Christmas Gifts for People with Pets!

by Mary Haight on December 15, 2010

There are 10 days left until Christmas, and the pressure is building…what oh what are you going to get for that special friend or loved one that will really thrill – that is timeless and doesn’t require you take out a loan?

Choices can get a little less complicated when the recipient is a pet lover, provided you know where to look!  How about a beautiful portrait of a beloved dog?  This Papillon is stunning, even in miniature, but do check out Karl Edwards sample page and you will be as gratified, and arrested by his work as I was.  The talent displayed across mediums – pen and ink, watercolor like this one, and oil on canvas is a delight.  He catches a glimmer in the eyes, a glistening lipline, a whisker twitch.

Some interesting things have happened to  those giving his work as a gift.  A portrait of a very active dog was commissioned by a woman to give to her boyfriend as a surprise.  Edwards had to spend 40 minutes throwing the ball for the dog to get him to sit still for sketches.  When the recipient opened his gift, he was overcome with emotion and told his girlfriend no one had ever done anything that nice for him, and then he said the “L” word to her for the first time – spoken like a true animal lover! And a border collie’s owner in Belgium ordered a portrait as a gift for his wife. The dog was later diagnosed with a degenerative disease and the man emailed in tears, so happy to have captured the dog’s vibrance in a painting.

I have worked with Edwards who just recently created a logo for Dancing Dog Blog and I can attest that he made the process really very easy.  Were I having a painting done, Edwards has a how-to guide for getting good details with digital photos that are then forwarded to him.  Emails fill in the details of the subjects personality.  I was so impressed it seemed only right to share my great “find” with everyone:)  What was really a surprise was that he does people, too. Though he doesn’t promote this much, there is a pen and ink of a child on his home page.  There are drawings of horses and birds and lions and cheetahs, too!

Gift Certificates are available and allow people to choose to spend more, or get something like a framed poster with stocking stuffers like coffee mugs and t-shirts at the new storefront site.  There is something for everyone at every price-point!

The BARk Magazine features Karl Edwards’ work this month, and mentioned that Edwards sometimes does memorial work of those wonderful furry friends who have passed on.  That could be just the thing for someone you know. Whatever your choice, art is wonderful to give and receive.  Happy gifting!

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14 comments
Val
Val

Putting my love of dogs and art together will always get my attention. Having owned an art gallery for several years and hosted many shows for talented artists, I think I can say with a bit of authority that Karl Edwards work has considerable merit. The beautiful dog images not only showcase his talent, but also convey his feelings for "man's best friend".

Stacey
Stacey

That is a beautiful piece of art!

Sage
Sage

What amazing work--and he's right here in Portland!!

Kim
Kim

Wow, his work is wonderful! I had a painting done once for a very close friend of a dog she lost. It captured him so beautifully and she told me it was the most precious gift she'd ever received. I've always wanted the same done for all of mine. Maybe if I give more than a hint, someone will use Karl and give me a gift I've always hoped to receive.

Edie
Edie

I am so glad you featured Karl's work. He is awesome, a really nice person as well as a terrific artist. He was nice enough to let me use his very fun bat illustrations for my series on BAT training (and thereby saved me from having to post any more offensive videos of pugs screaming BATMAN!). Um, Amy, don't you think you should share the poop fairy picture with the rest of us?

Kristine
Kristine

Edwards' work looks absolutely breathtaking. I have been thinking for a little while on eventually commissioning a portrait for my mother-in-law of her dog that recently passed. He may be just the right person.

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

Karl is amazing! I often post a tweet about the fact that there is no "poop fairy." One day Karl tweeted a picture of a poop fairy he'd painted. It was hilarious!

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