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  • Custom Portrait Call for Entries : Week #45 (11/2-11/6)


    Today begins Week #45 of my 2009 weekly graphite portrait giveaway! Each week, one winner will be selected to receive one 5×7 graphite (pencil) drawing from their photograph.

    There were no submissions Last week. All in good timing, as usual, as I was tending to my feverish little one this weekend.

    Do you know someone who would appreciate a free portrait of their pet? Share my contest with them – there are still a few weeks left in the year before my year-long giveaway ends!

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



        : ANIMALS (single subject – dog, cat or any other critter!)


        : Friday, November 6, 2009 (around 5pm CST)

    To Enter

        : Leave a comment as your entry (your chances are greatly improved if you share something about your subject), include a link to your photo. If you do not have a photo uploaded online, please indicate that you are e-mailing the photo and e-mail the photo to: gallery *at* intricateart dot-com.

    Your entry must be left below, or it will not be considered.

    Note: *G* Rating only

    A note on framing for portrait winners: I recommend
    Nielsen Bainbridge Archival Gallery Frames

    available through Dick Blick.
    Sox & BJ (below) are framed using this frame:

    cat portrait drawing by Leanne Wildermuth
    Each Monday, I post the weekly Call for Entries along with the previous weeks completed portrait (above). I may change the subject theme each week, or leave the theme open, so please pay close attention to the details in each announcement.

    Entries will be accepted through Friday afternoon around 5PM CST, at which time I will close comments and select one winner from the entries received. I’ll publish the completed winning portrait with the following week’s Giveaway announcement. If you’re a fan on Facebook, you might just get a sneak peek at the winning portrait before I publish it here!

    Qualified entries will include a valid e-mail address, and the comment should include one link to a photograph owned/taken by the entrant. If you do not have a place to upload photos to link one, you can e-mail it to gallery *at* intricateart dot-com. Your entry, however, should be included in the comment section below, with your story – should you choose to include one.

    The Selection Process: In case you’re curious, I’ll share my little artsy process in selecting the winner. First – I do not read any entries at all during the week. I do not read them because I don’t want anyone’s entries to have any more time than any others to settle in my creative brain. At the end of the week, I close comments. When I sit down to go through all of the entries, I read the story first, and open the photo link in a new window. When I finish reading, I flip over to the photo and my initial reaction is what I go by.

    If your entry is not chosen, you may enter again. I encourage you to include a short story with your entry.

    Once you have won a portrait, I ask that you refrain from multiple entries, to give others an opportunity to win one as well.

    Your challenge? To inspire me! Choose your photo wisely – I will select a winner based on how the photo and/or story moves me.

    Good luck!!


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    elizabeth secora said,

    I would like to submit our Samoyed, Kiowa, for your weekly free drawing contest! My photo will be sent to you in a separate email.

    My husband adopted Kiowa from a shelter when he was around 4 or 5 years of age. Kiowa had been placed in the shelter due to a divorce. Kiowa had also been adopted out once already but the shelter took him back due to abuse in his new home. When my husband, Steve, saw him he fell in love right away – and who wouldn’t! Kiowa has the most loving eyes, the gentlest spirit, and is just an awesome dog. He is such a calm and loving companion and I was blessed to have him come into my life when I married my husband.

    Kiowa is now 13 and we know he does not have to long left with us. He has really started to show his age in the last 6 months. Kiowa has developed arthritis in his lower back and some days are worse than others. (On his bad days he will fall at least 5-6 times a day.) Some nights he can not get up the stairs to go to bed – so we make up a bed downstairs for him on those nights. I can see the pain in Kiowa’s eyes on those nights and it just breaks my heart. It is really sad to watch and I know it is really hitting my husband hard too. This was his first pet and he just loves Kiowa so much, as we all do!

    I would love to have a sketch of Kiowa to give to my husband. Kiowa and Steve have such a strong bond and I know he will be sorely missed when he is gone. He has been such a wonderful part of our family and a great companion for us all.

