Sunday, November 12, 2017

Himalayan Persian Oil Painting


Magoo
11 x 14 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
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Magoo is a beautiful Himalayan Persian that I was commissioned to paint for a Christmas gift.  My client apparently was so excited that he spilled the beans to his wife about her gift!  So, both of them are very happy with little Magoo's painting and I am able to share this little early.  Isn't Magoo such a cute name?

Magoo is the first Persian I've been commissioned to paint, as well as the first blue-eyed cat I've painted.  I was ecstatic to have been asked to paint this little guy and am very pleased with how he turned out.

I wanted to make sure to give this painting a classical feel since it's such a classically beautiful cat. The edges were deliberately painted very soft and the focus is his adorable face and eyes.  I loved every minute of painting this beautiful cat and am so happy with the results.

Have I ever said how much . . .
I. Love. My. Job.  

That's what I should call this page because I really, really do.  What a satisfying job this is!  I'll have so many more paintings to share soon, so thank you for stopping by and if you have any commission or other inquiries, do be sure to CONTACT me.  (<-----> just click CONTACT.   You can also visit my WEBSITE to see more.


And in case you missed these . . .

Have a look at my realistic Maine Coon painting . . .
http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/10/third-in-maine-coon-oil-paintings.html

And here's a gorgeous tabby cat I recently painted . . .
http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/10/sienna-no-2-tabby-painting.html

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Third in Maine Coon Oil Paintings


Simba
Maine Coon 
6 x 6 oil on Richeson panel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
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What can I say? I am so thrilled with how Simba's pet portrait turned out! I painted Simba's housemates Baxter and Skylar before, and this guy's portrait was the final piece.  I cannot express how much I enjoyed painting these guys.  Maine Coons are such beautiful cats, with their flowing long fur, huge eyes, and almost dog like attitudes.  No wonder they're such beloved cats!

What I love the most about Simba's painting is his look of defiance.  He seems to be full of attitude, as though he's saying, "Hey! What about it? Got something to say?"  Yeah, that's what I see when I look at this guy and I'm so happy I was able to convey that.  It was such a precious part of this portrait.

I still have a few spots open for Christmas but do not wait otherwise time will run out!  Contact me using the button on your right if you have any questions.


#mainecooncats #petportraits #petportraitpaintings #catart #mainecoonpaintings 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sienna No. 2, A Tabby Painting


Sienna No. 2
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Ah Sienna, what can I say?  This is the second time I've painted this girl and both times was such a delight.

I call Sienna a supermodel.  Her human is a wonderful photographer and knows how to take amazing photos of her animals, with just the right light and interesting looks.  In all honesty, I have to credit her for the amazing references she gives me.  I am fortunate to have such a wonderful photographer as a client.  I don't know how she found me, but I'm forever grateful for her support.

You can also take wonderful photographs of your pet.  I wrote some great ideas here about how to get the best possible shot for a pet portrait.

Also, Sienna's dog sister was also painted by me earlier this year.  I'm attaching links to both Sienna's first pet portrait as well as Shelby's, the Belgian Malinois.  I can't tell you how honoured I was to paint them!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Nemmie, Pastel Cat Portrai



Nemmie
6 x 6 Pastel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
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This painting was commissioned during the summer and painted over one month ago.  I had to keep this beauty hush and believe me, WAS IT EVER HARD!

Nemmie is a nickname for Nemr.  He is a very beloved cat and was commissioned as a birthday present.

When I received the request, I was immediately excited.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love chiaroscuro and anything with a black background.  The reference photo had a darker background, so naturally I wanted to paint it black with Nemr coming out from the dark, with the empasis on these amazing eyes.  This is what I love about a dark background, especially black, the subject has zero competition.  It's you and the subject, and when such eyes are looking back at you, the results are magical.  This is why I was so excited to show this guy!  I just love this!

I hope you love this too.  If you do and you're curious about what could be done for your pet, do not hesitate to contact me using the button on the side of this page.  There are tabs above too where you can see more artwork on my website as well as commission info.

Now currently sitting on my easel is another cat, a third commission request from a client.  That means so much to me when clients ask me for more! Anyway, I'm recording the process and I hope the video turns out because this is another painting I'm super stoked about!  ~Did I ever say how I had the best clients?~

Thanks for looking!  Gotta get back to my next cat . . .  ~insert giant toothy grin~



A very happy birthday girl with her husband and a framed Nemmie painting. 



