Showing posts with label original acrylic art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label original acrylic art. Show all posts

Monday, September 6, 2010


5 x 7 original acrylic
Copyright Carole Rodrigue 2010

Sorry for the blurry photo, but I've been taking photos at night again and trying to keep the flash off.  I'm really not much of a photographer! 

Here's my latest miniature piece, simply titled, "Tomato". It was a race against time working on this tomato. It came from my aunt's garden and was oh so plump and ripe!  I started the painting and then couldn't complete it for a couple of days, so I kept nervously checking the tomato to ensure that it was still in good shape.  It lasted, but I really think it needs to be eaten by tomorrow.  I'll enjoy it . . .    :-D 

I will have another piece to post tomorrow, a silver goblet I found in a thrift store. Actually, there were two and I think I paid a dollar a piece. Not a bad investment for art props!  I've also worked on a horse today, which is done, except for a minor tweaking tomorrow.  I'll post that one in a couple of days.

In the mean time, this Friday is the equine art auction at the Hits-On-The-Hudson Pzifer $Million Dollar Grand Prix!  There are 85 lots to be auctioned, one of which is my painting, "Unconditional".  I'm told there will be remote bids allowed.  For more info, have a look at Hits' site:
or The Fletcher Gallery:   I won't be attending the auction, unfortunately.  I really wish I could be there though!  If you'll be in the Woodstock, New York area, be sure to drop in! 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Still Life

Clay Vase
20 x 24 original acrylic
Copyright Carole Rodrigue 2010

Well, it's not tomorrow, but rather, a few days later. I haven't had the time to do the tweaking I want to do on this piece so I decided to post this photo all the same. 

This piece was inspired by a couple of matching vases I have, with each sitting in their own cabinet tower. One evening, the sun was coming in just right and creating this glow on the one vase.  I was fascinated by the way the light hit, so voila, a new painting was born!

I'm also working on a new website. I'm doing it through FASO, and so far so good!  Through this site, I'll even be able to work on this blog and have it posted there as well.  I will also have an option for a quarterly newsletter that you'll be able to subscribe to, as well as Facebook "Like" buttons.  I've got most of my photos uploaded and need to complete the rest when I have more time. I'd really like to get to Dancer's painting and get it done this weekend, if possible.

So, that's the scoop du jour and I will be back soon with more art!  Until then, be safe and take care!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dog Painting

Morning Glory, Portrait of Tippy
11 x 14 original acrylic

Here is my latest painting, a portrait of Tippy. Sorry for the blurry photo! Although Tippy passed away a long time ago, she was so loved by her family that they wanted a portrait.

Apparently, Tippy used to love to walk about in the family's rock garden. I didn't have a reference for the rock garden, but I'm told that the garden I painted is just like the one they had and that it was as though I'd been there before. The person who commissioned the piece was also struck by Tippy's resemblance and said I'd captured the dog and her eyes perfectly. It's a really great feeling to know you've painted something that touches someone that way and can add joy to someone's life. Isn't that what art should do?

Tippy's not the last dog I'll be painting. I do have to paint a gorgeous chihuaha for my brother and his family. This dog is so spoiled, well, let's just say that this is the princess of the family. The whole family! I'll post that piece after I'm done. But right now, I'm working on a very large still life again and am so excited by this piece! I'm hoping it turns out as I plan. It should.

So, enjoy Tippy for now and we'll see you back soon!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Middle Age

Middle Age
16 x 20 original acrylic

Hello to all! It's been a month, but a busy one. I had to put another much larger piece on the backburner while I painted this one. Pardon the glare, especially on the book.

In this piece, I used the same clock I used in Night Light. I wanted the book to be the center piece, hence the smaller clock. The painting is also called "Middle Age" as sort of a tribute to anyone who's reached middle age. The book is a French history book my dad used while in a private Catholic/Jesuit school in his early years. I was lucky enough to have snagged it years ago and held on to it. Now that I'm painting still life a lot, these old objects are becoming fun to come across. By the way, the title of the book is French for middle age.

Anyway, back to middle age. While we all wish we could regain our youth, there's something to be appreciated about middle age. Aside from the bits of wisdom most of us acquire by this time, there's also a special beauty that can only be attributed to middle age. Like the book, a little aged, a little frayed around the edges, with pleats and folds across the pages, there's still a beauty that remains. I chose to paint this piece in bright sunlight. While most of us (ahem, the artist especially), hate to be seen in the bright light that threatens to reveal our age, I found this same bright light emphasized the book's beauty, along with beauty of the light reflecting off the clock, sheet, and glass.

So, perhaps next time we want to shy away from revealing light, we might want to stop and remember that there's beauty in our lines, changed faces, and bodies. It's a graceful beauty, full of wisdom, unique to each of us.

Oh boy, I'm getting too philosophical. 'Nuff of that.

