Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Merlot, Dog Portrait in Pastels

Merlot
8.5 x 11
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
SOLD

This adorable little guy is Merlot.  When I was commissioned to paint him, I received a few photos and the one I used for this portrait instantly jumped out at me.  The cute tilt of his head is a look that all dog owners know and love about their pets.  To be able to capture it in a painting, priceless!

Merlot's pet portrait was given as a birthday gift and I'm told the recipient loved her gift!  I can't tell you how much I adored painting this little guy.

In fact, I'm absolutely in love with doing pet portraits in pastels.  I recently started using Clairefontaine pastelmat and am super pleased with this support.  I had other pastelmat which wasn't exactly like the Clairefontaine.  I still love using the UART sanded paper too, so I will use both.  I think I'll reserve the sanded paper for larger pieces.

And speaking of pastel supplies, I recently ordered a few Caran d'Ache pastel pencils to try out.  I am now forever ruined for other pencils.  These are the cream of the crop, the cadillac of pastel pencils.  I instantly fell in love so hard with them, that I made a goal of ordering the full 84 pencil set which comes in a wooden box.  It's an investment, that's for sure, but well worth it for a professional artist.

Anyway, within 24 hours of setting my intention, I sold two paintings, and in the next two days, I received two large commissions which way more than cover the price.  I took this as a clear sign that I could go ahead and order my set, so I did! When you set a clear intention and do something to make it happen, the universe will indeed help you!

My set should be coming in tomorrow or the next day, so I will take a video and photos and maybe do a post on these beautiful pastels.

Until then . . . ta-ta for now!


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