Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Quiet Morning

pastel sketch of two black cats
“Sunfall”, pastel on yellow textured paper, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The weather has cooled a bit and Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean sat quietly on the landing in the late morning as the sun came in the window and fell on them, as you see. The landing is so small and the ceilings are high, the window is a tall narrow casement and the sun comes in at an angle to cast on the round antique mirror making the light very interesting. Because of the trees outside and the objects inside the light on the landing takes on an interesting yellow-green cast with tints from the pine wardrobe, transitioning to bluish shadows near the floor.  Of course, the felines are in silhouette in light like that.

I’m still working out a style I’d visualized in the spring of non-representation background with simple cat figures or silhouettes. Here is also “Peaceful Nap”, and in watercolor, “Cuddling on a Colored Ground“.

I think I may have the scanner problem fixed. I still have some lighter bands down the page in the direction I’ve scanned but that’s minimal compared to what was there. I certainly hope so—I have some portraits to scan and send out!

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What else was I sketching on this date?


Bathtime, 2013
charcoal sketch of two cats
“Bathtime”, charcoal pencil, 6″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine have their baths after dinner, on the floor in the kitchen. Watching a cat bathe, you know they are in constant motion, and I’m always experimenting with new ways to express that motion. I’ve been feeling these little swirlies and squigglies in some of these charcoal sketches, and for now that’s working for me.

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Three Cat Shapes, 2012
three cat shapes in color
Three Cat Shapes, brush marker © B.E. Kazmarski

Three looking out the basement door, such nice colors for a summer morning. Can you guess which is who by their colors?

Well, it’s Giuseppe Verdi, Jelly Bean, and Mewsette.

I’m glad to report that the scanner on the printer upstairs has passed the test for quality and accuracy, especially as compared with the one downstairs. Unfortunately, the printer needs an IV for the ink, scary how much it can use! But I’m pleased with how accurately it captured these colors. And that’s even a new green marker.

This may look familiar—if you look directly below!

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Quiet Morning

    • Thanks, Chris–it’s been an idea I’ve been working on for a while and finally decided to follow through.


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