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Daily Featured Artwork: Shadows and Light, 2013

pastel of cat in sunlight
“Shadows and Light”, yellow pastel on pastello paper, 9″ x 12″, 2013 © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette catches the bright warm flow of early morning sun through the back door and into the kitchen. Both she and the shadows are fairly solid black and the light and highlight fairly solid yellow with very little secondary or reflected light.

Since most of the drawing was in shadow I decided in this case to use dark paper and draw the light, rather than the other way around. My pad of pastello paper didn’t have a good deep brown or green so I used black, which is a little stark but carries the idea well.

I don’t have this sketch listed on my website, but I could frame it up for you if you’re interested.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Featured Artwork: Shadows and Light, 2013

  • Hi, Bernadette. I get your posts through my email. I’ve noticed lately that when I click “read more of this post,” it takes me to an error message. The only way I can get into the post is through the comment section. I don’t know if it’s just me, or something on your end.

    • Hey, thanks for letting me know. I save my posts in my email and just checked, and that happens for me too. I checked emails as far back as October and it’s probably been happening for some time. I’ll see if I can get any answers, but I may add a manual link at the top for now.


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