Friday, December 8, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Bean From Above

brush pen sketch of cat
“Bean From Above”, brush pen, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The boys have been a little restive because we have a visitor. I had kept the bathroom door closed but the weather turned so hot in the afternoons that I decided to put the baby gate up at the bathroom door and open the bi-fold so Kennedy can get some air. “Hey, these are my people,” he says, seeing a crowd of cats who look a lot like him, solid black.

I don’t want them to come face to face yet, and though all of them spent the afternoon with me downstairs, one by one they all joined me when I went to my studio, with varying reactions: Giuseppe was afraid to walk past the open door, Jelly Bean cautiously snuck past, then ran, then came back and snuck past, and ran the other way, finally settling on the floor at a distance and really only Mr. Sunshine eased himself up the baby gate to tell our visitor he was the boss. Kennedy was right there, waiting. I had to close the door as greeting hisses ensued.

Then they all joined me in my studio since they could safely walk past the door and the big mean black cat in there wouldn’t be able to get them. Jelly Bean stationed himself on the floor behind my chair and relaxed. I love the views from above.

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Find this art and more of my brush marker styling

Creative Cat Coloring Book
Creative Cat Coloring Book
Creative Cat Coloring Book

This sketch is on the cover of my new Creative Cat Coloring Book.

The 12 sketches in this book, plus the one on the cover, each offer a compositional challenge as well, with irregular figures and negative space that just begs you to add your own brush pen marks or make the most of a color technique, glue beads and crystals and flower petals to it, or just leave that space to speak for itself.

 I colored my cover!
I colored my cover!

The book is 4.25” x 5.5” spiral-bound booklet of 12 daily sketches in brush pen printed on 120# card stock, book only or as a set with watercolor pencils and a sponge.

Read more about it on Portraits of Animals.

More color.
More color.
Feline-themed “Brushy Kitties” wrapping paper and art paper
art paper with ink sketches of cats
“Brush Kitties” art paper

This pattern is a collage of all the kitties I’ve drawn in this same style with the above-mentioned brush pen, singles, multiples, smooth lines, sketchy lines, just a bunch of busy kitties in black on white. The text-weight paper is printed on one side of 60# uncoated text weight paper—in case you want to add color yourself—the cover-weight is printed on 100# Lynx Bright White cover.

I’ve had this idea in mind for several years trying to find the best way to put it together. Seeing text-weight and cover-weight art papers for scrapbooking and creative crafts I decided this was a good way to give it a try. These papers are designed from my portraits and sketches and printed digitally.

Use these papers for scrapbooking, wrapping gifts, decorating keepsake boxes or any creative project you can think of that needs a bunch of cats on it! I ship them flat between sheets of cardboard. I’ve included a photo of keepsake box I made as an example–this box is not for sale.

I’ve started with three different designs and two different paper stocks, text and cover, to see how popular they are. I have many more ideas in mind for these papers—consider the number of daily sketches and portraits I have, plus holiday designs, and artwork yet to come!

Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit Portraits of Animals in the “Daily Sketches” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Three Years of Daily Sketches.

And download your free desktop wallpaper calendar for computer or mobile, usually based on a daily sketch.

Desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.
Desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.

"Feline Style Sampler" book of sketches and portraits.A collection of 34 images of feline artwork

The award-winning* Feline Style Sampler

Now in its third printing, and its fifth anniversary!

Daily sketches, illustrations, commissioned portraits all in a small coil-bound gift book.

Click here or on the image to read more or find this book on Portraits of Animals.

*Certificate of Excellence, Cat Writers’ Association 2014 Communications Contest

Gifts featuring cats you know! Visit Portraits of Animals


Fine ArtPhotographyGiftsGreeting CardsBooksCommissioned Portraits & Artwork

Daily Cat Sketches, Originals, Prints and Greeting Cards

The full set with coloring book, watercolor pencils and sponge.
The full set with coloring book, watercolor pencils and sponge.

I’ve wanted to do a coloring book, but wanted to use something that is unique to one of my styles that is very popular, that of the black outlines with brush pen or brush marker with color fill in marker, watercolor, colored pencil, or just an all over pattern. I chose a baker’s dozen of my brush pen sketches that easily lend themselves to either loose or tight coloring, or even adding to the sketch with your own brush pen. It’s named for my website, The Creative Cat, of course! Read more and purchase.


All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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