Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pudlepointer Pet Portrait

Blitz the Pudlepointer
8 x 8 soft pastel on sanded paper
Carole Rodrigue ©2016

Blitz the Pudlepointer (I love that name!) was the winner in my Facebook contest for a free pet portrait.  (By the way, please go give my page a LIKE.  I'd really love you, and thank you.)

I cannot tell you how much fun it was to paint this gorgeous fella.  I love the soft window light as he gazes out at who knows what.  It is definitely the type of painting I love to work on!

This was also the first time I worked with sanded paper.  I love how it takes a lot of pastel layers without being fussy.  Since I love to work in a lot of layers with my oil paints, it's definitely suitable for my style of work. I'll definitely be working with this again.

I hope you enjoy Blitz the Pudlepointer!  If you want to inquire about your own pet portrait commission, visit my website by clicking HERE.

#petportraits #dogpaintings #softpasteldogpaintings #animalart #petportraitsfromphotos #custompetportraits 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Holly, Pet Portrait in Oil

8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2016

When your life's passion is creating art and you can mesh that together with making people very, very  happy, then life is awesome.  Truly, flipping AWESOME!

Holly was commissioned by a client as a special gift for her grandmother.  There weren't good photos of Holly to use and I was given two photos to combine together.

One photo showed an older Holly, eyes whited by what I think are cataracts.  The client wanted the look to be young and fresh as in the photo of Holly as a pup (photo #1) but the pose of photo #2, and not too much shine or white to the fur, as well as keeping the fur out of her eyes.

This was a little tricky because at that point, you're kinda guessing what the eyes are going to look like since you don't have a reference of good eyes at that stage in life.

Long story short though: SUCCESS!

It took some work, a little back and forth with the client, a little tweaking here and there, but I was able to get Holly's look down.  There were a few people judging this piece to make sure it would be perfect for their grandmother.  I was told they were a tough bunch to please but that I had exceeded their expectations.  Their grandmother is also very happy and said that she now feels as though her Holly will always be with her.  This made my eyes mist over.  I love my job.  :-D  

#petportraits #petportraitcommissions #petportraitsfromphotos #custompetportraits #petportraitsinoil #dogpaintings #blackdogpainting

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Very Special Pet Portrait in Oil

Remembering Molly
11 x 14 Oil on linen
Carole Rodrigue ©2016

This special painting was commissioned by a group to give as a gift.  I'm told they all loved it very much!

Painting this was so effortless.  I'm not saying this in a bragging kind of way.  What I mean is that the soft tones, lighting, and moment were such a pleasure to paint that it did not feel like work. I love the overall softness of the lighting and tones, which I feel contributed to rendering the perfect atmosphere for this gentle scene.  The special bond captured between a man and his best friend is so moving and the love is obvious.

I can't stress enough how much of an honour it is to be entrusted to capture these special moments.  As an artist, the satisfaction comes from the positive reactions people have to these works.  If I succeeded at accurately capturing a scene, a pet, person, or a moment, and the recipients are happy, then I am immensely satisfied.  That's when I feel a job has been well done, when I get positive feedback.  That's big.  HUGE!

Now, if you're thinking of commissioning your own special pet portrait, do not delay!  The holidays are coming really fast and time is required for an oil painting.  I'm already booked into October so be sure to reserve your space now.  I work from your quality photos to perfectly capture your pet's portrait on oil or pastel. You can contact me for more info HERE.

#petportraits #petportraitcommissions #petportraitsCanada #petportraitsfromphotos #dogcommissions #catcommissions #petpaintings #dogpaintings #animalartists #petportraitsSudbury #petportraitsinoil 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Trumpeter Swan Oil Painting

Night Swan
8 x 8 Oil
©2016 Carole Rodrigue

I'm so happy to be able to share this painting of a Trumpeter swan I had photographed last winter.  I'm working on a couple of commissions and was finally able to complete the details on this one while waiting for paint to dry on the other pieces, which I hope to be able to share soon.  They're gifts, so I'll need to wait before I can share.

This on is painted on linen and comes in a lovely frame, ready to hang.  It's really beautifully dramatic in person, especially with the frame.

Feel free to contact me if interested.

I hope to be back soon with more art, or as soon as I can share!  Thanks for looking.  :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pastel Pet Portrait Giveaway!

My friends, I'm having a contest on my Facebook page and you are welcome to enter!

The prize is a FREE 8 x 8 pastel portrait of your cat or dog.  Entering the contest is easy.

So, how do you enter?

Just visit my Facebook page at and then "LIKE" my page.  Then, find the post with the above photo pinned on top, post a photo of your dog or cat that you would like in a portrait, then share the post.  On Saturday, September 10, 2016, one lucky winner will be announced on my page and will receive a completely, 100% free portrait, shipping included.  Free, nada deniro, no moula, just a free portrait shipped to your home.  

Why am I doing this? I just want to promote my pet portrait commission services and my Facebook page and thought this is a great idea.  It's that simple.  So, mosey on over there and enter my contest.  It's fun, and it's FREE!  

#pastelpetportraits #catpaintings, #dogpaintings #petportraitcommissions #petportraitgiveaway #petportraitstoronto #petportraitssudbury #petportraitscanada 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Commissioned Dog Painting in Oil #petportrait

8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2016 
Private commission

A few weeks ago I received an email from someone asking me to paint their dog.  When she sent me the photo, I just fell in love with this dog's sweet face.  Her eyes express such a sweet and gentle disposition, as well as an innocent curiosity.  I've seen this look often in my own dog, so I know it well and it just melts my heart.

The pink bow on Gypsy also lends to the sweetness she displays.  

Painting this sweet dog was such a pleasure.  I thoroughly enjoyed painting this pet portrait and am so happy that I was able to make her owner very happy by capturing her beloved dog on canvas!

I hope you enjoyed this painting!

#dogpaintings #animalartist #ilovedogs #dogpaintings #dogart #petportraitcommissions #petportraitscanada #petportraitssudbury #ontario #sudbury #sudburyartists 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Very Special Portrait

14 x 18 Oil on linen
Private Commission

This painting was a very special commission and the second the family requested I paint.  The young man portrayed with his beautiful mother passed from cancer earlier this year.  The guitar I had painted was his.

I cannot express the emotional connection I felt to this young man the whole time I painted him.  I was even very sad to see the painting go, as though I was saying goodbye to an old friend I knew I'd never see again.  At the same time, I'm very humbled and honoured to have been asked to paint him and his mother in this special moment.

The title of this painting is "Always".  I had no idea what to call this painting.  As I was making the certificate of authenticity, I automatically typed Always without much thought.  After I saved the file, it was next to the file of the first painting I had created for the family, which was called, "I am with you."  It was definitely a goosebump moment as I had not planned this at all.

My hope his that this painting brings smiles and fond memories to the family.  Nothing can ever take away the pain of losing a loved one, but hopefully this brings some joy and comfort.

On an other note, I am working on a couple of wildlife pieces that I hope to share soon.  I hope you are all having a great day.  :-)