Tom (a past customer of mine) contacted me recently asking if I can do another portrait for him. I had drawn a memorial portrait of his niece, Audra 4 years ago and he said he immediately thought of me when he decided to have a 2nd memorial portrait done. This time it would be of his pet wolf named Possum. I was honored he came back to have me do yet another meaningful piece and after seeing photographs of his unique and captivating pet, I became instantly excited to work on it. After finishing the portrait the other night I emailed Tom the first draft. I couldn’t be happier when I saw his response in my inbox. It said….”I LOVE IT!”
Last night I put a protective spray on the portrait and tonight I am getting it ready to ship out. I can’t wait to hear what Tom thinks of it when he sees it in person.
Memorial portraits are a wonderful way to pay tribute and keep the memory alive of someone we love. I hope that this portrait of Possum brings some peace to Tom during this time and he can look at it and think back of all the wonderful times he spent with his beloved pet.
To see more of the portraits I have done check them out here at the Spitting Image section of my portfolio site!
So I was sick yesterday (stupid digestive disorder) and didn’t get a chance to share our fun news. We added a new member to our family over the weekend after attending the reptile show. He is a tiny, baby albino axolotl!!
We named him Otis. Yes after Otis Driftwood because due to our axie’s look we could not resist. His coloring and gills reminded us too much of Otis’ look and mutton chops in House of 1000 Corpses ha ha. To top it off they are meat eaters and he is in his cannibalistic stage right now ha ha. If we were to put another axolotl in his tank they would try to eat each other. Fitting…. I think so ha ha. We had come up with a bunch of different names and when I suggested Otis my husband Frank immediately shook his head in agreement ha ha.
We already have a 10 gallon tank and aquarium ornaments and things but we have to gradually move him into that one once he is bigger. He is in a small tank right now because he is only about 1.5 – 2 inches long and we have to make sure he eats so he grows. He literally is a tiny baby. In a big tank he might have issues finding his food etc. It will be fun to get to actually raise this little guy.
We also of course spoiled Vlad (the red crested gecko we picked up at the reptile show last year) and got him a new really cool vine for his little tropical paradise (aka his tank).
Frank spoiled me by getting me this killer snake ring!!
As you may have read in some of my past posts or in the Back Bone section of my website that I have helped raise money with my artwork in numerous ways. You may have also read about the items I have created to help raise money for Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation. I received a newsletter email from the foundation today reaching out for help. They are currently low on funds and are asking that people help spread the word to get more donations. So because of that I would like to remind everyone about the adorable dog inspired barrettes and pins that I still have available in my Etsy shop. They are currently only $6.00 and every time one is purchased I donate 50% to Linda’s foundation.
I currently have 3 pins and 1 small barrette left for purchase…
Not only is it nice to get a little something when helping a wonderful foundation, but it’s also a wonderful reminder that you did!
Had to share what I wake up to every morning 🙂 How could you not love this little guy!
He seems to love his new tank decor!! He loves to hide under the leaves and hang from them as well!
Vlad’s home is starting to take shape. We have been adding little by little to keep the gothic vibe but make it more tropical for him. Unfortunately you can’t see him in this photo as he is hiding in his other skull dome on the left hand side of the tank (under the plants) 🙂 He really digs the new plants though. He likes to jump from side to side and hang on them. I did some research and it appears Vlad is a Fire Chevron Crested Gecko! How cool is that! I knew we picked the right one when we picked the “red one” 🙂
Check out my last post to see pics of Vlad when we first brought him home 🙂
Meet Vlad! The new addition to the Garcia family!
He is a red crested gecko! It’s hard to see it in the photos but he actually has red cheeks and a reddish orange tint to his body. Seeing he is “red” we found Vlad quite the appropriate name for him. My husband actually thought of it and as soon as he said it I was like “YES!”(this is why I married him, we think too much alike ha ha)! Of course Frank is already talking about putting skeletons on impaling sticks in the tank ha ha. Had it been female I am sure we would have went with Bathory or Lilith ha ha. The best part about owning this little guy is that once he is use to his new home we can actually take him out and hold him. He is actually very soft!
We adopted him from Pangea at the Reptile convention/conference that was taking place over the weekend. I fell right at home there. Almost as much as I normally do at a horror movie convention. So many tattoos, brightly colored hair, bikers, snakes, spiders and lizards! So fun! Even Kerry King of Slayer was there selling snakes ha! We missed the opportunity to get a photo with him because when we saw him Frank was like “Is that Kerry King?” and we felt funny going up and asking since he was just at a vendor booth. Then later when we got home we went online and found out that it was him and that he breeds snakes. How metal is that! So hopefully he will come back again next year.
We originally went there to purchase Axolotls but when we saw this little guy we had to have him. I was sold by the fact that he would be easier to take care of then the Axolotls and Frank was sold on the concept that he would actually be able to take him out and hold him.
He seems to like his little skull caves. He likes to climb on them and curl up inside them. He even sleeps inside them. He is just so amazing to watch.
I am glad we got him this weekend of all weekends as well. Now every year when I am down about my Mom I can look at this face and try my hardest not to smile back at it. Although I wonder if my Mom would be freaked out by him ha ha. She never liked my obsession with cats because she said they were sneaky ha ha. So I could only imagine what she would think of this little guy. Either way I am sure she would be happy that we found a new friend to help cheer me up.
Speaking of cats, Ichabod and Sabbath haven’t really noticed Vlad yet. Still waiting until they see him move. Good thing his tank is up and out of their reach 🙂
I am anxious to show this little guy to my Dad. He has always been a fan of small pets! I am sure he will fall in love with Vlad as well. How could you not? Look at this face….
Some of you that know me or keep up on what I am doing creatively know that I also use my art work to help worthy causes. For those not aware you can check them out on my website where I have a section on my site dedicated just to this.
With it being Giving Tuesday I wanted to remind everyone (horror fans and pet lovers alike) that I still have a few remaining “puppy” fundraiser accessories left in my Etsy Shop. These items are priced to be affordable for those who would like to get a little something and also give a little something. For each one sold 50% of the proceeds go to the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation. I have already sold a few of these and Linda and her team were very appreciative of the donation that came from them. They even posted about them on their Facebook page.
The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation is devoted to the loving care and rescue of animals throughout Los Angeles. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which means we rely on generous tax deductible donations from animal lovers and benevolent souls, just like you. With your help, we can work miracles to end the suffering of animals throughout Los Angeles. Our rescues deserve warm, happy and loving forever homes where they can live in safety.
When I met Linda a few years back she inspired me to make these items. Her passion for her foundation and the back bone of what it stands for moved me. She really genuinely loves doing this for these animals.
These are the remaining 4 items available….
Stay Spooky and Supportive!