"Find the Kitty in This Picture", colored chalk, pencil, charcoal, pastel pencil on mat board, 12" x 19", 1987 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Find the Kitty in This Painting, New Member

This New Member print is a signed digital print of “Find the Kitty in This Painting”. This print is 8 x 11 matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11 x 14 frame.

"Find the Kitty in This Picture", colored chalk, pencil, charcoal, pastel pencil on mat board, 12" x 19", 1987 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Find the Kitty in This Picture”, colored chalk, pencil, charcoal, pastel pencil on mat board, 12″ x 19″, 1987 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’m going way back to my beginnings with this painting/sketch. It predates all of my pastels, but is actually my first work in color, when I decided to move from pencil to try to interpret some of the lovely colors I saw in the world around me, and especially in my cats.

In fact, this sketch isn’t even in pastel at all—I used colored chalk! I remember thinking at the time that I didn’t want to invest in those expensive pastels unless I knew I could produce something with them. How I would know when I could do that without actually using them I don’t know, but I think it had something to do with my level of confidence while I worked on the sketch, much the same as it had been when I worked in pencil. I could visualize the medium, I could visualize the sketch, getting that visualization on the paper was my goal, and in order to do that I had to work the medium and at least basically understand its properties.

Moving on to a new medium? As always, my cats led the way. When I put together my first portfolio book in 1993, I used a photo album with 3.5″ x 5″ photos of my works and often the reference photo and a paragraph of text along with the name and details of the work pictured, using my very first personal computer at home to design and print the information, then glue the photos in place. Ah, sweet memories, building my future. Here is what I had to say about this painting:

Sally can’t ever be too warm. This picture was taken during the summer when temperatures were consistently in the 90s and sometimes over 100 degrees, and this is a south-facing window. When I got this picture back, I wondered why I had taken a picture of this plant, then I saw her tail, and then her face. I hadn’t started working in color yet, so rather than invest in pastels right away, I used colored chalk to see how I would do. The experiment was enough to make me want to explore some more.

 

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