Monday, October 17, 2011

Pet Portraits

Before we had Charlie my wife and I were overly obsessed with our great dane Duke. This painting hangs over My little boy Charlies crib in his room. It is done with acrylic paint on canvas. I love how a piece of art can completely be the focus point of the room.

Charlies room is Dr. Seuss themed, but he absolutely loves Duke so it fits perfectly in his room.

Charlie's room was pretty boring when it was our office. Before he was born my wife and I decided to spruce it up a bit. We love the old craftsman look of houses so we decided to bring that feeling into his room. Our walls were textured so we glued 4x8 panels to the wall to get the smooth look of the wood. Then all we did was cut a 4x8 sheet into 6 inch base molding and 4 inch trim. We used the trim to create the board and batton look on the bottom. To cap it off we put a small shelf on top with crown molding underneath. The built in bookshelves and window seat add a ton of dimension to the room and allowed us to decorate with a ton of our favorite things. We filled the shelves with my Dr. Seuss book collection, old blocks bought off ebay and put in a truffle dish, and my favorite little milk scale I bought at a garage sale for five dollars. For 200 dollars we completely transformed this room.

This is our dog Duke with my favorite little niece Kenzeroni. He is about seven feet tall standing up and the biggest sweetheart you will ever meet.

When a good friend of mine saw that I had done a portrait of Duke she had to get some paintings of her cat Zeppe and her pitbull Kalita. Both paintings were done with acrylic paint on canvas.

This is a speed painting I did for charlie so he can see later on how I painted his Dukie dog.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jon, I was your blog post on Krysten's Facebook and I thought I would check it out. I am amazed by your talent. I was wondering how much you charged for pet portraits? The one of Duke is incredible! I have actually been researching getting one done for both of my dogs, but you are the best I have seen by far. Let me know if that is something you would be willing to do. My email is
    Thanks, Jessica Fronce