Showing posts with label reflective surfaces in art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reflective surfaces in art. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Something Different . . .

12 x 12 Oil
Carole Rodrigue Copyright 2012
(Photo taken with iPhone since this produces less glare, and no, I don't smoke!)

Here's my latest still life using red paint.  This is a little different from my usual work.  This painting shows how much my art is evolving and continually changing.  I believe this evolution is crucial in the life of an artist.  Stagnate and you disappear.  I love the simplicity in this piece.

PASSé, although seeming simple, is somewhat complex.  It is layered in meaning, although I leave this to the viewer since there is so much that can be read into this painting.  I even had one person tell me she loved this because it stired certain feelings in her, feelings of a sexual nature.  Of course this at first surprised me but after giving it much thought, I supposed that this shouldn't really be surprising.  Art touches people on so many different levels and in many different ways.  This is why I don't like to always explain a piece or talk about what I wanted to convey.  Doing so could prevent viewers from feeling and experiencing what naturally comes to them, and who am I to say what something should mean to someone?

I have completed another painting for this series which I will post tomorrow.  The paint needs to dry a little so that I can photograph it with less glare.  If not, iPhone again!  Until tomorrow, have a wonderful night and sleep well.  Thank you for dropping in. ♥

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Silver Goblet

Silver Goblet
5 x 7 original acrylic
Copyright Carole Rodrigue 2010

As promised, here is the silver goblet I recently completed.  It was a very quick study and much fun to paint!  I love painting reflective surfaces.  I have so many pieces I want to paint using silver, copper, gold, glass, anything reflective. 

This little painting as well as all of the 5 x 7 pieces are available for purchase for $50.00.  Please contact me through my website for any inquiries!  Gotta rush, there are a couple of paintings I need to pack up for a show. Thanks for looking. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cherries and Pitcher

Cherries & Pitcher
16 x 20 original acrylic

I'm glad to say that I've finally found the time to finish this piece. There wasn't much left to do, but I've been working on several pieces, and finally got around to getting white napkins! You'd think everyone had those laying around the house, but not me. Other colors yes, but not white. So here you have it.

There are a lot of reflections in this piece, from the water pitcher, to the napkin, pitcher, and cherries reflected on the table as well. I loved painting the cherries.  I also loved eating them . . .  always a danger when painting food. Lucky for me I haven't painted cake or pie yet!

As I already mentioned, I'm working on a few pieces at the moment. I used to work on one piece at a time until completed, but lately, I'm finding myself inspired by more and more things, and when the inspiration wears off with one piece, I put it aside and work on something else. A lot of artists work this way, so it certainly does not make me unique.  

So what's on my easel now? I've put aside a large still life and a horse piece to work on another still life. Something with gold . . . Stay tuned!  So many ideas, so little time.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Still Life With Cherries WIP

This first photo is the beginning of a painting that is almost completed. I painted my background with black gesso and will add the color in layers as I go.  I've also just drawn out a very rough outline of a water jug using white chalk. Things get straightened out and adjusted as I paint. Most of my paintings happen this way, directly on canvas.


At this stage, I'm adding color and starting reflective work on the jug.  To paint reflections, it's important that I paint what I see and not what I think should go there.


Again, I'm adding more of what I see in the jug. Lines are a little messy, but will get cleaned up.


At this point, I've begun to paint in the cherries and a chair outline. I've also added the reflections from the camera's flash. I decided to leave this in since it added dramatic contrast.


Here's a closeup of the cherries. They look much better than this in real life. There's always a glare when shooting darker colors at night. Now, the only thing that's keeping me from finishing is to find a white cloth napkin.  Sounds silly, I know, but I do not own any white cloth napkins!  I've got other colors, but I need white. So, shopping I go! Then I'll be able to finish. It should be done this week.

I've also started a horse piece which should also be done next week. After that, I think I'll work on another equine themed painting. I drove around the local countryside yesterday since it was such a gorgeous sunny winter day. I've got tons of great shots, several as the sun was going down, with beautifully backlit horses. Just perfect! So, I'm really inspired by snow, sunsets, and horses right now. I'm looking forward to starting on this. Until I post the next piece, take care and thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Life's a Bowl of . . .

