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Daily Sketch: Mimi Graceful

"Mimi Graceful", watercolor, 5" x 2.5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Mimi Graceful”, watercolor, 5″ x 2.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I had started out with the idea to do much more than this, actually two cats, but I got this far and decided I liked it. So I stopped, the kitties got up and moved around and the moment was gone. I still liked it as it was.

I named it for Mimi because the shape immediately resembled Mimi, but it is not Mimi. Mewsette and Bean were draped over each other in the box, and I began with Mewsette.

It’s not surprising to me I painted Mimi in Mewsette’s place. Mimi and I had just spent some time out in the yard, just she and me and not even my camera, and I was thinking about how much I love her. She and Mewsette are very close, and while they have many differences in shape and size and personality, they are in many ways very much alike.

This is a tiny little painting! I was working on the very last page in one of my inexpensive 5″ x 7″ watercolor sketch books ($1.00 bin at Joann Fabrics), and I had to keep myself contained to stay on the paper, especially since I was intending to paint two cats. Unfortunately, this being the last page, I had some bleed-through from other paintings I’d done. I had thought I’d be covering more paper and I’d cover those up, but not so. I just tried to use them when I realized they were there, the blob below her extended arm and the blurred area by her hip. There was also a pale purple sphere over her head, but nothing a little Photoshop can’t fix.

And I’m not sure why all these little watercolors come out blue. Well, I do know why, it’s because I use blue watercolor paint, but I can’t figure out why, when I choose to do simples or silhouettes I use this shade of blue as in Blue Purple Cats, Indigo Nap and Bath, and Winter Light, though sometimes purple as in A Heart on Her Paw and Calming Purple Kitty. This time I actually tried to get myself to use green…just couldn’t do it, meaning I couldn’t visualize it in green, when I tried I saw nothing, but in blue I saw the painting I had in mind. Guess I’ll have to work on that. Or maybe not.

What was I sketching a year ago today?

Out My Back Door
pastel sketch of three cats looking out door
Out My Back Door, pastel pencil on multi-media paper, 7″ x 9.5″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette looks out into the yard…click here to see the original post.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Mimi Graceful

  • We saw this on FB and loved it. We’re actually kinda partial to blues & purples, so we’re thinking maybe not trying so hard with the green is okay by us!

  • I love how out of nowhere, you just reflect upon the deep love you have for Mimi. I do that myself and it gives me great comfort to think of my precious babies at random times for no reason other than to reflect on the simple joy they bring me…


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