Showing posts with label pastel pet portraits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pastel pet portraits. Show all posts

Thursday, September 13, 2018

German Shepherd Pastel Painting

Wally (pastel pet portrait)
8 x 10 pastel on Clairefontaine pastelmat
Private collection
Carole Rodrigue ©2018


Friends, this is Wally and he is an absolutely beautiful GSD I recently had the pleasure of painting.  I love the muted tones in this portrait, with his face clearly being the focal point.  His eyes seem to contain so much wisdom.  Or, maybe he's looking at someone thinking, "Hey, that's my stick?"  😉

Whatever he's thinking, I think anyone can agree he is a magnificent beast.

Wally's portrait was painted on Clairefontaine pastelmat.  It has become my favourite support for painting pastel pet portraits,  I love how easily the pastels flow on the paper and at how well it holds the pastel.

I don't spray my pastel portraits because sprays darken the painting, and since pastels are nearly pure pigment, they don't need it.  Once under a glass frame, a pastel portrait is very well protected.  Also, spraying terrifies me since I've seen pastel paintings ruined by splotched that were spit out of clean, brand new cans.  I just don't trust them and would rather not even risk all that work.  The purity of pastels is good enough under glass and there are many pastel paintings which are well over 100 years old that still look as good as the day they were created.

While painting this piece, I recorded my process.  I feel it's fun for people to see what is involved in creating a pastel pet portrait.  This video is condensed to under 8 minutes, but there is over 8 hours of work involved.  Enjoy watching it, and don't be afraid to contact me for information, or even leave a comment!


Friday, August 31, 2018

Daydreaming Shih Tzu Pastel Painting

 Rainy Days
8 x 10 pastel on Clairefontaine pastelmat
Carole Rodrigue ©2018


This is my girl Taja and she hates to have her photo taken.  I called the painting Rainy Days because she looks as though she's looking outside longingly during a rainy day.  At least, that's what could be interpreted.  Actually though, she despises having her photo taken and will usually turn her head.  This time, she was just pretending to ignore me.  What a character she is, and I just adore her and love painting her when I'm looking to practice with new mediums or surfaces.  All this though is just to say that if your pet is difficult to photograph as mine is, sometimes the best shots are the impromptu ones.  Your dog or cat just going about their business, looking out the window, playing, sitting outside, all those natural things they do, can make excellent pet portraits.  If your pet won't sit still for a photo, try capturing them doing something they do naturally.  Beautiful paintings can be made with these and they capture your pet's true nature.  Catch them at just being themselves.

With this portrait, I had received new Caran d'Ache pastel pencils as well as Clairefontaine pastelmat and I was giving them a good try.  I fell in love with both the pastel pencils and the pastelmat, and I will be a lifer!  Nothing compares to the Caran d'Ache unless you're using a soft pastel stick like a Rembrandt or Sennelier.  These are beautifully soft and buttery, but the pencils are quite handy for small detail work.  As for the pastelmat, I love its ability to hold a lot of pastel, the ease of blending, and the ability to detail.

If you're unsure about which medium you prefer, oil or pastel, consider that both are excellent. I do charge less for my pastels because my turn around time is less than a more intensive oil painting.  Both have beautiful pigment.  I only use professional quality materials to ensure archival quality.  Pastels do need to be protected under glass but they are almost pure pigment.  There's no need to fear pastels and they do give such an amazing realistic finish and ability to detail.

I'll be back soon with more pet portraits to share.  Thanks for stopping by, and here's a quick video showing some of my pet portraits close up.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

German Shepherd Portrait in Pastel


Mondo
8 x 10 pastel 
Carole Rodrigue © 2018
SOLD


I am so excited that I can share this beautiful boy with you!  Mondo is such a beautiful German Shepherd and I was thrilled when I was commissioned to paint him.

The lighting in this painting is so calm and warm, and sets a beautiful soft scene.  The original photo was taken outside in evening light, which is perfect for those beautiful references.

I had started recording the process, but technical issues interrupted the recording.  I might be able to salvage the beginning.

