11 x 14 pastel on suede mat board
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
Max's family has a cottage where he loves to spend hours outdoors. The reference for this portrait was taken this past winter and he was surrounded by snow and bright sunshine. I felt too much white would not have worked well with this piece so I painted him with earthy tones, which create drama and contrast. This way, I was able to paint the atmosphere and light around Max, which I feel render a wonderful portrait.
I had also considered not painting the wind-blown hair, but felt this added to the portrait's interest as well as Max's character since he loves being outdoors at the cottage. The portrait will always be a wonderful reminder of long days Max spent playing at the cottage, and this, is what creates wonderful pet paintings.