    Thank you for your consideration!
    Elizabeth Secora

    11.2.2009 @ 3:58 pm
    Laura M said,

    I would like to add my beautiful chocolate labrador Bailey into your contest. Last week marked 3 years since his passing and I still miss him every day. He was my first dog and he was with me since he was 8 weeks old. Bailey was a true lab in that he loved people, water and FOOD! He was always getting into mischief and loved to escape on garbage day to ransack the neighbour’s garbage! Despite his shenanigans, Bailey was loved and I’ll never forget him.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    11.4.2009 @ 8:34 am
    Kelly said,

    Hi Leanne,

    My name is Kelly and I would like to submit a photo of my once in a lifetime “soul dog” Trevor.

    He is a retired therapy dog & my closest friend. Unfortunately, he is now getting on in years and I find myself realizing we have more days behind than in front of us. My family certainly would cherish a portrait of him.

    Trevor has been a true ambassador for his breed – brightening the days of countless people. Even though he is retired from therapy work, he still touches people.

    He has been the inspiration for a whole area of the world wide web where Sheltie lovers gather to learn, inspire & educate.

    One of my favorite photos of him can be found here.

    Thank you for the opportunity to introduce you to him!

    11.4.2009 @ 12:45 pm
    Susan Gross said,

    I would like to enter my dog Tyke in the custom portrait contest. I will e-mail you a picture of him.

    Tyke is a tiny, 16-year-old Chinese Crested Powderpuff. He had been surrendered to rescue for the second time. I had been looking for an older dog to add to my family of three senior Chinese Crested Hairless dogs. I was very touched by Tyke’s picture, and by the fact that he was in rescue at such an old age. I knew he was the dog for me.

    The rescue told me that Tyke had been surrendered to them the first time at age 13. The couple had gotten Tyke as a puppy. They recently had children, and Tyke was having potty problems. The rescue placed Tyke with a new family, but the couple just recently divorced and decided that they couldn’t keep him.

    I have only had Tyke for a short time; however, I am just in love with this happy, energetic “old man.” He is such a sweet, funny little dog. Tyke loves everyone he meets, and his cute little face makes everyone smile. Wherever I go with Tyke, I make sure to let people know about the importance of adopting from rescue – especially the senior pets. I understood when I adopted Tyke that his time with us may be limited; however I believe each day with him is a gift.

    Thank you for offering this contest and for considering Tyke.


    11.5.2009 @ 2:24 pm
    Sally said,

    Good morning!

    I would like to submit my beautiful princess Leelah “Belz” for your contest. I’ve sent her photo to you in a separate email.

    We adopted Leelah from a shelter when she was 2 years old and she’s been living with us for three years now. Admittedly, when I first saw her, I wasn’t sure what to think because you see, she only has one eye. The people at the shelter had no idea what had happened to her eye, but since she was already an adult cat, it was another serious strike against her being adopted. I was worried that she would be afraid of humans after such an apparent trauma, but once they opened the cage, she came running over and into my arms, purring as sweetly and gently head-butting me so I would pet her. All the other cats ignored us completely as it was obvious my sweet Belz had just found her forever home. :-)

    Now, she enjoys her regular “spa days” as I brush her all out, tell her how beautiful she is, and help her find the best sunbeam to nap in. She loves to play with feather toys and her favorite time of day is when I crack open the fresh can of food in the morning. :-) Leelah is the beat, most patient, loving cat I could hope for…and I hope to encourage people out there to not be afraid to adopt a “differently” abled animal…it’s been one of the best decisions of my life!


    11.6.2009 @ 9:57 am
    Sally said,

    P.S.–I meant the “BEST” decision of my life…not “beat”! Haha! :-)

    11.6.2009 @ 10:00 am
    Leanne said,

    Thanks so much for your entries this week! Stay tuned for the winning portrait on Monday (Sunday evening for Facebook fans)!

    11.7.2009 @ 8:48 am

    […] Last week’s call for entries brought several amazing animals and touching stories! Thank you ALL for sharing, I would choose them all if I could, but since I can’t – I encourage you to enter again! (Tip: you can repeat your entry and photo!) […]

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