Pet Portraits, Sketchbook, Traditional Art

Canine Crone

Today is our beautiful Sasha’s 14th birthday! It’s hard to believe she has been with us for so many years. She has been a wonderful member of the family. She is very caring and kind, especially to children and young critters. We always refer to her as our son’s nanny.

Sasha is a white German Shepherd and often receives compliments on her wolf-like appearance. She is as loyal as she is beautiful.

Happy Birthday Sasha! We are glad to have you in our lives. Thank you for being one of the greatest dogs a family could have!

Have any of your furry friends celebrated a birthday recently? Give them a shout out in the comments below! Thanks for reading.
Until next time,

“That’s the funny thing about birthdays. They’re kind of an annual thing.”

In Memory of, Pet Portraits, Traditional Art

A Farewell to Phantom

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

~Albert Schweitzer~


I’ve been sitting at my computer, at a loss for words. I really don’t know what to say. I have known so many people who have lost pets in the past six months. What can you say? I’m sorry for your loss, that sucks, or I feel for you.

Those phrases don’t cover it! We all know how it feels. I’m sure everyone has felt the heartache from losing a pet. They’re not just pets though. They are friends. Friends that adore your attention. Friends that want to be in the middle of your business at all times, just because they love spending time with you. They listen every time you need them. They sleep by your side every night. A friend that is literally always there! At that point, they become family.

That’s probably why it hurts so much when we can’t see them anymore. They were always by your side and then they’re not. It takes some time to get use to. You just have to remember the life you gave them. As much as they were there for you, you were there for them. They had a good life!


I would like to dedicate this post to Phantom, a gorgeous cat with two different colored eyes(as you can see). A friend of mine recently said goodbye to him. That combined with his striking beauty compelled me to draw him. I hope I did him justice!

Rest in Peace Dear Phantom.

Until next time,

“Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t.”

phantom detail wm

Pet Portraits, Traditional Art

Pet Portrait: Jerzey Girl

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet a great big fluff ball of lovins’ named Jerzey. Her human, Kristine, is a friend of mine I met when I was doing the Entrepreneur Boot Camp in Albany. I just finished Jerzey’s portrait recently and delivered it yesterday. I was unable to meet her before I drew the picture, so it was a delight to be able to rub her soft fluffy neck after staring at her picture for so long. It felt just like I imagined, perhaps even softer. She was a great pleasure to be around, as most dogs are. The more I would pet her, the more she would nudge my arm to plead for more. She could not get enough attention.


I used a few different mediums for her portrait. The majority is done in graphite pencil. I used charcoal pencil to get the darker contrast in the shadows. For her chestnut eyes, I used colored pencils and copic markers. Kristine was very excited with the end result and it is being displayed at her workplace at Jerzey’s Dog Resort. Yep, Jerzey was Kristine’s inspiration for her own business running a boarding palace for dogs, and I mean palace. There’s jungle gyms, a pool, and even kiddie beds to sleep in! It’s nicer than some of the hotels I’ve stayed in!


Jerzey is a terrific gal and I’m glad I was able to meet her in person. It makes the work a lot more rewarding. Now every time I look at her picture I will always think about how lovey she was the first day we met. And even though her coat is black, everything’s brighter when she’s around.

Until next time,

“All dogs go to heaven because, unlike people, dogs are naturally good and loyal and kind.”

Jerzey Detail