Thursday, September 21, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Sunshine Kind of Napping, 2015

charcoal sketch of cat
“Mr. Sunshine Kind of Napping”, compressed charcoal pencil, 9″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mr. Sunshine had been watching something on the floor, began to meditate, then began to sag, soon he would be reclining on the edge of the table, fast asleep. Maybe. Usually he would be. I waited. And waited. And decided to sketch him as he was. And then he got up and left! I think he knew what I was waiting for.

One of the things I like about cat shapes is that their curves all interact and one leads to another, like a landscape; there is his head and his ear, and his elbow and back and hip, all one after the other.

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What else was I sketching on this date?

Fingerprint Cat, 2014
"Fingerpaint Cat", soft pastel dust on my fingers, 5.5" x 8.5" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Fingerpaint Cat”, soft pastel dust on my fingers, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Working on my pastel paintings is often like fingerpainting for me—blend a lot of pastel onto the paper, then swirl it around with my fingers. Often each finger is responsible for its own color, coated and caked with a solid layer of pastel. So what do I do with the pastel on my fingers, and that’s dropped onto a piece of paper to catch the dust before it hits the floor? Giuseppe was conveniently sleeping in the doorway, I picked up my sketchpad in my very pastel-covered fingers and went to work. Tracing his shape with my fingertips was a unique and very deep experience in my connection with Giuseppe, unlike using a brush or pencil or pastel stick or anything else that creates even a bit of a distance between me and my subject.

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Watching, From Above, 2013
charcoal sketch of two cats on cream colored paper
“Watching, From Above”, charcoal pencil on cream laid-finish charcoal paper, 6″ x 8.5″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Mewsette and Giuseppe are actually watching Jelly Bean, who is doing nothing. Actually, Bean is sitting behind a small pile of crumpled packing paper on the landing, pretty certain no one can see him. His sister and brother are trying to disabuse him of his misconception. He is not invisible, they are looking right at him. The simple statement and response made via body language last long enough for me to sketch their shapes and outline the dark areas before they look away, look at me, greet each other, and go off to do something else, while I finish their sketch, mostly, from my outlines and visual notes.

Uncertain about the shadows on faces I’ve outlined, I need to try to coax Giuseppe into a similar position and see the white areas I’ve left open are actually the two black cat bald spots right in front of his ears. Mewsette will have none of modeling in the position I want, but she will swat playfully at my charcoal pencil and attempt to bite it while walking in little circles and waving her tail.

And that’s the way it is.

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Encircled, 2013

brush marker sketch of two cats
“Encircled”, brush marker, 8.5″ x 5″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Giuseppe curves to fit the large fleece bed, leaving a perfectly warm and comfortable spot for Mama Mimi.

It’s drawn all in one continuous line though I had to repeat a few, but I wanted a fairly simple sketch to capture the two, simply sleeping.

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Under the Kitty Keep-warm Lights, 2013

conte sketch of three cats
At My Computer, conté crayon © B.E. Kazmarski

They were immobile under the kitty keep-warm lamps at my computer. I couldn’t get any work done, all I could do was sketch them.

Jelly Bean watched me because my drawing things make neat little scratching noises on the paper. Mewsette simply napped.

Giuseppe couldn’t decide on his position, starting out crouching in front of me, then suddenly sitting up. I waited, sketched a basic sketch of him crouching, then worked on finishing it. Then he sat up, indicating he’d prefer being in that position. I did too, but he had decided against it and I sketched him crouching. He insisted. I told him I’d sketch him as one big black scribble and what would Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite think of that? He immediately dropped back to a crouch.

Love, what it does to cats.

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Monster in the Bag, 2012
pencil sketch of cat in bag
“Monster in the Bag”, pencil, 6″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mr. Sunshine peers out from the darkness of a very well-used Macy’s bag. ‘Nuf said.

Click here to see other daily sketches.

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

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“A Rosy Glow” desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.

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