More and more, centerpieces today have become works of doggie art, whether constructed by a Master or a mug featuring one's favorite pet. One pair from Memphis, Tennessee, a flight attendant and her mother, went out of their way to find a renowned pastel artist to immortalize their four dogs on canvas. Much like family pictures, this canvas preserves precious memories, especially after the death of two of the dogs. Do not make the mistake of revealing you cannot differentiate one dog from another.
Last year, they held a couple session for Kelly Rae, a cockapoo puppy, and Miss Manners, a Lhasa apso. Kelly is mischievous, adventuresome and nosy, while Miss Manners is a snooty little thing. That should give you a complete picture. Ask any art connoisseur, and he will tell you that doggie art is the next craze.
The owner of a Manhattan gallery who specializes in 19th century animal art says that good quality pet portraits that sold for $2,500 ten years ago sell for $10,000 today. In an auction, he collected $577,000, his personal record, for a painting of a Newfoundland named Neptune. A renowned French animalier, based in Long Island, is commissioned for as much as $250,000 for a single animal profile painting.
Victorian decor includes animal art, and, when it became popular again, people started buying more animal art. Promotional value and pleasure were brought into English homes by animal paintings, of pets and stable animals. She says that animal paintings give room instant warmth.
Though she deals with high art, she does not look down on paintings by local artists of people's pets. Across the nation, everyone is getting into the pet painting trend, which she considers serious art. If people want a dog that looks like their breed, they may have to commission a portrait, because a number of breeds no longer look much like their ancestors. The first layer in the painting is taken from a pet's photo, and the second layer involves instructions from the pet owner. A watercolor painter from Germantown, Tennessee, who specializes in landscapes, shared an experience in which she had to redo a duo dog painting to satisfy the request of the patron to see twinkles in the dogs’ eyes. On the other hand, with her five pose portrait of a dachshund, she completely satisfied the patron.
Another water colorist, based in Eads, Tennessee, has had a 13 year successful run of painting houses and pets. Mostly, she paints dogs and horses, but there have been times when she was asked to paint cats, fish, and a frog. She can tell from the reaction of the client when he sees the painting if he is pleased, especially when the portrait is of a deceased pet. There are owners who end up crying.