastel drawing of three cats like stained glass
“Stained Glass Cats”, hard pastel, 6.5″ x 9.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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What else was I sketching on this date?

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Reflections, 2012
ink sketch of cat bathing in front of round mirror
Reflections, ink © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette has her bath before the round antique mirror at the top of the stairs, such a girl.

It was all I could do to get a quick outline of her in place before she came over to the corner of the wardrobe on which she sits so she could purr at me and get kisses. She was so lovely and graceful the scene brought to mind Victorian ink sketches of ladies in the boudoir, primping before a mirror. Would make a nice watercolor, though. I think this will be one that I explore further.

And so I did explore it—in sketches and photos and paintings, most especially the Victoriana Cats series.


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pastel sektch of cat bathing
“Swirling Bath”, pastel, 7″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Well, this wasn’t at all what I’d set out to do, but then I’d set out with kind of a loose idea to begin with, “sketch Mr. Sunshine on my desk”. I started out with the toned paper and charcoal seeing Sunshine with his glossy black fur, but suddenly discarded that in favor of my pastels and a half-formed idea of blended color areas on paper with a black outline sketch on top to give them definition. He is so graceful, especially when he turned to wash his side with his tail curling around to the front. So, here it is. It’s a little darker than I’d have liked it had I planned it, but overall I like it. I donated this original sketch, framed, to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center’s annual Paws & Prints Benefit in 2014. You can purchase a print or notecard below or find it on Portraits of Animals or visit my gallery of daily sketches to see what’s available.


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