Muffin Tollefson Portrait, Yorkshire Terrier, Colored Pencil Demo, Time Lapse, #turquoisechallenge


Hi. This is Helen Schaefer. I’m participating in the turquoise challenge put on by my daughter Dena Tollefson. As a surprise to Dena, Muffin, her beloved pet, will be the subject of this video. Hopefully, Dena will be okay with this surprise challenge. The photo used for this portrait of Muffin is taken when she was a puppy. Now a little about Muffin. After making a comfy bed from a small cardboard box, we took it along with a small cat collar and drove to Sioux City, Iowa to adopt this precious angel. Muffin, just fitting into her cardboard box, wearing the cat collar was unaware that many years later she would be part of the turquoise challenge. Muffin is a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. This means that her breed was produced in the Yorkshire area of England. The Yorkie is believed to be a cross between a variety of Terriers, probably as many as nine different ones. They were striving for a smaller dog. After the many crosses a very desired blue grey and brown dog was produced. This modern Yorkie has become a favorite companion. However, many Yorkies may be show dogs because their ability to grow a very luxurious coat of hair. Yorkies do not shed their hair because it’s more like human hair. Muffin is not a show dog. She was not intended to be one. She’s a regular pet. Muffin had three other Yorkies who preceded her in the Tollefson home, namely Shug, Marmel and Joann Muffin is the smallest Yorkie to live with the Tollefsons. She weighs around three pounds, give or take an ounce or two. Being a tiny dog has its concerns for the owner, namely making sure that Muffin eats her food so that she can maintain her proper weight. At times she is given peanut butter to lick from a spoon. This is really cute. She usually is remedied very quickly by this and then she regains her appetite. This usually happens when her masters Bill or Dena are away for several days and she takes it upon herself to pout. This of course is a concern that cannot be ignored. Muffin is very playful. Her favorite game is retrieving the ball that is thrown to her by a human friend. She doesn’t tire from this game and uses every opportunity to have someone throw the ball. She will bring the ball to her hopefully willing playmate while holding it in her mouth standing before you looking up with those beautiful adoring doggy eyes. Who can resist. So the game is on. When Yorkies are born their hair is black. As they mature it turns blue and tan. The Yorkie is a very energetic, bold, and adventurous dog. She can be naughty at times but she’s been trained not to bark and she obeys except when she sees some possible harm that may occur, such as seeing a squirrel, another dog, or the sound of a door bell ringing. One never knows the danger that lies outside the door. So a spontaneous bark occurs. This is soon remedied by picking her up and then setting her back down so that she can give the proper greeting to her welcome guests. One of her favorite jobs besides guarding the house is waiting for her human family to return safely home. She watches carefully and proceeds to run to the door when her family arrives. Her enthusiastic greeting is welcomed and awaited for by everyone. How important and loved do we feel after such a greeting from our dear faithful friend, Muffin. (Music is playing)

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  • 1MightyR

    Masterfully done! Muffin Looks so realistic! This is an awesome entry into the challenge!$πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  • Joni Young Art

    Aww this is excellent Helen! Great jobπŸ€—

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  • Desa Geis

    Nice paintingπŸ‘

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  • Dena Tollefson

    Oh my goodness Mama this is the most amazing portrait of our dear Muffin!!!!! Thank you so much for this tribute of our sweet little Muffie!!! Muffin says "Thank you so much Arf Arf Arf". Your video is excellent- Daddy did a super job on filming, creating the video and editing. Your portrait of Muffin as a little puppy on the day she came home perfectly captures her personality and her look. I remember the little layette blanket you sewed for her homecoming so she would not be cold in her box coming to us from the breeder. I remember that first day the lawn was too tall for her short legs to walk on so we had to lift her up and carry her to the right spot on the lawn. Thank you so much!!! Your video will of course be part of the Turquoise Challenge group video collaboration playlist I will create. I love you!

