I am so excited about this one! Now, this bucket list item “Get a special drawing done of her” was probably more for me than Sheba, but that’s OK. I’m sure she’s proud to have this beautiful piece of artwork of herself hanging on our wall.
I wanted to have this done so much, but to be honest, something like this can be expensive. We have three dogs and spend a lot of money on treats and toys (lots of toys to de-stuff was also on her bucket list so we have to keep them coming!). Plus there are so many talented artists out there, how to choose? I was thrilled when our friend Pamela at Something Wagging this Way Comes shared the art of Allison Gray. Her watercolor portraits are colorful, unique, and truly capture the essence of your pet from a photograph. I knew when I saw them that this was the right one.
Plus they are reasonably priced. Each 9 x 12 portrait is only $45 plus shipping (mine ended up being just over $50). Even better, Go Gray Artwork donates $10 of every custom full price portrait ordered to a nonprofit shelter or rescue. I scoured through photographs of Sheba trying to find the perfect one. I wanted one where she was smiling, since she is our happy girl. Allison’s emails were prompt and helpful, and ultimately she helped me to select a photo that would work well.
Here is the final portrait:
My photograph didn’t quite capture the exact colors of the portrait, so they are more vibrant when seen in person. We recently did some rearranging in our house, and that left us with the perfect spot to hang her framed portrait.
I was not compensated for sharing this, I just love it so much I had to. I believe that Allison is booked up for Christmas, but this would make a perfect gift for any time of year. I had thought of saving this one to surprise my hubby with for Christmas, but when I opened up the envelope I just couldn’t wait and had to show him immediately!
You can find Go Gray Artwork in the following places. Check them out to see many other beautiful portraits she has done:
We are not even half way through Sheba’s bucket list yet, she still has lots left to do! She is in surgery today having another lump removed. They call this an “excisional biopsy”. It will be removed and tested to find out exactly what it is. Thank you to everyone who has been keeping her in their thoughts and prayers, we just need to keep them coming for a while longer. I am reassured by the fact that when I dropped her off this morning, our vet tech told me that Sheba does very well under anesthesia. They will be doing blood tests ahead of time to be sure she is healthy for the surgery, and I know that our vet is a very good surgeon. They’ll hopefully keep me posted along the way. However, I’m still a nervous, worried wreck about it and it’s going to be a long day of waiting for good news. I was in tears when I got back in my car after dropping her off, but I know she’s in good hands.
Today we are joining the Thursday Barks & Bytes blog hop. Thank you to our hosts 2 Brown Dawgs blog, and Heart Like a Dog. Apparently the linky tools is not working right now, but we will add it in later when it comes back up.