Thursday, July 25, 2024
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Daily Sketch: Tonal Nap

pastel sketch of cat
“Tonal Nap”, pastel on pastello paper, 8″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Giuseppe was napping, as usual, outside the door of my studio in a pool of sun on the landing. We’ve all grown accustomed to that piece of cardboard, they’ve been enjoying it as a scratching item and bed and big toy, and I’ve been enjoying it as an art element in my sketches and photos.

The floor and the cardboard are about the same color, and the same colors appear in Giuseppe as well. I’ve been wanting to sketch him for a couple of weeks and finally had the chance. I used my 24-pastel set with just limited colors; I wanted to keep that limited tonal range that I’d been admiring.

Below is a cropped version of the sketch above.

pastel sketch of black cat on cardboard
“Tonal Nap” cropped

What was I sketching a year ago today?

Mr. Sunshine Demands

marker sketch of cat standing
Mr. Sunshine Demanding, brush marker © B.E. Kazmarski

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16 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: Tonal Nap

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  • Paulette Smith

    Bernadette, I just saw Tonal Nap — it is absolutely georgeous ! I love all the texture in the pastels!! Let me know if you ever decide to part with it.

    • Paulette, it’s yours! I’m actually preparing to do a lot of framing, you’ll get an e-newsletter soon with this and other exciting things in it.

      • Paulette Smith

        Bernadette, sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but I’ve had a lot going on these last several weeks. I will pay you as soon as you let me know the price. What are my options for matting and framing? I’m not in any hurry, but I just don’t want to keep you hanging.

        • Paulette, don’t worry! I wanted you to wait until the next e-newsletter so you’ll get a discount–which should have come out by now but I’m still waiting for some things to add to it.

          Hope all is well–things have been busy here too!

  • The pastel is exquisite. It looks just like our Astrid. As I’ve said before, you are so multi-talented! Purrs and Hugs.

    • Janet, thanks, I guess its kind of a universal black cat.

  • p.s. Lovely to see this sketch of Mr Sunshine again, too.. it is a favourite of mine.

    • Annie, thanks for taking the time to let me know that. It took me a while to figure out the best way to share the prior sketches.

  • You’ve excelled yourself here, B. If you don’t mind me saying. Outstanding work xxx

    • Annie, thanks for the compliment! When it’s one that I’ve had in mind for a while I need some time to get accustomed to how it worked out, but this morning I like it.

  • That could be Austin! Slightly weird, but just out the corner of my eye I can see him in the exact same pose! Even what he is lying on has the same colour and tones! The picture demands lengthy perusal 🙂

    • Carolyn, I can see it–Austin’s white bits are mostly underneath and they’d be nearly covered, but that cat pose, the “comma” as I call it for its nature of referencing a “pause”, is so characteristic of certain personalities.

  • Another stunningly beautiful unblended pastel. Your raw art is some of the best — uncropped is the prize version.
    That seafoam green contrast is to die for.
    Thank you, Bernadette! What a sweet image for the inside of my bedtime eyelids.

    • Meg, thank you! I was so glad to have the time to focus on this–I’ve been watching him sleep like that and just itching to do it, but without the time.


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