Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Le Nouveau Louvre Art Show at the GNO

JOHN LAPPA/SUDBURY STAR file photo The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
 is full to capacity for an earlier Nouveau Louvre exhibit.

Hi everyone!  The holidays are almost upon us and with this time of year comes the GNO's "Le Nouveau Louvre" art show!  There are many wonderful artists exhibiting this yearly show where part of the proceeds raise money to support the gallery for the year, and the rest goes to the artists.  

Pieces of various styles and sizes are each sold  for $200.00.  Of this total, $75 goes to the gallery, and the artist keeps $125.00.  This is a FABULOUS win-win for both the gallery and the artists and is the right way to do a fundraiser using art! I will write about fundraising in my next post . . .

The Sudbury Star wrote an article on the GNO's fundraiser and you can read about it here

You can also have a look at the art currently available at the GNO's website.  I sold one but have a few others available.  Please have a look or stop by and buy some art! If you have someone on your list that you don't know what to buy for, giving an original work is a fabulous gift idea.  :-D

So, have a great time checking out Le Nouveau Louvre!  I will be back soon with a post on art and charities, which can be a very controversial subject.  See you soon! 

#GNO #laGallerieduNouvelOntario #LeNouveauLouvre #artshow #Sudburyarts #Sudburyartscene #Christmasgiftideas #artists #art 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dog Oil Painting Demo

Taja, Shih Tzu Portrait
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

This painting took a while.  It wasn't the painting itself that created issues, but the recording of the process.  I wanted to create a video showing the work in progress and boy, did I have issues!  I even lost about 1.5 hours of recording, but in the end, it turned out well because I had to condense over 8 hours of painting into less than fifteen minutes.  So, yes, a lot had to be edited out by necessity.  

I'm really enjoying creating these videos.  I've been told by so many people that they enjoy seeing the process. So many people don't know what exactly is involved in creating a painting and many think that you just put brush down to canvas and a perfect section instantly appears.  Not so.  It takes many layers of paint, many hours, and a lot of thinking and planning to execute a painting.  Even before the first dab of paint appears, hours of work have gone into planning and preparation, sketching . . . 

I do hope that you like this painting.  If you do, please feel free to share my video, post the photo on Pinterest with credit, just share.  I am of course available for private commissions so please do not hesitate to contact me for info.  I have tips on how to prepare your pet photos for a commissioned painting at 

Thanks for popping in and having a look.  Please enjoy the video! 

#speedpainting #dogpaintingdemo #howtopaintdogs #petportraitsinoil #oilpaintings #paintinganimals #animalart #dogart #petportraits 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Pumpkins Oil Still Life

6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

Hi everyone!  It's that time of year with fall colours and fall harvests, which of course, inspires art.  What's not to love at this time of year with all of the rich warm tones which in a way betray the approaching cold and greys of winter.

This painting is a little 6 x 6.  I keep wanting to paint larger pieces with pumpkins and try various still life arrangements, but can never completely settle on one to paint.  So, I satisfied the need to paint by doing a small quick study.   Sometimes that's all it takes.  Maybe next year I'll have the larger painting that I want.

Right now, I have violins on my mind.  One violin painting sits on my easel waiting to be finished, but I have the urge to start another fun violin piece with an added special something.  I've been asked by many people many times to paint this special something and now I feel the need.  I'm inspired.  I gotta do it.

Until then, take care everyone and hopefully I'll be back really soon with that special painting, but I don't want to rush.  :-)

#pumpkinpaintings #fallpaintings #oilstilllife #Canadianartists #realism #realistart 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Apple on Books Alla Prima Oil Painting

Apple on Books
6 x 6 Oil Alla Prima
Carole Rodrigue copyright ©2015

This newest painting was painted alla prima.  This is fancy art talk that means wet paint into wet paint.  Usually, I like to work with dry layers, but little studies are fun to do alla prima.  When you see an alla prima painting, you will see visible brush marks.  That's a natural part of the process because the paint is wet, therefore some brush strokes also remove paint as you're adding more.  This makes painting in this still challenging with certain colours that are more prone to doing this.  I always tone my supports, whether I'm painting onto dry layers as well as alla prima, but the toning sure does help with alla prima.  I would hate to see white showing through those brush marks.

