Monday, October 03, 2011

Get a portrait of your dog or cat!

Get a portrait of your animal companion now. Artist Trudie Barreras will make a pastel drawing of your pet, based on photos that you send, for a $25 gift to Kittredge Cherry for Jesus in Love / Q Spirit. Contact us to request your pet portrait or get more info. Donations can be made at this link.

Update: Offer renewed for 2018. Order your pet portrait by Dec. 1 for delivery by Christmas 2018!

Trudie is making this special offer now out of her devotion to St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, and her commitment to Jesus in Love / Q Spirit. The Feast of St. Francis is Oct. 4 and animal blessings are happening in churches all over the world this month.

The pastel drawings are done in a size suitable for framing in 8 x 10 format. Trudie does one pet per page -- this allows her to get a good likeness in the space available.

“We just love the pictures of our dogs that Trudie drew for us. I hope that others will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to honor their pets,” says Rev. Mark Shirilau, archbishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Church. He got portraits of his dogs through Jesus in Love last year.

“It was so hard to keep them out of sight until Christmas when I framed them and presented them to Mario and the dogs as their Christmas gift. They are delightful and express their personalities well,” Shirilau says. Trudie’s portraits of two of his dogs, Wolfy and Butch, are pictured here.

Trudie is a member of Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can see more examples of her pet portraits at:

Trudie’s art and writing have appeared frequently here at the Jesus in Love Blog. Click on the following headlines for highlights of her work:

Ruth and Naomi: Love between women

Eros and Christ: Mary’s ecstasy in drama

Nursing Madonna honors body, spirit and women

Animals are important in the lives of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and our allies. We hope that these pet portraits will help people to celebrate and remember the creatures who bring so much love into the world. Click here for our animal blessing prayer.

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