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Daily Featured Artwork: Studio Morning Shift, 2017

 "Studio Morning Shift", pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Studio Morning Shift”, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’ve been intending to share prior feline artwork, especially my daily sketches and other smaller sketches, to share all my different media and styles. To help get myself back in the swing of painting—aside from book covers I haven’t created a new painting of any subject in almost a year—and in the swing of posting, this is a start.

This painting of Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Mimi came to mind when I wanted to change my desktop background on the little laptop I use frequently around the house, so I get to look at it frequently and still love to study what I did with the scene.

This was a sketch from life, as you’ll read below, and I really think I captured the scene well but not overdone—the simplicity of it, yet with just enough detail in the cats and the vase and brushes. I love the lighting too, that winter light filling the panes of that old casement window, so stark, and washing down on the windowsill and the table, pulling the mahogany highlights from their fur. I remember choosing that heavily textured black paper so I could use the texture to add interest.

Sometimes when I look at one of my daily sketches done from life I feel like I’m there all over again, and this is definitely one of them.

About Studio Morning Shift

In January 2017 I participated in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge this month. This was my painting for day 15, and it was the first cat sketch I’d done. I painted a number of portraits over the holidays so I moved to landscapes and other subjects first. I actually had a different image planned that day but Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine were totally enchanting getting organized in the best cuddle pile on my drafting table by the window, the light was wonderful, and, well, here you are. I kept visualizing the three black shapes and tried to ignore them and stop visualizing a sketch. Good luck with that. I told myself that if they lined up, one-two-three, I would sketch them. It took a while, but, don’t you know, they did.

I wasn’t sure which crop I liked better on this sketch. Above I have the crop that preserves all the edges even though the windows aren’t right, the panes are each the same size. Below is the crop that includes the image area I’d wanted, but I like the black edges. Whatever, I guess I don’t really have to make a decision.

"Studio Morning Shift", pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Studio Morning Shift”, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

But then, I like this crop too, just the “important” area of the art.

 "Studio Morning Shift", detail © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Studio Morning Shift”, detail © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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4 thoughts on “Daily Featured Artwork: Studio Morning Shift, 2017

  • So beautiful. Wow.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

    • Thanks so much, Sandee. I can still remember that moment. Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

  • Brian's Home Blog

    Your art is beautiful and looks so real and heartfelt.

    • Thanks, Brian. Sketching my cats each day was all just for practice and I had no idea what memories they would create until after I started. Now I’m so glad I did this.


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