Sunday, July 21, 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 in the first light of dawn.

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.

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Where to find “First Light”

You can see find “First Light” in my Etsy shop. The original painting is still available along with a selection of prints on paper and canvas. I’m also making up a few new gift items with this image as well.

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.

"Buster Lookin' at His Toes" desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.
“Buster Lookin’ at His Toes” 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.

Click here or on the image to read more

or find this book in my Etsy shop.

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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 or Fine Art America profile 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.

© 2015 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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One thought on “Daily Sketch Reprise: First Light

  • So beautiful! The simplest art is always the ones that catch our eyes and this one is perfect.


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