Daily Sketch: Resting, Spring Afternoon

two cats in watercolor

Resting, Spring Afternoon, watercolor pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Hmmm, testing some new/old watercolor pencils found in a box of stuff, not sure but they might be ready to retire. These weren’t quite the colors I was expecting, some blended nicely, others ended up with a lot of scribbling.

Nice composition, though, always nice when Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine settle together to look out the window and watch the birds on a spring afternoon.

Maybe I like it in black and white. This way you can see the underlying sketch, the tones intended to create the shapes, and the overall composition.

grayscale version of two cats

Same as above, converted to grayscale in PhotoShop.

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The Eye Model

black cat eyes

Giuseppe looks at you.

Surely, if there are such things as a “hand model” whose lovely hands are used to show off fine jewelry and accessories there can also be an “eye model”.

black cat looking up

Giuseppe models the ultra-cool expression.

In humans I guess these would model eyewear, but in cats? Well, I guess they’d model themselves. Surely they don’t need any accessories or improvement.

black cat closeup

Giuseppe gazing off in deep ponderation.

Not Giuseppe, with those deep-set intense eyes. He doesn’t see how anyone would even notice any unnecessary accessory when one would look at his eyes. After all, those were what beguiled the lovely and mature Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite, causing her to immediately cause her mama to send the prophetic magic message, Miss Daisy is smitten!

photo of black cat

"Giuseppe"

Click here to read the original story of the overly operatically melodramatic castrati Giuseppe Verdi and the French-Canadian Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite, ebony princess of the town of Kings in Ontario. He is looking forward to his package of photos of the emerald-eyed Queen of Kingston!

Read more about the long-distance feline lovers! This link lists the stories most recent to least recent, so you’ll have to scroll to the end to read about their early courtship.

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Three-sided Cube: 2011

three black cats in a cube

Three Cat Cube

How many black cats can fit in a cat cube?

Three, if Giuseppe sticks his butt out the back door!

Jelly Bean, down here in the lower left, was in there first, then his mom, Mimi, whose face you can see in the upper right of the opening, was cuddled with him.

Then Giuseppe decided he wanted to be in on the party too, and crawled in as far as he could and laid down, using JB as a pillow; you can see the back of Giuseppe’s head in the middle of the opening.

Poor Mimi had to sit up or be smothered by Giuseppe’s big hug.

This poor cube has only been here for six days and it’s taken a heck of a beating! When it isn’t full of big black cats, it’s being used as a big soccer ball as I find it all over the room, upside down, sideways, and yesterday I found Mr. Sunshine lying on top of it all flattened beneath him. We’ll see how long it can last with this type of treatment.

This was a challenging shot: I could barely get any distance between my lens and the cube, and three black cats meter pretty dark to begin with, then put them inside a red object and it was all I could do to get any detail at all. The flash lit up the cube but darkened the inside, so I had to use light streaming in from the window off to the side. Well worth the dozen shots it took to get one…

This cat cube was donated to my household by one of our tortie buddies who traveled to a certain book signing last April! Also visit The Conscious Cat to read about our the book signing, and if you have a tortie cat—I think many of you do—stop in and read ” ‘Tortitude’, the Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats” and join in the discussion.

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Unless I have linked the photo to something else, which is rare with daily photos, you can click the photo to see a larger version. I save them at 1000 pixels maximum dimension, and at that size the photos are nearly twice the dimension and you can see more detail in many of the photos I post. Please remember if you download or share, my name and the link back to the original photo should always appear with it.

To see more daily photos go to “Daily Images” in the menu and choose “All Photos” or any other category.

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.