8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
6 x 6 Oil on panel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
These two gorgeous cats were separate commissions. The first, a beautiful grey, is Chloe, and I've painted her before. Her owner wanted another painting so naturally, I was more than happy to oblige! Who would turn down painting such a beautiful animal?
The second painting is Baxter, and he is a very large Maine Coon who I'm told is full of personality. I was commissioned to paint him as well as his brother. I am now just starting to work on his brother, who is also a Maine Coon. Baxter was such a delight to paint. I'm in love with his soft eyes as well as his little pirate ear.
Baxter was painted on a smaller 6 x 6 Richeson panel, and I cannot stress how delightful these are for painting hairs and fine detail. As an artist, it's also my job to educate clients on the materials. I understand how most of my clients love a canvas for their oil paintings, but I personally prefer panels for animals and here is why:
-panels are sturdy and solid, which means the paint that sits on top will not move as can happen with canvas (picture a finger or other object pushing behind a canvas and visualize it stretching, the paint stretching with it)
-because the panel is sturdy, there is a very low risk of cracking over time (not that all oil paints crack, but canvas can see this happen, like 100 years down the road) (side note: an experienced and knowledgeable professional painter knows how to use oil paints to avoid this)
-because the panel is smooth, not having any ridges or texture, finer detail is easier to paint; canvas has little tiny ridges from the material, which naturally causes a paint brush to not reach in those deep little crevices
-the results can be more realistic and time is saved because of not having to keep the brush fighting against a textured canvas
Canvas does have its advantages of course. There are things you can do with canvas that aren't as easy to do on panel. Certain techniques love canvas, others love panel. For fine hair and detail, nothing beats panel. This is why so many animal and wildlife artists paint on panel and masonite.
Anyhow, that's my little quick bit about these surfaces. I hope you enjoyed these paintings and do come back in a few days for Baxter's brother's portrait. :-)