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Daily Featured Artwork: Mewsette on the Afghan, 2014

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“Mewsette on the Afghan”, markers , 6″ x 7″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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.

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“Mewsette on the Afghan”, cropped.

Today: Even though this sketch looks like it belongs in the holidays, today, February 7, is actually the date I sketched it. And it was exactly 10 years ago, in 2014. And I shared that photo of Mr. Max on the afghan for my Tuesday post and then decided to share this art today, and maybe it’s all too much of a coincidence.

But really, I will share Mewsette any chance I get. I miss her so much.

Mewsette on the Afghan tile.
Mewsette on the Afghan tile.

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, 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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Laminated Placemats from Portraits of Animals!

“Mewsette on the Afghan” placemat.

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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