Tuesday, September 26, 2023
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Daily Sketch: Purple Cats, Red Blanket

watercolor of two cats on blanket
Purple Cats, Red Blanket, ink and watercolor © B.E.Kazmarski

This was yesterday’s daily sketch, which I didn’t get a chance to finish even late in the day, so I finished it today and posted it. I needed to spend some time color balancing it and it’s still not quite right; my scanner tends to be overly red and my camera overly blue and neither one was too accurate, and it was already 9:00 at night, so this is close enough.

Black cats, like white cats, have all sorts of colors in their fur, and in yesterday’s filtered sunlight their fur glistened with all sorts of highlights and shadows. The randomly shaped and wrinkled red blanket heightened the range of colors in their fur and even the neutral wood floor held random combinations in its old unfinished grain. Mostly, the composition was what attracted me in the first place: two similar heavy rounded shapes, the random soft shape and the smooth shape brought elements together in a very pleasing way.

I think cats are very aware of how they can create beautiful compositions simply by being in them.

Sometimes I’m not sure which way to go with an idea. Part of my quandary was that I had two ideas, this one of ink lines with watercolor and another of black sumi-style cats on a solid red blanket, just absolutely simple shapes. I think I’ll also do that one, but I’ll do it from the photographs I took.

You may recognize this as being similar to a few of the images in today’s photo, “Mimi Photobomb“, and that’s exactly what I was doing before I was photographing—sketching in ink the view from behind which I found absolutely dear. Normally I would have moved into my studio and gotten the watercolors immediately, but then I saw the photo op and spent some time on that, and then the phone rang, and it was getting late in the day and I was still in my bathrobe and all I’d done was sketch and photograph my cats. Fun and fulfilling, but it doesn’t pay the bills.


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Read about the reason for the daily sketches in The Artist’s Life: Daily Sketches.

And read about purchasing them and requesting them as a donation item for your shelter or rescue group in The Artist’s Life: Daily Sketches for Sale and Donation.

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