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

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Very Special Pet Portrait in Oil

Remembering Molly
11 x 14 Oil on linen
Carole Rodrigue ©2016

This special painting was commissioned by a group to give as a gift.  I'm told they all loved it very much!

Painting this was so effortless.  I'm not saying this in a bragging kind of way.  What I mean is that the soft tones, lighting, and moment were such a pleasure to paint that it did not feel like work. I love the overall softness of the lighting and tones, which I feel contributed to rendering the perfect atmosphere for this gentle scene.  The special bond captured between a man and his best friend is so moving and the love is obvious.

I can't stress enough how much of an honour it is to be entrusted to capture these special moments.  As an artist, the satisfaction comes from the positive reactions people have to these works.  If I succeeded at accurately capturing a scene, a pet, person, or a moment, and the recipients are happy, then I am immensely satisfied.  That's when I feel a job has been well done, when I get positive feedback.  That's big.  HUGE!

Now, if you're thinking of commissioning your own special pet portrait, do not delay!  The holidays are coming really fast and time is required for an oil painting.  I'm already booked into October so be sure to reserve your space now.  I work from your quality photos to perfectly capture your pet's portrait on oil or pastel. You can contact me for more info HERE.

#petportraits #petportraitcommissions #petportraitsCanada #petportraitsfromphotos #dogcommissions #catcommissions #petpaintings #dogpaintings #animalartists #petportraitsSudbury #petportraitsinoil 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pastel Pet Portrait Giveaway!

My friends, I'm having a contest on my Facebook page and you are welcome to enter!

The prize is a FREE 8 x 8 pastel portrait of your cat or dog.  Entering the contest is easy.

So, how do you enter?

Just visit my Facebook page at and then "LIKE" my page.  Then, find the post with the above photo pinned on top, post a photo of your dog or cat that you would like in a portrait, then share the post.  On Saturday, September 10, 2016, one lucky winner will be announced on my page and will receive a completely, 100% free portrait, shipping included.  Free, nada deniro, no moula, just a free portrait shipped to your home.  

Why am I doing this? I just want to promote my pet portrait commission services and my Facebook page and thought this is a great idea.  It's that simple.  So, mosey on over there and enter my contest.  It's fun, and it's FREE!  

#pastelpetportraits #catpaintings, #dogpaintings #petportraitcommissions #petportraitgiveaway #petportraitstoronto #petportraitssudbury #petportraitscanada 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Boxer Portrait in Oil Completed!

Boo Boo, 8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2016
Private Collection

This is Boo Boo.  Boo Boo is a very special Boxer.  She is four years old and is the beloved dog of a family with three children. My family. She is owned by my stepdaughter and family.   One of the children is a three year old toddler who has never known a day without his best buddy Boo Boo. Boo Boo has watched over him since the day he came home from the hospital and has been his loyal companion since.  There were times when he was a baby that I could swear they had their own language going on, that's how close they were.

My grandson would step all over her while he was learning to walk, and she would patiently lay there and kiss her baby.  Wherever he went, she followed.  She is the sweetest, most gently dog you could ever encounter.  She was a bouncing handful when she was a pup, but grew to be so loving and gentle, and very comical.

Sadly, Boo Boo had a tumour removed from her leg a couple of years ago.  She has done really well and was cancer free all this time, but recently got lymphoma.  Boo Boo is not expected to make it longer than another five months or so.  She is on chemo and is being kept very comfortable and pain free.  It's very heartbreaking to know she will be so missed by a family that has treated her as one of their own, like a furry human.  My grandson will miss her so much once she leaves.  He understands she is sick and will soon have to go, but none of us are looking forward to that day.

I decided to paint this before that time.  I felt it was better they have this before, this way it might be easier for them when they receive it.

It's never easy to lose a loved one, and our four-legged family members are just as well loved and important.  They leave a huge hole in our hearts when they leave us and each is unique and irreplaceable.

It wasn't my goal to make this be a depressing post, but I wanted to share just how special this pet portrait was, as they all are.

Thank you so much for looking and for reading.  I will be back tomorrow with another painting and another story.  It's the week for stories in my work.

In case you missed it . . .  watch me painting a Shih Tzu dog portrait in oil from start to finish. This time lapse video is condensed from over 8 hours of painting. Enjoy!

#petportraits #boxerdog #boxerpainting #dogpaintings

Thursday, January 20, 2011

At Last!

Au repos
18 x 14 original acrylic
Copyright Carole Rodrigue 2011

Yes, at last!  I've finally been able to get this painting to where I felt it should be.  Every artist knows that when working on a piece, we can always continue, always find something else we want to add. We then have to come to a point where we say, "It's done."  So, this one is done!

I call this one "Au repos", which is French for "at rest".  This is a portrait of my beloved Shih Tzu, Taja.  I got Taja last spring when she was a year old.  I had been wanting a small dog for a long time, but was worried about the commitment.  For months, I'd search online and look at different breeds, pictures, and available dogs.  One day, I came across an ad for her online and immediately knew I just had to get this dog!  I have never regretted a moment since.  From the night we brought her home, it was as though she'd always belonged. And it was obvious from watching her that she felt the same. She never showed one instance of new home anxiety. When she first came in the house, she stopped and looked, then she started running around like an excited dog who was ecstatic to be home at last!  I love her to bits and, yes, she is a spoiled princess and that's okay. 

Back to the title, about being at rest . . .  Taja loves to play, like any typical Shih Tzu.  She has this huge rope toy which I included in the painting, and it's so big, it's funny to watch her shake it about. After a round of play, she likes to rest and either nap, or gaze about.  In this piece, she's gazing out the window, basking in the warm glow.  I had taken several photos of her that day, and she was just so beautiful that she begged to be painted.  She looks so content and so rested in this piece.  This contentment and peacefulness is something that we all seek, author included.  Au repos, I'll find it some day . . . 

So, what now?  I'll be working on still lifes for a while.  I'm working on something huge with red in it.  I'm just itching to paint another horse, but so many still lifes are beckoning at the same time.  I'll keep you posted. 

Thanks so much for dropping by, and take care!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shih Tzu Work In Progress Photo

Taja (work in progress)18 x 14 original acrylic
There you have it, my dog's work in progress. I was finally able to figure out some glitches and post the photo. It only took a couple of days, but there you go. That's technology for you! You download some stuff to "improve" your web experience, but then you discover a lot of bugs occuring because of this "improved" technology. Hmph! Very frustrating!
Here I've posted only a close up shot of the work in progress. It's taking me longer than anticipated. I'm still working on some detailing and tweaking, as well as getting the lighting effect I want. Hopefully things go as I can see them in my mind. I know what I want it to look like, so I don't want to prematurely call this one done only to be unsatisfied down the line and always regret the final work. So, I'll keep at it and you will see the finished work as soon as I see it finished! Thanks so much for dropping in!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chihuahua Pencil & Charcoal Portrait

8 x 10 pencil & charcoal on paper
Hello again!  Here's Chica, a loveable Chihuahua which has been a pleasure to capture through art!  I drew Chica using an HB pencil, #8, a mechanical pencil, and charcoal.  I wanted to do a dark background so I could have light in the portrait.  It's pretty much done, but I want to keep tweaking it and adding more to the background.  Charcoal can be difficult to work with, so I have to go easy.  We'll see how it goes!

I have a small apple piece on my easel right now which I also plan on competing this week. Then, I'm not sure.  I've got soooo many pieces going through my mind that I'd like to start!  The trouble is deciding which I want to do!  I'll be sure to keep you posted.  Thanks for stopping by, but be sure to come back to see the apple!