Pamela matched everyone up who wanted to participate with a partner, and I was matched with the uber talented AJ of PupLove.
You might think I'm all impressed with AJ because when she reviewed my book this past August, she said loved it...well, yeah - I liked that... A lot. But, really I thought she was amazing and awesome from the first time I saw some of her artwork!
I originally found out about AJ back in June when she guest-posted on Kol's Notes, where she shared some of her fantastic dog art.
In addition to being a writer/blogger, web designer/developer, and a certified dog obedience instructor, she's also an artist! In her post on Kol's Notes, AJ wrote that she's not sure what "her style" is yet - she does "stylized vectors" (I do not know what this means, but I know it looks damn good!), "cartoony illustrations" and "semi-realistic sketches." Here's a sampling of some of her work:
This one is my fave. How amazing is this?
And you know what's crazy? She went to a special high school for creative/artist-types - but she went there simply because it was close to her house. She never took an art class while she was there! She didn't even know she could draw. Nutty, right?
In addition to being ridiculously talented, she's also a mom to rescue pup, Jack.
AJ started the PupLove blog in 2010 as a place to talk about life with Jack. This year, as her blog evolved, AJ decided to expand and offer recipes, training tips, dog (and cat!) news, product reviews and personal tales. She recruited some other fabulous writers/bloggers to help her in this mission: Vanessa, Jamie, and Jodi.
So check out PupLove - and check it out NOW, because along with Kol’s Notes, Rescued Insanity, [hey - while you are checking out Rescued Insanity, notice the very cool banner artwork of Shiva - see if you can guess who did the artwork?!), Woof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies, there's a very cool "Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers" going on, with giveaways every day. If you enter any day's contest, you'll also be entered to win the grand prize which is valued at over $1000! We entered a couple of times and you should too!