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Pondering Pet-Related Artwork

I made a pet station. Perhaps you’ve seen it?

Right now, that pet station is red, but one day soon, it will be getting a facelift.

(Wow…I really do need to get some updated pictures, don’t I?!)

And above the pet station is a pretty good amount of blank wall space. So I’ve been pondering pet-related artwork for that space.

I have three critters…my calico named Peeve (shown in both pictures above…she really likes to eat), my flame-point Siamese named Powder, and my lab/border collie mutt named Boo. I’d love to do a personalized something for each one of them. So I went in search of inspiration, and here’s what I found…

I like everything about this…the colors, the worn look, the typography.  I’m just not sure if I could pull something like this off on my own.  (via Etsy seller Gemini Studio)



A silhouette is something I could certainly do, and I really like the bold, graphic nature of it.  This is a definite possibility, but perhaps with more color.  (via Etsy seller silhouPETte)



I absolutely adore watercolor.  Oh, I wish I were artistic enough to do a beautiful watercolor portrait of each of my furbies!  But alas…I am not.  I’d have to pay someone to do this, and I’m just not sure if I’m wanting to do that.  (via Etsy seller Rachelle Levingston)

Pop art is always fun, and would definitely go nicely in my colorful kitchen and breakfast room.  And I think that most photo editing programs have functions that will create this look on a photo.  Perhaps I’ll give it a try and see what I can come up with.  (via Etsy seller Bao Studio)

I…LOVE…THIS.  A silhouette with color.  I’m almost certain I could do this with my photo editing program.  (via Etsy seller Mod Dog Shop)

And then there’s this pop art Andy Warhol-esque silhouette.  I really like this, and if I just had one pet, I’d probably go for this one, but with three pets, that wall would start to look really busy, don’t you think?  (via Etsy seller Fire Hydrant Press)

So right now, I’m just not sure what direction I want to go with this.  Honestly, if I could do watercolor portraits myself, that would by my choice hands down!!  And while I would love to be able to support independent artists, I just can’t really bring myself to spend that much when I have sooooo many other projects in my condo that need attention as well.  I’ve got to be super frugal!!

Also, Matt and I are really big on nicknames, not only for each other, but also for our furbies.  We love to have fun with nicknames, and each one of them probably has at least ten of them, so I’d love to find some way to incorporate all of those nicknames into a piece of artwork also.

So anyway, if you have any great artwork ideas, please send them my way!  If you’ve come across any really unique pet-related artwork, put the link in a comment below.  Perhaps it’ll be just the spark of creativity that I need to settle on an idea. 



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    Julie
    March 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    What about subway art with all the nicknames??

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    NumberMonkey
    March 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Have you tried water color painting? Sometimes it's surprising what you can come up with if you give it a try! It may turn out a little surreal or impressionist inspired but it could be cool.

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    Michelle R.
    March 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    If you are into scrabble tiles, you could do their names as the center word and then branch their nicknames off of it. This would not have to necessarily be done on a scrabble board. Just in a fun frame to match the room.

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    Stephanie
    March 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Your condo is looking SO cute. You seriously have come a long way from move-in day, pet art or no pet art.

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    Anne
    March 25, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I adore the colored silhouette and it's a cinch with Photoshop.

    Also, if you find a local college-aged artist student who does watercolor work that you like, they are quite affordable since they're not used to getting paid for their work yet.

    Er, that sounds more exploitationist than I want it to.

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    Sarah
    March 25, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I love the record album! I'm a sucker for the siluette, too, but the record album is very unique.

    Also, I'm crazy for that pet center you made! So clever!

    -Sarah
    http://www.rsralexandra.blogspot.com

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    Kerrie
    March 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Could you make something like the pop art Andy Warhol-esque silhouette, but do 3 panels 1 of a silhouette of each of your pets? Just an idea.

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    Kerrie
    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Could you make something like the pop art Andy Warhol-esque silhouette, but do 3 panels 1 of a silhouette of each of your pets? Just an idea.

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    Michelle R.
    April 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    If you are into scrabble tiles, you could do their names as the center word and then branch their nicknames off of it. This would not have to necessarily be done on a scrabble board. Just in a fun frame to match the room.

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