Daily Sketch: Washing

charcoal sketch of cat on tinted paper
“Washing”, black and white charcoal on gray flecked paper, 7″ x 4″ © B.E Kazmarski

I admit I kind of staged this one. I had the pile of sheets on the bed, and I love the contrast of the black cats and the light-colored sheets, just picturing a rich black shape in the middle of all those fun wrinkles, and I really wanted to sketch it on the mid-tone paper.

The only problem was that the cats weren’t at all interested in the pile of sheets.

That was because I wasn’t either. At least, not until that moment. I went in my bedroom and acted as if I was to start making up the bed. One by one, cats followed me in and took a decided interest in the sheets. First Mewsette kneaded on the sheets and walked around softly talking, but she isn’t a sheet nestler; I needed one of the boys, namely…Mr. Sunshine, who came in and hopped up on the bed with a concerned expression, knowing he’d missed something.

Instead of settling on the sheets, he settled next to them, on the other side. I decided to sketch him bathing since it might be my only chance, and I like it even if it wasn’t what I’d planned—it was what was.

As I was sketching Jelly Bean came softly meowing and bumping on my legs. He jumped up and found a spot as Mewsette joined Mr. Sunshine, all finished their baths, and began a serious nap.

Begin again? Another sketch? No, I had finished my idea and, as nice as they were, they would go unsketched.

The title refers to both what Mr. Sunshine is doing and our habit of making nouns of verbs.

What was I sketching a year ago today?

Cats on the Edge

sketch of two cats on top of box
Cats on the Edge, charcoal © B.E. Kazmarski

Jelly Bean and Mimi curl up on the top of the highest box on the stacks in my office…read more.

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