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Hanging your Bird Dog above the Fireplace

Kreig Jacque took this photo and . . .

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!

turned it into this amazing pencil sketch.

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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3 Responses to “Hanging your Bird Dog above the Fireplace”

  1. Steve Ries says:

    What a wonderful gift idea. We too have a picture of our special GSP created by Kreig Jacque and will assure those with interest that they will not be disapointed in his work.

  2. Justin Hillman says:

    Kreig Jacque works magic with a paint brush or pencil. We have a commissioned painting of our faithful hunting companion that proudly hangs in our living room for all to see. His attention to detail and passion for his chosen career is represented in the works he produces for every family. Your desire to remember the good old days with your hunting buddy will be brought to canvas with his God given talent.

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