Please be sure to check out the contact info on the right as well as other examples of pet portraits if you're interested in having your own commission!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lexi, Shih Tzu Pastel Painting


Lexi
6 x 6 pastel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


This sweet looking girl was painted as a private commission by her owner.  It's painted on sanded paper, and is a mini 6 x 6, so detailing the bow was a little difficult, but I was able to get enough detail in it to make it real enough.

The reference photo was dark and the eyes difficult to see, but I was able to play around enough with it to make out the eyes, therefore rendering a true likeness was possible.  The client was impressed that her eyes were exact, so that made me a very happy artist!

I also love the black background and am happy the client chose to have it this colour.  I just love the dramatic effect while bringing 100% emphasis on the subject, which is beautiful Lexi.  I have a few more commissions to start, with two of them being cats that will be on a black background also.

Be sure to contact me either here, or look on the sidebar, for any info or commission requests.  This little doll was a $99 deal that I have available only until the end of August 2017, so do not delay! Once the deal is over, that's it.  For prices, there's a tab above linking directly to Commission Info.

Also, have a look at Lexi's painting in process on my YouTube video below. Thanks for looking!







Sunday, January 8, 2017


Ebony
8 x 10 soft pastel on matt suede board
Carole Rodrigue © 2017
SOLD



Ebony was a sweet girl that I am so fortunate to have been chosen to paint.  She is dearly missed by her family and when they saw it, the portrait brought tears.  She was a rescue dog and it's believed she was a cross between a Belgian Shepherd and a Husky.  I was drawn by her gorgeous eyes and wanted to create the painting in a way that nothing would detract from the eyes.  There's an innocent and youthful vitality in those eyes that speak volumes.

Painting pet portraits can be a bitter-sweet thing to do.  Many times, the reason you are commissioned to paint a portrait is because someone's beloved pet is deceased.  The reason you are hired is to create a treasured memory, capture a moment, a look.  These portraits often bring tears at first, but then the fond memories come.  I can't tell you how humbling it is to be able to participate in such an important part of people's lives.

Another commission I had completed last fall also reminds me of how privileged I am to take part in people's lives in such a special way.  I was just sent a video from a client recently.  The video shows a little girl reading a special birthday message to an elderly woman who is in a home.  After she's done reading the note, the little girl presents the woman with a gift bag. The woman pulls out the painting from the gift bag, brings her hand up to her mouth, gasps, and sheds a tear as she recognizes her beloved pet who is deceased.  There is family from across the country and others from overseas.  They tell her this is the professional oil painting she had always wanted of her cherished friend.

When I saw this, I also cried.  No words can describe the intimacy, the specialness of the moment, and how humbled and honoured I feel that something I created is helping this elderly woman and many others cherish their memories.  It is so humbling to know that you participated in these people's lives in such a special way.  Something you created as an artist has touched and moved someone somewhere.  That my friends, is the greatest reward one can get from being an artist.  

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 www.facebook.com/CaroleRodrigueartist 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!  


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Cat Portrait in Pastel


Mitsou,  8 x 8  Cat Portrait in Pastel 
© Carole Rodrigue 2016


This is  Mitsou, my cat.  She's been a subject of mine in the past and probably will be again.  She's such a photogenic creature, as well as a beautiful painting subject for a pet portrait.

I'm currently working on a few oil paintings, one of which is a giant private commission that unfortunately, I won't be able to share.  It's a large 36 x 46! It's not a pet portrait, but a person.  I'm also working on some smaller pieces, one of which is a mourning dove.  That one I can't wait to share!

In the meantime while paint is drying, I decided to play a little with pastels as part of my decision to have more fun with my art this year.  I'm also playing more with charcoal, graphite, as well as coloured pencils.  I've been so serious in these past years and it feels so liberating to just play again.  That's not to say that I won't be creating serious works because I will.  My hockey painting was a very serious piece for me and one that means a lot.  But playing is important too in order to not become stagnant and to keep feeling inspired.

Isn't that what art should be about?

So, expect more, a lot more.  I'm just warming up and starting to have fun.

Hope you enjoy this one!

P.S.  If you want a pastel pet portrait of your dog or cat, I can offer you an 8 x 8 for a mere $150 Canadian.  It's a perfect size for a head pose and pet portraits make great gifts! Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching soon!