Don’t Wake Me Up, Pencil

This drawing is pencil on smooth vellum bristol, “Don’t Wake Me Up”, 6″ x 6″, 1989 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.

Don’t Wake Me Up, pencil 6 x 6, 1989 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

About the artwork

Years ago the owner of the veterinary hospital I used suggested he’d like to have customized sympathy cards. The project never came to be but I kept the ink and monochrome drawings I did in working out ideas for those cards and printed my own first set of note cards in 1992.

A soft sketch of a pensive kitty is always a suitable memorial, and it helps that its color and even markings are non-specific. That’s why I chose this kitty for that project, but I also knew I had immediately had a visualization of a sketch when I saw the image, softening all the edges, using positive and negative space, and using all the assets of pencil on paper as part of it with sketching, blending, drawing, using the side and the tip of the pencil, and leaving some areas of the paper completely untouched. That’s what you see here. At the time I was thrilled with being able to reproduce my visualization, and that I didn’t overwork the simple scene. I would be happy with it today too.

The one thing I don’t know is where the reference image came from. Typically, once I’d finished a sketch or painting, I kept the reference image in an envelope with others. In time I had too many and had to sort them out but I can usually remember at least which cat they were and where the image came from. When I began drawing cats, people gave me their favorite photos of their cats for me to draw someday. At the time the drawings had to be my cats for me to be as emotionally involved as I needed to be to produce a good piece of artwork. This reference may have been a photo from someone else that I gave back after I finished. It might have been one of those early short-term fosters and someone gave me the cat’s photo to get me to foster, or it might have been one of my own short-term fosters that I photographed. And it could also be a sketch of Sally in the summer when her ruff shed out, or Allegro at aby time, both of whom slept like this. As I’ve been digging through those old photos from the 80 and early 90s I’ve found some of these reference images.

Sometimes the simplicity of a single color line or tone on a beautiful paper stock tells the story more expressively than a full-color, scenic rendering. The expressions and close-cropped scenes of cats just being the individuals they are inspired me to create these little cameos.

This image is one in my Feline Pencil Sketches set of note cards, first set of notecards I had printed from my artwork. They are still very special to me.

Purchasing prints


Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.


The giclees are printed on acid-free hot press art paper for a smooth matte finish using archival inks. Giclee is the highest quality print available because the technique uses a dozen or more ink ports to capture all the nuances of the original painting, including details of the texture, far more sensitive than any other printing medium. Sometimes my giclees look so much like my originals that even I have a difficult time telling them apart when they are in frames. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges.

I don’t keep giclee prints in stock for most of my works. Usually I have giclees printed as they are ordered unless I have an exhibit where I’ll be selling a particular print so there is a wait of up to two weeks before receipt of your print to allow for time to print and ship.


Digital prints are made on acid-free matte-finish natural white 100# cover using archival digital inks. While digital prints are not the quality of a giclee in capturing every nuance and detail of color, texture and shading, I am still very pleased with the outcome and usually only I as the artist, could tell where detail and color were not as sharp as the original.

The 5″ x 7″ and 8″ x 10″ digital prints are centered on 8.5″ x 11″ digital cover while the 11″ x 14″ has 1″ around the edges because the digital paper is 12″ wide. All are countersigned by me.


I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered here because customers often want a custom size. Smaller canvases are a 3/4″ in depth, Canvases 12 x 16 and larger are 1-1/2″ in depth. I set them up so the image runs from edge to edge, then the sides are black or white or sometimes I slip in a color that coordinates with the painting. This canvas is black on the sides.

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