“Waiting Around the Corner”, black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Waiting Around the Corner, Charcoal on Toned Paper

“Waiting Around the Corner”, black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Waiting Around the Corner”, black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This bright morning sunlight gets us all up and around and doing interesting things. It may look as if Giuseppe is planning something, really he’s just basking in that wonderful sun puddle that cats have enjoyed in exactly that spot since I’ve lived here. I stopped and looked at the deep shadows, the brilliant highlights and the reflected highlights in between and there was my daily sketch. Couldn’t sketch him right then, but took a quick photo, just before he stood up and stretched and walked toward me.

The toned paper is wonderful for black cats, especially in the sun. Click here to see more sketches on toned paper. One of these days, I’m going to have to do something with that collection.

HELP ME PAY FOR GIUSEPPE’S VETERINARY CARE

A few months ago Giuseppe was found to have higher than usual blood pressure and more recently his thyroid level was high. Last week he was walking and moving a little oddly and we discovered he had lost a good bit of vision in his right eye. This past Sunday, and then again today, he had a seizure. We have some tests to do to at least narrow down the possibilities. Read more about Giuseppe’s current condition on The Creative Cat.

DAILY SKETCHES

I endeavor to do at least a small sketch each day as a warm-up to my aesthetic senses, so I have a small pouch of art materials and a few various sized sketchbooks available in the house and out. Usually, these are done in pencil, my first and favorite medium, though sometimes it’s charcoal, ink, colored pencil, ink and brush, whatever strikes my fancy at the moment, the greatest challenge to keep it quick and not get caught up in details, let the idea flow onto the paper.

Most often, the subjects are my cats because they are such willing models, though sometimes I’ll also wander afield, literally, and sketch in my yard or anywhere I go for errands. Medium and especially style vary just so I get a chance to do something new.

Every once in a while, they are meant for framing, and I’ve designed a series of notecards, notepaper and notepads using other daily sketches (see my notecards section). Often I use them as illustrations for graphics projects I’m designing.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

“Waiting Around the Corner”, black and white charcoal and pastel on toned paper, 5″ x 8″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski. The original is available as well as prints made in archival inks on paper and canvas.

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