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  • Custom Portrait Winner & Call for Entries : Week #47 (11/16-11/20)


    chihuaha portrait original drawing art by Leanne Wildermuth
    Today begins Week #47 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.

    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!

    Last week’s call for entries gave me quite a selection! Your heartfelt stories and photos are the reason that I’ve continued on this journey all year. I can’t believe there are only 7 weeks (7 drawings!) remaining in 2009!!

    Thank you ALL for sharing! Once again, a tough choice, so if your entry did not win, I encourage you to enter again! (Tip: you can repeat your entry and photo!)

    Jessica’s Chihuhua, Cano, was last weeks winner.

    This is Cano who was our 3yr old Chihuahua and a true firecracker. He was mauled by a 90lb dog just a few weeks ago and our house has been so quiet since. I remember running to my door when I’d come home from work because he was always so happy to see me it looked as if his head was going to explode with excitement. I miss his little nails clicking on the hardwood floors when he was running to me or when it was time to eat. He loved my boyfriend more than me especially when it was bedtime, Cano always seemed to wiggle between us and get really mean when I would try and snuggle closer but that just made me love him more because he had some much personality for such a little body. I treasure this picture of him because it’s really the only good one we have of him, he was busy hiding in laundry baskets because he was camera shy.

    Jessica — I pray that Cano’s portrait will bring peace to your hearts and give life to all the wonderful memories you have of him! Thank you for sharing him with me!

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



        : PERSON OR ANIMAL (single subject person, dog, cat or any other critter!)


        : Friday, November 20, 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


        photo (a photo that you have full permission to use). 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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    nanci moll said,

    Dear Leanne
    My kitty Jackson, was found by a student of mine. It was a bitterly cold evening and he heard a faint mewing in the bushes. On inspection, he found a nearly frozen tiny tiger striped kitten. The student scooped him up and placed him inside a box with a heating blanket to warm him. Later he talked me into taking him home and I named him Jackson after the student who saved his life. I was going through a rough spot in my marriage and eventually divorced and kitty Jackson was a source of comfort. He and I had a fast bond. He was so loving, had the loudest purr and just seemed to know when I needed him. He would drop toy mice at my feet and wait for me to throw them so he could play fetch. He later went through a difficult surgery and recovery when he swallowed a thread, and I nearly lost him, but he pulled through and our bond was even stronger. Sadly I lost him a year ago to the ravages of kidney failure – he was 15. I miss him all the time as does his feline buddy, Hooper. I would love a portrait of him to honor his beautiful spirit. He was one of the sweetest cats I ever loved.
    I will email you pictures of him.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Nanci Moll

    11.16.2009 @ 1:12 pm

    I entered earlier, but I’m not sure if it was for this week or last week. I’ve got my days mixed up! Our sweet Zeb came to us from a not so terrific previous environment. He is afraid of anything you hold in your hand – especially tools, logs for the fire, and the camera. He loves to go on long walks, lounge on the couch with is toes up in front of the fire, and be with his people. He doesn’t have a long story. He is our dog and we love him. His pix are here:

    11.17.2009 @ 8:26 am
    Kristen said,

    decided to Enter my Cat Bullet again :)
    Bullet was definitely a one of a kind Cat
    had got him from my mom as a birthday present in September of 2003. He was a handful as a kitten . Got outside and took me two days to Catch him because he was really fast that is how he got his name Bullet.

    He was just a great Cat who was full of love and very loyal to me and His favorite place to be was in my room usually on my bed till night time when the kids where sleeping. I know I could always count on him for cheering me up after a bad day. When I would go to bed he would snuggle up with me just purring away and rubbing his nose on my head. He Just was my best cat ever! He had tons of personality.

    Sadly He became ill on Wednesday and Passed away two days later 11/06/2009.
    He was in my lap cuddling with me that morning comforting me and just being the Cat he was when he passed. It has left a big empty spot in my heart. When I go to bed at night I miss him so much sometimes I walk in the room and expect him to be hanging out on my bed just waiting for me.:)
    Photo emailed

    11.18.2009 @ 11:33 am
    Karen M. said,

    Gosh Leanne, I cannot believe the year of your free portraits is almost over. Seems as if it just begun. I have enjoyed them immensely and looked forward to seeing each one every week. I do love Cano’s portrait. He is so sweet looking. His face, nose and ears remind me somewhat of my dog. Even the little white spot on him is similiar.

    11.20.2009 @ 10:49 am
    Bob Smith said,

    Friends of ours, Bob and Gloria, lost their “best friend” King last February and he has not been found since.

    King was a remarkable animal. Bob (who is in his 70’s) is a marathon runner and he and King could be seen running all over town and everyone knew and loved King. Bob and Gloria went with King to visit many hospice patients and the dog has lifted the spirits of so many terminally ill folks in this part of Illinois.

    In March of last year, the body of the black lab that disappeared with King was found in the Mississippi river which runs right by our town. They think the dogs may have gone out on the ice and fallen through.

    Bob and Gloria still get calls about sightings of a white German Shepard and they still check thing out but they realize that their King is gone.

    Photo sent via regular mail

    11.20.2009 @ 5:34 pm
    Leanne said,

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

    11.20.2009 @ 6:47 pm

    […] Last week, I chose Bob’s entry of King, who sent his entry via snail-mail and included the articles from the local news that described their whole community’s search for this beautiful white German Shepherd. King was a therapy dog, a gentle servant and loving companion, and his family misses him very much. It must be terribly hard to go on day to day without having any kind of closure, as they haven’t found King to this day. […]

    6.29.2014 @ 12:34 pm

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