Friday, December 1, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Pink Twilight, 2014

"Pink Dusk", pastel on handmade cotton paper with deckle edge, 11" x 8.5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Pink Dusk”, pastel on handmade cotton paper with deckle edge, 11″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The deep shadows of a summer twilight, the pink reflecting back down from the sky into the window. Mimi naps on my drafting table.

I’d been wanting colored paper to sketch on and this was another entire package I’d forgotten I had! It’s handmade 100% cotton rag cover stock with a deckled edge, made in India from 100% post consumer waste. The package has 25 colors in it, and I started at the top. I’d been eyeing this one though, waiting for the right sketch, and this is my maiden voyage to try it out and see how it works with my pastels.

I used first just the magenta soft pastel, letting the screen pattern from the paper mold carry the pastel, then adding a bright blue sketchy outline for definition and a bit of shadow. That was just enough.

When I frame this, I will mount the paper on a backing so you can see the deckled edge inside the 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.

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cat sleeping in oil pastel
In Window Light, 5″ x 7″, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

Oil pastel again, for the strength of colors and the texture; it’s hot and feels like summer. Here Mimi naps in the light from the window, slipping in under the mini blind. In the strength of the sun, all colors appear in her fur and on the old marble windowsill and the hot yellow sun outside the window. Read more and order.


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