Daily Sketch: Two Girls at Dinner

colorec pencil sketch of two cats at dinner

Two Girls at Dinner, colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Mimi and Kelly enjoy dinner on the cabinet while “the kids” eat on the floor.

I’ve been wanting to try this idea for a while. It’s every hue of colored pencil in the box following nearly the same lines, but with enough variation that you see full color and mixed color throughout the sketch. It tends to cover up all the little tweaks and trills I add to my sketches as my hand skips from place to place, but I like the strength of the shapes and the colors themselves, it makes me think of confetti and makes me happy.

I am determined not to pull up sad moments as I begin posting again, but I sketch what happens in life. While browsing photos over the week I saw one from two years ago of “the other big four”, four girls at dinner: Peaches, Cookie, Kelly and Mimi.

Then when I began sketching I was glad to catch one of my favorites, “Dinnertime”, featuring three girls at dinner: Kelly, Mimi and Cookie.

So here are Mimi and Kelly with the entire cabinet to themselves. Over the years I’ve seen a parade of cats on this cabinet, always reserved for the ones I need to observe a little more closely, or those who were uncomfortable eating in close proximity to too many cats. Or those who are just special, like Mimi, who is not older or ill and certainly enjoys the company of her children, but who has always felt it was appropriate that she get to eat on the cabinet eating special kitty food, as the seniors often get, like a special kitty should.

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Daily Sketch: Another Nap

pencil sketch of cats sleeping

Another Nap, pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Well, they nap a lot, especially in a pile, especially on my desk. I had actually intended to do a little more with this but the phone rang, they got up and the day went on. No worry, there will be another day for Giuseppe, Mewsette and Jelly Bean to pose for a quick portrait.

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Daily Sketch: A Stretch Upon Rising

Sketch of cat stretching

A Stretch Upon Rising, orange colored pencil © B.E. Kazmarski

Mr. Sunshine awoke from his nap on my desk, arose and stretched in one graceful movement, from lying curled to fully arched and flexing nearly every muscle in his body.

Of course, he completely blocked my computer so I grabbed the ever-present sketchbook and a colored pencil and got a quick outline nearly done, then firmed it up from memory in the next few moments.

Orange because Mr. Sunshine was the yellow kitten, part of the reason his name is Sunshine, but yellow doesn’t translate well on white paper so I use a variety of warm colors to represent him.

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Daily Sketch: Boyz at Play

ink sketch of cats playing

Boyz at Play, colored ink © B.E. Kazmarski

This is drawn in gel pen Mr. Sunshine in burgundy and guess who in green. If you guessed Giuseppe Verdi, you are correct.

Mr. Sunshine happened to see the tie to the apron I wear in my studio peeking out from under the door where it hangs on the doorknob. As we always say about fancy toys and cats, the floor is littered with toys and they play with something of mine. Sunshine was totally overwrought about this canvas tie, doing backflips and falling down to roll around with it. Then it was so good he had to run away and talk about it, coming right back to start all over again.

Giuseppe, trying to understand Sunshine’s excitement came over to help him play with it, but didn’t stand a chance.

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Click here to see other daily sketches.

For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit my Etsy shop in the “Daily Sketches” section.

Read about the reason for the daily sketches in The Artist’s Life: Daily Sketches.

And read about purchasing them and requesting them as a donation item for your shelter or rescue group in The Artist’s Life: Daily Sketches for Sale and Donation.

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.