An old internet friend commissioned me to do a double portrait of his sweet dogs, who have sadly passed on. Rooney, a chocolate lab and Magic, a black lab were my subjects. I’d never met the dogs, so only had pictures and my friend’s description of what the boys were like.
It is a funny thing but as I draw, I feel like I’m actually getting to know who or what ever I’m drawing (yes, if I draw a rock, I start to feel I know the rock) and it was the same with these two. Rooney seems such a hopeful, serious sort and Magic goofy and playful. Both seemed open and loving and most of all, loved.
So, here’s Rooney & Magic, approximately 16×20 in graphite. It was great getting to know you.
Rooney & Magic, 16×20, graphite.
It’s been a while since I posted anything here. This is a hard one because my heart is broken. My dear, sweet Loki passed away on Nov. 17, 2016. She was just shy of 16 and the light of our lives from the day we rescued her from a (then) kill shelter at around 6 months old. This month, I was able to finally sit down, go through the many hundreds (maybe closer to a thousand?) photos of her for a portrait. I settled on a photo that I’d taken of her in Feb. 2016. So through my tears, here’s my sweet girl.
Loki looking back © Linda Saboe, colored pencil, 8″x10″
Just got some new software that works with Lightroom. It’s called ON1 and it’s proving to be rather fun to play with. Just a couple quick little shots of Loki with some ON1 enhancements, presets, and borders.
Loki, b&w “antique” preset, border.
Loki, old tintype border.
Loki, b&w “antique” preset, border with slight opacity adjustment.
I’ve just started playing with the software so I have a lot to learn yet. It’s fairly easy to figure out and is highly customizable, so you aren’t stuck with a fixed set of anything.
There has been a lot going on lately, most of it not so good and I just don’t want to talk about it. Or type about it. Or even put it on Facebook.
I don’t want to talk about how my sweet dog, Loki is suffering from stage 3 chronic renal failure. I don’t want to talk about how she needs subcutaneous fluids three times a week for the rest of her life. I don’t want to talk about how we are constantly failing to administer her fluids successfully at home and have to keep running to the vet and will probably just give up and have the vet do it every time. I don’t want to talk about how utterly distraught I am over this. And I know it’s not very constructive, but I don’t want to talk about how I feel about anything — I’d rather break something with a loud, crashing noise.
So, instead, I’ll show you a few pictures I took of some of the things growing on the deck. This one is a closeup of a tomato flower which will hopefully turn into a sweet little plum tomato.
And then there’s the opposite end of the deck-tomato spectrum with this huge, not yet ripe Black Krim.
Black krim tomatoes
These very tiny flowers of watercress are looking all artsy-mysterious dressed in a cyanotype filter.