Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Peony & Cup Daily Painting

Peony & Cup
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

Hi everyone, I decided to paint a daily and bring a taste of summer during the mid-January cold.  I'm dreaming of warmer June days when the peonies are in bloom so I brought the dream to life.  I don't paint the dailies often anymore, so this is a rare treat for art collectors.  I hope you enjoy this one!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Croissant Alla Prima Still Life

6 x 6 Oil (alla prima)
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

I feel as though my well is running dry lately and I often don't know what to paint.  This can become very frustrating as well as stressful.  I wake up in a panic some mornings because I feel uninspired at times.  Today was one of those days, and just when I was ready to give up, I spotted croissants on the counter.  Whew! I can't tell you what a relief it was to see something I could paint today.  I'm serious, these things really gnaw at me.

This is now up on eBay.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Still Life with Lemons and Water

Lemon Water
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue 2015

This painting was started Sunday and completed today.  As I said, I was taking more time with my work now rather than do daily paintings.  I'm much more satisfied with my paintings now even though they're still done relatively quick.  With a painting such as this one, I would really prefer at least one full week's worth of work to refine details.  This one was detail intensive but I had to limit myself.  I might still do a painting in a day every now and then, but for now, I'm happy with this.  I hope you are too.

This is now up on eBay.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Greek Vase Still Life

Greek Vase
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

This painting is of a handmade classical Greek reproduction vase which dates back to over 500 BC.  It was purchased in Greece by my husband and I love having it in our home.  The flip side has a different image, a woman.  I will definitely paint the other side some day.

This one is now up on eBay.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Still Life with Peeling Paint and Lock

TLA No. 2
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

My second piece for the new year is also the second instalment of my TLA (true love always) series. I had painted a slightly larger one a few years ago that was juried into a show and sold.

The memories that this theme brings to me are priceless.  When I paint these, I envision warm sunny days with my friends, talking about girlhood crushes and carving the TLA and heart on trees and fences, writing it in sand, and even in the air with our fingers.  It's wonderful to be taken back to a time that is so heartwarming.  

This is now up on eBay for a much, much lower price than what the first one sold for.  Don't miss this one!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Onion & Silver Oil Still Life

Onion & Silver
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

Welcome to 2015 and my first painting of the year! Last year, I painted over 92 paintings, mostly small works, but a few were larger works that took several weeks to create. For this year, I decided I need a slight change in direction. By this I mean that I won't be working on "daily" paintings anymore. Instead, I'll mostly paint 8 x 10 sizes and will work on these for 2-3 days, trying to produce 2-3 pieces a week.

Rushing to get through a piece in a day wasn't cutting it for me anymore and beginning to take the enjoyment out of the process. I would rather take more time and enjoy what I'm creating rather than groan just to get something done by the end of the day. These are still studies done in less time than I normally take to work on full pieces.

For this reason, my prices will go up slightly higher for the paintings I list on eBay. The prices are still waaayyyy below what I should be charging just the same. Hopefully, this will help me create better pieces as well. My eBay pieces are still a fantastic way for anyone to be able to afford original oil paintings for a bargain price. 

May everyone have a great year and thank you for being a part of this artistic journey with me.  I appreciate every person who takes the time to come and look at my art.  Many blessings to all of you!  <3

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Violin on Satin Study

Violin on Satin
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

This little treasure  has been on my easel all week.  I made my drawing on Monday and painted it yesterday and today.  It's not a daily painting, but it is still up on eBay for a smashing starting bid.  This is a study and you can be sure that a variation on this theme will end up in a larger painting.  I'm very enamoured with the white satin that takes on a creamy glow in the light, paired up with the violin.  I've always loved violin paintings but was never able to paint them since I don't own one.  This one was borrowed from my niece and I'm thrilled to finally be able to work with a violin in my works.

I will try my hardest to do another piece or two before the holidays.  Until then, take care and thank you for stopping by.  :-)