Okay, so the next piece is also a still life. I'm on a roll with this stuff baby! Now my dilemna is, do I paint the next one in bright light, or muted tones? Decisions, decisions . . .

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Night Light

Night Light
30 x 40 original acrylic

Well, it's done, varnished, and framed! Too bad it's so hard to take a decent photo of anything black though. I do want to have prints made of this one later on so I think I'll have to get someone else to do it.

So, what was the inspiration for this piece? Drama and wanting to play with contrasting lights. As previously said, I absolutely love tenebrism and it's one of my favourite things to do. Also, since we moved to the new house, I needed something for my living room. Selfish I know, but I needed something, and something huge and dramatic!

The most challenging parts of this piece were the gold cup and the clock. Painting various circular shapes can often cause many an artist to groan. The horse statue is one of the few horsie pieces I have around our house, and the old, bent, and rusty horse shoe is one I brought with me from our lake house when we sold it. See, my cousin and her husband had built that place when I was a kid and the adults used to play horseshoes. Over the years, the house had been sold several times and when we'd bought it, I found the horse shoe hanging from a hidden tree. I immediately was certain it must've been a shoe back from the day when we used to visit. Whether or not the shoe is from those days, who knows, but I kept it and will always keep it. Neat eh! Well, I think so . . .

What's next? I'm thinking something with white. I've had a yankering to play around with various whites for over a year and I think it's high time I do something about it. So, stay tuned!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Boat Finished

16 x 20 original acrylic

Here's a piece I finished last week but had camera problems, so I couldn't post before. But, voila!

If anyone's ever been to Killarney in Ontario, then you've definitely seen this old boat. I've had this picture for over a year and wanted to paint this boat for such a long time. Well, I finally painted it.

And wait until you see what I'm currently working on. It's a huge still life, 30 x 40, and it's such a dramatic piece! It's tenebrism, which is something I always enjoy painting. I love bringing things into the light from blackness. Though it's a still life, there's something horsey in there too. I'm almost done this painting too, even though it's such a huge one. It's been such a treat to paint that I've barely been able to put my brushes down. So, I'm hoping to be done by this weekend. I've only got a couple of objects left to paint, so I'm hoping it shouldn't take long. Except that one of those objects is a clock, and boy oh boy, it does require a lot of precise detail work.

So, check back this weekend, or better yet, subscribe to my blog. That way you're sure to get the updates as soon as they're posted! Trust me, you'll definitely want to see the still life!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Decided To Show It

"Wasn't Me!"
16 x 20 original acrylic

Okay, okay, I know I said I wouldn't show it, but here it is. I just couldn't hold back.

I was originally going to call this one Mirror, Mirror and not have the lunaria spread around, but I decided that the piece needed a little something extra. So, I added the lunaria, evidently having been plucked out of the pot by the brat who's trying to look ever so innocent. Right . . .
But she is such a sweet thing, so she does get away with a lot! Too much maybe . . .

Anyway, here it is. As always, it might get some tweaking here and there before varnishing, but I think it might be pretty much done.

Gotta run but I am working on some other pieces, and should hopefully have another one to show real soon!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Popping In

Window Light
11 x 14 original acrylic

Work in Progress

Yes, my bad. I haven't been here in over a month, so slap me silly. But it wasn't all my fault, I swear! The Internet has really been awful in these parts lately and uploading pages was nearly impossible, never mind taking care of my email or trying to blog. So, spending time online was nothing but frustrating, so one tends to give up after a while. Better that than throwing the darned puter out the window, eh!

I must also confess that painting has been a rare occurence this summer. And I can't blame summer weather because we're still waiting for summer to get here. I did however complete the above piece recently (Window Light), and have a few on the go. The photo showing the work in progress is but a small part of a larger piece which I'm still working on and hoping to complete this week. If all goes well that is. So, I won't show the rest because I do so hate to show a work in progress. I'll share a pic once competed.

I've also been working on the sketches for a new piece I've been itching to do for a few weeks of a little girl and her father, which I'd photographed at a rodeo. The painting is such a beautiful father/daughter scene, and I'm hoping to eventually have limited edition signed prints made with a portion of profits going to a popular charity which benefits children. I'll have more details once everything's finalized, so let's all hope this piece turns out like what I'm envisioning! In the mean time, I'll be working on not only the painting, but making contacts and working on details for the fund raiser. Stay tuned for this one.

Also, have you been staying up to date on the development of the Cadeau du Cheval mural? If not, be sure to check out to see just how beautifully this mural's coming along. There are so many wonderful panels which have been added and yours truly's is on there also. The final unveiling will be at the Masters at Spruce Meadows (AB) in just a few short weeks! Now that's really, really exciting since we artists don't even know what the final mural will look like and have to wait along with the rest of you to see the final masterpiece! Neat eh! So I'm really looking forward to seeing it completed. Keep watching its progress!

Gotta go, but I WILL be back soon! Have a great week everyone!