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  • Custom Portrait Winner & Call for Entries : Week #49 (11/30-12/4)


    custom cat portrait pencil drawing by Leanne Wildermuth
    Today begins Week #49 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. There are only a few short weeks remaining in 2009 – and my year-long contest will come to an end!

    Thank you ALL for sharing your pets with me! Again, I encourage you to re-enter if your entry was not chosen! (Tip: you can repeat your entry and photo! One entry per animal per week, please.)

    Last week, Nanci’s kitty Jackson was the winner. Here’s Nanci and Jackson’s story:

    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.

    Hugs to Nanci and Hooper. I hope you enjoy Jackson’s portrait for many years to come!

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



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


        : Friday, December 4, 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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    Pam said,

    Ah, how sweet! :love:

    11.30.2009 @ 4:41 pm
    Kristen said,

    decided to Enter my Cat Bullet again :)
    Bullet was definitely a one of a kind Cat, Very anti social Except with me and stubborn at times I might add! But was very sweet and was always purring in my ear when I came to bed at night…. he was the one cat I could count on to be waiting on me every night. He never took much to the kids and was just my cat..
    I had got him from my mom as a birthday present in September of 2003. He came from the Amish store and was a handful as a kitten . He 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. Sometimes when My son Micah was little he would hang out in the crib till I came in the room. He would sometime cuddle with the kids if he was in the mood for it usually they had to be in my room for him to cuddle he never really ventured out of his space much. And if he did he was sneaking to get outside he got out a couple summers ago I search every where put up flyers around town for two weeks finally I spotted him coming onto our back pouch. Within the week I figured out a way to catch him, I set up a baby monitor and a crate and captured him. Finally he was home. Not to say he didn’t try again lol. 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 The best cat ever! He had tons of personality.

    Sadly He became ill 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

    11.30.2009 @ 5:33 pm

    I’m going to enter our sweet Zeb one more time…
    He’s currently conked out on the couch – toes up – in front of the fire. He lives a tough life…

    12.2.2009 @ 7:20 am
    Leanne said,

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

    12.5.2009 @ 9:46 am

    […] Last week, Kristen won a portrait of her beloved kitty, Bullet. Here’s her story: […]

    6.29.2014 @ 12:32 pm

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