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Daily Sketch: White Cat Reflecting

pastel painting of white cat on stool
White Cat Reflecting, pastel, 8″ x 15″, 1998 © B.E. Kazmarski

It’s cheating just a little bit, but I’ve long wanted to highlight this painting. Today while I celebrate Sally is a good time since it was, in its time, a daily sketch.

Years ago in order to encourage myself to break out of the rectangular shape and one brand of sanded drawing paper, I purchased a number of different materials intended to provide a enough texture to any surface so that it would hold pastel. The usual paper was like very fine sandpaper, about the equivalent of 600 grit finishing sandpaper. Each of these surface materials was different: coarse grit, fine grit, marble dust and a type of gesso, which I applied individually, mixed or layered to scrap drawing paper and matboard. My assignment was to use these materials for sketches and save the usual drawing paper for finished drawings, so they were around the house and went, literally, out into the field with me.

My white cat was endlessly inspiring to me, and I would need two lifetimes to recreate all the images of her that I have photographed and saw every day. Sally was deaf and spent most of her days in her own little world in pursuit of her own happiness, which when possible included a rest, nap or long snooze in the sun. Here she alights briefly on the stool, reflecting the sunlight onto all that is around her while she reflects on the events of her day so far and just what is to be done next.

Where you can find this art

I offer “White Cat Reflecting” along with “Stanley With Apple” on my “Impressionist Cats” garden flag.

“White Cat Reflecting” is also available in my set of Feline Art Cards.

I also offer a variety of prints of “White Cat Reflecting” in my Fine Art America profile.

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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.


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