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Daily Sketch Reprise: Love Cats, 2012

pastel sketch of two cats
Love Cats, pastel pencil on multi-media paper, 7″ x 8″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine were bathing each other on my chair (yet more chair stealing today), and I sketched around, holding my place with my pencils until I caught the moment when, as Mewsette washed her brother’s face, he slipped his paws around her shoulders. That’s sweet enough, but when I finished the sketch and leaned it up on my drafting table to get a slight distance view and impression of it I saw the heart shape. How sweet could they be? What a lucky moment.


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What was I sketching a year ago?


Green Cat, Blue Cat, 2012

"Green Cat, Blue Cat", pastel on multimedia paper, 8.5" x 6" • Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Green Cat, Blue Cat”, pastel on multimedia paper, 8.5″ x 6″ • Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Giuseppe and Bean were hanging together on the cabinet, waiting for something to happen. I wasn’t doing anything, not sure what they were expecting. In the end, I think they had a nap. That wasn’t bad for a summer afternoon.

I’m trying some of the same styles I use in in hard pastels. I can blend a little bit more in these and I like the softer coverage and feathered edges on the green and blue. We’ll see where I take it—if only I hadn’t been so distracted by their movements and started with one face and ended with another…they move all the time and usually it doesn’t bother me, I fill my eyes with my first vision of them and work as quickly as possible from that, but not when I’m distracted. Next time, I’ll move on to Cubism.

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Mr. Sunshine Does the Twist, 2012

pastel sketch of cat bathing
Mr. Sunshine Does the Twist, pastel pencil, 8″ x 6.5″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Well, he was bathing and really twisting this way and that, interesting to try to catch him.

Still experimenting with the old pastel pencils which are all different brands and ages but not a big variety of color, though that’s part of the challenge. I’m creating shape and volume with color rather than just with hue (relative dark and light).

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Desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.

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watercolor of two cats
Mother and Daughter, Sun and Shadow, watercolor pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

A very good place to be on a hot day. Jelly Bean is in the shadows behind the curtain, dozing on top of the wardrobe by the open window. He was really the only part I was interested in, his deep blackness with the few intense highlights defining a few features. It’s how I see him when he sleeps there. Pastel carries this off so well, even the texture of the paper. Find it on Portraits of Animals.


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