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.  :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pomegranate & Copper Alla Prima


Pomegranate & Copper
8 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014


It dawned on me today how quickly this year is coming to a close.  I'm not sure how many more paintings I will be able to create in 2014 but I'm hoping to do several more in the next couple of weeks.  This one was painted today, alla prima, and I found the pomegranate to be one of the prettiest I've seen in a while.  The red was vibrant and the whole fruit just perfect.  It's now up on eBay.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Candy Cane Daily Painting



Candy Cane & Ornament
6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014


It was slow going today and by late afternoon I still wasn't sure what I would paint, but then my subject was right in front of me as I looked down at the kitchen counter and saw the candy cane sitting almost saying, "Pick me!" So, I picked the candy cane along with an ornament for a companion.  The background colour here shows off a little.  It's actually a greying white all over but the photo keeps coming out like this.  This will be the last Christmas themed painting for this year. It was a delight to paint this little one, alla prima.  :-)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tangerine Alla Prima Still Life with Video Demonstration


Tangerine
6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today was a productive day.  The dog had her walk and I painted this little tangerine, AND made a little video demonstration using still photos.  My camera doesn't record, so I'm stuck for now.  :-s

This painting is now up for bids on eBay and you can also view the video on YouTube by clicking the embedded video below.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Three Apples Alla Prima Still Life


Three Apples
8 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

As stated in yesterday's post, I painted apples.  When in doubt, always paint apples.  I'm kidding; there were no doubts, just a lot of apples.  That's not to say that I don't ever have doubts with my work.  I think all artists do.  It's just par for the course to doubt one's work and one's direction every once in a while.  If not, I don't think one is growing as an artist.  I also destroy works I'm not satisfied with at times.  Again,  think all artists do this too.  I just thought I'd share a little about this because many people are under the impression that every work comes out as intended.  Several years ago, I was relieved to read an artist interview in a popular art magazine where this very successful artist stated he often hated some of his works and many he found to be inferior.  These he would paint over.  That's encouraging for any artist and shows that one is able to recognize growth and potential, as well as areas that need improvement.  I have painted over many canvases or destroyed them.  Some have ended up as impromptu palettes holding gobs of paint.  Hopefully, this is something I will keep doing in the future.  :-)

The apples in the above painting were painted today, alla prima and I took many still shots as I painted.  I don't have any quality method to record so I'm taking photos for now.  I'm going to be putting together a little video demo with these stills.  They still show my process quite nicely.  It'll be posted and shared here and on YouTube as soon as it is done.

I hope you like this little painting, as well as my long paragraph.  I plan on discussing more of these art issues in the future.  Ta-ta for now!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Cup & Lemons



Cup & Lemons
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

The weather was so beautiful all last week but turned brutally cold today, with gusting northern winds.  It was a perfect day for tea with maybe a bit of lemon.  Actually, I never drink lemon in my tea but I do so love to paint them.  I love so many things with lemon, lemon meringue pie, cakes, cookies, lotions, soaps . . . What's not to love about zingy fresh lemons? Their bright cheeriness warms one on a winter's day, so they did manage to warm me even without adding any to my tea.

If you like this one, it's now up on eBay.  I think I have a lot of apples laying around the kitchen . . .

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spoons Daily Painting




Spoons
8 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today I was in the mood to paint something in silver, so I painted these silver spoons I have.  These are part of an old set that was gifted to me and they are very special.  It's unfortunate that I don't often have the occasion to use them, and when I do have diner parties they're usually a larger crowd so I still don't get to use them.  At least they do get to appear in my paintings from time to time.

This is now up on eBay.