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Daily Sketch: Backyard Bunny

pastel sketch of rabbit in yard.
“Backyard Bunny”, soft pastels on pastello paper, 11″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

No, it’s not a black cat! It’s one of the backyard bunnies. I’d been watching them since early morning in my yard and the neighbor’s and decided I’d eventually do a sketch of them. I didn’t know it would be so soon! I did take my drawing materials outside but I only got a start out there; I finished it inside and bunnies have many of the same habits as it bears a resemblance to a photo I’d taken of a bunny in the back yard a few years ago. I’m sure as I finished the sketch, unfortunately without having taken a reference photo, I had that image in mind since I’ve used it for a number of articles here as well as in designs for customers. I’m glad I finally got around to sketching our backyard bunny, it’s one of the sketches and paintings I’ve been planning for years. Maybe I’ll even sketch that pesky squirrel too…

This is done in pastel on pastello paper with just my limited outdoor set of pastels.

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What else was I sketching on this date?

Kitty Spoons, 2013
oil pastel sketch of two cats
“Kitty Spoons”, oil pastel, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A little number from the nap sequence today, Jelly Bean tucked into Mewsette’s curve, or Mewsette settled around Bean. Either way, they are definitely spooning in the afternoon.

The lighting here has so many subtle colors because most of it is reflected off something else—the green of the ivy on the tree, the yellow of my neighbor’s house, the blue of the sky, even. In this case, both the white bedspread and the black cats reflect and absorb all colors, but in my room in the afternoon, it’s primarily a pale green with yellow.

Today it was oil pastels for the first time in a while.

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Quickly, Before They Wake, 2012
pencil sketch of two cats cuddling
Quickly, Before They Wake, pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Giuseppe and Mewsette spent the day on my desk and I watched as they cuddled, stretched and blocked my view. I’ve already sketched those postures, they are moving too much, I’m in the middle of something…

But when they tucked their heads in together like two commas cuddling, I furtively grabbed my sketchbook and a pencil and quietly but quickly stood up to do a quick sketch of their two faces tucked together; sometimes my movements or even looking at them wakens them, especially as the afternoon draws along and they are thinking of dinner. I did manage to snap a photo as well, but they sensed my vigilance and woke up to look around, shift, and the moment was over.

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