Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday Art Date With Rain ... Broomsticks


Sketched in pencil and colored with colored pencils ... scanned into the computer ( had to scan it twice because it was too big for the scanner) combined the two pictures so I had one whole picture.  Placed in a background picture of the moon and bats and  then, of course, digitally altered and framed in Pic Monkey.  

Pencil sketch, outlined in black ink, scanned into computer, painted in photoshop, digitally altered and framed in Pic Monkey.

A sad note ... we lost our Izzi girl this week to cancer.  She was such a big part of our lives that we feel lost without her.

Izzi came to us as a bundle of energetic happiness ...

She lived with us, but she was really my granddaughter's
dog ... the love of her life for many years.

As my granddaughter's life kept her busy (high school, gymnastics and college) Izzi became more our dog.  Everything Izzi did, she did full throttle and she always had a smile on her face.  Fun loving though she was, in her mind her first job was to protect her family.  Whenever I walked her outside, if a neighborhood dog came toward us, she would step between me and the approaching dog and as they got closer her lip would curl giving a warning ... which I have to say, always worked.  The dog would stand for a minute and then walk away.  There was no question she meant business.

Izzi was part of a family of cats ... she loved her fur friends and they spent a lot of time together.  In the morning she would herd them out to the kitchen for breakfast.  

Izzi was good natured and got along with everyone ... once she got to know them.  She was standoffish with most people until she was sure they were accepted by her family.  She had so many playmates and she loved running and chasing with them.  And sometimes they would go walking with us in the nature preserves.  There was just no end to the fun things we did with our Izzi.

Not all was roses ... Izzi tore the ACL in both of her hind legs and had to have surgery and a long rehabilitation.  It ended her agility career and changed the level of her frisbee game.  But she came through it all still happy and energetic.  
The bottom right picture Izzi is commiserating with her Vet, John, who was also recovering from an injury. 

I was Izzi's outside person ... walking and riding in the car, going to the vet or to a nature center.  We loved walking along the Fox River which is nearby ... Izzi would harras the ducks if they were sunning on the shore line.  
DH was her inside activity person and the treat master (a bone of contention, as she became rather plump in her later years)
We had all kinds of fun things we did with Izzi ... and now that is no more.  Our hearts are broken and our home seems so empty without her.  There is no thought of a new dog as we are old and it wouldn't be fair as they would likely have to be placed in a new home sometime in their lives.  Our wonderful memories of Izzi will have to hold us over.

Note:  I apologize for the messy alignment of this post.  Blogger won't let me align anything and even messes with the size of some of the lettering ... exasperating :(


Elephant's Child said...

I am so very sorry to learn your sad news about Izzi. They wind their paws deep into our heart strings - and take a piece of us with them when they leave.
My own eyes are leaking. Hugs.

Christine said...

Lovely broomstick pieces. So sorry about your Izzi, hard to lose a loved pet.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

My condolences about Izzi -- she looks like a fabulous dog who was loving, fun and energetic.

I love both your art pieces, particularly the Blue Witch!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm in total awe of your broomstick entries, Andrea. I like them both and was surprised at how you were able to color so perfectly in Photoshop.

So incredibly sorry to read about Izzi. I can tell she was a BIG part of your family. My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss, dear.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Great job with the broomsticks, Andrea. You have mastered all this technical wizardry. The loss of Izzi will be felt for some time to come, but I am quite sure the cherished memories will be a joy forever.

Tom said...

...I hope that the first one isn't a self portrait. Have a fabulous weekend.

DVArtist said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Nice art piece.

NatureFootstep said...

so sad to learn Izzi is not with you anymore. I too will miss her. I have enjoyed the images, photos and art, you have shared of her.

Love your blue witch :)

Elkes Lebensglück said...

I'm so sorry for Izzi, the place is empty and the memories will always be there, thanks for all the photos with her.
Your pages are beautiful!
At the moment I don't have time to do or comment a lot, I was more busy with myself and my sweetheart because of illness, but it's getting better.
Love comforting hug Elke

Rain said...

Again Andrea, my heart aches for you, I know exactly what you're going through. Izzi and Marlene are romping and playing together, I just know it! ♥♥ Your artwork is wonderful, I love both of them, the Sorcerer's Apprentice was my favourite part of Fantasia. xxxxxxx

Empire of the Cat said...

I'm sorry to hear about Izzi, I know how much this hurts. Elle/EOTC xx