Sunday, 12 August 2012

What I've been working on

I have done some tatting - a couple of cross bookmarks for a very good friend & I'm half way through the doily I needed the thread conversion for (succumbed & used boring white 40 but the found a small bit of purple 40 so it is now in both).

What I've been girding myself to do you'll see in a moment below but to give you a bit of background first - as most of you are aware we lost our precious doggie, Belle, in April & when I said in that post....We are heartbroken - I meant it. She is my 4th dog and by far the most important..........she was my first baby as we had a tough time having DS and I am 100% certain that if we hadn't had her we would not have DS either. There was something wonderous that I just can't put my finger on about Belle - she had definitely been here before - an "old soul" - if you know what I mean. She chose us, not the other way around. We had gone to see another dog that the family were giving away, a 12 month old blue merle collie, but it was a really nervous dog and not for us so we were leaving but my husband spotted this 12 week old collie pup & I was adamant that we were not having a little one as I didn't want the toilet training etc. He picked this puppy up and she put her paws round his neck and wouldn't let go. The owner said that she was also being given away but that she had already been taken by a lady who was clearing it with her husband and we went to leave with the puppy still clinging for dear life to my husband. Just as we got to the front door the phone rang, the owner excused herself a moment, came back and said that the other ladies husband had said no to the puppy. Needless to say the puppy still hadn't let go of my husband and she didn't until 6 months later when he broke his back and she obviously decided that he had abandoned her after a month in hospital and she became "mine" totally.

Trying to describe her in words is nearly impossible but she wasn't a dog - not according to her anyway, she was a girlie, just that she had 4 paws not arms & legs. My Uncle was adamant that she would not accept the new baby when I was pregnant as she had been my baby for 4 years by herself. We involved her entirely in things for the baby and when he eventually came home she was very wary for 2 -3 days then he was just accepted totally - she literally would have done anything for me or him.

Given what I've recounted my heart was heavy when I undertook the following I really would like your opinions PLEASE.

As it is a photo of my sketch not a scan it hasn't come out quite as it is in real life but I'd like some feedback anyway.

PS What I meant to ask was "Has my drawing done her justice?" - that is what has been concerning me so much with drawing her. That the drawing would give some sense of how special she was :)



Miranda said...

Belle sounds like a truly wonderful dog. You can really see the love in her eyes in your drawing, and although she is relaxing, her ears have that "ready for anything" look to them.

Sharren - Tatting in Greenwood, South Carolina said...

Just beautiful, she looks like she's just about to speak!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I think you've done a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of your beloved Belle. What we think doesn't really matter, though. Your love is showing through that picture, and that's what counts.

Teresa said...

It is phenomenal. You are very talented.

Olga Tatiana Rostkowska said...

i don't know much about drawing, as photography is my medium of choice in those matters... but it sounds like you had the best friend a gal could ever have. i completely understand your pain, as 2 years ago i lost a kitty-friend i grew up with and mourn her still... just remember she awaits you at the rainbow bridge!

Madtatter said...

A lovely art work of a very dear friend. You have memorialized sweet Belle perfectly.
I lost my Border collie a few years back. It made me very sad, as she just left, when she knew her time was near. It took a long time to stop visualizing her running out to greet me each day.
We searched for her, but to no avail. She was a character, as I'm sure miss Belle was. What a pretty dog. As the old saying goes "it's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."

Madtatter said...

I tried to send a comment and it didn't work. I'll try once more. Your art work is perfect, Trayna. You have memorialized Belle in such a lovely way. Such a sweet dog. I share my love of dogs with a friend who is mostly shut in. I sent her a few snap shots and your drawing. She will love to see them.
Your broken heart will mend and you will have wonderful memories of a very special friend.