Mitsou, 8 x 8 Cat Portrait in Pastel
© Carole Rodrigue 2016
This is Mitsou, my cat. She's been a subject of mine in the past and probably will be again. She's such a photogenic creature, as well as a beautiful painting subject for a pet portrait.
I'm currently working on a few oil paintings, one of which is a giant private commission that unfortunately, I won't be able to share. It's a large 36 x 46! It's not a pet portrait, but a person. I'm also working on some smaller pieces, one of which is a mourning dove. That one I can't wait to share!
In the meantime while paint is drying, I decided to play a little with pastels as part of my decision to have more fun with my art this year. I'm also playing more with charcoal, graphite, as well as coloured pencils. I've been so serious in these past years and it feels so liberating to just play again. That's not to say that I won't be creating serious works because I will. My hockey painting was a very serious piece for me and one that means a lot. But playing is important too in order to not become stagnant and to keep feeling inspired.
Isn't that what art should be about?
So, expect more, a lot more. I'm just warming up and starting to have fun.
Hope you enjoy this one!
P.S. If you want a pastel pet portrait of your dog or cat, I can offer you an 8 x 8 for a mere $150 Canadian. It's a perfect size for a head pose and pet portraits make great gifts! Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching soon!