Monday, March 4, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Jade

"Jade", brush markers, 6" x 8" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Jade”, brush markers, 6″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mimi has been sitting on the windowsill to watch the birds in the morning, and has the choice of turning to look out the window behind her that looks into the side yard with feeders right outside, or the window on the opposite wall that looks out front with another feeder and birdbath, and the street that’s just busy enough with cats and dogs and people to keep her looking back and forth.

I photographed her yesterday in this pose and used it for a story she “wrote”, and thought how nice that would be as a three- or four-color block print or screen print, simple shapes and nice contrasting colors. Then this morning she sat in the same position but the sun was shining on the leaves of the jade plant and it was just too inspiring. I sketched her and the leaves, but it wasn’t until evening that I inked it in with my markers. I may need to pursue this design! I like it with the white behind, or perhaps even a pale blue.

I like the title “Jade”, and perhaps if I use it for something outside of publishing here people might think Mimi’s name is actually Jade. She likes that. She is sitting on my right hand right now as I’m typing.

Thinking about new markers…

Also have to be a little more diligent at cleaning the cat hair off the platen of my scanner.

What was I sketching last year on this day?

“Twilight Cats”

colored pencil sketch of two cats
Twilight Cats, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

It’s Mimi and Bean at the front window in a blue spring twilight…see the original and read more about this sketch.

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Jade

  • “Jade” would be perfect for what I refer to as a “December holidays” card!
    And how do you have the time to keep all the feeders clean and filled???

    • Do you think so? I often offer general art cards for winter holidays if they have the right feel. We’ll see what I do–I want to print this one. As for feeders, I have extras so I can take one down at a time each week and let it soak, I just built up a system with it years ago after trying to do them all at once.


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