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  • Schaefer Dietrich

    I can not believe how realistic muffin looks. You have outdone yourself with this one. Best work yet. I love it

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  • Carey Bridges

    This is a beautiful work of art and a very touching story about muffin!! Aww thank you so much for sharing! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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  • DarKalligraph

    I love dogs so much! That is so beautiful. I just released my video for the challenge as well πŸ™‚

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  • Artsy Studios

    My dear friend you truly are the master of color pencils. You use them so magically and work for you so beautifully. Im so glad i get the opportunity to follow your youtube journey. This is a great addition to the turquoise challen. Keep up the great work 😍😚

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  • Tony M Art

    Amazing drawing Helen, your attention to detail is awesome. Also I love you narration while I'm watching. A great addition to the challenge. Thanks for sharing

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  • Jun style

    Cool πŸ‘πŸ‘ I thought it was a picture πŸ˜πŸ‘ Have a nice day πŸ˜πŸ‘‹

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  • Peter Chorao

    Wow that looks great. It's funny that muffin barks at squirrels

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  • Kerrie Woodhouse

    This is so wonderful, Helen – what a lovely idea! I loved hearing Muffin's story. (And I too, am restored by peanut butter…. perhaps we are kindred spirits…)

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  • Mona L creates

    So adorable!! A lovely portrait Helen!! My older sister used to have a yorkie too many many years ago. His name was Max and he was really TINY! Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

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  • Gracie Shack Art!

    Beautiful painting! Great Turquoise Challenge too! Thanks to Dena for coming u with this Awesome! Challenge!

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  • chrissycanvasart

    Wonderful Helen, I miss my Yorkie, sadly she passed a few years ago, she had a good life she was 17 , lovely painting, hugsπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  • Kathryn Whiteford Art

    This is wonderful, Helen! I really enjoyed watching you draw Muffin as well as hear about her story! She sounds like a cheeky but adorable little girl! ^_^

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  • Siri's Studio

    Muffin looks so pretty πŸ˜β€πŸ‘

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  • Ian Jackson

    lovely work Helen, thank you

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  • HappyAngel Drawings

    aww Muffin is so cute omg ^^ your drawing looks amazing!! Just perfect for this challenge ^^

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  • ArtistRebeccaLS ___________________________

    Oh my goodness this is so awesomeπŸ˜ƒ

    I didn’t know until I read about you here on your channel that you are Dena’s mother, totally awesome πŸ˜ƒ you are an awesome artist

    I like all the useful info about Muffin and her breed πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    I subscribed πŸ™

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  • The Painting Stoof

    Excellent description of the color transitions in the fur! Muffin looks amazing πŸ™‚

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  • Elf Lords Journeys

    You have awesome pencil skills,thanks for sharing some muffin history. Cute little dog.πŸ˜€

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  • Ella Pesonen Art

    Wonderful drawing! Such a cute dog 😍

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  • Annalisa Ely

    So cute I can't stand it!

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  • Paint with J

    awww! muffin is so cute. the drawing looks amazing. 😍❀️

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  • Draw ninja KC

    Such a beautiful Drawing, Helen. Enjoyed your video. I just HAD to subscribe!

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  • Costel Andone

    Hi, I'm glad you were part of Dena's challenge! I really like your drawing! You are a true artist, I really love it! Congratulations! New friend here ! I participated in this challenge!I wish you a great day!

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  • Art By Katy Cain

    Oh wow this is fabulous!

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  • Haluly art

    Really beautiful,. Congrats !! πŸ˜†πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ‘

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  • Eve Harvey Art

    Hello Helen! I've just found your channel from a comment you left on my video I really love your drawings and this dog is so cute! It was really interesting hearing about yorkies 😁 New follower here I love your channel!

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  • Nature Sounds Relaxing Music

    Dear Helen ,absolutely beautiful drawing, so cute realistic muffin πŸ‘

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  • Ist mir Wunst

    Your Muffin portrait looks great (one big like from me and I subbed you too)

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  • DAVY. J.Y. Art with a pen.

