Sunday, September 17, 2017

Skylar, Maine Coon Painting in Oil


Skylar
6 x 6 oil
Carole Rodrigue  ©2017 


Oh my!  I completed this one several days back but completely forgot to post it here. 

Skylar was the second painting in a two piece commission.  In case you missed it, his house mate Baxter was completed last week.

They are both big and beautiful Maine Coon cats and I can't tell you how much fun I had painting them.  They're both painted on Richeson panel, which lends itself quite well to painting fur.  It's probably my favourite support for fur, in fact, as well as small detail.

Folks, the Christmas rush has already begun for me and I have paintings I can't share yet.  This also means that if you were planning on getting a pet portrait commissioned painting, waiting until last minute would be a bad, bad idea.  Very bad.  Chances are I won't be able to book you in before Christmas if you wait.  Don't forget, oil paintings take a while because they are created in layers, each needing to dry before the next can be applied.  This isn't something that's done in a couple of days.  Pastels are quicker, but like I said, my list of commissions is already building.  Do not wait to book your spot!  I did have to turn away people last year.  Having art commissioned is not a last minute thing or an afterthought.  Sorry, but these things take time.  

If you need to contact me, just look to the right of your screen for the big CONTACT button.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back hopefully soon with stuff I can show.  :-D 


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Monday, September 4, 2017

Two Cat Oil Paintings, a Grey and Maine Coon


Chloe
8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD



Baxter
6 x 6 Oil on panel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD



These two gorgeous cats were separate commissions. The first, a beautiful grey, is Chloe, and I've painted her before.  Her owner wanted another painting so naturally, I was more than happy to oblige!  Who would turn down painting such a beautiful animal?

The second painting is Baxter, and he is a very large Maine Coon who I'm told is full of personality.  I was commissioned to paint him as well as his brother.  I am now just starting to work on his brother, who is also a Maine Coon.  Baxter was such a delight to paint.  I'm in love with his soft eyes as well as his little pirate ear.

Baxter was painted on a smaller 6 x 6 Richeson panel, and I cannot stress how delightful these are for painting hairs and fine detail.  As an artist, it's also my job to educate clients on the materials.  I understand how most of my clients love a canvas for their oil paintings, but I personally prefer panels for animals and here is why:

-panels are sturdy and solid, which means the paint that sits on top will not move as can happen with canvas (picture a finger or other object pushing behind a canvas and visualize it stretching, the paint stretching with it)
-because the panel is sturdy, there is a very low risk of cracking over time (not that all oil paints crack, but canvas can see this happen, like 100 years down the road) (side note: an experienced and knowledgeable professional painter knows how to use oil paints to avoid this)
-because the panel is smooth, not having any ridges or texture, finer detail is easier to paint; canvas has little tiny ridges from the material, which naturally causes a paint brush to not reach in those deep little crevices
-the results can be more realistic and time is saved because of not having to keep the brush fighting against a textured canvas

Canvas does have its advantages of course.  There are things you can do with canvas that aren't as easy to do on panel.  Certain techniques love canvas, others love panel.  For fine hair and detail, nothing beats panel.  This is why so many animal and wildlife artists paint on panel and masonite.

Anyhow, that's my little quick bit about these surfaces.  I hope you enjoyed these paintings and do come back in a few days for Baxter's brother's portrait.  :-)

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, July 23, 2017

Horse Eye in Pastels


Horse Eye Study in Pastels
6 x 6 pastels on sanded paper
Carole Rodrigue ©2017

It's been so long since I painted a horse that I was just itching to work on a horse eye study in pastels. Did you know I used to paint mostly horses?  Yep. I was even in the old Equine Art Guild and the Guild of International Equine Artists years ago.  I also worked on this mural . . .  Check me out and my contribution under the artists' list. :-D


Anyway, all that just to say that I miss painting horses and will paint more in the future.

While I was painting this, I recorded the whole process non-stop and uploaded to YouTube and my Facebook in a speed painting video.  I also wrote out short blurbs explaining my process.  I hope you give it a look and enjoy!  Also, I invite you to please go LIKE my Facebook page and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss anything!  I have neglected to post on my blog in the past, so do not miss out!

Thanks for watching.  And reading.  ;-)

In case you missed it . . .

Cat portrait speed painting video:  https://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/06/a-new-cat-portrait-in-pastels-with.html

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Special on Custom Pet Portraits



Seriously folks, this offer is too good to pass up!

I'm having a special on pet portraits, but only for a very limited time.  You can get a mini pastel portrait, regular $175, now for $99.00!!!  A mini oil painting regular $225, is now only $150.00!!!

This special is only until August 30th, 2017, so do not wait to book yours!  Booking is done in the order that deposits are paid, and it is on a first come, first serve basis.

*Faces only unless the photo would allow for a decent painting.  A full body on such a small size painting means less detail. Contact me for more info.

See more info about how to go about getting your pet portrait at:

http://carolerodrigue.fineartstudioonline.com/page/7494/commission-info

Examples of some past work:

http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/07/bear-cat-painting-in-pastels.html

http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/06/german-shepherd-pet-portrait-in-oil.html

http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/06/a-new-cat-portrait-in-pastels-with.html

http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/02/belgian-malinois-portrait.html

http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2016/10/pudlepointer-pet-portrait.html


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bear, Cat Painting in Pastels


Bear
8 x 10 pastel on suede
©2017 Carole Rodrigue
SOLD


Bear was painted as a memorial for a couple who recently lost their dear old cat after he got sick.  I'm told he loved to cuddle his blanket and he always slept with it, so this was painted with his blanket.

His owner told he he was not a lap cat.  He would not crawl up on your lap to cuddle, but would lie right next to it, touching and this was his unique way of snuggling up and being loving.  Apparently he liked to chat a lot and was also bossy.  I've had a cat like that before so I can understand just how special he must've been.

I hope that this painting brings fond memories as well as smiles.  I'm always honoured to paint these memorials and to be able to offer something special.

Although I have painted primarily with oils these past several years, I need to confess that I just love working with pastels.  There is a freedom with pastels that no other medium gives me.  I just love the softness I can achieve with them, as well as the detail.  Loading a paint brush with oils to paint smaller detail work is very time consuming.  Pastels allow me to just go! Hopefully I get many more pastel pet portrait commissions to work with in the near future.

There's another cat painting on my easel, this time an oil painting of two cats.  I'll be tackling this one for perhaps another week and will definitely post once completed.  Thanks for stopping by!

Pet portrait in oils or pastels commission info:

http://carolerodrigue.fineartstudioonline.com/page/7494/commission-info

See another cat portrait painted in pastels!

http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/06/a-new-cat-portrait-in-pastels-with.html


Monday, June 26, 2017

A New Cat Portrait in Pastels with Speed Painting Video


Who Me?
8 x 8 pastel on suede 
© Carole Rodrigue 2017


 I've been in between commissions after completing my last German Shepherd painting and waiting for reference photos for my next commission, and thought I'd paint this one in pastels.  I don't get to paint nearly enough with pastels and it's a shame because I do love it so much.  I wish I could get to paint more animals in pastels!

While I worked on this, I recorded a video and uploaded it to YouTube.  It is a speed painting video, and I do hope you enjoy it!  Be sure to have a look at my Commission Info page on my website if you have questions about having a pet portrait commissioned.  They do make great gifts!