Needless to say, my heart was very involved in the creating of this drawing. For those who don’t know, Skeeter was my Christmas gift back in 1997 and my ‘baby’ for the next 17 years. Sadly, an accident forced me to put him down less than a year and a half ago. If you haven’t already (and if you’d like), you can read the post I wrote after losing him, entitled Saying Good Bye Is So Hard. When I held Skeeter in my arms knowing the end was minutes away, I told him to take my heart with him. Let’s just say, he always was an obedient dog. I still miss him and am pretty sure I always will.
Drawing-wise, I enjoyed working in a medium that I could actually erase! That is a novel concept for a watercolorist since you cannot cover up a mistake in watercolor. I also enjoyed the challenge of evoking emotion without color. Next sketch/drawing I do though I want to do looser….ugh, so hard for me!
Thank you to Amanda Herrold Photography (aka, my BFF) for my reference photo. She was over for a photo shoot when she caught Skeeter’s affection between shots.
If you missed my post which explains this year-long challenge, please read You’re Invited To The Unveilings.
Awwww Michele… this is officially the saddest sketch ever. Absolutely amazing, but so sad. Bye Skeeter…
Being an artist AND a doggie lover, I had double the WOW when I saw this.
What beautiful detail in this. I just have to say “perfection.” You are more than amazing. Pl ease join an Art League in your area…you will win all the awards!!
And this will evoke emotion in every animal lover. What dog owner hasn’t been in this very pose? I want to go hug my dog!
I can certainly feel the love–a very special love you will always carry with you. You gave him your heart, and he gave you his.
Uncle Allan says
This sketch is precious! I can only imagine the emotions you felt doing it. I want to believe that in the new creation this scene will be repeated in real life.