Custom pet portraits ? cat portraits and dog portraits

Posted by petart on April 17th, 2013

Being an animal lover is a trait to be admired.  So many animal lovers open their homes to dogs and cats.  They give them love and stability.  They even consider the dogs and cats to be part of their family.  These diehard animal lovers often choose custom pet portraits to honor the love they have for their pets.

Getting a custom pet portrait will freeze your pet in time.  All too soon, our pets are taken from us.  Having a portrait done of the happiest times of their life is an amazing way to keep them young forever.  We know that they will always be in our hearts, but with a portrait they will be remembered every day.

Artists usually use a picture of your pet to paint the portrait.  So what kind of picture should you choose for your cat portrait?  You should choose a picture that best represents your cat’s spirit.  If you cat is spunky and loves to play, you may want to choose a photo of your cat with his/her favorite toy.

If you have a cat that loves to be lazy and sleep all day, choose a picture of him/her in their favorite sleeping place.  Maybe their favorite place to sleep is on your slippers.  Choose a picture that is personal to your cat.  It will make all the difference in how your cat portrait turns out.

What about if you have a dog and you want to get a dog portrait?  Most dogs are much more playful than cats.  They have special toys and love to be outside.  You should choose a photo of your dog that depicts his/her favorite things to do.  It will put your dog’s personality into the painting.

You could choose a more regal look for your custom pet portrait.  You can opt for a more proper picture with your dog or cat sitting pretty.  You may have to take a new photo if you don’t already have one like this.  Getting your dog or cat to sit up and look right at you when you take the picture may require the help of another person.

Some people like to add an extra element of fun into their custom pet portraits.  They may choose to replicate a classic piece of art.  Speak to your artist and see if he or she is willing to do this.  You might be able to have your dog painted like the Mona Lisa, or your cat like Whistler’s Mother.  Or your pet can look like they are sitting in an old fashioned chair.

The possibilities are endless for creativity in your cat or dog portrait.  Speak to your artist and come up with a plan that works for you.  Immortalizing your pet forever on canvas is a beautiful way to honor them as part of your family.

About Us: Pet Art paintings and drawings are created by artist Katja Turnsek.  She spends time at her home in Sweden capturing the remarkable beauty of wildlife and domesticated pets on canvas.  Let her immortalize your pet with a beautiful keepsake.  For more information or to view her gallery, visit her online at

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