Daily Sketch Reprise: Spring Morning, 2014

pastel sketch of cat on windowsill
“Spring Morning”, pastel, 6″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

What a coincidence—I did this sketch a year ago today, and guess who is the subject? I’ve been intending to share this sketch from last year all week just to share some artwork of Mimi and give her a little boost of creative attention and energy. This sketch was actually in the running for this month’s desktop calendar too, but I wanted to use an older and more realistic piece for a change.

Such a lovely spring morning with sunlight so full of color. Mimi was feeling the weather and was everywhere—every windowsill, every spot of sun, challenging her children to wrestling matches, they running off and wrestling with the roll of paper towels. But she allowed herself a few quiet moments to just enjoy the warm sunshine now and then.

I’ve been ready for a regular old pastel painting after wandering around to other media and seeing her in the sun I could feel the pastels beneath my fingers. It wasn’t only Mimi and all the rich tones in her fur, but the colorful and varied shadows in the lace curtain, both creamy and cool, and the light from the window glaring pale blue and green and yellow with the hints of blue sky and promise of leaves. Yesterday morning was exceptional and full of inspiration.

This is done in Sennelier soft pastels on a scrap of Wallis sanded paper in Belgian mist.

Where to find this artwork

"Spring Morning" feline art card
“Spring Morning” feline art card

“Spring Morning” is a new addition to my Feline Fine Art Cards. The card is 5″ x 7″ printed digitally on 12 pt. silk-finish matte cover stock, blank inside, and offered with a choice of white or cream envelope. You can find this card on Portraits of Animals.

I also offer the framed original sketch and a variety of digital, giclee and canvas prints. The sketch is 6″ wide x 8″ high Sennelier soft pastels on a scrap of Wallis sanded paper in Belgian mist. It is matted with 1″ acid-free cream black core mat, framed in a 1-1/2″ white painted 8″ x 10″ solid wood frame (note: I am not entirely happy with how this looks and may change it!). The backing is acid-free foam core and the glass is premium clear glass. All framing is done by me in my studio.

You can find the framed painting and prints on Portraits of Animals as well.

Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit my Etsy shop in the “Cat Art and Prints” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Three Years of Daily Sketches, Awards and Collections.

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

"Spring" desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.
“Spring” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

"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 in my Etsy shop and on Amazon.com.

Gifts featuring cats you know! Portraits of Animals on Etsy.


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