"Studio Morning Shift", detail © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Studio Morning Shift, #30in30, Day 15

"Studio Morning Shift", pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Studio Morning Shift”, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I am participating in Leslie Saeta’s annual “30 in 30” painting challenge this month. This is my painting for day 15, and it’s the first cat sketch I’ve done. I painted a number of portraits over the holidays so I moved to landscapes and other subjects first. I actually had a different image planned for today but Mimi, Mewsette and Mr. Sunshine were totally enchanting getting organized in the best cuddle pile on my drafting table by the window, the light was wonderful, and, well, here you are.

I wasn’t sure which crop I liked better on this sketch. Above I have the crop that preserves all the edges even though the windows aren’t right, the panes are each the same size. Below is the crop that includes the image area I’d wanted, but I like the black edges. Whatever, I guess I don’t really have to make a decision.

"Studio Morning Shift", pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Studio Morning Shift”, pastel on black pastel paper, 9 x 12 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

But then, I like this crop too, just the “important” area of the art.

"Studio Morning Shift", detail © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Studio Morning Shift”, detail © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Daily Cat Sketches

You may not know that I created a daily cat sketch from life inspired by my very feline family, from December 2011 to August 2014, when I slowed down and then stopped when I started running out of space to store them safely. the practice made me create art each day, even something small, and I experimented with different media and paper, and turned many of the images into gift items and also sell the originals and donate them to benefit animal shelters and rescues. Read more about my Daily Cat Sketches and browse the gallery.

For a list of my other paintings in the 30 in 30 challenge visit this page.

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