Thursday, December 7, 2023
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Daily Sketch Reprise: Laundry Day

sketch with watercolor of cat in laundry basket
“Laundry Day”, 6.5″ x 5″, graphite drawing pencil and watercolor pencils © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Today was a busy day around the household with several weekends taken up with activities and busy weeks in between recently. Though I’d planned some yardwork when warmer weather was forecast for today, it turned out cold and rainy with dangerous roads in the morning, a great day to do an extra load of laundry, take care of some cleaning and make a pot of soup and bake a couple loaves of bread, all of which warmed up the kitchen, steamed up some windows and kept us busy for hours.

What’s a kitty to do? All that activity and then a warm kitchen with neatly folded laundry warm from the dryer? Mimi couldn’t believe her luck. A few others tried to join her, since she only takes up about one-sixth of the basket, including Smokie and Giuseppe, but in the end Mimi had a really good bath, made a nice nest and curled up for a long afternoon nap. What an inspiration.

I knew I wanted watercolor in here somehow but wasn’t sure exactly how, so I sketched her in pencil on watercolor paper. Later I pulled out my watercolor sets, but then remembered my watercolor pencils which I haven’t used in a while, since I found a few other sets of watercolors that I like a lot. But I wanted to continue with the pencily feel and just brush some water over the watercolor pencil areas to blend the color. It worked just as I had envisioned.

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“Mewsette on the Afghan”, cropped.

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.

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