#catpaintings #realisticcatart #petportraits #petartists #petportraitartists 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Skylar, Maine Coon Painting in Oil


Skylar
6 x 6 oil
Carole Rodrigue  ©2017 


Oh my!  I completed this one several days back but completely forgot to post it here. 

Skylar was the second painting in a two piece commission.  In case you missed it, his house mate Baxter was completed last week.

They are both big and beautiful Maine Coon cats and I can't tell you how much fun I had painting them.  They're both painted on Richeson panel, which lends itself quite well to painting fur.  It's probably my favourite support for fur, in fact, as well as small detail.

Folks, the Christmas rush has already begun for me and I have paintings I can't share yet.  This also means that if you were planning on getting a pet portrait commissioned painting, waiting until last minute would be a bad, bad idea.  Very bad.  Chances are I won't be able to book you in before Christmas if you wait.  Don't forget, oil paintings take a while because they are created in layers, each needing to dry before the next can be applied.  This isn't something that's done in a couple of days.  Pastels are quicker, but like I said, my list of commissions is already building.  Do not wait to book your spot!  I did have to turn away people last year.  Having art commissioned is not a last minute thing or an afterthought.  Sorry, but these things take time.  

If you need to contact me, just look to the right of your screen for the big CONTACT button.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back hopefully soon with stuff I can show.  :-D 


#petportraits #commissionapetportrait #custompetportraits #petportraitsinoil #pastelpetportraits 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Two Cat Oil Paintings, a Grey and Maine Coon


Chloe
8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
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Baxter
6 x 6 Oil on panel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
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These two gorgeous cats were separate commissions. The first, a beautiful grey, is Chloe, and I've painted her before.  Her owner wanted another painting so naturally, I was more than happy to oblige!  Who would turn down painting such a beautiful animal?

The second painting is Baxter, and he is a very large Maine Coon who I'm told is full of personality.  I was commissioned to paint him as well as his brother.  I am now just starting to work on his brother, who is also a Maine Coon.  Baxter was such a delight to paint.  I'm in love with his soft eyes as well as his little pirate ear.

Baxter was painted on a smaller 6 x 6 Richeson panel, and I cannot stress how delightful these are for painting hairs and fine detail.  As an artist, it's also my job to educate clients on the materials.  I understand how most of my clients love a canvas for their oil paintings, but I personally prefer panels for animals and here is why:

-panels are sturdy and solid, which means the paint that sits on top will not move as can happen with canvas (picture a finger or other object pushing behind a canvas and visualize it stretching, the paint stretching with it)
-because the panel is sturdy, there is a very low risk of cracking over time (not that all oil paints crack, but canvas can see this happen, like 100 years down the road) (side note: an experienced and knowledgeable professional painter knows how to use oil paints to avoid this)
-because the panel is smooth, not having any ridges or texture, finer detail is easier to paint; canvas has little tiny ridges from the material, which naturally causes a paint brush to not reach in those deep little crevices
-the results can be more realistic and time is saved because of not having to keep the brush fighting against a textured canvas

Canvas does have its advantages of course.  There are things you can do with canvas that aren't as easy to do on panel.  Certain techniques love canvas, others love panel.  For fine hair and detail, nothing beats panel.  This is why so many animal and wildlife artists paint on panel and masonite.

Anyhow, that's my little quick bit about these surfaces.  I hope you enjoyed these paintings and do come back in a few days for Baxter's brother's portrait.  :-)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lexi, Shih Tzu Pastel Painting


Lexi
6 x 6 pastel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
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This sweet looking girl was painted as a private commission by her owner.  It's painted on sanded paper, and is a mini 6 x 6, so detailing the bow was a little difficult, but I was able to get enough detail in it to make it real enough.

The reference photo was dark and the eyes difficult to see, but I was able to play around enough with it to make out the eyes, therefore rendering a true likeness was possible.  The client was impressed that her eyes were exact, so that made me a very happy artist!

I also love the black background and am happy the client chose to have it this colour.  I just love the dramatic effect while bringing 100% emphasis on the subject, which is beautiful Lexi.  I have a few more commissions to start, with two of them being cats that will be on a black background also.

Be sure to contact me either here, or look on the sidebar, for any info or commission requests.  This little doll was a $99 deal that I have available only until the end of August 2017, so do not delay! Once the deal is over, that's it.  For prices, there's a tab above linking directly to Commission Info.

Also, have a look at Lexi's painting in process on my YouTube video below. Thanks for looking!