When a friend's dalmatian died, she was so sad. I thought it might be nice to send an etegami to let her know I was thinking of her. This friend is very spiritual in a non-religious sort of way. I imagined she might think of being reunited with her dog some day. I thought my doggie turned out kind of cute but a bit awkward.
But I decided to send it anyway.
She really, really appreciated it
which made me think that is not the last dog I will paint
And sure enough. Another friend's German shepherd died. I watched a video online of her howling via Skype and pretty soon he was howling back. It was a most amazing thing. She was so very sad when he died. So, I painted this for her. This one really painted itself. I got some water into the black ink so it bled a little more than i was planning. I used a regular pen to get the outline of the eyes right and indeed, the eyes are my favorite part.
Unfortunately, it just got returned in the mail today after 3 weeks (wrong address, I guess) so she has not really seen it yet. I hope it will be meaningful to her. Just looking at it makes me want to cry!!!