Daily Sketch: Under the Kitty Keep-warm Lights

conte sketch of three cats

At My Computer, conté crayon © B.E. Kazmarski

They were immobile under the kitty keep-warm lamps at my computer. I couldn’t get any work done, all I could do was sketch them.

Jelly Bean watched me because my drawing things make neat little scratching noises on the paper. Mewsette simply napped.

Giuseppe couldn’t decide on his position, starting out crouching in front of me, then suddenly sitting up. I waited, sketched a basic sketch of him crouching, then worked on finishing it. Then he sat up, indicating he’d prefer being in that position. I did too, but he had decided against it and I sketched him crouching. He insisted. I told him I’d sketch him as one big black scribble and what would Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite think of that? He immediately dropped back to a crouch.

Love, what it does to cats.

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Boys: From A Year Ago

two black cats by sunny window

Boys

Yesterday it was the girls putting their heads together, today it’s the boys, likely planning their day’s events. Perhaps they’re just soaking up some sunshine and not planning anything at all. Giuseppe in the background, I never know with those intense eyes. Jelly Bean, though, I’m pretty sure he just relies on being cute to get through the day.

I enjoy all the warm tones in this photo, the pale yellow sun in the window, the cream lace curtain, the mahogany tones in the boys’ fur and the deep rose through the thin skin of their ears, even the dark shadowed areas are filled with warm tones of bright late winter sun filtering only through bare branches.

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Graceful Kitty

black cat bathing

Graceful

The photo I just posted brought this one to mind from January 2011.

There is nothing so graceful as a feline bath, especially in morning sun. This simple curve has long been one of my favorite postures, in fact, I did a stylized sculpture of my black cat in college in this bathing posture. Someday I’ll photograph that sculpture and post it (I actually did in summer 2011);  it’s always interesting for me to see the images and motifs that have inspired me long before I began to create artwork.

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Mewsette, Morning

black cat in sun

Mewsette in the morning sun.

Mewsette is letting the shadows fall behind her on this sunny morning, dozing in warm winter sun.

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A Visiting Artist

man with black cat

Chaz visits, looking for hidden cats

Giuseppe makes sure he gets ALL the attention from our visitor. Perhaps he wants to be sketched by Chaz and have other black kitties hidden in him?

I featured Chaz a few months ago in Creating With Cats. He has had hidden animal drawings featuring cats for years (guy knows what’s good for him, featuring cats first, and in more than one drawing), but he also showed me a few hidden dog drawings in different breeds he’ll be featuring at the upcoming dog show and they are very clever, I really liked them, especially the Boxer.

Chaz is working on a new idea for his hidden-animal ink sketches and stopped over for me to help him set up the art for the project. While I had my hands and attention on the keyboard, Mimi, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine all twirled around acting as cute as could be and got their share of attention, but Giuseppe decided to get on Chaz’s lap, thereby being closest to both hands.

Being on the road with shows most of the year, Chaz doesn’t have any pets of his own, but the big ginger neighborhood cat, Sammie, stops by for a visit every so often, hangs out for a while, then asks to go back outside. It looked to me as if he was used to petting cats all day long.

So will we see hidden black kitties in Chaz’s next drawings? Guess we’ll have to see! If so, perhaps I’ll feature those nice dog drawings and a few other new animals…

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The Spring Kitten

hand-tinted block print of a white kitten on a branch with flowers

The Spring Kitten, hand-tinted block print © B.E. Kazmarski

I once had a pure white long-haired kitty with pea green eyes and a pink nose named Sally. She was also completely deaf, and completely fearless; without distraction, she lived in her own little world, full of sleep and joy and play. She was the inspiration for many sketches, paintings and photos, and for this little piece as well.

detail of hand-tinted block print
Detail of hand-tinted block print.

Almost everywhere I’ve lived there has been a quince bush, an old-fashioned favorite for its early bright pink flowers—so early, in fact, that the bush in my neighbor’s yard in the years when Sally was young bloomed every year during the January thaw, and then snow would fall on the bright pink blooms, nestling in the curve of the branches like Sally when she’d found a good cozy spot.

detail of block print
Detail of block print.

The style of this design was inspired after studying and practicing many illustration traditions, from Asian-inspired block prints and brush paintings to metal and wood etchings and block prints used for books and periodicals. My reference photo (which I kept) shows the branch with the flowers against a brilliant blue sky, and a soft little pile of snow in the angle which became the sleeping kitten.

linoleum block print of white kitten on branch
The Spring Kitten, block print © B.E. Kazmarski

Also inspired by the idea of a book illustration, it’s just a little thing, image is 5″ x 3.5″, with mat and frame outside dimensions 10″ x 8″.

I offer a framed hand-tinted print on Etsy, and the other variations listed below in the Marketplace on my website.

Print only, $15
Hand-colored print, $25
Matted and framed, no color, $30
Matted and framed, hand-colored, $40

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