Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jassie, The Last Poster (for now!)

Wew! Thirty one days; thirty one posters/postings; one month. A tough assignment for this introvert whose comfort zone tends much more towards the interior monologue. Time to get back to my drawing. The commissions are stacking up. I'll share my first PenPets portrait of 2012 tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cali and Earl

Washington Post reviews All My Dogs

Today Yvonne Zipp of The Washington Post reviewed All My Dogs, along with three other books about dogs, in "Four Books About Canine Friends." Here's what she had to say about All My Dogs:
Pushcart Press founder Bill Henderson had the sound idea of chronicling his life through the dogs who shared it, and All My Dogs (Godine, $19.95) handily wins Best in Show. From Trixie, who taught him “to play without ceasing,” to tragic Ellen and Rocky, Henderson honors each one. Sophie, an adopted Labrador, saved his second marriage and watched his daughter grow up. “Opie was a rescue beagle — rescuing not him but rather his elderly owners.” Patient Lulu helped Henderson when he had cancer diagnosed. Accompanied by lovely drawings by Leslie Moore, memoirs like this don’t happen along very often.
Click here to read the whole review.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


For those of you who have read "All My Dogs," this is Lulu, Bill's favorite.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

2011 Round Up

It was a good year for PenPets. I drew 40 portraits: 46 dogs, 9 cats, and one person (My submission to the New Yorker contest -- Eustace Tilley with a Dragon Tattoo -- did not win). Of the 40 portraits, 27 were in color. It seems to be catching on. 

Last PenPets for 2011

Schnauzer/Border Terrier mix

 Faith and Belle
Irish Setters

West Highland White Terrier

Missy, Saleem, Reilly
Shih Tzu mix, Tiger-Stripe, Golden Retriever

Japanese Chin