Doggie art is gaining in popularity, from fine art to photo mugs. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, one flight attendant and her mother scoured the world for a suitable pastel artist to render portraits of their four beloved dogs. Much like family pictures, this canvas preserves precious memories, especially after the death of two of the dogs. It would not do to say one dog looks like the other.
Last year, their two remaining dogs, Kelly Rae, a cockapoo puppy, and Miss Manners, a Lhasa apso, had a paired shot. Kelly is mischievous, adventuresome and nosy, while Miss Manners is a snooty little thing. That covers the long and the short of it. Ask any art connoisseur, and he will tell you that doggie art is the next craze. Articles on paintings like this can be viewed at pets portraits.
The selling price for a quality animal portrait has appreciated four fold, from $2,500 to $10,000, as told to us by a Manhattan gallery owner and expert in 19th century animal art. This foremost animalier in 19th century art has an all time high of $577,000 for a single painting, which was of a Newfoundland named Neptune. A painting of an animal’s profile by French animalier, who now lives on Long Island, is sold for as much as $250,000.
Animal art is one aspect of Victorian decor, and when the latter grew in popularity so did the former. With the English, paintings could be of any animal, from pets to stable animals, which also served as promotional tools. She commented on how animal paintings have a tendency to increase the warmth of a room.
Works by local artists of doting owners’ pets are held in the same esteem as “high class” paintings by this gallery owner. Pet paintings are in demand across the nation, and she thinks these are serious art. Older paintings are no uses for owners who want exact replicas of their pets, because for some breeds descendants do not resemble their ancestors. Painting pets presents a different kind of challenge for artists, who usually have to work with photos and the input of picky patrons. While landscapes are the specialty of one watercolor painter from Germantown, Tennessee, she has also done pet paintings, one of which involved a client who made her redo the painting to adjust for the gleam in his two shaggy dogs’ eyes. She had an opposite experience, in which the client was pleased right off the bat after she painted his deceased dachshund in five poses. Obtain further advice on paintings by checking out oil painting of flowers.
Another water colorist, based in Eads, Tennessee, has had a 13 year successful run of painting houses and pets. While most ask her to paint dogs and horses, there are instances in which she was asked to do cats, fish, and a frog. Especially when the painting is of a deceased pet, the client’s reaction when he sees the painting reveals everything to her. Some patrons are overcome with emotion.