Showing posts with label contemporary realism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contemporary realism. Show all posts

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A New Alla Prima Oil Painting

Silver & Fig
6 x 6 Oil, alla prima
©2016 Carole Rodrigue

Hello everyone!  I painted this one today alla prima, in one sitting.  I didn't record it though.  It wasn't my intention to paint alla prima today, but once I started I got lost in my work and kept on until it was done.  Had I known I would paint it alla prima, I definitely would've recorded this.

I love these quick little alla prima pieces.  They can be challenging.  Working in wet paint doesn't always turn out the way you want it to so each time is a new challenge.  It's very satisfying when it goes well and you end up with work you're happy with, as I am with this one.

My studio also has a wildlife art piece on my easel.  I started it the other day and it's a larger work that will take more time and will require a lot of layers and then detailing.  It's been a long time since I've done wildlife but I've had the itch lately, especially with birds.  I think I might start incorporating more birds in my still life work too . . .

Hope you enjoyed this one, and if you did, it is now up on eBay for auction.  I will be holding auctions for a little while again but I'm not certain for how long, so do not miss out on the chance to own original art work  for low prices! It's a great way to collect.  I don't sell my work for this low, so don't miss out!

If you want to see more of my work, don't forget to visit my website at

I'll be back soon but until then, I hope you all take care.  :-)

#allaprima #oilpainting #stilllife #figs #silver #fruit #fineart #realism #realistartists 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Clementines and My Favourite Blue

Clementines & Cobalt Blue Dish
8 x 10 Oil 
©2015 Carole Rodrigue
Click here to view auction

Cobalt blue is my favorite of all the blues.  Nothing compares to rich depth of blue you get when you apply it on a canvas or panel.  I also love it mixed with other colors for greys and blacks.  Nothing compares.  It is the most expensive of the blue paints also, but I always splurge with my blue because, well, I just love it.  That's all.  I love it with lemons too, as well as with the rich orange of these clementines.

I hope you love it too.  It's on eBay now with a couple of other pieces.  Have a look here.  And thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Easter weekend and Passover.  <3

#stilllife #realism #contemporary #cobalt #citrus #oilpainting #blue #china #art 

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Lemons & Bowl
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

I love to paint lemons, I cannot lie! I still hate how the Blogger photo uploader makes photos look.  This photo looks much better on my website and on eBay.  Psst, there are close up shots on eBay too. I attached the link to my "Me" page below the photo.

But it is true, lemons have become a favorite of mine to paint.  I've got a couple of larger projects on the go right now, but I think I'm going to paint a much larger still life with lemons.  Like a 24 x 24, or maybe even larger.  That would be something!

Hope you like this one! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Still Life with Lemons and Water

Lemon Water
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue 2015

This painting was started Sunday and completed today.  As I said, I was taking more time with my work now rather than do daily paintings.  I'm much more satisfied with my paintings now even though they're still done relatively quick.  With a painting such as this one, I would really prefer at least one full week's worth of work to refine details.  This one was detail intensive but I had to limit myself.  I might still do a painting in a day every now and then, but for now, I'm happy with this.  I hope you are too.

This is now up on eBay.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pomegranate & Copper Alla Prima

Pomegranate & Copper
8 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

It dawned on me today how quickly this year is coming to a close.  I'm not sure how many more paintings I will be able to create in 2014 but I'm hoping to do several more in the next couple of weeks.  This one was painted today, alla prima, and I found the pomegranate to be one of the prettiest I've seen in a while.  The red was vibrant and the whole fruit just perfect.  It's now up on eBay.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spoons Daily Painting

8 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today I was in the mood to paint something in silver, so I painted these silver spoons I have.  These are part of an old set that was gifted to me and they are very special.  It's unfortunate that I don't often have the occasion to use them, and when I do have diner parties they're usually a larger crowd so I still don't get to use them.  At least they do get to appear in my paintings from time to time.

This is now up on eBay.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tangerines & Bowl Daily Oil Painting

Tangerines & Bowl
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

It's that time of year when tangerines are everywhere, so it's only natural that they should pop up in art, mine included.  I love them combined with this bowl.  This is now up for auction on eBay.  And did I ever mention how I usually post close up crop shots on eBay?  Have a great day folks! :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Fairy Daily Painting

Apple Fairy
10 x 8 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today's painting is a garden fairy that's been in my garden for several years now.  I've always wanted to paint her and I don't know what took so long.  Apples, of course, are in season so what better subject to complement my fairy?

