Don't hesitate to contact me about painting your pet. All you have to do is send me an email at email@example.com. I can help you get the perfect gift figured out for your friend or loved one, in a budget that works for you. So many sizes and varieties to work with, you will find the perfect gift size for sure. Painted pet portraits have been an excellent gift for a lot of situations.
My customers have given these artwork surprises as gifts for:
• Valentine's Day gift (true love, I'm telling ya!)
• Mother's Day gift
• Father's Day gift
• One year wedding anniversary
• 20 year anniversary gift
• Housewarming gifts, moving in to a new home
• Wedding gift, from a husband to a wife
• Wedding gift from a friend to a couple
• Thank you gift from a young mom to her nanny
• Memorial gift, after pet has passed
• Birthday gifts
• Gift for an elderly mother moving to assisted living
• Of course Christmas gifts too!
...and many more occasions. A good number of paintings have been for a friend or spouse or parent upon the loss of a beloved pet. A gift of a painted dog or cat picture certainly does not completely smooth something like that over, but everyone has said it's a big help.
This is Otis from Ohio. He lived just long enough to see his human baby brother be born this year, leaving his parents with a feeling of mixed emotions to be sure. I was so happy to help ease a new mother's sense of loss at her family pet's passing. I'm told the painting helped everyone enjoy some pleasant memories. So glad to hear it! I have a soft spot for shaggy little terriers as it is. Cheers to Otis!
For months, my son has been asking why I haven't done a painting of our own dog in such a long time, many years in fact. A client asked me to do a painting on wood panel, which I have not ever attempted before, so that seemed like a great reason to experiment with a small size, and do a painted portrait of our own dog that my son can have. Her name is Rosie, and she is the kindest, most respectful, fun-loving pup. She's approximately 11 years old now, and she is my son's best buddy!
I am happy with the result. Learning the way paint moves on the wood surface, how certain paints dry transparent and some opaque, and other characteristics of the material to make the wood grain work has been interesting. I think I will enjoy working more with this!
Over the past week, I've spent my evenings painting a Shih Tzu dog named Zoey. Her painted picture was to be a gift from a woman to her brother, as both are Shih Tzu dog families, and he especially babied this little pup. He was to be surprised with a gift of his dog preserved as an 8x8" piece of art. But shortly after my customer commissioned this work, she emailed me to tell me the worst news; that Zoey had unexpectedly passed away, and that the grieving brother was visiting in a week from today.
So I worked a little faster than normal to provide the painting to the buyer, so that she could share it with him, hopefully some joy came from it. I know all too well that it's hard to be cheered up after the death of a family pet, especially one that is your truest love.
This is Ike the pit bull terrier. He's painted on an 8x10" canvas, intended to be framed by Denton's Frame Shop in OKC.
Ike is a country dog, with 80+ acres to patrol, and he's still the baby of the family out there, despite his ability to keep the property free of unwanted guests.
Sweet Daphne is an example of a dog much loved by her family, and she is advancing in years, and a painted portrait is a great way to preserve her loving face for all to enjoy. As of today she is much grayer than shown in the painting, but restoring a little color to her coat didnt seem like too much of a cheat, as it's nice sometimes to give yourself the chance to remember how something appeared at its prime of life.
She is painted on an 8x10" canvas with a 1 5/8" profile depth, intended in this case to display without a frame.
My customers often surprise me with their creativity with how they choose to display and frame the pet portraits.
This pair of 9x12" pooch paintings is a great example.
I knew when I began the paintings that the buyer planned to frame them, and I had in mind a modern, black, narrow profile frame molding, since these are a bit abstract and modern, and large in size.
But the ever-clever customer had a different idea and i think it turned out amazingly.
The 5" wide distressed, ornate southern cream color offsets the blues and greens and brings a connection to the highlights of the dogs that I would not have expected.
And to see them hung together vertically in this way is so dramatic, that even in the corner of the room, they catch your eye.
Pleasant surprises are always welcome, and I'm glad to learn a little myself.
This holiday season has been by far my biggest ever, in terms of the number of portraits I've been asked to do for my wonderful friends and clients. Amazing, thank you all so much.
A friend of mine operates a five-star pet service where she and her team check on your pets during the day, for potty breaks, or during your trips, and will walk them, etc. Visit doggonespoiledok.com for more info. Anyway, she's got a client for whom she wanted to create a special gift so she asked me to paint a small 5x7" portrait of her dog as a gift. The dog was a beloved pet and was getting on in years. I appreciated the opportunity to help her show a client a nice thank you.
I've included a photo of her painting here.
Seems like it's been a tough couple of months for many people in my world, as far as having to say goodbye to a pet. I've had several contacts come to me and ask them to please paint a picture of a pet they recently said goodbye to, and I know how hard that is.
In the last few months, my own family had to say goodbye to our wonderful 17 year old cat Gracie, and also to our 11 year old Westie dog Sugar.
We are an incomplete family now, down to one little dog for a pet, and all of us are left with broken hearts. Rosie the wonderpup is not her usual self... she is listless and mopey without her best friend Sugar, and the cat to follow around and investigate. Much less hopping to get places, more slow walking. But she, like my wife, son and me, carries on the best way she can, enjoying having all the bones and couches to herself. Staring off in to space perhaps a bit more than usual. I wonder often if she thinks about her friends....
And so it goes. Another wonderful pet lover brought me the challenge of painting not only her beloved golden retriever, but herself as well in the picture, to share one of the last embraces they shared. The original pictures were heartbreaking, as they depicted exactly the feeling pet lovers have as the last goodbye looms closer... that needs to just hug and wish this never had to happen.