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Know somebody who loves their pet as much as their own child? This holiday season, give the gift of a KISH original pet portrait!
Florida-based Artist Gretchen Kish Serrano creates custom pet portraits by combining her creativity with inspirations from classic artists including Pollock, van Gogh and Klimt.
A KISH Original painting is a joyful expression of love for your pet with a familiar artistic inspiration. She paints vibrant works of art honoring the exceptional bond her clients share with their pets. Specializing in dogs and cats, Kish is also open to commissioning other pets.
" I express the love for a pet through my art," Kish believes. "I offer my clients a variety of artistic style options for their art.each with a unique inspiration from an artist I admire."
Currently, Kish is focusing on three distinct styles for her commissions; however, she is open to discussing additional options based on her client's artistic preference.
"Although I paint in a variety of artistic styles, I have been drawn to these three in particular: Pollock, van Gogh and Klimt," she explains. " I enjoy the challenge of painting in different styles and techniques. I also admire Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin and so many others."
Styles include BRUSH, inspired by the thick brush strokes and bold color palettes of Vincent van Gogh; DRIP, inspired by the expressionistic drips and splatters with their bold, overlapping colors and the thick surface texture created of Jackson Pollock; and GILD, inspired by the gilded works of Gustav Klimt. To mirror the style, Kish gilds using 23kt gold.
Prices vary depending on the style selected and size but many range from $2000 to $7000 per original commission for one pet. To add a second pet to portrait, an additional 10-20% is charged.
For the process itself, Kish loves to begin by hearing about her client's pet and discussing style options. Next the client provides photos showing their pet from a variety of angles with different expressions. Kish then emails the client one or two sketch options and asks they write a message to their pet. The artist follows up with photos as the painting takes shape. Once completed, Kish paints the message to their pet on the back of the canvas. The timing for a portrait commission can take three to six months from initial consultation through concept, painting, framing (if requested), to shipping and delivery.
Take a look at this adorable KISH portrait of my beloved dog, Banner!
It really captures the essence of Banner, don't you think? I will treasure this portrait long after Banner is gone.
ABOUT THE ARTIST KISH: An artist with a passion to express love for our pets through art—Gretchen Kish Serrano paints with inspiration from the artists she most admires. Her artwork is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Gustav Klimt among other master artists. A Northern Illinois University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kish has worked as a graphic designer and art director at a large Chicago advertising agency. Her formal art education includes coursework at Chicago's famed Art Institute. She is also the creator of Paw Palettes®—a master-inspired pet art collection available through her note cards, art prints and licensed products sold worldwide. The artist creates from her studio in Cape Coral, Florida, where she lives with her husband and two amazing children.
To learn more about KISH Original, visit: www.Kishoriginal.com
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for the BEST Gifts for your Pets
This holiday season, don't forget about your four-legged family members! Below, I have compiled some of the very best gift ideas for our pets. Most of these products have been personally tried and tested by my pets, and I highly recommend each one.
1. Kurgo Baxter Pack/ Dog Backpack My dog, Banner is fourteen years old, but still enjoys going on hikes with us. He is still strong and hasn't slowed down yet. He is so cute when he wears his Baxter Pack! We keep it light, but Banner proudly carries his own snacks, a water bottle, and a portable water dish.
This was the first time I tried it on Banner, before we adjusted it to fit him.
Get your pooch packed up and ready to go with the lightweight, tough, custom-fit Baxter Pack. Great for everyday use or backpacking adventures. Built strong to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, it has 8 different adjustment points to get the proper fit for any dog. It includes a rear-mounted leash hook that works like a harness for pups that need to be on their lead. The ergonomic padded spine support contours to the dog’s back for a comfortable fit and provides weight distribution for the two saddlebags. The pack offers space to store all of your canine's travel essentials such as food, treats, toys, first-aid supplies and travel bowls. Includes a large handle to help dogs over rock scrambles or extract them from water.
2. Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket Banner gets pretty chilly in the winter. (Who doesn't, really?) The best gift Banner ever received is his Loft Dog Jacket. First of all, he looks devilishly handsome in it! (He is a bit shy when it comes to modeling, however.) I put Banner's coat on him as soon as I let him outside in the morning. It keeps him so nice and warm.
Banner's Loft Dog Jacket fits him perfectly!
Help your dog brave those chilly fall and winter months in this reversible, quilted shell. Made from rugged Microtomic ripstop material and 140 gsm Polytech fill, this lightweight jacket is just as city worthy as it is mountain made. The water-resistant shell has a zipper opening so you can access your pup's harness to attach a leash. This dog coat is designed for athletic dogs that are going to be running, hiking and adventuring in inclement weather. Therefore, it is a more fitted coat, allowing your pup to move freely. It does not cover the entire length of most dogs and is designed to keep the core warm and dry.
3. MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset Bed~ Word has it that Santa is bringing Banner one of these luxurious dog beds. Shhhh! Don't tell him! Banner needs to new bed upon which to rest his weary ol' bones. His old bed is kind of worn out.
The Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40”x29”) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.
4. Paby GPS Tracker for dogs and cats~ This past July, my sweet cat, Carol went missing. I didn't even know that she had gotten out of the house. Someone accidentally let her out when they were leaving for school or work. The next thing I knew, Carol was found in the road, no longer alive. If I had a PABY GPS Tracker on her collar, she might still be alive today. At least I could have discovered she was outside before anything happened.
(This is not my kitty, but her PABY GPS Tracker looks cute on her, doesn't it?)
