Thursday, November 30, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Colorful Kelly

 "Colorful Kelly", 5 x 7, watercolor pencils © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Colorful Kelly”, 5 x 7, watercolor pencils © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This sketch totally surprised me—I’d never done a thing like it before. Inspired by Kelly awaking from a nap on my desk I’d been about to try out these watercolor pencils while she was sleeping. I discovered that what I thought was black was navy blue and decided to go ahead. I’m so glad I did. It captures Kelly in a very special way.

So pretend the blue is black, as I discovered the set does not have a black pencil, but here is tortie Kelly sleeping on my desk. I don’t mind the blue because it’s a complement of orange, the other tortie color, even though the orange here looks like a dark red. But as long as she has the round green eyes and the big rounded ears, she’s my Kelly, and it’s a bonus that she has the little hind paw with the toes spread and the front paw curled so she can bathe it.

This is watercolor pencil again, more fun each time.

Watercolor is difficult because it’s transparent and when scanning, and even photographing, the light shines through it to the nearest opaque surface, which is the paper. Everything from ambient light in the room to anything else that’s in the shot or in the scan can influence the color balance.

Yikes! Sometimes I spend more time trying to get a good image of my little sketches than I spend actually creating them, but it’s all worth it. Colorful Kelly was very much worth all the effort since she was popular no matter the color balance, and I can see a lot of potential for her!

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"Colorful Kelly" orignal matted and framed.
“Colorful Kelly” orignal matted and framed.
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I have sold the original but made certain to have a set of accurate prints made first.

I have signed digital prints, gicleés and canvas prints 5″ X 7″ and larger.

keepsake box with cat
Colorful Kelly Keepsake Box

I liked the framing on the original so much that I also have a print framed like the original with white top mat and cobalt blue second mat and 1.5″ flat painted white frame.

Prints are available on Portraits of Animals.

“Colorful Kelly” has also been popular as a wood-mounted print and as a keepsake box. I will be preparing more of these as spring arrives. You can always search Portraits of Animals for “Colorful Kelly” to see what’s available or send me an email to request a custom product.

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

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“Blending” desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.
“Blending” 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

Feline Style Sampler

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

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Colorful Kelly

  • Absolutely love this. What a happy accident that the pencil was blue. Hugs, Janet

    • Kittiesblue, thanks so much! It’s a wonderful memory of Kelly and her big round eyes and big ears, even if she’s blue. But that would go well with you!


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