Showing posts with label brown eggs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brown eggs. Show all posts

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Video and a Giveaway!

Happy New Year my friends!  In the video below you will find my first completed painting for 2016 and you can watch it's creation in this short demonstration. I'm having a blast recording these speed painting videos and will keep making more.  I'm still learning the ropes in movie making and they're far from perfect, but I'm still putting them out there.  I'm learning the ropes as I go along. :-D 

I'm also very excited to announce a contest I'm holding.  For all those who subscribe to my newsletter and for current newsletter subscribers, your name will be entered in a draw to win the above original oil painting on June 1st, 2016! Current subscribers need to apply again; your names will be automatically entered.  I will then hold a new draw every six months, so it's a pretty good idea to remain subscribed.  ;-)

I have so many exciting plans for this coming year and I'm just getting started.  Be sure to get my newsletter so you can stay up to date!

For now, I have new work I need to get to so I'd better run.  Stay tunes, and by the way, you can see the painting in the video HERE as well as place an eBay bid HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Eggs & Skillet Daily Painting

Eggs & Skillet
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

While forever trying to think of new things to paint for my daily paintings, I had never thought about these common objects that have always been around.  Some days are tough, trying to decide what to paint so when inspiration hits for something new, it's exciting.  I love the spontaneity that happens some days.  It's often in those spur-of-the-moment paintings that I find I really love the outcome, such as in this one.

It's now up on eBay.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Onions & Copper Alla Prima Daily Painting

Onions & Copper
8 x 10 Oil Alla Prima
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

 It was 2:00 pm this afternoon and I still wasn't sure what I was going to paint.  Days like these make me nervous as I don't want to just paint something for the sake of painting something.  Luckily, I was inspired to paint muted tones and I felt the onion, eggshells, and copper made a striking combination. I'm quite please at how this turned out for something that wasn't planned until the very last minute.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  It is now up on eBay.  Have a wonderful Labour Day weekend and I'll see you next week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Roma Tomatoes, Eggs, & Bottle Daily Painting

Roma Tomatoes, Eggs, & Bottle 
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue 2014

Today's painting had me in an Italian mood.  The basil sprig came from my garden, but my Roma tomatoes aren't yet ready, so to the supermarket it was.  The bottle of balsamic is in my opinion, gorgeous.  Yes, I find bottles beautiful.  The tomatoes have already met their demise too as they were used in homemade bruschetta tonight.  :-D

I'm not yet sure what I'll paint tomorrow.  I need to work on a couple of larger pieces and I would like to find some birds to incorporate into these larger still lifes. My neighbours might just find me in their backyard stalking their feeder for these bird references.  I've been asked to participate in a show at the end of August, and this show has me very, very excited.  I'll share more when I can, but all I'll say for now is I'm thrilled that I'll be part of this landmark event.  It might be part of a documentary as well . . . I think . . .  I'll let you know later.  ;-)

If you like this painting, click here to bid on eBay.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Egg & Eggshells Daily Painting

Egg & Eggshells
5 x 7 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

I was in the mood for eggs today.  Painting eggs are always a great exercise, as I've said before, so I often like to get back to them.  The past week has been crazy so I haven't had much time to spend on daily paintings, and it seems like I won't get a chance tomorrow either since I'll be at Artists on Elgin for part of the day, and then a private function at Open Studio where our show, The Grand Art Show, is being held.  It promises to be a fantastic evening so I'm really looking forward to it!

The La Cloche show is also around the corner, so I'm also crazy busy getting ready for that.  I still have one painting that needs finishing touches, so tonight's the night.  I might be up late, but that's the life, the artist's life.  I had started working on a magpie painting months ago and it's getting completed tonight no matter what!  I'm looking forward to sharing it too.  

