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    horse drawing portrait by Leanne Wildermuth
    Today begins Week #12 of my 2009 weekly graphite portrait giveaway! Each week, one winner will be selected to receive one 5×7 graphite drawing from their photograph.

    Last week’s winner, Sue submitted a stunning photo of Maggie, with a vision that made me feel like I was standing in a field on a warm summer afternoon:

    …this head shot of her means a lot to me because that day, the wind was blowing and her main is windswept and I always remember how good it feels to go see my horses for a day of fun. Its out in the country, the air is fresh and you kinda forget everything else, so when I see that picture of her with the wind blowing her mane back its just simple “FREEDOM” to me. Free from everything for just a little while.

    Read her entry in its entirety here.

    A note on framing for portrait winners: I recommend the Nielsen Bainbridge Archival Gallery Frame, available through Dick Blick.

    Weekly Contest Announcement!


    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 4PM CST, at which time I will close comments and select one winner from the entries received. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday and post the completed portrait with the following week’s Giveaway announcement.

    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.


        : Pets or Animals (1 subject only)


        : Friday, March 20, 2009 (4pm CST)

    To Enter

        : Leave a comment, include a link to your photo. For e-mail submissions, leave a comment with your story as your entry, attach your photo to an e-mail separately, and send to gallery *at* intricateart dot-com.

    Note: *G* Rating only

    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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    Denise said,

    I would love to enter my CeCe she is on my flickr!

    3.16.2009 @ 8:54 am
    Leanne said,

    Can’t wait to see/read about her, Denise! :thumbsup:

    3.16.2009 @ 8:56 am
    Nancy said,

    Hey Lady! Long time (forever) no comments from me. I have a new space to hang my hat. Loving the picture. Did ya know Horses represent Freedom?

    Missed you!

    3.16.2009 @ 4:02 pm
    Sue said,

    Again, thank you so much Leanne for choosing Maggie. You nailed our little girl with your drawing, its wonderful and so perfect!


    3.16.2009 @ 5:54 pm

    Love the picture of the horse~ Horses always look like “freedom” they are stunning and captivating animals!

    I adopted this beautful lady from a breeder after having several litters of puppies to retire her from show and breeding life. I adopted her beautiful sister a year before, only to lose her from cancer. So Mallery was a joy to get seeing how she was the sister of the dog I had grown to love so much and lost. She is the light of our lives now, and judging from her picture she is still a “Show Girl” at heart!

    (photo emailed)


    3.16.2009 @ 7:31 pm
    Shane said,

    The drawing is excellent. Awesome!

    3.17.2009 @ 12:35 am
    sharkbytes said,

    What a great contest! I’ll have to think about a picture to enter sometime. Did you see my post about my Chips? I wrote about him in Feb on the 10th anniversary of his death. He was one special dog.

    3.18.2009 @ 9:33 am
    Bruce said,

    Hi Leanne! My name is Muffin and I am on my mom and daddy’s railroad tracks. Hurry up and draw my picture quickly as there are 8 trains running now and one of them is headed right for me and I don’t want to get run over! I love my mom and daddy so very much and I am their last child. Love, your new furry friend ~Muffin Morse

    3.18.2009 @ 9:25 pm
    Bruce said,

    Muffin’s picture will be emailed to the Gallery… :thanku:

    3.18.2009 @ 9:26 pm
    Dee said,

    Wow Leanne – even as sick as you have been you still turned out another amazing drawing! Maggie is stunning!

    Hope you feel better very soon! :violet: Dee

    3.18.2009 @ 9:57 pm
    Leanne said,

    Thanks for the entries this week! Will post the winner on Monday! (Sunday for those of you tuned in to me on Facebook!)

    3.20.2009 @ 4:16 pm

    […] Last week’s winner was Karen Clothier with a stunning photo of her Dachshund, Mallery. You can read her entry here. […]

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