Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cozy & Warm, a Still Life to Warm and Soothe

 Warm & Cozy 
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Since we're already covered in snow, and seeing all the snow Buffalo got this week, I really felt the need to paint something warm and cozy.  I arranged these things together, the cinnamon and pinecone, hot tea, and checkered cloth to create the atmosphere I wanted to evoke.  I'm satisfied with how this turned out.  It's not a daily painting however.  There was just too much detail to paint and many layers to create the right effect, but, it is still listed for the price of a daily.  Folks, this is a steal!  It's now up on eBay.

P.S.  I hope everyone in Buffalo stays warm and safe!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bosc Pear No. 6 Alla Prima Daily Painting

Bosc Pear No. 6
7 x 5 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

I had purchased many pears last week for the still life with the Indian tea pot, so I thought I use one of these today for a small alla prima painting.  I'm loving painting those pears! Now I need to try and think of something to paint for tomorrow . . .

Monday, November 17, 2014

Santa Baby II Christmas Daily Painting

Santa Baby II
6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue 2014

Hi everyone.  I realize that it's not yet Thanksgiving in the US, but I still went ahead and painted something Christmassy.  The reason is, this will be listed for one week, then with shipping, this is the perfect time if someone wants it for decorating this year. Or a gift.  :-)

I painted a Santa Baby painting last year which is in a collection in Texas.  Each year, I will paint one Santa Baby piece only, so this is it for this year.  I'm making this theme a tradition.  I might paint another Christmas themed piece, but this is it for Santa Baby.  Will he be making it down your chimney?  He's now available on eBay.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Indian Teapot with Fruit Daily Painting

Teapot with Fruit
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

I painted this little gem today with the low light coming in from the window.  I felt this light was the best choice due to the teapot.  It's handmade in India, dented and crooked, and has a very low sheen.  I'm not sure what it's made of but it's not shiny like a polished silver.  I kept all of the lighting throughout the objects very low and soft to complement the pot.  The bosc pears and apple made an appearance again.  What it is that I love to paint about these fruits so much? I really have no idea.  I just love painting these.  The bosc pears are my favourite to paint in all the pear varieties.  It must be the varying colours that come with them, from tinges of green at times, to deep golds and browns.  They're just as delicious to paint as they are to eat.

This is now up on eBay for a very low starting bid.  Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Grackle With Apple, Oil Painting

8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

When the grackles show up at my bird feeder, I can't help but be in awe with all of their rich iridescent colors.  What's not to love with those shades of cobalt, viridian, and mauves? They're a joy to watch and I welcome them at my feeder whenever they please.

This piece is now up on eBay for auction.

I also want to pay my respect on this Remembrance Day and Veteran's Day to all the soldiers who have served, past and current, and those who gave up their lives so we may have ours.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grapes & Gold Cup Still Life

Grapes & Gold Cup
6 x 6 Oil Daily Painting
Carole Rodrigue 2014

Today was a grape day.  I haven't painted them in a long time, so I was due.  I'm not sure why I haven't painted them in suck a long while because they're a delight to paint.  It's now up on eBay.

I also want to let everyone know that it's that time of year and I am accepting pet portrait commissions.  Prices start at $200.00 US for an 11 x 14 oil painting.  Contact me for more info.  There's still time, but not for long so please don't wait!  Here's a portrait I did last year, "Shaggy", and I'm told there were tears of joy when the owner saw her beloved dog's painting.  Please don't wait!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Gourds Daily Painting Still Life

Fall Gourds
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

These little gourds sit on my coffee table in a lovely fall arrangement.  Sometimes you can sit for hours wondering what to paint and the answer lies in front of you the whole time. This is the beauty of still life painting.  There's no need to trek through nasty weather to paint the perfect location under the perfect lighting, or patiently taking thousands of photos to find the right pose while photographing animals who refuse to stay still.  I've done both and enjoyed it, but my heart still lies in still life.  I do plan on some plain air painting soon though, even though I've been saying it for ages it seems.  I will get to it some day.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this one which is now up on eBay.