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Daily Sketch Reprise: Four Cats A-Bathing, 2013

watercolor and pencil sketch of four cats bathing.
“Four Cats A-Bathing”, watercolor and pencil, 11.5″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This was another iteration of the amazing cat pile on the kitchen table from today (2013). I wanted a loose watercolor with sketchy pencil lines drawn into it to define the shapes a little more and to describe the activity, that constant movement of all four at once as they bathe themselves and each other as if there are no edges, no space between one sibling and another.

I used watercolor for its loose transparency and the wide strokes of the brush to keep it loose. I used pencil rather than my usual black ink drawing pen because I wanted the varied line of pencil, the width, texture, shape, feeling it also helps describe the action. I like how pencil sketches capture movement with a varied line and a series of lines.

It’s really just a few marks on paper, but it’s about five minutes of total focus to get the basics down in watercolor, then wait for it to dry and try to keep the same freedom when I add the pencil.

And it seemed we needed some more orange cats for all the orange ones who need a little assistance! I was actually picturing this in brown but decided to go with an orange-brown, like a burnt siena, that I mixed and turned out to be closer to the color I was envisioning anyway.

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Lazy Saturday Afternoon, watercolor, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Lazy Saturday Afternoon, watercolor, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It’s Giuseppe in the front in teal, Mewsette draped off the edge in green, and Jelly Bean in purple. Rather than use the colors I associate with each of them, these colors came about because of the reflections on each of them from the window light, the mirror behind them and the walls. I hadn’t intended to do them in different colors though! This time I actually wanted them to be purple, maybe, with tints of other colors, but here we are again. Read more and order.


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