Hanging your Bird Dog above the Fireplace
While flipping through a recent bird hunting periodical, I encountered an advertisement for dog head urns. That’s right; there’s a company selling taxidermy replica heads of your favorite breed of bird dogs with a quail or pheasant in its jowls and inside your pup’s ashes are stored for posterity. Check out the photos by following this link.
Call me a traditionalist, but I favor the classic bird dog portrait over a fireplace as a way to memorialize a beloved pup. In fact, Iowa artist Kreig Jacque’s sketch of my shorthair, Trammell, already hangs in my living room and Tram is only 4-years old. I’ve considered giving a dog portrait as a Christmas gift before, but I’ve never thought about it with enough time in advance. Maybe this will be the year!
Here’s a little info from Kreig on one-of-a-kind dog portraits.
Portrait Format: Unframed pencil and painting portraits are created on a 17″ x 22″ format.
(Size and format may vary depending on the expectation of the client)
Timing: The time that it takes to create the original piece of art primarily depends on the amount of detail (subject matter, background, etc.) that the client wishes to include in the portrait. All of these specifics need to be considered in the turnaround time. Typically, a single dog pencil portraits take four days to complete. The paintings may take anywhere from two weeks to a month for completion. Again, the time will vary depending on the amount of detail the client chooses as well as scheduling constraints.
What’s needed for the portrait: The more images that the client can supply as references, the better. Every dog has its own disposition and way of showing emotions that are particular to that dog and his or her handler that will show up in these images. Being able to include these components is what helps to make the portrait so personal to each individual client.
Cost: The cost of the portraits vary depending on the time, subject matter, background, size, and detail that the client wants to include into the portrait. Typically, one dog pencil portraits will be $400 and the painting of the same stature will be $800. These quotes are based on a basic hunting scene including one dog.
If you’d like to contact Kreig with other questions, you can reach him at www.kreigjacque.com.
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.
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