Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Naps

ink sketch of two cats napping
“Naps”, ink drawing pen, 8″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

We’ve been fortunate to have a temperate summer so far, but today it was just plain hot and humid. Jelly Bean was happy to have the entire top of the wardrobe at the top of the stairs by the open window all to himself. Some air circulates there and it’s a little more pleasant than other places. At least until Giuseppe plunks his big self down in front of you and blocks the air.

I had actually intended to do a quick watercolor or pastel of these two, but my hands were sweating and I just didn’t want to hold my paper for too long. When Bean started flapping his tail I couls see this interesting shape.

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What else was I sketching on this date?


Looking Closely, 2013
marker sketch of cat looking down at his paws
Looking Closely, brush markers © B.E. Kazmarski

I have no idea what Giuseppe was studying so intently. He would bathe a while, then stop and stare down in front of his paws, ears and whiskers at attention.

Honestly, I think it was a mark on the piece of paper he’s sitting on, a fax that had some faded corners and lines from the item that had been copied. Perhaps one of the marks looked like a little mousie tail.

The day grew dark with the rain, and while I’ve had most of the lights off while it was excessively hot, it’s pleasant to be cool and have the kitty keep-warm lamps lit at my desk, with their warm yellow light that brings out the wonderful mahogany highlights in everyone.

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Loafing, 2012
sketch of two cats on stool
“Loafing”, charcoal and conté © B.E. Kazmarski

That stool has been a hot spot for couples in the past few days. Today it’s Mr. Sunshine and sister Mewsette, no doubt waiting for dinner, though that is some time away.

I enjoy drawing them alone, but I really love the simple compositions they make when they are together, aware of each other though not necessarily interacting. It’s difficult to get a sketch of them before they move significantly, though. I have the beginnings of two other sketches of these two in the pages before this on in my sketch book.

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