Sunday, May 6, 2018

Goldendoodle Pastel Portrait

11 x 14 pastel on suede mat board
Carole Rodrigue ©2018

This precious guy is Max.  He was commissioned as a birthday gift from a friend to her best friend.

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.  


hmuxo said...

Beautifully painted. I love the Earthy tones....... And of course....Congratulations on the sale....

Carole Rodrigue said...

Hilda, thank you!