I still love this sketch! And as I make more and more gift items Mewsette and the colorful afghan are a popular theme.
Mewsette nearly blends in with the afghan.
I’ll admit, this took a little longer than the usual 15 minutes maximum. I’ve been holding off the sketches with this afghan just because I knew they’d be time-consuming for part of the charm is the detail of all the colors. Today I could not pass up pretty Mewsette quietly napping on the afghan, especially when she opened her big yellow eyes. I drew the basic sketch in black, then later filled in the colors with every marker I have in the house. This afghan is more muted than this sketch shows, but I like the bright colors too.
I love that old afghan. My mother crocheted it years ago from a 1944 pattern book out of scraps of wool yarn. Each granny square is made of four rows, each a different color, with one last row of black; when the squares are sewn together there are two rows of black between each color set which gives it this stained-glass effect.
I wanted to see what it would look like without the white edges, and I think I like it this way too.
Where to find this artwork
Here is Mewsette on a tile! She sells out pretty quickly, so the next time I make them I’ll make several of Mewsette.
You can find this artwork printed on paper and canvas in various sizes, giclee as well as digital prints and as the mousepad shown, as a laminated placemat, keepsake box, gift box and gift bag, and maybe a few more things, on Portraits of Animals. To find other products and handmade goods bearing this art, search my website for the title.
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What else was I sketching on this date?
Nose to Nose, 2013
They’d been bathing each other and fell asleep. What could be sweeter than two cats in such a simple embrace? It’s Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean.
And I just wanted to capture the essentials. I didn’t want to overwork this one.
For a gallery of the ones available for sale, visit Portraits of Animals in the “Daily Sketches” section.
Read about the reason for the daily sketches in Three Years of Daily Sketches.
Download your free desktop wallpaper calendar for computer or mobile, usually based on a daily sketch.
And don’t forget that each month’s Featured Artwork is also one of the free prints available on Portraits of Animals when you sign up for an account.
A collection of 34 images of feline artwork
The award-winning* Feline Style Sampler
Daily sketches, illustrations, commissioned portraits all in a small coil-bound gift book.
*Certificate of Excellence, Cat Writers’ Association 2014 Communications Contest
Gifts featuring cats you know! Visit Portraits of Animals
Laminated Placemats from Portraits of Animals!
Placemats are available in 11 x 17 and 8 x 10. Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection. Read more and purchase.
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