Friday, December 1, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Winter Light

"Winter Cats", watercolor, 10" x 6" © B.E. Kazmarski
“Winter Cats”, watercolor, 10″ x 6″ © B.E. Kazmarski

Cats are usually simply happy wherever they are because if they aren’t, they leave and find a place where they can be simply happy.

Looking at Mr. Sunshine’s graceful curve and watching the fluid motion of his bath I decided only watercolor would do. He and Jelly Bean were so cozy on the table by the window I knew they’d be there for a while and I could at least get a start, which I did, blocking them in as best I could. Even though Mr. Sunshine finished his bath and totally changed position I still finished the painting in one session. Bean was happily sleeping, sketching him is usually pretty easy.

You can find this artwork as the January image in my 12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Fine Art Wall Calendar—read more below!

12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Wall Calendar
"12 Sketches of Cats Calendar"
“12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Calendar”

I’ve always admired oversized “art calendars”, the ones where the art is foremost and the calendar just an incidental means of presenting it. Calendars are printed on quality text or cover stock and are only printed on one side of the page with plenty of clear space around the artwork because the image is intended to be framable with nothing printed on the back.

And so 12 Sketches of Cats is digitally printed in the same archival inks and acid-free natural 100# smooth cover stock I use for the digital art prints I sell. Each page is 11″ x 17″ so there is plenty of space to have the art at or near its native size with room for the name and information about the art with the calendar at the bottom. The calendar is spiral-bound at the top with a hole drilled just beneath the spiral so you display one page at a time.

In addition to keeping art near its native size I’ve also sized most of the artwork so it will easily fit a standard frame size. Some images, such as “Shades of Gray” and “World Cat” are smaller than the originals to fit the page. I chose sketches for popularity and narrowed them down for a variety of style and medium. All are in color but there is one bonus pencil sketch; no charcoal or ink sketches seemed to fit with the color art, so of course that might be a calendar of its own someday.

Read more about the 12 Sketches of Cats 2014 Fine Art Wall Calendar here.

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 Two Years of Daily Sketches.

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

desktop calendar of black cat
“Sunbath” desktop calendar for wide and HD monitors.

"Feline Style Sampler" book of sketches and portraits.
“Feline Style Sampler” cover.


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.

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

© 2014 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski



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7 thoughts on “Daily Sketch Reprise: Winter Light

  • Hi Bernadette,

    For some bizarre reason I immediately thought of Peter Paul Rubens. What voluptuous kits!

    P.S. You wielded your brush with great mastery. Bean + Sunshine are the clouds of my dreams.

    • Meg, I’m grateful for all the practice I’ve had in sketching my cats each day so that now I can do this.

  • maru clavier

    Prurrrrfect! The color is as fluid as the lines and shades.

    • Thanks, Maru. This is still one of my favorites a year later.

  • debbarnes

    I love your quote that “cats are usually simply happy wherever they are because if they aren’t, they leave and find a place they can be simply happy.” So true! I love the calendars too – so beautiful!

    • Thanks, Deb–it’s a big lesson for us humans too!

      • Cats are like Socrates. There is much to learn from them.


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