Thursday, February 14, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Theory"

I actually drew this as a Valentine for my dog Sunshine, but it fits the theme "Theory", and I am not sure I will find time to complete another drawing this week. So I wanted to share it with you all.
Scientific studies have shown the benefits of keeping a pet. They lower your blood pressure, raise your sense of well being, and caring for an animal can give a person a sense of purpose and love. Dogs and cats are used for all kinds of therapy, and there are programs which bring animals into retirement homes for visits.
My dog and I are inseparable. She really does make me laugh everyday...I'd say she has been very good for my sense of well being!
©Kathleen Rietz
For all of you who have pets to hug today.
Happy Valentine's Day. (my original message from the original posting on Valentine's Day)

59 comments:

  1. AWWWWWW!!! I LOVE THIS! ...... Awwww.. is just so cute Kate! You should add this to your portfolio. I really adore this!

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  2. I can't wait to go home and hug Sully now!! So cute!

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  3. Very cute, love is a warm puppy after all...

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  4. The furry ones can be the best Valentine of all!

    Happy Love Day!

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  5. Sunshine's such a lucky pup to have such a loving (and talented) mom. Kanoe's going to get lots of hugs today too! :)

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  6. so sweet...Sunshine is a lucky dog !!

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  7. Hi Kathleen....this illustration is adorable ....

    Our son hugs our dog Minnie every day and it is the cutest...

    Hugs...
    Diana

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  8. My parent's dog is so hugable! I give her a big Italian hug whenever I stop by for a visit. She's our family's little cutie.

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  9. I have one that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. Nice work.

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  10. Yes Kate, I've heard that and think is so true.

    It's just amazing what dogs can give us .... they help lower our blood pressure, can help the blind and handicapped, can give warnings to people with diabetic seizures that ON TOP of all the unconditional love and company they bring us. I often wonder why didn't nature give them a longer life-span.. they deserve it! :o)

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  11. Snips and snails and ... :O ... puppy dog tails! A really sweet drawing here, K. I love it. :)

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  12. Oh very sweet and that is a true theory!

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  13. Ok, I have to comment again to let you know I keep coming back to this little drawing because it is so calming and soothing to me. It IS the perfect entry for IF!

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  14. aw..this is just sweet.... Animals are such show stoppers... Who couldnt love them?

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  15. Oh! Is adorable, and gives me a lot of nostalgia for my dog

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  16. (sigh!) no pets here but OH WHAT A HUG THIS IS! just love it, kate. wonderful line, and his tucked and curled in body...to match the puppy, pure magic storytelling.

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  17. This is soooo perfect! (And it's a prime example of why I just gave you the "I Love You This Much" award. See my blog ;)

    I'm on my way to the studio to do a drawing for theory. It's an animal one too, similar to your logic. Great minds!

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  18. Just the right feeling- sweet!

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  19. so beautiful Kate! Liam uses a therapy dog and I firmly believe he's farther along because of "Koufax"....

    a : )

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  20. Sooooo sweet, Sunshine is a lucky dog!

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  21. oh I love your words (great update to your illustration for Sunshine....)...to go with the cute illustration...and I have to admit that this theory is so true...we love our dog Minnie...and she makes us so happy!!

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  22. I haven't been here long time, Kathleen. Your new works are absolutly amazing. Especially "My Little Mermaid" and "IF-Blanket"! They are so sweet!

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  23. I love your soft stylizations. Great characters.

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  24. very nice and sweet illo

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  25. I looove it, Kate!! Nice....

    Lots of hughs!

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  26. How sweet!!! I love it! Great work!
    *HUGS*

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  27. such a sweet drawing. I love it! I truly love my cat and he gives me lots of warm feelings, too!

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  28. Anything with dogs in it is just lovely. Great art!

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  29. wonderful, I just love it... ;)

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  30. Awww, how sweet Kate. I always look forward to hugging my parents' dog when I visit them. It's true, pets, like dogs, can do wonders for people. Great little drawing here!

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  31. very sweet, very pretty!

    muy dulce, muy lindo!

    greeting Ro

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  32. Hi Kathleen,

    I have tagged you with the Peace Meme...please see my blog for details...

    hugs

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  33. Gorgeous! It's true, I couldn't get by without my pets. (Thanks for stopping by Dad's blog, you're the best!)

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  34. Awww. Great illustration. Very nicely done. I want a dog now more than ever.

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  35. Oh so sweet. I just had to turn around and hug my dog!

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  36. I have to turn right around and give my dog, Jasper a big hug. Very sweet drawing.

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  37. As I write this, my dog is lying next to me, her head leaning against my arm. I can feel her warmth, her breathing, and it makes me so very happy.

    This is BEAUTIFUL, Kate, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!

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  38. Very nice idea. I have a cat who acts like a dog and she is the best. I like how you made the dog and the character into a circular composition; it makes them seem close and loving.

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  39. ohh this is so cute. i luv the simplicity and the thought behind it.. 8)

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  40. this lovely drawing says more than a thousand words !

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  41. That's a real warm illustration Kate. It has a very gentle appearance. Thethings you listed below are glorious too!

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  42. adorable!

    hey, and those of you who have no pet to hug, i still have two puppies left to find homes for! heheh... :)
    xoxox
    teri

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  43. yes indeed! you are so right and it is well conveyed in your charming drawing! I spend every day with my doggy!

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  44. Kate,
    It's a full-time job for you just to read your comments! You are rich with friends and supporters. Love this post.

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  45. What a sweet scene, great dog illustration.

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  46. Hi Kate! So cute. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day.

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  47. Hi Kathleen!!!

    nice to hear from you...hope all is well...drop me a line and let me know what fun projects you have on the go!!! and how is your art class going?

    Cheers,
    Diana

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  48. You know how I feel about dogs! Dogs are air that we breathe! Such a sweet, loving drawing that captures that love we feel.

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  49. This is so adorable. I love it, so moody and well-conceived!!

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  50. Nice work Kate. It is a very lovely drawing.

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  51. That is the cutest little dog I've seen in a long time! Holy cow!

    I am so with you on that theory. My kitties changed my life. I became a happier person the day Joey came into my life, and all three of them make me laugh every single day.

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