Thursday, January 4, 2018

Free Pet Portrait Contest


Indy
8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD



Tommy
8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


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


Chupes
8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue © 2017
SOLD


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 carolerodrigue.com 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


Magoo
11 x 14 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


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
SOLD



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.


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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
SOLD


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. 



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