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Daily Sketch: Mewsette on the Afghan

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

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.

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What else was I sketching on this date?

Nose to Nose, 2013

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“Nose to Nose”, brush marker, 6″ x 5″ © B.E. Kazmarski

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.

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  • Love the picture of Mewsette and the afghan! What nice memories the afghan must have for you – both old and new. Looking forward to you capturing the “coming to life”!

    • Thanks so much, Kraftycatcreations! I’d better do it soon or I’ll have to wait months before that afghan is on the bed again.

    • Nancy, I keep it on my bed in winter and usually fold it up during the day and use it for an extra layer at night, but Mewsette was there and I couldn’t disturb her just to fold the afghan. But usually all five, or at least four, sleep with me, on the afghan, and when they open their eyes in the morning and look at me it looks as if the afghan is coming to life! I’ve been trying to figure out how to illustrate that!

      • I would love to see that one if you figure it out! I sleep surrounded by cats too most of the


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