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  • Custom Portrait Winner & Call for Entries : Week #22 (5/25-5/29)


    Custom german shepherd dog portrait giveaway pencil drawing by Leanne Wildermuth
    New! Video of me as I worked on Bubba’s portrait! Watch here!

    Today begins Week #22 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 Kellie Mintern, of Mintern’s German Shepherds. She sent in a photo of Bubba, along with a link to his story and updates on him, which I found myself lost in as I went through last weeks entries.

    Kellie kept her friends updated on Bubba through back surgery, acupuncture and sadly, kidney failure. I ached with her as I read her updates and found myself thinking of my dear, sweet Chloe (a shepherd rottie mix) who we lost in 2006.

    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!



        : Open (pets, animals, people)


        : Friday, May 29, 2009 (around 5pm 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

    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 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.

    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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    There are ABSOLUTLEY NO WORDS in which I can write that can express the deep hurt and yet, happiness that BUBBA was the Pick this week….I am forever indebted to Leanne, of which someone I do not know :) only through this link I was sent from Karen…who has a couple of my puppies…now grown and gorgeous….I THANK YOU LEANNE as even though Bubba is NOT here with me to experience this wonderful feeling, he IS everywhere around me….not sure if that makes any sense at all…..again, THANK YOU…just lost for words and in tears I cannot thank you enough….God Bless…..Kellie, missing Bubba………

    5.25.2009 @ 9:23 am
    Karen said,

    Oh what a beautiful moment in time you have incredibly captured!
    Bless You,

    5.25.2009 @ 11:55 am
    Pam said,

    Bubba was such a gorgeous boy! You really knocked this one out of the park Leanne! :tick:

    5.25.2009 @ 12:25 pm
    MJ said,

    I’m submitting a picture of my Mom for this week’s contest.
    She passed away on February 15th just 11 days short of her 84th birthday. She lost her 3 year long battle with cancer with the same grace and dignity she always displayed.
    She taught in public school for 30 years. She was even my 5th grade teacher! But I was blessed with all of the life skills she taught me. If I can ever be even a tenth of the wonderful wife, mother and friend she was, I will be happy!
    I miss her so much. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve picked up the telephone to call her just to share something funny that 1 of my kinder kids said or the share the latest news about her grandsons.
    Words fail me when trying to show you how special she was. She has a grandson getting married this weekend. It will be the first time that all of the family – children, grandchildren and great-children have been together since Christmas. I’m sure there will be more than 1 toast made in memory of her.
    The picture that I’m submitting of her is one of my favorites. I think it’s because I looked like her when I was about the same age. Many people tell me that I look more like her than my sisters do. I’ll take that compliment any time.

    5.25.2009 @ 1:01 pm
    MJ said,

    I forgot o say I’m emailing the photo.


    5.25.2009 @ 1:02 pm

    […] caught a bit of Bubba’s portrait drawing session on camera and put together a video for you if you’d like to watch me (in high […]

    5.25.2009 @ 1:56 pm
    Kathi said,

    Born Feb 2, 1992 Died Feb 7, 2007
    Wolf’s Phantasie Nakita
    American Wolfdog
    White German Shepherd

    Much loved companion of Kathi and her furkids

    With so much love and kindness Nakita lived in
    our world and made my days brighter. An
    always unconditional love she gave to me and
    made me a better person. Her mind was
    right on but her body failing….. I had to
    let her go with dignity and its with much sadness
    that I let her go. She was a great woodchuck hunter,
    stick fetcher, obedience trained, off lead worthy,
    and great mother to her pups.
    I will certainly miss her all the rest of my days.

    (photo e-mailed)

    Just a note to tell you all that I had to put Nakita down. The arthritis was
    getting so bad she couldn’t walk and get up anymore. It was the hardest thing
    I ever had to do…… she kissed me as she lay on the vets table waiting to be
    put to sleep. She was the sweetest dog I have ever had…… no trouble at all
    and such a love.
    I got her at 5 weeks old a small 6 1/4 lb of fluff and have had her 15 years…
    so it’ll be a big hole in my heart and life now that she is gone.
    Her kids will miss her I am sure.. an alpha to the end she was giving them
    a talking to as I carried her out the door.
    Loki and Takoda will surely miss her as they were close…… it was the 3 of
    them that ran together when we walked the woods for years.
    So its with much sadness in my heart I tell you what had to be the
    hardest day of my life, letting her go.

    If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
    -Will Rogers

    5.25.2009 @ 3:06 pm
    MJ said,

    Watching you work was cool!

    5.25.2009 @ 4:32 pm
    Leanne said,

    Thanks for your entries this week! I’ll post the winning portrait on Facebook on Sunday, as well as here on my blog on Monday!

    5.29.2009 @ 8:49 pm

    […] Last week’s winner was Kathi’s White German Shepherd, Nakita. […]

    6.1.2009 @ 3:30 pm

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

    6.2.2009 @ 2:27 pm

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