I didn't make a video of this one.  I will be making more, but not every piece.  Then again, maybe I should make one for each piece.  I'll see.

If you enjoy this little gem, it's now up on eBay.  Have a great day! xo

#allaprimapainting #oilpaintings #artistblog #appleonbookspainting #realisticapples #realism 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Speed Painting Video: Lemons

Lemons Still Life
8 x 10 Oil 
Carole Rodrigue © 2015

I've been having one foot in my studio and one foot out for months now.  I've worked on projects, but things kept happening to keep me away. The latest was a pinched nerve in my neck that had me debilitated for a few weeks now.  My arm was completely rendered useless. If I were to assume the cause, I would say it's from painting.  Occupational hazard.  I suppose it just goes with the territory when you spend long hours daily humped over your work.

 I'm on the mend now, so of course the first thing I wanted to do was paint.  Lemons. Need you ask?

I had also wanted to experiment with speed painting videos for the longest time.  I finally figured out the logistics and created a video of this painting.  It's now up on YouTube and I inserted the video here on this post.  It's a quick little painting demo about 5 hours condensed into just under six minutes.

All I'm going to say is that I still need a better set up for recording.  I had the tripod almost directly in front of the painting as I reached across with my right arm (the sore one) to paint.  It wasn't long before the pain came back in my neck, but I persisted.  You just can't keep me away for too long.

I hope to make more of these in the future. Enjoy the brief glimpse into my creative world.

P.S.  The painting is available on eBay.  

P.P.S.  I've got info on YouTube listing the paint colours used in case someone is learning how to paint lemons, or is just curious.

#speedpainting #speedpaintingvideo #stilllife #oilpainting #lemonpaintings #lemonpainter #lemons #howtopaintlemons 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Video

I hope everyone's been well!  I've been super busy at this end but have been finding time to paint.  I promise to show a new piece very soon!

In the mean time, I created this little video with a compilation of some of my paintings.  Most are oil, some are daily paintings, some are bigger works, some are acrylic, and some pastel.  Yes, it's fun to work in various mediums, but oil is still my favorite.

There's also a speed painting video that I'm planning as soon as I have some logistics figured out.  Once I do, they'll be up and I'm also planning perhaps tutorials, such as an e-book with accompanying video.  I've got so many plans and I hope to implement these soon.

Please have a look at my video, give it a like, and PLEASE SHARE!  Yes, artists need you, art lovers,  to share our work.  I thank you all for stopping by and I'll be back soon! Until then, take care!

#paintingvideo #oilpaintings #StillLifePainting #Acrylicstilllife #pastelstilllife

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dog, Horse, Cat, and Other Pet Portraits

It has been a while since I've posted anything, so I would like to say a big HELLO!

I've taught art during my hiatus, and have been recharging my batteries, finding new inspiration, working on other projects, and coming up with so many great ideas I want to start working on in the very near future.

I am also taking this opportunity to say that yes, I am doing pet portraits.  The busy Christmas season will start soon, so it's important to book now before the rush to ensure you have your spot! If you or anyone else you know has a dog, cat, horse, bunny, bird, or any other pet, I am available for custom oil portraits working from your high resolution photos.  Just please make sure the photos are clear and high resolution.  You can visit my website at to have  a look at the sizes and pricing.

All portraits are painted on quality linen canvas, and then varnished with museum quality Gamvar to ensure archival quality and protection.  The process is really quite simple and I work with you to ensure 100% satisfaction.  All you need to do is email me a high resolution photo of your pet, and we discuss the details. You approve the final painting before shipping and payment.   Easy peasy.

I'm also planning on creating mini lessons which will be uploaded to YouTube.  They will feature various subjects, but will be kept simple and understandable for everyone, from the novice beginner, to the advanced student.  I will also create little mini downloadable e-books which will accompany the video lessons so that they may be referred to and will contain more detail.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope to have a lesson soon and some pet portraits to show!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm also leaving you with a little video of past daily paintings.

#petportraits #dogportraits #catportraits #horseportraits #animalportraits #oilpaintings #canineart #equineart #felineart #petportraitcommissions #commissionapainting #oilpaintingcommissions #artistforhire #originalanimalart