This drawing of a dog caught my eye way back in 2003 I think it was, in a flea market. It wasn’t thrift store pricing but not expensive – maybe $20? It was signed and dated by artist John Nissan in 1990. I googled his name and found him in Minneapolis. The drawing wasn’t too far from it’s starting point, about 150 miles.
Anyway, back to the story. I made connections with John who told me the sad details. The dog, who rescuers named Kona, was found neglected and badly abused and was taken away from the owners only to be returned through a glitch in the court system. Eventually the rescuers did get him away from the owners but he was in poor condition and needed lots of medical attention. I honestly can’t remember the details – I’m betting I forgot them on purpose. His vet bills skyrocketed and to raise money, John did this drawing of Kona and raffle tickets were sold. It seems that I remember prints being made but I’m not sure about that.
I got to know John and asked if he’d come to Country Threads and draw Carly and Maggie for me and Lucy for Connie and yes, he would. So in 2005 he visited us and took lots of pictures – then went home and painted these portraits for us.
Lucy was a retrieving fanatic so that’s how he painted her – Connie has a piece of candy in her mouth – she’d want me to tell you that. Maggie, the golden retriever, always pawed at you for more pets and Carly, the black lab mix, is shown with her favorite lion toy.
John took the Kona drawing out of the frame and signed it again in 2005. When someone buys it at my estate sale, it’s too bad they’ll never know the whole story. —- unless I write it up and tape it to the back.