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Daily Sketch(es): A Bath and a Nap in Pastel

pastel sketch of cat bathing
“Bath in Sun”, pastel on paper, 5″ x 5.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
pastel sketch of cat
“A Nap in Green”, pastel on paper, 6″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A bonus with two sketches today! I was saturated in pastel all day and painted the one of Mimi bathing in the kitchen in morning light first and the one of her on the bed in the afternoon.

There is nothing challenging about either of these, I just enjoyed the compositions. I began the day with a sketch of the dawn, then later worked that into a painting, and worked on a few other things as well, enjoying the variety of subjects.

What was I sketching a year ago today?

Balancing Ballerina

sketch of tortoiseshell cat washing her leg
Balancing Ballerina, red and brown conté and charcoal © B.E. Kazmarski

Kelly balances on three legs while she stretches to wash the fourth leg, all the way out to her toes.

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8 thoughts on “Daily Sketch(es): A Bath and a Nap in Pastel

    • Susan, I had to work my way to this, all the texture and the small size was difficult to settle into, but a good practice.

  • I know I’m a newbie around these here parts, Bernadette, but “Bath in Sun” seems like a bit of an artistic departure for you.
    How wrong am I?
    Your versatility — nice. I love being surprised!

    • Yes and no–and technically these aren’t really “daily sketches” either. My little rules say that my sketches are just meant to be exercises and should be quick an concise to keep my skills at a good level; when I don’t do any art I tend to slow down and lose my touch for composition and technique. But my main medium is pastel and I’m usually pretty pictorial, impressionist to photorealistic. That takes more time than my daily sketches, but I like to indulge now and then, and today I was working on other pastel paintings and was just in the mood. Here is a pretty good roundup of my “other artwork”:

      • Thanks for the link, but I’m way ahead of you. I’ve looked at a lot of your art — obviously because I so much of it speaks to me — and “Bath in Sun” really seems different. Perhaps because of your self-imposed time constraints.
        Very, very special piece.

        • Ah, so you have. One other thing that makes id different is that it’s very small compared to the others so the texture of the paper and the size of the pastel strokes play, literally, a bigger part in the composition. I also used very little finger blending, which is typical of my style. This paper is not amenable to it, another thing to break my stride and make me think a little differently.


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