Egg & Eggshells is up for bids on eBay and you can have a look at it at the above link.  Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be back! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Eggs & Silver Daily Painting

Eggs & Silver
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue 2014

This painting was painted yesterday and listed on eBay, but I didn't get a chance to update my blog or my website.  My apologies! Here it is, eggs and some silver.   I love the combination of the soft Robin's egg blue and the brown eggs.  If you like this, you can click here to bid on eBay.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Eggs & Copper Daily Painting

Eggs & Copper
5 x 7 Oil on hard board
Carole Rodrigue copyright 2013

Today was another one of those days where I didn't know what to paint.  It was in fact mid-afternoon when I decided to paint this one.  I wasn't going to do one today, but once the inspiration to paint this one hit, I couldn't wait.  So, here it is!  If you like this one and would like to purchase it, click here to bid on eBay.  Bids start at $25.00. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cracked Eggshells Daily Painting

Cracked Eggshells
5 x 7 oil on masonite
Carole Rodrigue Copyright 2013

Here is today's daily painting up for auction on eBay. This one was a challenge.  Although eggs might look easy, they are far from being so.  There's a lot involved in painting a good egg: various colours, lighting and reflected light, shadows, values . . . To not pay attention to all of these would produce a bad egg.  I don't like bad eggs, so I took my  time.  I'm quite satisfied with the results and I hope you are too.  If you're interested in placing a bid, click here

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Seashells and Eggshells Completed

12 x 36 Oil
Carole Rodrigue Copyright 2013

I'm a little late . . .

Although this piece has been finished for over a couple of weeks, I didn't want to post a photo yet because I hadn't had time to take a decent one.  As I've said before, painting with dark colours makes it darned near impossible to take a photo without glare unless I hired a professional photographer with special lighting and lenses. I can't afford to do that . . .

I've also been recovering from surgery last week.  I found out just over a month ago that I had a nasty gallbladder, so we decided to take it out.  The deed was done last Wednesday and I've been home resting. Despite a very rough few days, recovery is going well and each day is better.  I was even able to take the dog on a short walk yesterday although that wore me out halfway through and I was afraid I wouldn't have the strength to make it back home, but I did.  It might have been pushing things a tad.  The dog didn't enjoy my slow pace anyway.  But enough of that.

I've also managed to complete another painting that I had started before surgery.  I'll take photos tomorrow, weather permitting since I'll be doing this outside to avoid light pollution.  I hope you enjoy this one and I'll be back later.  Take care!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Seashells and Eggshells

Hi everyone! Here's a painting I started the other day and have decided to share its progress. In this first shot, I have my drawing laid out in charcoal and started with the background. I'm keeping this background dark, with a mix of black to grey nearer the subject in order to illuminate the objects. 

In this second photo, I have completed the first pass. This is only one layer of paint, the underpainting. There is no detail work at this point and this stage is merely blocking the painting. From this point on, more layers of paint will be added as well as detailing, deeper shadows, and lighting. Before continuing, I had to let the paint set a bit before I could add more layers. Trying to paint wet on wet would make a mess and I would just end up with too much paint and not accomplish much. One key point for anyone to learn if they want to paint realism is to not use too much paint on the brush and to work in thin layers. Too much paint creates a build up that can't effectively be worked or controlled. It's better to have too little paint and keep adding rather than trying to take off paint. 

This photo is a close up detail shot of a completed eggshell. In order to have effective mood and lighting, it's important to assess your values.  An egg is perfect for studying values as you can see the gradation from your darkest dark, mid tones, and lightest point. There are also reflections from light reflecting on surrounding objects to consider. If you look at this egg, you can see reflective light in the back of the egg where it is darkest. There is no light source behind the egg, but there is a seashell that is reflecting light. This is something an artist must train the eye to see. 

Almost everything in life is not straightforward colour, light, and shadows. I have painted green bellies on horses from light being reflected from the grass below. People would say they were seeing a brown horse without realizing there was a whole lot of green.I often tell this story to people when they question me on how I paint such realistic light. It's important to paint what you truly see and not what your brain thinks it sees. An artist must train the eye to see what is really there. 

Next, I'll be working on the seashells. These will take longer since there is more detail work, but I will be back with more photos to show its progress. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into how I work.