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    white german shepherd portrait drawing by Leanne Wildermuth
    Today begins Week #48 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!

    Thank you ALL for sharing! Once again, I encourage you to enter again if your entry was not chosen! (Tip: you can repeat your entry and photo!)

    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.

    You can read more of King’s story here.

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



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


        : Friday, November 27, 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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    Tink said,

    Great artwork. King is a beautiful dog! I hope he will be found soon…

    11.23.2009 @ 8:40 am
    bob said,

    Leanne: How super talented and generous you are. Bob and Gloria will be so delighted with this remembrance of their “baby”. Thank you, thank you thank you. :clapping:

    11.23.2009 @ 11:00 am
    nanci moll said,

    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

    11.23.2009 @ 11:34 am
    jennifer smith said,

    Leanne, Our baby Josie recently passed away due to a stroke and we have been devastated ever since. She was only five and in perfect health, they have no explaination for her stroke and although she went very quickly we have been searching for a reason for her death, a higher meaning if you will. We have eight other kitties all of whome were very sad just laying around. We decided to adopt another baby thinking that would give a meaning for her death,giving another baby a chance at life. So now we have added Maggie,she is so like josie it sometimes makes me cry and yet she is the braver version. Josie was so shy but in the last year of her life was becoming braver all the time.She died in my arms and i think we cried everyday for 2 weeks. She is now back on our kitchen counter where she always felt safe. None of us will ever be the same,neither my boyfriend or i have ever lost something that meant so much to us,he was one of our children and we are lost without her. Christmas has been agreed to be just for them this year, but i wanted to try to give us all something to put up so we can smile at her everyday knowing she is still with us. Thannks again and i will now email a photo. jen smith

    11.23.2009 @ 10:09 pm
    Da Goddess said,

    Beautiful work again, Leanne! (King looks a lot like my sister’s Stella.)

    11.23.2009 @ 11:03 pm
    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 a 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
    Thank you for the consideration

    11.24.2009 @ 7:10 pm
    Jan said,

    A friend of mine’s dog just died. Nala was the sweetest, most energetic dog, and had been diagnosed with cancer of the spine. Though given only weeks to live, she managed to go for a whole year with the help of a special wheelchair for her hindquarters. Rita retired from work to stay home and take care of Nala and be with her. This photo is one of a series that I took of her with Nala; I think that it shows how much she loved her dogs and how much they loved her. It would make a great portrait that I know she would treasure.

    11.26.2009 @ 8:42 pm
    Kathi said,

    Bullet the cat was a special gift to my daughter Kristen and he proved to be a cat that she could claim for herself….. seeing how the kids take over any animal that is brought in Bullet was a very good cat at hiding until the kids were in bed and then he was bonding, sleeping with Kristen.
    He got out 2 summers ago through a window screen and what she went thru to get that kitty back… door to door, posting flyers, traps, baby monitors and many a sleepless night. He was a pretty hard cat to trap as he liked it outside ( he never was out before after he first came to her) I had seen him at a Amish Store and brought him home for her. The cats out there live in the barn and surely this handsome cat needed a better life.
    They end up with many dropped off and welcome people taking them home. =) They don’t have a long life out there with all the cars coming in and out……
    Bullet was a one of a kind sweet handsome cat that showed my daughter lots of love and attention.

    Thanks for your time Leanne.

    11.27.2009 @ 10:09 am
    Leanne said,

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

    11.27.2009 @ 5:54 pm

    […] of Week #48 was Nanci’s kitty, Jackson. Read her entry here. View the side by side photo/drawing by clicking here. « […]

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