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Featured Daily Sketch and More: In Window Light and Kelly’s Yellow Bath, 2012

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In Window Light, 5″ x 7″, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

I love this sketch so much it deserves its own post.

Oil pastel again, for the strength of colors and the texture; it’s hot and feels like summer (even though it’s May 26). Here Mimi naps in the light from the window, slipping in under the mini blind. In the strength of the sun, all colors appear in her fur and on the old marble windowsill and the hot yellow sun outside the window.

I’ve been working out this style now following Two Cats After van Gogh. In fact, in my garden flags, this image backs Two Cats After van Gogh, and I just finished a few keepsake boxes bearing the image. Sweet Mimi, so inspiring!

So inspiring, it won the President’s Award along with Two Cats After van Gogh in the Cat Writers Association 2013 Communications Contest. Read about that here.

Where to find In Window Light

You can find prints on paper and canvas and greeting cards but no garden flags at the moment. Just like Sunny Ink and Watercolor Pencil Note Cards from yesterday, I need to get this set of note cards post on Portraits of Animals too. You can order note cards on the product post for prints, but I also worked out a set. Hopefully Mimi will keep on my back about that, but only because she gets to go outside when we photograph them for the website.

As I work my way through setting up for upcoming events and stocking my website you’ll also see In Window Light on other favorite handmade gift items like keepsake boxes and tiles, and a small votive lamp as one of four of the “after van Gogh” designs. I may also make larger votive lamps of the individual designs too.


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Kelly’s Yellow Bath

oil pastel sketch of cat sleeping
Kelly’s Yellow Nap, 5″ x 7″, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

I’ve been feeling the need for texture and weight in my drawings, and the spring greens and flowers are luring me to color. Kelly, peacefully engaged in one of her naps, captures and reflects the sun as the green leaves tint the mid-range shadows. so much color in such a little space! I think the green and yellow reflect Kelly’s comfort in her nap as well.

I know it looks as if Kelly is upside down but I really like these odd angles because they are what is. Kelly sleeps on the end of the counter in the kitchen. When I walk through the kitchen doorway, stop and look down, there she is, just like that.

It’s not such a bad thing that my cats don’t like the smell of my oil pastels. That way, when I have to set the little sketchbook down, no one is tempted to step on it to make a point that they are being ignored.

And this sketch became one of my “Cats After van Gogh” series, which you’ll be seeing more of very soon.


And because my Friday photo post was too long already, I decided to do all the “extras” in a separate post! Scroll down for more, not necessarily feline, things.


From the Back Yard and Beyond

Windy Moonlit Night

From Portraits of Animals

Evening Lights, Acrylic Painting


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One thought on “Featured Daily Sketch and More: In Window Light and Kelly’s Yellow Bath, 2012

  • 15andmeowing

    That is a beautiful sketch.


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