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    puppy dog portrait pencil drawing by Leanne Wildermuth
    Today begins Week #29 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.

    Last week’s winner was Lesley with her new puppy, Floss. I could not resist this sweet little puppy-in-a-pot, she is just darling! Floss reminded me of those puppy days, before your puppy love evolves into a deep, endearing, steadfast love between a human and their dog that trusts and is always dependable. Aah, the love of a dog – no one should live without it!!

    You can read her entry here.

    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

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



        : Dogs! (Single dog only, please)


        : Friday, July 17, 2009 (around 5pm CST)

    To Enter

        : Leave a comment (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

    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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    Ken Mass said,

    We have countlessfond memories of our dog, Samson. One of them is of the many times he would “talk” to a fox living near our neighborhood. Our house backs to a treed area, and somewhere in there is a fox den. We frequently hear the foxes calling to each other, and often when Sam heard it, he would respond. Sometimes it was a bark,other times it was with a howl. It was quite amusing to hear the “conversation”, a fox yelping, Sam howling. I often wondered if either understood what the other was saying.

    I have emailed a picture of Samson to the gallery.

    7.13.2009 @ 9:10 am

    Hi Leanne,

    I want to share my photo of Annie. I have emailed the photo to you. It can also be viewed on my blog – look for Annie on the right hand column towards the bottom She’s my red tri miniature Australian Shepherd. This photo is Annie at 11 weeks old. She is my constant companion and my ranch helper. She comes out to feed with me twice daily and her job is to keep any of the critters from “gettin’ jiggy”. If the horses or the llamas start getting pushy or “jiggy” Annie rushes up to them barking until they stop doing whatever it is that makes me or Annie upset. She loves to break up fights between the adult male llamas. These dogs need to have a job to do or they go crazy. So Annie’s job is “The Enforcer” – she enforces the “no gettin’ jiggy” rules I have in place!

    7.13.2009 @ 10:00 am
    Pam said,

    This one calls for a big ‘aaaaawwwww’! How sweet! :thumbsup:

    7.13.2009 @ 12:02 pm
    Kathi said,

    Great job Leanne! the pup looks like it could come to life =)
    :wave: Dogs do bring such completeness to my life…. I have 10 of them =)

    7.13.2009 @ 9:58 pm
    Da Goddess said,

    That’s so freakin’ cute, I just wanna smoosh my face against hers. :dog:

    7.14.2009 @ 4:57 am
    Lesley said,

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I won!!!! :yahoo: And it’s such a beautiful drawing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am really really chuffed to bits!!!! I think I might already have one of those frames too so how perfect is that!! I can’t wait to show Mr P, and Floss of course but from a distance as she’ll probably try to eat it!! Thanks again!!! Will send you my address :thanku:

    7.14.2009 @ 7:59 am
    L-Squared said,

    Awww… so cute! I keep telling myself I need to enter for one of your drawings, because I love them, but I’ve never gotten around to it until today. :-)

    The photo I’m sharing is one of my sweet Leader Dog, Willow, an almost nine year old (liver pigmented) yellow Lab. At the beginning of July she and I celebrated our seventh anniversary as a working guide dog team. Unfortunately, Willow is getting older and starting to struggle with the demands of her job, so this anniversary was also probably our last. More than likely, she will be retiring from her loyal post as my guide dog by the end of the year, as I am currently undergoing the process of applying for my second guide.
    Willow has played such a huge life-changing role in leading me through the chaos of the last seven years – which included my last couple of years of college and then heading out into the “real world” – that it was difficult to choose just one photo of her to share with you, but I finally settled on this one: HERE It was taken about three years ago or so. It’s definitely not the best shot I’ve ever taken, but it is still one of my favorites of Willow wearing her guide harness, ready and eager to head out the door and show me the world.

    7.14.2009 @ 3:42 pm
    Catherine said,

    I love your pet portraits! Thanks for trying to help me identify the bush I posted on my blog!

    7.15.2009 @ 3:34 pm
    Catherine said,

    Forgot to mention that our cat Callie looks identical to the art print you have of Lucy.

    7.15.2009 @ 3:35 pm
    Nicole said,

    I am going to submit another picture of my angel, Babygirl. This is one of my favorites :)

    7.17.2009 @ 5:28 am
    Heather Feldman said,

    I bought my puppy two weeks after calling off my wedding. I needed something to make me not quite so sad and when I started getting back some of my deposits I decided what I really needed was a man that adored me… so I took that money and bought Willie. He is the funniest little dog and I feel like I traded up for the right man.

    BTW… I love your work and I emailed you a picture.

    7.17.2009 @ 11:04 am
    Leanne said,

    Thanks so much for your entries this week! I’ll post the winning portrait on Monday with next week’s announcement. Become a fan on Facebook for a sneak peek on Sunday!

    7.18.2009 @ 6:44 am

    […] Last week’s winner was L-Squared, who shared her working dog named Willow. You can read her entry here. […]

    7.20.2009 @ 8:19 am

    […] can read L-Square’s entry here, and view the side by side photo/drawing by clicking here. Next Project […]

    7.27.2009 @ 9:15 am

    […] with us. Ken shared some touching memories of his black lab, Samson. You can read his entries here, here and here (a heartfelt goodbye). View the side by side photo/drawing by clicking here. Next […]

    7.27.2009 @ 9:25 am

    […] memories of his black lab, Samson. You can read his entries here (Samson the security dog), here (talking to a fox) and here (a heartfelt […]

    7.31.2009 @ 8:51 pm

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