Kettle & Cherries
16 x 20 original acrylic

Here's my latest piece, painted from a layout in my kitchen. I've finally been able to complete it now that I've had a few days off from work. Well, almost complete. There's a little tweaking I want to do, but it's pretty much done. Thank God for vacation time! Seems there's just never enough time to paint when you work full time, but I make sure to try and squeeze in at least one hour per day, and more on days off.

This has become a habit now, and by 8:00 pm, that's my painting time. If I don't make it to the studio by then, things don't feel right with me. I've been doing this for about 6 months now, and while I'm still not painting as much as I'd like to, my brain subconsciously knows it needs to be painting at a certain time, and if I'm not, it lets me feel it. Strange, but it's the same feeling you get if you're late for work. So, if you're an artist who can't find time, maybe try this. I sure didn't invent the wheel, but it's something I've heard and read about from many artists throughout the years, and it works. It's also amazing how much you can accomplish in an hour!

Now, back to the painting. The kettle reflections show several details such as the cupboards, hanging chandelier, windows, door, trees, and the obvious, cherries. Some cherries reflected aren't in the foreground either because they were further away from the kettle and not captured in the painting. I just painted their reflection because I found this more interesting, showing hidden perspective.
So, hope you enjoy this painting! Now I'm trying to decide between a cork screw or another glass apple. We'll soon see . . .

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Couple of New Pieces

Tea For One
20 x 16 original acrylic
Glass Apple
12 x 12 original acrylic

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been busy, busy, busy painting away and preparing for a few competitions.

But first, I'd like to start off by wishing everyone a very happy Canada Day!!! Gotta love Canada day. We did partake in some activities earlier today, after I'd finished all my prep work and final details for competitions.

And speaking of competitions, I have been juried into the La Cloche Art Show for the second year in a row. I don't know if I won anything, or which of my paintings were accepted, but I am part of the show and am very proud and excited to have been juried in! If you're in the area, please make sure you drop by the show which is in Whitefish Falls, just before you get to Manitoulin Island. It'll be an amazing show with a great assembly of art from various artists. I believe that about 200 works from 104 artists will be displayed. Check out the show's website at

And now for these 2 new works. Both were just completed and entered into another competition today, this one for a magazine. Many artists might know which one I'm speaking of . . . Hope I do well!

I completed Tea for One yesterday and battled for a while if was going to make it a lighter, brighter piece with a light background, but I opted for the black. I had started with the lighter background and it just didn't speak to me. Once I changed it to black, the piece became alive with drama, full of shadows and light. Bingo! That's what I wanted.

The other piece, Glass Apple was painted yesterday, as a last minute entry for the competition. I was going to enter another piece, but my gut screamed, NO!!! I knew I wanted to paint this piece over a week ago. Gilles received this as part of his 25th celebration at work and as soon as he opened the gift box, I sat mesmerized by the apple. Picture this, a classy affair at a fancy, shmancy place, and here I am holding this thing in my hand, moving it around, looking at how the different light played on it. People must've been wondering what I was doing. Artists, eh! You can dress 'em up but ya can't take the creativity outta them. We see stuff everywhere we go and always notice things such as the way light bounces off something, the way shadows and light play, colours, sunsets and hazy skylines, misty mornings . . . Everything we see we look at in a unique way, always painting when not painting. But I digress . . .

Back to the apple.For this piece, I sat the apple on a glass table on a dreary day and loved how the reflection almost appeared like a double exposure photo, with the trees showing. Anyway, I absolutely loved painting this apple and plan on using it in more pieces. I have several ideas for it, and the next one will be with more dramatic lighting in the same size as this one. Both are for sale and will be posted on my site soon with prices listed. In the meantime, please inquire through my site if interested.

So my friends, after a very busy few weeks, I'm taking the night off. But there's never really any such thing as a night of with artists is there; we're always thinking of and planning the next one, or two, or three. Oh, and there's blogging and posting new work! Right now, I'm feeling the need to paint a horse. I have two ideas in mind, so I guess I'll see which I'm really inspired to paint once I start. Many of my paintings are last minute decisions, and these always seem to be the best.

I'll write back this weekend after my visit to the show and let you know what's what. Until then, take care and again, hope you have a wonderful Canada Day!!!

P.S. The mural is being shown at the Calgary Stampede! From July 2-12 you can see the Cadeau du Cheval mural at the Western Oasis in Hall E at the BMO Centre. Let me know if you have the opportunity to visit it. I'd love to hear comments! Wish I could be there . . . For info visit