Paby keeps its eyes on your pets. Did you know that over 10 million pets are lost each year? Paby’s advanced features include GPS, Wi-Fi, an LED light, and sound alarm help provide you with peace of mind. The Paby allows you to monitor your pet’s location in real time, and learn from their activity through a tailored fitness program for your pets.
My newest cat, Patty will soon be wearing hers because when she gets a bit older, she too, is going to try to start venturing outside, and I will be able to keep track of her.
5. Purina’s Beggin Strips and Friskies Party Mix~ Banner absolutely loves his Beggin Strips! And my sweet little kitty, Patty, loves her Friskies Party Mix.
That’s why I can’t forget about Purina’s Beggin Strips, Friskies Party Mix for their stockings. These favorites are offered in 6 ounce packs making them great for stockings and even have a ‘To’ and ‘From’ tag, so pets know who to lick and thank. The Friskies specially designed Party Mix is holiday themed with snowmen, stars and evergreen trees. www.purina.com
6. Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Balls by Planet Dog. Banner loves to play fetch! He absolutely loves his Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Ball by Planet Dog. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all winter holidays. Banner has the Snowball ball, so whether we get snow or not this winter, Banner is set!
Owners can throw a snowball indoors and outdoors, stuff their pets’ stocking with coal or give them some peace and quiet. Orbee-Tuff® balls are chewy but durable that will keep dogs entertained all season long.
7. Dog Stockings by Pet Factory~ Banner has been such a good pup this year! He truly deserves this delightful stocking filled with special treats just for him!
Filled with colorful raw-hide bones and holiday shaped treats that dogs can enjoy by the fire while the rest of the family opens presents, this makes for a convenient option for any gift-giving owner this holiday. www.petfactory.com
8. Canine companions will be in style for the holiday season with the Snowman Party Premium Collar & Leash Set from Country Brook Design. This festive set is made of durable, comfortable polyester and the collar features a metal side-release buckle with a brilliant, shiny finish.
SNIFF & BARKENS AND HARTZ UNLEASH A HOLIDAY BUCKET FULL OF TOYS THAT HELPS SAVES DOGS LIVES!
Imagine a holiday gift that will delight dogs ... and their two legged parents!
What you've imagined is Barkens Bucket, a Bucket full of goodies named for one of the signature dogs in possibly the fastest growing dog-focused social media platform in the last two years: Sniff & Barkens.
"Our passion for pets is at the forefront of everything we do and we are excited to partner with Sniff & Barkens on this Holiday Bucket, which will benefit the Pilots 'n Paws Rescue that helps animals in need," said Stacy R. Kisla, Senior Director of Marketing for The HARTZ Mountain Corporation.
10% of the proceeds from each Bucket helps save innocent displaced animals!
Sniff & Barkens, along with presenting sponsor Hartz, created this Bucket full of toys as a unique holiday gift that also helps save dogs' lives. This $50+ value is being offered to Sniff & Barkens' millions of followers for $34.99, with a portion of the proceeds going to Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit organization that provides life-saving transports and rescue missions for dogs.
"Our goal is to bring joy to furry family members while supporting an organization that helps save the lives of other dogs," said Joe Pappalardo, founder of Sniff & Barkens. "We're delighted Hartz came on board as our presenting sponsor, helping us raise funds for Pilots N Paws, which provides invaluable services, especially in times of crisis like the recent hurricanes that devastated communities and displaced not only thousands people, but also thousands of dogs."
The Barkens Bucket will be available for order at https://shop.SniffandBarkens.com/ until Nov 28th.
This holiday season, don't forget about your furry family members. They need gifts, too! And who could be more deserving of something special? Below I would like to share some of my favorite gift ideas for my own four-legged sweeties.
For my dog Banner:
Bravo — Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs
Bravo freeze dried raw diets offer you an outstanding combination of nutrition and convenience. There’s no need to keep them frozen, so you can serve your dog a great-tasting, nourishing meal anywhere you go. Freeze drying simply removes the water from meat and poultry while retaining every vital nutrient in its original, bioavailable form. Just mix with warm water, wait 15 minutes and serve. That’s all it takes to prepare a healthy meal your dog will simply love!
My dog, Banner loves the pork dinner. It is his favorite meal ever! http://www.bravopetfoods.com/
Look Who’s Happy — Treats
These treats are Banner's favorite! Made with USA-raised cage free chicken, Tempt’n Tenders chicken treats are crusted with yummy goodies like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and blueberries. Loaded with taste, texture and aroma that’s truly unique, they’re a joy for dogs to eat! www.LookWhosHappy.com
Barkworthies — Antler Chews
Barkworthies® Elk Antler Chews are naturally odor free and the most durable dog chews out there! The hard texture of these chews naturally scrapes away plaque and tartar while your dog chews. I gave one to Banner and he ran off with it to chew on it. I have no idea where it went after that, but I am sure Banner knows. http://www.barkworthies.com/
Here is Banner, accepting his gift.
I love this picture of Banner
For my cat, Luna:
Imperial Cat — Scratch ’n Shape
With designs available to complement any home decor, Scratch ´n Shapes products provide a very attractive and eco-friendly solution to destructive scratching. Not just a scratcher, these unique play centers are also designed for sleeping, rubbing and play! I got the hanging scratcher for Luna. I hang it close to the Christmas tree in hopes that she will use it instead of playing in the Christmas tree. She has broken many pretty bulbs so far.
The scratcher came with cat nip, and that makes Luna even crazier. http://www.imperialcat.com/
This is Luna. She looks innocent, doesn't she?
This is Luna pretending to be asleep under the Christmas tree after she broke four bulbs. She might be on Santa's naughty list this year.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.