watercolor of tortoiseshell cat

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, Watercolor

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, watercolor and pastel pencil is 8″ x 10″, the original framed in a gold and black finish wood frame with decorative carving and a single marbled pink mat. The original is available and digital, giclee and canvas prints as well as greeting cards are available.

About “Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats”

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.

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.

Here is the framed original.

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, framed.

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, framed.


Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.

Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.


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.

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. Digital prints are only available up to 11″ x 17″ and some of the prints are cropped to fit standard mat and frame sizes.

Digital prints have at least 1/2″ around the edges depending on the size of the print. All are countersigned by me.


Because the standard size canvas prints are not proportional to the original painting, canvas prints of this painting will have a portion cropped off.

I print the smaller ones myself, but order larger ones as they are ordered because I have limited storage space. 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.


I do all my own framing and can custom frame a print for you. Please ask.

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