Daily Sketch Reprise: Catamount Brushmore, 2013

charcoal sketch of four cats looking like Mt. Rushmore
“Catamount Brushmore”, black and white charcoal on toned paper, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I mean no disrespect to these four presidents, but when I looked down from my computer screen at the four, this is what I saw. Well, what I saw is above, but really, this was what I immediately visualized—look at the photo below I used for reference!

 "Catamount Brushmore" reference photo.
“Catamount Brushmore” reference photo.

Not quite the same, but certainly suggestive! I just moved Bean up a bit. I quickly blocked out the shapes and snapped a reference photo, sketched as long as I could until they’d moved too much, then finished from the photo. In case you didn’t “get it”, I added the blue sky, like that was going to help. And I looked at a photo of the actual Mt. Rushmore and added the pine trees at the bottom for authenticity. From the left it’s Bean, Mr. Sunshine, Mewsette and Giuseppe.

Really, what would I do without such unusual inspirations! What they were doing was invading my desk and preparing to occupy, my daily torture of cuteness and interruption. Better get all my papers and stuff off my desk because everything will be buried under the pile. See below for how it turned out. Look at that Bean belly–he’s laying on top of a small box.

So now I actually get to get back to work so I can finish what didn’t get done with my big inspiration.

four black cats sleeping
How it all ended up.

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Where to find this art

charcoal sketch of four cats looking like Mt. Rushmore
“Catamount Brushmore”, black and white charcoal on toned paper, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I have this sketch available as the original, framed or art only, and as a variety of prints in my Etsy shop.

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And also one of the sketches in my 12 Sketches of Cats Calendar”…

12 Sketches of Cats Calendar

I still have a few copies of my 2014 12 Sketches of Cats Calendar!

"12 Sketches of Cats Calendar"
“12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Calendar”

Even though the calendar is out of date the art never goes out of date, and it’s a great deal for a total of 14 high-quality prints.

I’ve always admired oversized “art calendars”, the ones where the art is foremost and the calendar just an incidental means of presenting it. Calendars are printed on quality text or cover stock and are only printed on one side of the page with plenty of clear space around the artwork because the image is intended to be framable with nothing printed on the back.

And so 12 Sketches of Cats is digitally printed in the same archival inks and acid-free natural 100# smooth cover stock I use for the digital art prints I sell. Each page is 11″ x 17″ so there is plenty of space to have the art at or near its native size with room for the name and information about the art with the calendar at the bottom. The calendar is spiral-bound at the top with a hole drilled just beneath the spiral so you display one page at a time.

In addition to keeping art near its native size I’ve also sized most of the artwork so it will easily fit a standard frame size. Some images, such as “Shades of Gray” and “World Cat” are smaller than the originals to fit the page. I chose sketches for popularity and narrowed them down for a variety of style and medium. All of the images but one are in color; none of the pencil, charcoal or ink sketches seemed to fit with the color art in the calendar, so of course that might be a calendar of its own someday.

And there are actually 14 sketches if you count the cover, and there’s a bonus sketch on the title page that’s the one pencil sketch, but because covers see more wear and the title page image is a little small I’m keeping the title at 12. The art included in the calendar is:

Cover: Mimi’s Sunbath

Title page: A Tangle of Cats at the Door

January: Winter Light

February: Shades of Gray

March: Catamount Brushmore

April: Two Cats After van Gogh

May: In Afternoon Sun

June: Lazy Saturday Afternoon

July: Stanley with Geraniums

August: Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol

September: Three Warm Cats on a Cool Ground

October: Two in a Basket

November: Vigilant Nap

December: World Cat

This calendar costs a little more than the typical calendar because of the size and quality, and the value of what’s in it—I generally sell my prints for $10.00 to $25.00 each depending on the size, but in this calendar you get 14 prints if you count each image, for one price, plus I will donate $5.00 of each sale to Pittsburgh CAT, the organization through which I foster kittens and cats.

Order a calendar now

Calendars are $25.00 and as mentioned above I will donate $5.00 of each sale to Pittsburgh CAT, the cat rescue I work with to foster my kittens and cats.

Click here to order a calendar through my Etsy shop.

Click here to order a calendar through PayPal

Friendship Friday
Friendship Friday.

Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit my Etsy shop in the “Cat Art and Prints” section.

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

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

"Evening in the Cat Book Library" desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.
“Evening in the Cat Book Library” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

"Feline Style Sampler" book of sketches and portraits.

A collection of 34 images of feline artwork

Feline Style Sampler

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 in my Etsy shop.

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6 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Catamount Brushmore, 2013

    • September 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you for visiting Carolyn, and I always find the coolest projects from Create With Joy–I love the mantel, and for as many tables as I’ve set and waited on I’ve never heard of a charger dish! Now I know all about them! Looking forward to exploring!

    • September 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Layla, I’ll think about it, especially if there are some cats running for office! I have a right-click script that blocks copying images and unfortunately it blocks pinning as well, but I have a Pinterest link at the bottom of every article that pinks the featured image.


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