8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
How do you like these sweet peepers!? I just love little Lily's eyes. The whole time I was painting her, I kept calling her Miss Lilly. I've met her a couple of times and she is such a sweet doll. She is a Yorkie Pug mix and her painting was a birthday surprise. A very nice man bought a gift certificate, which he gifted to his beloved. She was then able to pic out what she wanted painted for herself and was so please with her pooch's painting.
If you want to commission a pet portrait but are unsure of which photo to use or don't have any, gift certificates are available also. This is a convenient and easy way to gift a pet portrait either in oil or pastel for a special someone.
Here is a photo of the first layer of oil paint I had applied for Lily's painting . . .
And here is a short video clip showing the very delicate pressure I'm using on my brush to apply fine hairs. Minimal pressure is important as well as loading very little paint. Too much paint and you have a blob, and too much pressure, and you end up with a thick messy brush stroke. This is why an oil painting takes so much more time than a pastel. I work in layers to create realistic depth, with each requiring drying time before the next can be applied, otherwise the paints blend and you end up with mud. Second, once I'm at the detailing stage, it takes time to work with the small brushes I use. These allow me to create a highly detailed, realistic painting. When I say each piece is painted with love, I mean it!
Here's that little video, shot with my phone for Instagram so forgive the narrow angle . . .
(~clearing throat . . . yes, that was a plug for my Instagram so you could give it a follow, if you're so inclined . . . ) 😉
And if you thought Lily was a Shih Tzu, you're not alone. I thought so too. If you want to see my latest Shih Tzu pet portrait in pastel, you can have a look here . . . .
Thanks for stopping by!