Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Merlot, Dog Portrait in Pastels

8.5 x 11
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

This adorable little guy is Merlot.  When I was commissioned to paint him, I received a few photos and the one I used for this portrait instantly jumped out at me.  The cute tilt of his head is a look that all dog owners know and love about their pets.  To be able to capture it in a painting, priceless!

Merlot's pet portrait was given as a birthday gift and I'm told the recipient loved her gift!  I can't tell you how much I adored painting this little guy.

In fact, I'm absolutely in love with doing pet portraits in pastels.  I recently started using Clairefontaine pastelmat and am super pleased with this support.  I had other pastelmat which wasn't exactly like the Clairefontaine.  I still love using the UART sanded paper too, so I will use both.  I think I'll reserve the sanded paper for larger pieces.

And speaking of pastel supplies, I recently ordered a few Caran d'Ache pastel pencils to try out.  I am now forever ruined for other pencils.  These are the cream of the crop, the cadillac of pastel pencils.  I instantly fell in love so hard with them, that I made a goal of ordering the full 84 pencil set which comes in a wooden box.  It's an investment, that's for sure, but well worth it for a professional artist.

Anyway, within 24 hours of setting my intention, I sold two paintings, and in the next two days, I received two large commissions which way more than cover the price.  I took this as a clear sign that I could go ahead and order my set, so I did! When you set a clear intention and do something to make it happen, the universe will indeed help you!

My set should be coming in tomorrow or the next day, so I will take a video and photos and maybe do a post on these beautiful pastels.

Until then . . . ta-ta for now!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Goldendoodle Pastel Portrait

11 x 14 pastel on suede mat board
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

This precious guy is Max.  He was commissioned as a birthday gift from a friend to her best friend.

Max's family has a cottage where he loves to spend hours outdoors.  The reference for this portrait was taken this past winter and he was surrounded by snow and bright sunshine.  I felt too much white would not have worked well with this piece so I painted him with earthy tones, which create drama and contrast.  This way, I was able to paint the atmosphere and light around Max, which I feel render a wonderful portrait.

I had also considered not painting the wind-blown hair, but felt this added to the portrait's interest as well as Max's character since he loves being outdoors at the cottage.  The portrait will always be a wonderful reminder of long days Max spent playing at the cottage, and this, is what  creates wonderful pet paintings.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pitbull Mastiff Cross Painting

8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

You know, every once in a while as a pet portrait artist, you get a reference that you just fall in love with.  This was one such time.

This sweet boy was commissioned as a gift and my client was concerned she wouldn't be able to provide a good reference.  As soon as I saw the reference for this painting, I knew it was a winner.  Everyone just loves Odie's painting and I can tell you how much I am in love with this boy's soulful eyes.  I mean, just look at those peepers!  Jeepers!  (insert heart eye emoji)

In other news, things are moving at a fast pace in the studio with commissions piling up, but I'm not complaining!  I'm also planning on some wildlife paintings for auction as soon as I can get some time to squeeze them in.  I think I'm going to get caught up and then commit myself to working on commissions in the daytime, my other art at night.  That could work.

Also, the Sudbury Women in Art book is having another show!  This time, the art show curators and authors of the book were able to secure the month of April at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.  An opening reception will be held this Thursday, April from 6:00-8:00 pm.  I'll be showing my hockey painting as well as a new landscape.  It's sure to be another amazing show, so if you're local, I'd love to see you there!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Black Cat Painting

Zsa Zsa
8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

Meet pretty Zsa Zsa.  This was a memorial painting which I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do.  There were no good clear photos of her, and the reference used for this painting had been taken with a flash, which meant her eyes were not visible.  I was able to correctly guess the colour of her eyes, however, and my client was extremely delighted to have a painting of her beloved cat.

I also painted her dog Chico, which was thought to be a Jack Russel Terrier mix.  This was also a memorial painting, and as with Zsa Zsa, there were no good clear photos.

When a pet is gone, it's not always easy to find good photos.  This is why I always stress to my friends to take lots of good photos while they are alive! Most of the time, I have to turn away commissions where there are no good references because I don't want to disappoint my clients with a sub-standard painting.  This time, I'm so happy I was able to do this for my client.  It meant the world to her and she is delighted to finally have her two precious pets painted and hanging on her walls.

If you're ever in doubt, the only way to be sure is to contact me and then send me whatever photos you have.  Doing custom pet portraits from photos is not always possible, but you never know until I have a look.  You might be surprised that it can be done!

11 x 14 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

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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