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  • Custom Portrait Winner & Call for Entries : Week #43 (10/19-10/23)


    black lab dog portrait giveaway portrait by Leanne Wildermuth
    Today begins Week #43 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 Kathy who submitted Ace on behalf of her grieving friend.

    My best friend, Janet, rescued Ace four years ago when he had a terrible case of mange and eye problems. She proclaimed she was not really a “dog” person when she found Ace in her life, but he worked his magical charm on her and she fell in love with him. Many happy times have been spent these past four years with Ace, who never meant a person or a tennis ball he didn’t like.

    Ace died two months ago suddenly. This has been a awful blow for all of us who loved Ace, especially for his mom, Janet. She is grieving terribly.

    I know that a portrait of Ace by you would be a great comfort to her. I hope you will consider Ace as the next subject for the beautiful portraits you give away. He was the most special big beautiful lovable hunk of black Labrador Retriever boy you could ever possibly meet.

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



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


        : Friday, October 23, 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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    Amanda said,

    My family and I had the honor and privilege to spend seven wonderful years of our lives with a true gift from God. She was a full blooded German shepherd named Kallie. We got her when she was just six weeks old a black fur ball. As she got older she became more than a dog to our family, she was like the fourth child. She was very loyal, respectful, and always knew what you were going to do before you even knew what you were going to do. She always enjoyed going on rides and fetching sticks. She would always sit by the table during dinner and wait for food. She was also there when you came home and would always be waiting at the door so proud to see you. We rescued a companion for her about a year ago another German shepherd named Roscoe. Roscoe restored the puppy in Kallie for awhile, and the two really bonded. Kallie became more like a mother to Roscoe, and would always keep him from getting in trouble by distracting him with a toy when he was about to do something he shouldn’t be doing. About a month ago we found out she had arthritis in her spine. We started her own steroids and pain medication, which really helped her pain until we got the other shock of our lives two weeks later. Kallie was diagnosed with a genetic disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which in English means an enlarged heart. She started panting heavily and couldn’t get any air because her heart couldn’t work right due to it being bigger than it should be. Nine days ago we took her outside for her daily morning routine. My mom and I noticed that her tongue had turned purple and she went to the woods and laid down. After getting her up and to the vet, they put her on oxygen and told us she was going into congested heart failure, we were told four days prior that she was in the early stages of the disease and she still had a year or more to live. The vet told us to go home and wait for her to call. She called five hours later and told us she was getting better and that we could come pick her up in a few hours. The second phone call came twenty minutes later; Kallie had died of a heart attack. My family never got to say goodbye to our little angel and the vet and the her staff told us that she wagged her tail up until she took her last breath and slipped away to heaven. We buried her close to our house where we can always see her and know exactly where she is resting for eternity. The last nine days have been so empty. She is no longer at the door when we come home, and not there to take out in the mornings. The first day after her death Roscoe went from room to room looking for Kallie, and we would find him sitting by himself not wanting to be the social dog that he is known to be. He was grieving for his companion. Kallie left us way before we ever thought about letting her go she was still so young. Every room in the house contains a picture of Kallie even on my dad’s nightstand there is a picture of his three human children and then a picture of the little angel God sent in the four legged form. Kallie was an exceptional dog, and her life in this house will always be remembered and her loyal and intelligent spirit will never be forgotten. I have linked a picture of her from my facebook page.

    10.19.2009 @ 10:21 am
    Bill said,

    This is our dog Duke a Boston/Rat terrier mix he is a very affectionate dog, he kind of reminds me of a gremlin with his floppy ears. Duke is so food motivated when he sits and stays he will start to drool.


    10.23.2009 @ 11:12 am
    Leanne said,

    Thanks for your entries! Check back Monday to see the winning portrait (late Sunday evening for Facebook Fans)!

    10.24.2009 @ 8:28 am

    […] Last week’s winner was Amanda who shared Kallie, who passed away recently from an enlarged heart. My heart goes out to Amanda while she grieves the loss of her beautiful, faithful companion. You can read her story here. […]

    6.29.2014 @ 12:37 pm

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