Daily Sketch Reprise: The Sunny Upstairs Window

pastel sketch of two cats by window
“The Sunny Upstairs Window”, 6″ x 8″, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

I have a sketch for later today, but I love this one so much I thought it should stand alone.

If you’ve been following my sketches for any length of time, you’ve probably seen gradual changes that begin with a particular sketch—adding new media, using a new color palette, finding a new style, even using a new and different paper. In my everyday life as an artist I took the time to experiment far lest often, in part because I did less art, and because my visualization and aesthetic senses moved more slowly. With this daily practice everything happens faster, and with more daring I’ll add.

Up to this point I’d done most of my sketches away from my studio, with my toy bag full of older, lower-quality and well-used pencils, pastels, charcoal, pens and even sketch pads. The sketches were just for practice after all, and I didn’t want to use “good” materials on what was basically a quick and temporary item.

But leading up to this with oil pastels and ink and watercolor, this particular morning I picked up my imported pastel paper and my really good pastels and quickly came up with this sketch, and it was truly inspired and enhanced by using the better materials. The two girls have such dimension and interest all over their tiny figures, the light streams in and changes tone and color just as natural light tends to do, and even the shadows have dimension. Let that be a lesson to me.

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Mimi and Mewsette enjoy the morning sunshine in front of the sunniest window in the house.

Friday morning was the first of several completely sunny mornings after a row of somewhat dark and rainy ones. All the cats were gravitating to the back of the house, facing east, as the sun streamed in the back door into the kitchen, and in the windows at the top of the stairs and in the bathroom.

I also recently took all the geraniums outside, so this top level of the wardrobe is now accessible, and a perfect spot to enjoy a sunny morning.

In my studio for part of the morning, I used the very Italianate Fabriano Tiziano Pastello drawing paper and a small set of my Sennelier pastels. Typically, what I have easily available downstairs in my toybox of art materials is not this quality of stuff, but in my studio I can play around with other things.

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framed pastel painting of two cats at window
“The Sunny Upstairs Window”, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

Purchase this original or a print

This sketch, matted and framed, is available for sale in my Etsy shop.

I found a solid wood frame with a soft blue finish that pulls exactly from one of the shades of blue in the sketch, and used my favorite shade of purple mat board as an accent. These two soft, dark colors frame the tiny sketch and let it glow from the frame.

Right now, I get to look at it right next to that window at the top of the stairs—you’ll even see it in some photos of my cats atop the wardrobe or reflected in the mirror.

I can mat and frame a print identically to this for $50.00, please ask!

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6 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: The Sunny Upstairs Window

  • May 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! We hope our mum can remember to bring photos of the room where she hung your photo and drawing so you can see how cool it is – we LOVE them!

    • May 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I’d love to see–can’t wait to meet you and Blogpaws!

  • May 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    This is so lovely. The colors you selected were perfect. Will have to check out the print. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

    • May 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you! You kitties make sure you wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day!

  • May 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Cats and sunshine go together so well !!
    It is always nice to see cats enjoying sun with a friend too 🙂
    Lovely sketch!

    • May 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Tillie and Georgia, if you look at my portfolio, I also find it most inspiring!


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