Not surprisingly, I get asked this question ALOT! In fact, this question might actually be tied for 1st place ~ alongside “How Did You Get Started Painting Cats?”
My answers to the above:
I could, but I don’t.
It isn’t about the money.
Artist or not, I’m just a crazy cat lady who paints cats.
Many artists do paint everything and anything, whether it inspires them or is simply for practice…. including fruit bowls, flowers, city lights, oceans and lighthouses, prairie fields, people, and pets.
And if they want to earn a living, they will accept just about any commission.
But I didn’t grow up with a burning desire to become an artist.
I was a cat-obsessed girl who grew into an equally cat-obsessed woman, and decided to focus on doing something I love.
I am simply not interested in painting dogs.
I do not dislike dogs, or feel any prejudice against them, neither do I have any objection to birds, squirrels, horses, snakes, elephants, and fish.
[Artist Note: On November 5th, 2013, we adopted a pit-bull/mastiff mix from a friend… I should say, Harley adopted ME. I have since fallen head-over-paws in love with him. You can read more about Harley in this post: Crazy Cat Lady Goes to the Dogs. Perhaps I will paint him someday. =) ]
There are other artists who can paint your dog dressed in costume… in fact, pet portraits of this nature are really popular now! Lucky for me, eh? ;)
And as a measure of good faith, because I’m not a mean person, I have compiled a small list of reputable animal artists.
One of these talented folk may have just what you are looking for!
1. Berkley Illustration
Artist: Ryan Berkley
Located: Portland, OR
What he does: colored pen and ink portraits of animals (including many dog breeds) dressed in suits, hats, and various clothing.
(I can tell you from personal experience, that Ryan and Lucy are very nice! Very busy, too! LOL)
2. Beaumont Studio
Artist: Olivia Beaumont
Located: Savannah, GA
What she does: oil on canvas portraits of animals (including dogs) dressed in period clothing. There are also a couple of human portraits in her shop, but animals are her main focus.
3. Old World Pet Portraits
Artist: Carol Lew
Located: Pittsfield, MA
What she does: oil portraits on canvas, in the Old World style, of many animals including dogs.
4. Poor Dog Farm
Artist: Sam Georgieff
Located: southern PA
What he does: watercolor portraits, head profiles, of “Creatures in Hats”. There are many animals and birds to pick from, and they’re so cute!
Of course, there are many, many more artists out there… and if you need additional help or have any questions, let me know in the comments below. :)
Tara Fly5 days ago
Sans realized that the printer was exposed without its cover, so he graciously loaned his fur coat to keep it warm. 😐🐈#somuchfur #studiocat http://ift.tt/2xMk5TI
Tara Fly7 days ago
Annually since 1974, the Apple Butter Festival fills the park and streets of downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend in October.
The traditional harvest festival is kicked off by a nostalgic hometown parade on Saturday morning followed by two days worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Undisputed star of the festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square.
With no admission fee and activities for all ages, this is the perfect day or weekend experience for everyone from grandma to the kids.