Daily Sketch Reprise: Winter Morning, 2013

pastel sketch of cat looking out window
“Winter Morning (full paper)”, pastel on textured paper, 5″ x 7″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mimi looks out this window nearly every day so I should have plenty of chances to sketch her, but I rarely have my art materials or my ability to focus first thing. I decided today was the day, though it was bright overcast, without the clear hard shadows of a brilliant winter morning. Still, the softened shadows were filled with dusky colors while even Mimi’s mahogany was nearly red.

This is just a bit of a thing in soft pastels on pastel paper in the little 5″x 7″ pads I keep at a couple of desks–and keep forgetting I have on hand. I used a buff underneath this, to make sure I kept it warm. It reminds me a bit of another sketch from earlier that year, “The Sunny Upstairs Window”.

I don’t think Mimi likes it, though; she keeps walking back and forth in front of my monitor, and I get the idea she’s hoping I don’t post it.

I like to show the edges of a sketch like this, but they take on a slightly different character when they’ve been cropped to the essential image, as below.

pastel sketch of cat looking out window
“Winter Morning (cropped), pastel on textured paper, 4″ x 5” © B.E. Kazmarski

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The Sunny Upstairs Window, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

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