Black Cat Appreciation Day

five black cats in a line
Five in a Line in color!

Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day, but if it wasn’t perfectly clear before, we celebrate black cats every day here at The Creative Cat! I feel I’m fortunate in so many ways that Mimi and her wonderful children came into my life and stayed, and there are many moments in each day that I look at them with wonder and express that wonder to them with love and affection—and in my own personal way of perceiving and interpreting the world around me, in several dozen photographs, a sketch or two, and all the things I create from watching them.

four cat shapes in color
Warhol Cats, gel pen and brush marker © B.E. Kazmarski

I have always loved the look of black cats, loved the look of the silhouette and the bright eyes set like gems in their fur, when I was rescued by one many years ago he became my reason to begin rescuing all the cats I’ve rescued since, and they became my first tentative subjects for art, and here I am today.

portrait of black cat on floor
Are You Looking At Me? pastel, 17″ x 22″, 2005 © B.E. Kazmarski

It’s not just because they are cats that they are so inspiring to me, though I find cats to be one of the most inspiring subjects for my creative outlets, it is in good part because they are black that I find them so inspiring. As I’ve mentioned often in my daily sketches I can take those wonderful silhouettes, those solid coats with glowing eyes and shining whiskers and graceful tails, and make them into any color or pattern I want, and I do, just as often as I render them in their actual colors with those rich and lovely highlights and shadows, sharing the best of the beauty I see and render, with love, by my own hand.

pastel silhouette of cat
Shape, gray shades of pastels © B.E. Kazmarski

And it’s not just that I want to share every cute, funny and beautiful thing they do—in a real way, I’m just like everyone else out there posting photos of my cats on the internet, and before this family came along I was sharing and still share photos and sketches and paintings of cats in stripes and calico spots and tortie speckles and even pure white. And it’s not just that I want to show off my photography and art, though as a professional artist, that’s what you do.

one tortoiseshell and five black cats
Cookie and her minions.

Perceiving beauty in the world around us is a very personal thing. I truly believe that especially visual images which we personally find beautiful move our emotions and cause us to love the subject of that work, and love it more and more each time we see an image of it. I also believe that the love embedded into an image by the creator is felt by the viewer. In this way, and possibly most importantly, I hope that each and every one of the thousands of photos of my black cats which I’ve posted, shared, made into merchandise and licensed as photographs, and especially all of the artwork I’ve created touches the heart of every viewer and moves them to love black cats, and more each time they look at them, and inspires them to seek out a black cat to live with and admire and love.

four black kittens
The Little Four.

Even the sketch I did just last night, after I’d watched Mewsette and Bean for hours cuddling and cuddling in the impossibly tiny box in every position of love and comfort—curled together nose to nose, like yin and yang, one on top of the other, impossibly twisted—in the gentle light from the window, it was love that made me do it. My eye was watching the dusky purple shadows and blue highlights, their mahogany patina, their ears poking up here and there from that wondrous soft cushiony pile of black fur; I loved them so intensely that I repeatedly got up and went to just put my hands on them to absorb some of their joy, which elicited a purr from each at just the touch of my hand, a share of love, and I turned that love into a sketch, wanting to share that softness and the gentle moment.

pastel sketch of two cats sleeping
“Deep in Sleep”, Sennelier soft pastels on pastello paper, 10″ x 6.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Today will be another day of inspiration in the paws of my black cats. I often say they are a gift, these loving and respectful souls, after years rescuing cats with physical and emotional scars from neglect and abuse, right now, all they need is love, and they give plenty in return. It’s my goal as a lover of cats and as an artist to share that love and inspire it in others.

two black cats
Those Luminous Eyes.

Even our new sister Emeraude inspires me every day with the resilience of a geriatric cat who’s lost all she knows and yet goes on to find her place and continue to love—and those still brilliant green eyes in her charcoal fur.

black cat with green eyes
I carry her into the room, but Emeraude has grown to like it in there.

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Black Cat Appreciation day was founded by Wayne Morris in honor of his sister who passed away years ago on August 17, and the black cat that she loved. You can visit Wayne’s Facebook page For the Love of Black Cats (Black Cat Appreciation Page).

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Discount on black cat goods!

Show how much you love black cats and help spread the love! All merchandise in my Etsy shop depicting and inspired by my black cats is 25% off today and tomorrow, August 17 and 18. Use the coupon code. BLACKCATAPPRECIATION to take advantage of your savings.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

cats for adoption

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  • August 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Waiting for dinner, one of our favourite pics 🙂
    We also like all the other pics.
    Black cats are simply wonderful!!
    At least that’s what Tillie and Julie think!!
    Puees Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure, Tiger, JJ and Julie

    • August 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks so much to our fellow house panthers!

  • August 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful have a beautiful soul dear lady..

    • August 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you, Nancy Blue Moon–they keep me that way.

  • August 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Black cats are definitely your muse. You are the most creative at finding ways of bringing them to life in art.

    • August 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you, Rumpydog, only fair for all the inspiration they give me!

  • August 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Pawsome post Miss Bernadette; no one ever never has to question where YOU stand on black panther cats! Mom and Dad are committed to adopting a black panfur if I will allow it…have to wait and see…

    • August 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks, Savvy–and I had to get another one because I only had five! I guess your buddy will come along when you’re ready, but you’d look really nice next to a black kitty.

    • August 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Island Cats–I’d better agree, I’m quite outnumbered!

  • August 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I knew you’d do something special for this day and you did. Purrs and kudos for all you do for cats. Shared with <3

    • August 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you, Layla, I so looked forward to Black Cat Appreciation Day, one day when this household fits right in!

  • August 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Such a touching post, Bernadette. I often touch my cats for the sheer physical need to feel their warmth and the love that radiates from them. It is such a spiritual process to me and I can appreciate the deep love you feel for your cats. I hope today will inspire many to realize just how special black cats are and to give them a chance at a furever home.

    • August 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Deb, it is a wonderful thing to touch them, isn’t it? I hope we’re both making a difference in the world in writing about our feline families.


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