Showing posts with label photorealism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photorealism. Show all posts

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

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Bowl of Cherries
18 x 14 Oil
Carole Rodrigue Copyright 2012
Here's my latest painting, lovely rich and juicy cherries. I love painting cherries and capturing the varying reds and dark tones they have.

My technique for cherries is again a series of layers and glazes. I used two different reds in this, Quinacridone red and Alizarin, each mixed with minute drops of either black or blue as needed. I think there are about five layers of work on the cherries. Some things just can't be rushed. :-)

I have one or two more pieces I now need to start for my show in April. I've been playing with arrangements for another Venetian mask piece but haven't settled on anything that sings to me yet. I'd better play around some more because I really need to get this drawn out and have my under painting done today! Pressure. So on that note, I need to get at it. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful Sunday morning. :-)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Apples Again?

Yes! Apples! Who would've ever thought that apples could be such a fascinating thing to paint? That they are, however, which explains why they've been a favourite subject for centuries. I don't know if I'll ever tire of painting apples.

I must admit also that I never thought I would complete this piece. I had started this one over two months ago and then put it aside out of frustration. I just wasn't feeling it. I went back to it just over a week ago after a friend encouraged me to give it another go. I'm glad I did. I really love how this finally developed and I just love how it feels. I hope you do as well.

Another painting is getting started tomorrow and should everything go as planned, I should be done by the weekend. Until then, thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

"Red Apples"
24 x 36 oil
Carole Rodrigue Copyright 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Contemporary Still Life -- Trompe L'Oeuil

Hello again. As promised, here is the painting I completed yesterday. It is a trompe l'oeuil done in oils and was inspired by the works of Claudio Bravo. If you're not familiar with Bravo's work, I highly encourage you to do a Google image search. He was a fabulous realist artist who was himself inspired by realists of the 19th century. I must say that I've had a bit of an obsession with Bravo's work lately and can study his works endlessly.

Once again I am forced to post this through mobile because of issues with Blogger not letting me upload from a pc, so I'm keeping this short. I'm returning to a painting I had started two months ago and am again feeling good enough about it to go back and finish it. I do hope to be done later in the week. Take care until then.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hi there!  I'm popping in briefly just to keep you updated.  Below is a photo I took of an 18 x 24 oil painting I'm working on of several strawberries.  This piece is taking up a lot of my time, but I'm taking my time.  I want this one to turn out exactly as I'm picturing it and nothing else will do!  Red paints dry very slowly as well, so the detail work is taking time. I hope you enjoy what you see so far!

I've also posted a photo of me holding Simplified Living Magazine's summer edition. There's an article on yours truly and I'm so grateful that they chose to write about  me.  Visit their website for a list of places that carry the magazine.  It is a beautiful publication and the quality is exemplary!
This past weekend I also participated in a fund raiser for the Art in Bloom here in Sudbury.  The weather did not at all cooperate. It was a very cold rainy day, except for a few sunny breaks.  But like the saying goes, the show must go and on it did. 

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoy the photos.  I'll post another progress shot of the strawberries soon!

Untitled Strawberries Work in Progress
18 x 24 original oil
Copyright Carole Rodrigue 2012

Here's little ole me sitting in my studio holding a copy of Simplified Living Magazine

Here I am again at the fundraiser during a brief sunny break. I shared a booth/tent with my good friend, artist Colette Theriault

Monday, May 5, 2008

New Interest

Man From Egypt
10 x 8 acrylic on canvas

This painting was done after seeing a reference from Patrick Hedges on Wet Canvas. Thanks Patrick!

I painted this on impulse, I must say. In the last several months, I've been poring through the internet looking at photorealism. Many people aren't fans of photorealism, but I am. I'm in awe of artists who can create a piece of art that cannot be distinguished from a photo, or real life. Painting people has never been an interest of mine either, but fascinating people, strange or interesting situations, different and unique faces all inspire me lately. So, I might start taking interesting and different photos of people and see what I can do. This painting was practice at honing skills and going for photorealism. It's not perfect, and I know there's more work I could've done, but for an 8 hour painting, I must say it ain't too shaby. Painting this one was fun and I can't wait to encounter people in different situations and do more of these. But don't call me a people portrait artist!