|"Tennis Ball!", Mixed Media, 2006|
However the month of July took my breath away. My beautiful, sweet, smart, and loyal muse, Mattie the Border Collie, crossed over the rainbow bridge after giving me 13 years of joy (I had adopted her when she was only one year old). Many of you knew her personally and others of you felt like you knew her from my work. Starting with my first Spring Show at the Academy of Art to being the main character in my thesis, Mattie was not only a fixture in my life but the inspiration for countless works of art. There is really something special about drawing someone you love. It is a way to get to know them in a whole different way. I have put together a small collection of sketches and work inspired by Mattie on my Facebook Page called Mattie the Muse.
|A Day in the Life, Graphite, 2008|
|Piece from "Marvelous Adventures of Mattie" Concepts for Children's Book Series, |
Acrylic and Mixed Media, 2009
I wrote about our journey together on my personal Facebook Page and I cannot think of any other words that could capture our relationship. I have been told I should publish this piece of writing so I will share it with you as well. Hopefully it might help you to get to know her better, understand our life together, and if you have ever lost a pet, maybe it will let you know that you are not alone. They are truly family members and we feel a great loss when they leave our world. Thank you for letting me share her with you.
|Brainy Border Collie, Pen & Ink and Watercolor, 2008|
|Puppy Hugs, Acrylic and Mixed Media, 2008|