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Daily Sketch Reprise: Peaceful Nap, 2014

pastel sketch of small black cat on pastel background
“Peaceful Nap”, pastel, 5″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’ve had this idea in mind for some time, but this drawing was encouraged by the art exhibits I saw on April 4, 2014 at several galleries I visited. What I had in mind was just a faintly colored backdrop with a fair amount of neutral, and a small black cat in the lower right corner doing something catlike. In my visualization, the cat was bathing. Here, she is curled to sleep but alert.

It is actually Mimi on my lap, and I’ve had the idea for these miniature sketches but I’ve also wanted to add the background of some sort.


Handmade Gifts With This Design

It’s funny—I display these two together at vendor shows, and this past weekend I’d intended to photograph them together to do a post about them. So, here we are!

I liked the colors and silhouette for this sketch so much I decided to use it for two handmade products: Feline Photo Frames and Repurposed Jar Votives. I only made one of each so they are completely one of a kind.

Click the images to find the products on Portraits of Animals or purchase right here.

Peaceful Nap Feline Votive
Peaceful Nap Feline Votive
Peaceful Nap Frame

Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit Portraits of Animals in the “Daily Sketches” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Three Years of Daily Sketches.

And download your free desktop wallpaper calendar for computer or mobile, usually based on a daily sketch.

Desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.
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 on Portraits of Animals.

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Inspired by felines you know! Visit Portraits of Animals!

Originals and Prints inspired by rescued cats from Portraits of Animals!

Daily Sketches Gallery
Daily Sketches Gallery

In over three years of daily sketches I created a little over 1,000. Most originals are still available, and prints are available from all of them, even greeting cards and note cards too. Visit my gallery of daily sketches to see what’s available.


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