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SKETCH, MATTED AND FRAMED
This sketch is 9" wide x 7" high on acid-free 80 lb. drawing paper. It is matted with 2" acid-free warm russet color suede top mat and 1/4" acid-free black bottom mat, and framed in a 1-3/4" step-profile matte black 11" x 14" wood frame. The backing is acid-free foam core and the glass is premium clear glass. All framing is done by me in my studio.
Full-size digital prints are also available.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
So here is the sketch version of the massive cuddle puddle that blocked my computer this particular day in red and brown conté and vine and pencil charcoal. Giuseppe underneath acting as a pillow for Bean and Mewsette cuddling in, they thought they’d get dinner that much earlier if they blocked my view but I made them work for their dinner as artist models in both sketch and photograph. Mr. Sunshine does not complete the foursome because I peeled a layer of paper from my charcoal pencil and he got to play with it.
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.