“World Cat” for World Cat Day, and Win a Print

watercolor of sleeping curled cat
“World Cat”, ink and watercolor, 9″ x 12″ © BernadetteE. Kazmarski

I sketched this on September 2, 2012, and on that day that I couldn’t sit down in my studio because a certain black cat had taken over my chair, so I was doing other things I could do standing because God forbid I move the cat. I remember I spun the chair and the light hit him just right and in the highlights and shadows in his fur I pictured the globe, blue and green, little bits of peach here and there, floating in the dusty cosmos of the Milky way, envisioning an ink sketch with watercolor in those colors.

And so I grabbed my watercolor pad and my favorite Pentel Hybrid Technica drawing pen and sketched his graceful cat curve and shoulders and big ears and minimal details. Then, because he often followed me when I left the room, I tiptoed so I wouldn’t wake him to get a jar of water and my watercolors and brushes and painted the interesting light falling on him from the window and from my work lights using the watercolors from my limited traveling palette, blue, green, purple, orange and yellow.

It was all over in about 15 minutes. I named the sketch “World Cat” not because Giuseppe represents the world of cats or cats of the world (though he might like to think so), but because I set it aside for the finishing glance and it really did look like an image of the earth from space, that lovely blue and green globe, that I’d seen in that first glance.

Or perhaps it worked out this way because I think the world of my cats.

I used him as my Peace Globe for the Blog Blast for Peace in November and he really was floating in the cosmos in that one.

About World Cat Day

World Cat Day was founded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002 because cats are special and they deserve it. Really, I didn’t find any reason for founding the day, but that seems likely since that’s usually the reason for setting aside a day to recognize a species. We who live with cats know every day is Cat Day, but we’ll gladly take one to recognize our felines, and so will they.

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NOTE: THIS DRAWING IS CLOSED.

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Win a Signed Print of “World Cat”

“World Cat” is one of the paintings I’ve chosen to stock prints for. They are printed in archival ink on matte-finish acid-free cover stock, centered in an 11″ x 14″ sheet—you can view it here in my Etsy shop. It would slip right into a premade frame  at 16″ x 20″ with a mat with an opening of 11″ x 14″. I would also be glad to custom frame it for you at an extra charge.

  1. To celebrate World Cat Day I’ll give away three prints in a random drawing of comments on this post.
  2. It would be super nice if you would share this on other social networks, but I would have no idea if you did or not and so it won’t increase your chances of winning.
  3. The contest will run through midnight EST next Wednesday, August 14 and I will announce the winner on Thursday, August 15.
  4. I’m pretty low-tech with giveaways so I print out all the comments, cut them apart and drop them into a paper lunch bag. I used to have my cats choose them until they decided this wasn’t in their employment contract so now I have my brother come over and reach in the bag to choose the winners.

Good luck! And thanks for reading and caring for cats and making them your “world”.

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Other items with this image

wood mounted print
World Cat Wood Mount Print

This is sold! But I will be making more soon.

Right now I have “World Cat” available mounted on a square wood block in my Etsy shop. The block is 8″ x 8″ so the image is reduced a bit and cropped to fit; the sides of the block are painted black and it’s all finished with a clear matte finish.

I also have a number of prints as described above.

I usually have a round keepsake box with this image on the top, but I just sold it in the last week or two and haven’t had the chance to make up a new one—those round maiche boxes can be hard to find in singles or small sets. I’ve been looking for them, though, and may come up with one in the next week.

 


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30 thoughts on ““World Cat” for World Cat Day, and Win a Print

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  • August 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm
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    Thanks for participating, everyone! We have three winners of “World Cat” prints, and the rest of you who have an e-mail associated with your profile will get an e-mail with a discount code good for 25% off anything in my Etsy shop until the end of August. Happy World Cat day!

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  • August 14, 2013 at 9:55 am
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    A peaceful print. We should all be so relaxed. Cat-purrs make the world a better place.

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    • August 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm
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      Thanks, Ace, it’s one of my favorites to have around to look at too.

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  • August 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm
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    Beautiful painting…although I might get that green tail checked out.

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:01 am
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      Thanks, Eric–and it’s just a trick of the light, no need to worry!

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  • August 9, 2013 at 1:31 am
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    I always have room for a beautiful cat drawing/print/photo.

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:06 am
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      Thanks Debbie–you’ll be a collector soon!

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  • August 9, 2013 at 12:40 am
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    I love that drawing. It’s perfect for World Cat Day.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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    I love, love, love this print! I would be honored to hang this my home

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    • August 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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      *in my home.

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      • August 12, 2013 at 1:08 am
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        Thanks for entering, Kimberly! I knew what you meant–darn that “post” button.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm
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    Love the print. It’s another that’s on my list. It’d be so “cat” to have an employment contract, too, wouldn’t it?! Made me laugh out loud. Thanks, b!

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:11 am
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      Tiger, different from the rest of what you have with the ink, but it’s a nice soft image. Yes, of course cats have employment contracts, that’s why they figure they can sleep all day!

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    • August 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm
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      Congratulations, Tiger, you’re a winner of a print of World Cat!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm
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    It’s purrfect. I must have it!

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:11 am
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      Thank you, Sherry–not long-haired, but still a nice cat!

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    • August 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm
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      Sherry, congratulations, you’re a winner of a print of World Cat! I’m so happy to know you’ll have a piece of my artwork to watch over your kitties!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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    We love your daily sketches on Pinterest and especially love this one for World Cat Day!
    Dawn & Lyra

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:13 am
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      Dawn & Lyra, I love Pinterest as a gallery! Wish I could do it here. Is “Lyra” from the Golden Compass stories? I loved the name when I read them, still do.

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    • August 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm
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      Dawn & Lyra, Congratulations, you’re a winner of a print of World Cat, and thanks so much for following us on Pinterest!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 11:05 am
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    happee werld cat day guys….we hope everee one iz enjoyin de day with sum flounder, trout, mackerull, sea bass, herring, toona
    perch, salmon N oceanfish…just a few oh de fish oh de werld 🙂 speekin of, best fishes two everee one in de contest

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:14 am
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      Tabbies, Giuseppe could be a fish here, don’t you think?

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  • August 8, 2013 at 10:17 am
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    that really is quite beautiful! I would love to win it and hang it in my kitten room..

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:14 am
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      Connie, they could aspire to be a big strong kitty like Giuseppe!

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  • August 8, 2013 at 9:38 am
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    that is absolutely exquisite for World Cat Day! It’s purrfect and we would be honored to be entered. Happy World Cat Day! Love, Cody and Caren

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    • August 12, 2013 at 1:16 am
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      Thanks so much, Caren, and thanks for visiting!

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