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Daily Sketch Reprise: Highlighted Silhouette

pastel sketch of black cat on stool
Highlighted Silhouette, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

From 2012 when I posted it:

I admit, I finished this a while after Mr. Sunshine had shifted his position and had a nice bath, but when he settled on the stool next to my drafting table under the work light, it was as if someone had turned my lights on. Usually my sketches are quick and simple since they are just intended to be daily exercises. His exquisite silhouette, the deep shadows, the cool blue-green highlights from the daylight-balanced fluorescents contrasting with the warm pine tones of the stool were just too much, I had to do my best to capture all the color and detail I saw. I worked purple and red and green into his black so that it looked more lively and actually more shaped as well.

I was drawing with both hands at one point, and when I went into the bathroom to wash my hands when I was done it looked as if I’d possibly used my face to blend some of the colors as well; I guess I had some stray hairs brushing across my cheeks and nose and my…décolletage, well, it’s hot, I’m wearing a tank top. But it looked as if I’d been in an accident or a fight and was somewhat bruised. Good thing I washed up before I left the house.

Feline art critics, they are everywhere

I sold this to a friend who has a black kitty and who knows mine well, and here’s what happened when I delivered it; the black kitty is Fromage, my little bottle baby, and the Siamese cat is Cranberry.

two cats looking at painting
Fromage inspects the painting close up, which Cranberry inspects Fromage and the painting!

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© 2013 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski



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