Daily Sketch: Cookie Has a Drink

sketch of cat drinking

Cookie Has a Drink, graphite pencil and colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Cookie has a nice long drink many times a day, and her little shape over the water bowl is so very familiar. Because she approaches the water bowl in my studio from the same angle and even holds her tail the same way, I could do this sketch in shifts, first her outline, then her dark areas, then to reinforce the fact that she is a tortoiseshell calico I added orange and yellow colored pencil to fill the color and blue in the bowl.

Because she does this frequently enough and holds pretty still for the entire time she is drinking, I think I’ll pursue ideas involving other media that take a little time to work, and also a different base, such as watercolor or oil pastel.

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Those Luminous Eyes: From A Year Ago Today

two black cats with round gold eyes

Those Luminous Eyes

This just happens to be one of my favorites, and I thought I’d start posting photos from previous years for those who are new readers.

We’ve all used this quote, but living in a house with five black cats it’s abundantly clear. Mewsette and Giuseppe give you the full force of their green and gold eyes.

Who can believe there is no soul behind those luminous eyes? ~Théophile Gautier

Gautier also had several black cats as well as white Turkish Angoras and an array of tabbies. I’ll have to do a literary profile of him as another cat lover some time, but suffice it to say he loved cats and wrote extensively, poetically, about the ones in his life. My French is not what it used to be, but I’ll look up La Ménagerie Intime where he writes about daily life including many of the famous quotes about cats which are attributed to him.

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On Guard Duty

photo of two black cats

Guard Duty

Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine take their stations on my work table as I begin a day of work in my studio. Very important job being the studio guards; no matter how long or how late I work, I always have plenty of guard cats. The Fantastic Four take it very seriously, and change out in pairs. Of course, they often appear to be sleeping, but that’s just a ruse.

Mimi sleeps on the bed by the door and Cookie in the rag basket; Kelly makes an appearance but does not stay, but every day for at least a few minutes, all eight of us are in this tiny 8′ x 10′ room. I find it very cozy.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio working on art and framing I can’t write about at the moment for surprises and customer preference. I will be catching up after the holidays.

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