watercolor of tortoiseshell cat

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, New Member

This New Member print is a signed digital print of my oil pastel sketch “Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats,” made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper. This print is 8″ x 10″, matted in pure white mat board for an 11″ x 14″ frame.


watercolor of tortoiseshell cat

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, watercolor and pastel pencil, 8 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I just couldn’t resist. when Sienna decided to help me make the bed by showing me her belly and looking coy. Especially on that woven throw with its all-over pattern of fruits and leaves, I just had to draw her! Well, paint her, but “draw” is what she actually said in the movie, so I’ll go with that.

Yes, this painting is brand new. One of my goals for this year, and the month of January, was more art! And also new art that I could use for my monthly desktop calendars. Mission accomplished from a photo I took in November, the best photo of sooooo many.

Sienna is one of my TNR kitties who turned out to be friendly and adoptable, but she developed a urinary issue that tends to turn off adopters so she’s still with me. She is very shy but a total love and silly and purry and playful.  She loves to help make the bed and rolls around and chirps and races back and forth. She posed like this more than once, and from the very first time I visualized a painting of her, on this blanket, with this title. Lots of photos later I had a selection to choose from, and this was the winner.

When I started painting I thought the throw looked odd without the woven pattern, it just needed that texture. I had used a textured watercolor paper, then also used a piece of linen to “print” a fabric pattern in medium gray watercolor where I needed it to add the texture of the throw. Then when the watercoloring was done I finished Sienna’s fur with white, orange and russet pastel highlights and furs on that sweet belly.

I love cats on floral and decorative patterns, and that theme has been one I’ve wanted to pursue for years. Purrhaps a solid-color kitty would have been a better choice as she seems to blend into the background, but that makes it fun to discover her.


You can also find this image in my gallery of feline artwork.

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