    What a great artwork, portrait of a dog. Wonderful entry for the turquoise challenge πŸ™‚

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  • Jasmin Arts

    Beautiful Channel Helen, wonderful videos and your voice!!!!!πŸ‘πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘€πŸ‘Œ

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  • Pixel Art Color

    beautiful~~~
    new friend here~~~
    like34&sub98
    hope you make me your friend too~~~

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  • Art Candy

    Thats a very detailed work

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  • Siegfried Schlag

    Hi Helen, supi & Daumen hoch, wünsche Dir noch eine schâne Woche. Liebe Grüße Siggi

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  • piece of art by r rayes

    Amazing work, I'm new subscriber lets try to support each other

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  • Wania's family vlogs

    Awesome video
    I am ur new subscriber πŸ‘
    lets be friends n support each other ❀️
    wania little world ❀️ ❀️ ❀️

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  • TianaDIY

    I love the turquoise undertone Helen, really creative!! Also so cuteee!!

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  • Cori Hederich

    Mother and daughter artists!! So cool!! This drawing of your grand dog is absolutely adorable!! New sub here and many big thumbs up πŸ‘

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  • Delma Hole

    Great video. Joined your channel and watched all the way hope you will do the same thing for me. I’ll see you around and stay connected πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ””πŸ˜

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  • ClassRoutines

    Wonderful info narration & fantastic drawing, you are very talented + like 39. Please visit me

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  • Doodles by Suparna

    Amazing portrait of Yorkie. Your video presentation is also very good and different.

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  • Xena Bellezza - it's all about Beauty and Grace

    So beautiful my dear, you are so talented… Hey new friend added in your YouTube family dear all the way from India and I would love if you could also be a part of my YouTube family dear and let's just stay connected

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  • ART GALAXY

    Wow!! So beautiful portrait, looking very realistic. Learning something new everyday from you, thank you so much for sharing πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡πŸ™

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  • We love earth and art

    Wow very good pianting my new artist friend nice to meet youπŸ””πŸ””πŸ””πŸ‘β€οΈ

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  • Artfully Yours with Diana

    Wow…..I love your drawing and story about Muffin Very much Helen❀️😍❀️ So endearing ❀️

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  • Nicole's DIY

    Hello Helen! I watched this beautiful drawing Friday but could not comment today! I’m sorry for that ! We had a terrible scare on Friday with my mother! I had to leave town to be by her side. With God’s intervention through prayer and amazing hospital staff we have her back! But I wanted to tell you that I
    So love your Muffin! She is captured in such a perfect beauty! I love how you shared the sweet story about her coming to your family in a box and there were other Yorkers before her! I appreciate the kitty collar … so so cute because I get it!! Our tiny chihuahua David ( we call him Davie Boy) wears a kitty collar with a bell! We’ve had him over 13 years and he still wears one! Lol ! I also enjoyed your soothing sweet voice throughout! This drawing is came out spectacular ! You are an amazing artist! Thank you for sharing! God bless you dear friend!πŸΆπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸΆπŸ’•πŸ’•

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  • sanatsal imge

    Excellent work!!! So beautiful channel you've, dear Helen. Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwoks. New friend πŸ™‚

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  • Deathlake

    Loving the fur, super cute dog drawing!^^

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  • Erika Lancaster

    Absolutely fantastic! Really enjoy watching your process. You really inspire me to get those colored pencils out! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Helen. πŸ™‚ Like #43

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  • Kiran mall

    Love your talent and skills fabulous artwork πŸ‘ video cuteπŸ•πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ€—πŸ‘Œ
    Ok done πŸ””πŸ”” thanks dear πŸ™
    Wish you success SisπŸ™πŸ™πŸŒΉ

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  • Annie The Star

    Soooooo cute drawing! Like 45

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  • sunnieflowers

    oh my gosh! this is beautiful!! what a lovely piece! it’s amazing! πŸ’™

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  • art dinh

    your painting is very elaborate, a dog great, thank you

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  • Crafting with Fury

    Awwww. Absolutely amazing my friend. Muffin looks so real. Your drawing is just stunning. TFS my friend. Diane

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  • Luna Smith Art

    Such a cute Yorkie. Amazing drawing. It looks so alive. Love it!

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  • KJames Peace

    Enjoyed! Like 48!

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  • Najat fine arts

    Niiiiiice work.
    Your new friend & your (new sub 143)

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