Wilma

Wilma

Meet Wilma!

Wilma is a basset hound and a total sweetheart. Wilma is with Mike. Sometimes. They are not an immediate family, more like cousins. They visit. It’s complicated!

Wilma is amazingly talented. She can rotate her tail in a circular fashion when she is happy, which is most of the time when she is not sleeping. She also works as a vacuum cleaner wherever she goes, free of charge. You don’t have to worry about your food falling on a floor when Wilma is there, it will be vacuumed spic-and-span without you lifting a finger.

Wilma has a past. She is a hurricane Katrina rescue. She doesn’t like to talk about it, and we don’t know what her name was before she got separated from her previous family during the Katrina mess. We do know that she survived for a year on her own in Louisiana forest and swamp. When she was found she was completely feral. Her new human wanted to call her Katrina at first, but then thought the name would remind her of the unhappy past and called her Wilma (also a hurricane) instead. Brought back to civilization she took time to adjust, for a while she was stealing food and grabbing it from her human’s hands and plate, not believing that food is no longer a problem. But she got it after a while and now is more civilized and has better table manners than some humans I know. Still… she chooses to work as a vacuum cleaner when such is needed.

I am practicing my new cross-hatching technique for quick drawing, Wilma’s portrait took about 2.5 hours.

Graphite, Moleskine Cahier sketchbook

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8 thoughts on “Wilma

    • Thank you, Leslie! Good to meet you! I saw your work on your blog and on the Art House site. I love it! Yes, Wilma has paid her dues of alloted hardships, she is in a much better place now. I so love happy endings :)!

  1. What a wonderful dog and even better humans for having taken her in and helped her to adjust. Your drawing is wonderful…..I really like the look of trust you gave her, Alex.

    • I love happy endings! Wilma certainly deserved to have one. I don’t think I deserve the credit of giving her the look of trust though… I just drew what I saw, which happened to be a trustful look. I am pleased that that I was able to convey it :D!!! I wouldn’t be able to put it there if she had a different expression, just don’t know how yet. Do you know what I mean? She is my first dog, that is my first attempt at a dog portrait.

  2. Your drawing is amazing (specifically of Wilma but also overall) You excell in graphite drawings and I’m so jealous of your talent. Wilma is a beauty and I am so happy she was rescued.

    I see you are filling up your sketchbook quickly. Good for you!!!!!

    • Thank you kindly, Carol! You know there is a book out there titled All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat. I didn’t read the book, but I love the title :D! What I want to say is that I came to WetCanvas a year ago having no idea which end of the pencil is the working one, ok… almost like that. I learned all I know there. Drawing is a skill that can be learned, I certainly learned a lot.

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