If you saw my post from last night, you know that our beloved canine Webster,
“The Veggie Dog,” passed away this month. But, he has been immortalized in art…
Last Monday, Norfolk-based artist, printmaker and adjunct professor, Heather Bryant, gave an engaging presentation to my school’s National Art Honor Society, which I sponsor. She was immensely generous with her time and talent, showing a powerpoint that explained the process of lithography and bringing a large portfolio of original lithographs and her sketchbooks for the students and me to actually handle.
During the Q&A, one of my students asked her if she created pieces by request. In response, she picked up the print that you see in the photo and explained how it was created for a friend whose dog, Cookie, had passed away. My breath caught in my throat, and I knew then that I would have to purchase it. So, I told everyone the story, which they all warmly embraced, and I purchased the print which Heather inscribed “In Memory of Webster.”
I love how peaceful “Cookie” looks, how the sunflowers set over her, how gentle and joyful the little skeletal-ghost creatures are, and how she is survived by another member of her pack. (Webster, too, is survived by pack members.) And I also love how Heather included the tools of her trade–her grease pencils–in the composition.
To see more of Heather’s art, including her “Sketch a Day,” visit her blog at heathermbryant.wordpress.com.
Art Credit: “Cookie” by Heather Bryant, lithograph, 2009