If you enjoy this one, you can click here to view the eBay auction.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Royal Albert Tea Cup and Lemon Daily Painting

Royal Albert & Lemon
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

I'm back.  I took a week off from painting last week getting ready for and giving art workshops to about 75 students from all over the province of Ontario.  The event, Vision Art, (sorry, link in French only) was held at Laurentian University in Sudbury and put on by the Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel Ontario for over 200 students.  Activities took place over a three day period and I must say that I was so impressed with the talent the students exhibited.  I was also very honoured to be selected to be on this team, instructing art to our youth, our future leaders. Each and every one of those kids were amazing and it was a real joy to work with them.

Now, my first painting this week was inspired by a Royal Albert tea cup I found at a vintage shop in Toronto's Distillery District.  It was exactly what I had been looking for so I couldn't pass it up when I saw it.  Who could leave behind such a beautiful cup?

This is now up on eBay for bids if you're interested.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mango, Alla Prima Oil Still Life

5 x 7 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Yes, it's true, I haven't painted many dailies lately.  I've been painting other larger pieces as well as working on this commission pictured below.  I'm somewhat easing back into the dailies again starting with this alla prima mango.  It is now up on eBay.

The painting below is a large piece that was a private commission.  It is now on its way to its new home and I hope my client will love it more in person.  There's a deep, rich red around the pear that the photo doesn't capture.  The combination of the colours in the pear, along with this dark red that fades to black is absolutely beautiful.  I plan on doing more similar fruits in the future using 18K gold leaf.  

I hope you enjoy these two pieces! 

Single Pear
36 x 36 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014
SOLD, Private Commission 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pears, Alla Prima Daily Still Life Painting

8 x 10 Oil alla prima
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Hello everyone, I was in the mood for painting pears lately so today was the day.  I was originally going to paint only the red pears, but decided to mix it up a little, and I'm very pleased with the way this turned out.  I need to paint some more pears for a charity fundraiser next month.  Pears are always such a pleasure to paint.  If you like this one, it is now up for auction on eBay with a low bid of $49.99. Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lemon & Bowl Still Life Painting

Lemon & Bowl
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today's daily is a lemon with a bowl.  I love using this rich cobalt blue with lemons.  I have a large cobalt blue glass vase that I'm just dying to use in a larger still life.  That will come soon, but for now I've got a few more dailies to work on this week and then perhaps I'll allow myself the luxury of working on a larger piece at a leisurely pace.  If you like this one, you can click here to bid on eBay.  Opening bids start at only $50.00.  Thanks for looking!

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!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Teacup & Yellow Pansy Daily Painting

Teacup & Yellow Pansy
6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Today's daily painting, a teacup with a pretty yellow pansy.  I'm really getting into these teacups and I'm thinking of doing one per week.  I don't think I'll buy one for each week, but perhaps borrow one here and there.  I hope you enjoy this one.  If you do, you can click on the above link to bid on eBay.  There are also close-up shots on eBay.  Now, I'm off to drink a nice cup of Earl Grey from this cup.  Have a great evening!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bowl of Apples Daily Painting

Bowl of Apples
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue 2014

Today's daily painting just had to be apples.  It's a grey day today, so the darker diffused light just seemed to lend itself well to painting apples.  Besides, I think I've already mentioned just how much I love painting apples.  :-)

Here's the eBay link to bid on this daily painting.  Have a great day!

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, May 14, 2014

Daily Painting with Golf Ball, Iron, and Tee

10 x 8 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Okay, I'm not a sports type of person, but I had so much fun painting this one today and love how it turned out! The photo doesn't do it justice.  The photo uploader in Blogger always changes the appearance and colors for some reason.  All the same, this is a great little painting and would make a great gift for the golfer in your life or even for Father's Day! If you like this one, you can click here to bid.  Have a great day!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cup of Earl II Tea Cup Painting a Day

Cup of Earl II
6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

I had absolutely no idea what to paint today, and finally got started on this little treasure at 2:30 this afternoon.  It flowed off the brush! If you like this one, you can click here to bid on eBay.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Silver & Fruit Painting a Day

Silver & Fruit
8 x 10 Oil on hardboard
Carole Rodrigue ©2014

Every once in a while, there is a painting that one creates that one would like to hold on to.  This is one of them.  However, I have put it up for auction on eBay.  My intentions were to paint it for auction, so that's what I'm doing, even though my dining room is in severe need of artwork! But hey, maybe this one would look better in your dining room.  If you think so, you can click here to bid on eBay.  Thanks for having a look!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Navel Orange

Navel Orange
6 x 6 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2014
Not for sale

Hi everyone, and yes, you see right.  This one is not for sale.  It is being donated for the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts, here in Sudbury, Ontario this May 1st.  I will be painting more oranges in times to come, however, so please keep your eyes open because you just never know when! :-)