Friday, April 19, 2024
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Daily Sketch Reprise: First Light

ink drawing with watercolor of cat on windowsill
“First Light”, brush pen and watercolor, 7″ x 9″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mimi on the bathroom windowsill, watching the birds and the leaves.

This is a little more than a sketch, but I wanted to pursue the idea I saw as I finished my shower. Mimi moved around as I quickly snapped a photo, grabbed a robe, dried my hands and got my watercolor pad and brush pen from my studio right next door for the sketch I had so completely visualized.

She had moved to follow me but complied by settling back on the windowsill when I came back in the room. I quickly sketched her as I remembered her, using her details in the crouching position she had taken. She was bored with me and long gone when I finished the window. I turned my back and added the branches as I visualized, concerned if I continued looking at the real ones outside the window I’d draw them all in and I didn’t want that. I ended up waiting until evening, just a little while ago, to add the watercolor washes.

So there’s the whole story, born over a few weeks of watching Mimi on the windowsill.

And years of memories of watching other cats enjoy the morning here.

. . . . . . .

garden flag with cat on windowsill
“First Light” garden flag.

And when I decided on the designs to be printed on my garden flags, I knew this would be one! I waited until just last week to introduce it though; it is such an obvious winter-spring design.

I’ve also used the image for wood-mounted art and will be making one or two for holiday shopping as well as a newer product that is similar. You’ll be sure to see them here!

The design on the flag really does match the art you see above, but there was a shadow on the flag when I photographed it.

You can see the “First Light” garden flag in my Etsy shop and I also carry prints of this sketch, and try to keep a number of other gift items in stock.

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.

"After Dinner Nap" desktop calendar for HD and wide screens.
“After Dinner Nap” desktop calendar 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.

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop 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.

© 2014 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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2 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: First Light

    • I did have a few printed last year, Austin Towers. Not having so much luck having them printed this year though…


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