Wednesday, February 21, 2018

German Shepherd Portrait in Pastel

8 x 10 pastel 
Carole Rodrigue © 2018

I am so excited that I can share this beautiful boy with you!  Mondo is such a beautiful German Shepherd and I was thrilled when I was commissioned to paint him.

The lighting in this painting is so calm and warm, and sets a beautiful soft scene.  The original photo was taken outside in evening light, which is perfect for those beautiful references.

I had started recording the process, but technical issues interrupted the recording.  I might be able to salvage the beginning.

Please be sure to check out the contact info on the right as well as other examples of pet portraits if you're interested in having your own commission!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Drawing a Cat Eye in Colored Pencil

Niemr's Eye
5 x 5 colored pencil
© Carole Rodrigue 2018

This is a quick eye study I've completed in about three hours today.  One of my goals for this year is to start doing more colored pencil pieces. I absolutely love this medium, and it gives me a break from mediums that affect the lungs.  Being afflicted with asthma, paints and pastels do get to me after a while, so a break is alway welcome.  Also, I just really, REALLY  love colored pencils and want to master this medium!

I'm embedding a quick clip from my Facebook page showing me laying down some hairs.  Enjoy, and pease go give my page a LIKE to see more works in progress!  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pastel Golden Retriever Puppy Painting

8 x 10 pastel on pastelmat
Private Collection
© Carole Rodrigue 2018

Have you ever seen a cuter puppy?

Everyone, this is Sadie.  She was selected as the winner in my pet portrait contest on my Facebook page.  Yes, her owner WON this portrait for FREE!!!  I do hold these a couple of times a year, so you really should follow me . . .  ---------->  HERE.  :-D

Sadie's portrait is painted with pastels on pastelmat.  I play around with various pastel supports because the truth is, I can't decide which I prefer yet.  After several years of working with pastels, I can't decide if I prefer sanded paper, suede mat board, velour paper, or pastelmat.  These are all great, but they all have their issues as well.  I know I don't like paper paper.  I need something that takes layers.

With suede mat board and velour paper, I just love the softness you get, but you can't detail very well, not like sanded paper or pastel mat.  Then with pastelmat and sanded paper, I love how you can detail and layer, but I find it's still an issue to layer certain pastels together, and there isn't that fluffy softness you get with the velour or suede, event softening and blending.  So, those are my issues.  I don't know if I'll ever have a favourite.

I did manage to put together a speed painting video with my painting process for this piece.  It's just over 5 minutes long.  If you like it, how about giving it a thumbs up on YouTube and subscribe for more videos as well?  I'd be very grateful.  :-D

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Free Pet Portrait Contest

8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017

8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017

Happy New Year everyone!

The year has started with a lot of studio work already and several commissions lined up.  These two cat paintings were Christmas commissions from the same client.  Tommy is a girl you know, and Indy is a tough little guy who wasn't expected to still be around, but here he is and let's hope he stays healthy for a long time!  Both were painted with oils on canvas.

Since it's the new year and I'm not busy enough ;-) I've decided to run a FREE PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY on my Facebook page!  Yes!  The rules are simple.

You must:
1.  Like my page
2.  Like the post itself
3.  Post your best pet photo in the comments

The winner will be announced Friday, January 12, 2018.  Please go ahead and enter, and best of luck!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Miss December
9 x 12 pastel on velour paper
© Carole Rodrigue 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

This is my Shih Tzu Taja.  She's now 8 years old and I'd been wanting to paint her for a Christmas card for years but just wasn't able to until now.

Taja is camera shy.  She just hates having her picture taken!  I wasn't able to get her to pose, so I used an other photo I had already snuck of her a while back, and then while she was napping in the same spot, I held the little hat to her head so I could get the same light and shadows as in the photo reference.  This way, everything is accurate.

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  Actually, I LOVE this!  Maybe it's because it's my dog, but I just love it.  If you look closely, you'll see I even painted myself in the ornament.  We're always together all day long with she being my studio assistant and all, so why not be together in the painting? ;-)

Anyway, thank you to everyone for your support.  This has been an amazing year for me as an artist.  I left a good government job last February to pursue this crazy pet portrait artist thing, and the universe has blessed me!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and happy and prosperous New Year to everyone!

P.S.  I've inserted a little video clip of her nose being detailed.
P.P.S.  I'd appreciate a Facebook Like if you're so inclined!  Both the page and the video.  That'd be cool. Thanks!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Booking Pet Portraits in the New Year

8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue © 2017

Oh my!  Where has the time gone?

I've completed all of my commissions for 2017 and am now booking for the new year.  I've been so busy, I haven't had a chance to post some of the wonderful pieces I've completed and am approved to show!

This adorable doll is Chupes, and sadly, I received the commission request to paint her portrait the day after she passed.  Her owner loved her so much and was so saddened by her passing.  She loves her portrait and I'm so happy I was able to do something to help keep Chupes' memory alive.

We had several photos that I used to work with for this portrait: one for the body, another for the eyes and face, and a few more to get her little mouth just right.  She's painted in my favourite style, chiaroscuro and I can't express how happy I am with how this painting turned out.

I am now booking commissions now for the new year.  I still have my special on for discounted prices, but that's only if commissions are booked with a deposit by December 31, 2017.  Please see my website at for more info!

More paintings will be posted soon, so be sure to come back!

P.S.  Here's a little clip from my Facebook page where I'm painting in her whiskers . . .

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Himalayan Persian Oil Painting

11 x 14 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017

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 . . .

And here's a gorgeous tabby cat I recently painted . . .