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Daily Sketch Reprise: Fingerpaint Cat, 2014

"Fingerpaint Cat", soft pastel dust on my fingers, 5.5" x 8.5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Fingerpaint Cat”, soft pastel dust on my fingers, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Working on my pastel paintings is often like fingerpainting for me—blend a lot of pastel onto the paper, then swirl it around with my fingers. Often each finger is responsible for its own color, coated and caked with a solid layer of pastel. So what do I do with the pastel on my fingers, and that’s dropped onto a piece of paper to catch the dust before it hits the floor? Giuseppe was conveniently sleeping in the doorway, I picked up my sketchpad in my very pastel-covered fingers and went to work. Tracing his shape with my fingertips was a unique and very deep experience in my connection with Giuseppe, unlike using a brush or pencil or pastel stick or anything else that creates even a bit of a distance between me and my subject.

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"Mimi Sitting", compressed pastel on toned paper, 5" x 7" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Mimi Sitting”, compressed pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I love views of my cats from above. Perhaps that’s because most often that’s the angle from which I see them. I was actually waiting for Mimi to pause so that I could get a start on a sketch. I saw so many highlights and reflected tones on her and as soon as she decided to just sit still I began to sketch. Promptly she noticed me, got up and left the room, came back in and got up on my lap so I finished it from memory, missing much of the reflected highlights. As soon as I finished, she got back down on the floor. She was pretty clear in her message! I sketched her anyway. Read more and order.


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