Showing posts with label dog portrait. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog portrait. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pudlepointer Pet Portrait

Blitz the Pudlepointer
8 x 8 soft pastel on sanded paper
Carole Rodrigue ©2016

Blitz the Pudlepointer (I love that name!) was the winner in my Facebook contest for a free pet portrait.  (By the way, please go give my page a LIKE.  I'd really love you, and thank you.)

I cannot tell you how much fun it was to paint this gorgeous fella.  I love the soft window light as he gazes out at who knows what.  It is definitely the type of painting I love to work on!

This was also the first time I worked with sanded paper.  I love how it takes a lot of pastel layers without being fussy.  Since I love to work in a lot of layers with my oil paints, it's definitely suitable for my style of work. I'll definitely be working with this again.

I hope you enjoy Blitz the Pudlepointer!  If you want to inquire about your own pet portrait commission, visit my website by clicking HERE.

#petportraits #dogpaintings #softpasteldogpaintings #animalart #petportraitsfromphotos #custompetportraits 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Boxer Dog Portrait in Progress

I've been busily working on a commission these past couple of weeks, as well as a swan painting I'd started before, but have since put a hold, and also on this gal.

Her name is Brooklyn, but her family calls her Boo Boo.  She's a four year old Boxer and is the sweetest dog.  She greets everyone with her little wiggly nub, turning her backside to you all the time with excitement as she hold toys in her mouth to show off.

Sadly, she's also been battling cancer.  She had a tumour removed two years ago and was fine, but now she has lymphoma.  She's doing quite well with medication and is back to being her sweet playful self.

This portrait was started last night and I took pictures of the first layer's progression.  I've added another layer today, which isn't shown here.  Tomorrow, another layer will be applied and then the detail work will begin.

Boo Boo's painting is in oil, painted on smooth Richeson gessoed panel.

I'm having a limited time offer on pet portraits right now, and I'm very excited to be able to offer an oil portrait of your dog, cat, horse, rabbit, or other pet for the low price of $199.00 Canadian for an 8 x 10.  If you're in the US, that means it's dirt CHEAP for you!  Pet portraits also make excellent gifts!

If you're interested in more info, contact me by clicking HERE, or visit my website at    Other sizes are also available.

I'll be back soon with Boo Boo's completed portrait as well as the other commission I'm working on, which is a special guitar being painted for a client in honour of a loved one who passed away. It's been a moving piece to work on.

Thanks again for stopping by to look.  I'm also going to attach my dog speed painting video again so you can see my painting process in case you haven't seen it in other posts.  I'll make more painting demonstration videos in the future too.  :-)

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dog Oil Painting Demo

Taja, Shih Tzu Portrait
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2015

This painting took a while.  It wasn't the painting itself that created issues, but the recording of the process.  I wanted to create a video showing the work in progress and boy, did I have issues!  I even lost about 1.5 hours of recording, but in the end, it turned out well because I had to condense over 8 hours of painting into less than fifteen minutes.  So, yes, a lot had to be edited out by necessity.  

I'm really enjoying creating these videos.  I've been told by so many people that they enjoy seeing the process. So many people don't know what exactly is involved in creating a painting and many think that you just put brush down to canvas and a perfect section instantly appears.  Not so.  It takes many layers of paint, many hours, and a lot of thinking and planning to execute a painting.  Even before the first dab of paint appears, hours of work have gone into planning and preparation, sketching . . . 

I do hope that you like this painting.  If you do, please feel free to share my video, post the photo on Pinterest with credit, just share.  I am of course available for private commissions so please do not hesitate to contact me for info.  I have tips on how to prepare your pet photos for a commissioned painting at 

Thanks for popping in and having a look.  Please enjoy the video! 

#speedpainting #dogpaintingdemo #howtopaintdogs #petportraitsinoil #oilpaintings #paintinganimals #animalart #dogart #petportraits 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Joey, Dog Portrait

11 x 14 Oil on canvas
Private commission, sold
Here is my latest dog commission. Joey is a Llassa Apso/Poodle cross and was painted as a gift. It's still not too late to commission a pet portrait for Christmas.

Also, I've completed a still life tonight, one which was elaborated from a daily painting study I had painted a couple of months ago. It's done but I want to look at it another day before signing and sharing, so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Colette Theriault's Pentagon Commission

Hi everyone, I know it's been a while, and I will be posting some artwork today, later this week and next week. I wanted to take the time to introduce you to a wonderful artist.  I'm honored to call Colette Theriault a friend, and I wanted to share a link with you about a Sudbury Star article focusing on Colette's obtaining a commission from the Pentagon last year. 

Colette's wonderful rendering of three service dogs can be seen on her website.  Please take the time to visit Colette's site.  Her artwork is truly amazing!  It's no wonder the Pentagon would commission her to work on such a project.  Colette will also  be on MCTV news discussing her acquisition.  Way to go Colette!!!More of her work can also be seen in November during an exhibition she will be having with two other artists, Mary Ann Secord and Janet Kobelka.  I will be dropping in to see their wonderful work and I hope you will to if you're in the area!  The exhibit will take place November 20-21 at the Travelodge Hotel on the corner of Paris and Walford Rd. in Sudbury.  Admission is free.

Now to my art.  As an artist, we can often find ourselves with our well dry.  This has been happening to me a lot this past year.  I must admit that I have had health issues that have affected my productivity this past year, and this has also created a block.  So what's an artist to do?

I've been taking the time to sit back, relax, and refocus.  I'm reading the Complete Artist's Way by Julie Cameron, and it has really helped me to rethink and refocus.  What do I want to do?  The answer is simple. I want to make art. I want to make art that speaks to me and to others.  I love painting still life, horses, and animals.  I haven't painted as many other animals as I'd wished, however.  Painting my two cats, which you can see on my website , was truly magical and enjoyable.  I also find these two paintings, Wasn't Me and Petit Plaisirs, two of the paintings I love most and never want to part with . So, how can I keep feeling this pleasure and produce more work?  Paint more animals.  I also want to share this passion with you, the lover of art and animals by starting to do commissions again.  I must admit that Colette has inspired me lately and got me thinking that yes, I can make a living creating art and doing what I love best.  Stiffling our true selves is not good for anyone. Artists need to create, and so do I.

To start, I've been working on a graphite sketch of my dog Taja.  She's an adorable Shih Tzu and there are so many pieces I want to create with her!  I'm still not done with this drawing though.  I'm adding more shading and highlighting. I will complete this in the next couple of days and share the final drawing.  I will then post a work in progress of a commission I'm working on of two dogs.  If you are intersted in having your pets captured in art, you can visit my website for more info and a list of prices.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!