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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Goldendoodle Pastel Portrait


Max
11 x 14 pastel on suede mat board
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
SOLD


This precious guy is Max.  He was commissioned as a birthday gift from a friend to her best friend.

Max's family has a cottage where he loves to spend hours outdoors.  The reference for this portrait was taken this past winter and he was surrounded by snow and bright sunshine.  I felt too much white would not have worked well with this piece so I painted him with earthy tones, which create drama and contrast.  This way, I was able to paint the atmosphere and light around Max, which I feel render a wonderful portrait.

I had also considered not painting the wind-blown hair, but felt this added to the portrait's interest as well as Max's character since he loves being outdoors at the cottage.  The portrait will always be a wonderful reminder of long days Max spent playing at the cottage, and this, is what  creates wonderful pet paintings.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pitbull Mastiff Cross Painting


Odie
8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
SOLD

You know, every once in a while as a pet portrait artist, you get a reference that you just fall in love with.  This was one such time.

This sweet boy was commissioned as a gift and my client was concerned she wouldn't be able to provide a good reference.  As soon as I saw the reference for this painting, I knew it was a winner.  Everyone just loves Odie's painting and I can tell you how much I am in love with this boy's soulful eyes.  I mean, just look at those peepers!  Jeepers!  (insert heart eye emoji)

In other news, things are moving at a fast pace in the studio with commissions piling up, but I'm not complaining!  I'm also planning on some wildlife paintings for auction as soon as I can get some time to squeeze them in.  I think I'm going to get caught up and then commit myself to working on commissions in the daytime, my other art at night.  That could work.

Also, the Sudbury Women in Art book is having another show!  This time, the art show curators and authors of the book were able to secure the month of April at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.  An opening reception will be held this Thursday, April from 6:00-8:00 pm.  I'll be showing my hockey painting as well as a new landscape.  It's sure to be another amazing show, so if you're local, I'd love to see you there!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Black Cat Painting

Zsa Zsa
8 x 10 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
SOLD


Meet pretty Zsa Zsa.  This was a memorial painting which I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do.  There were no good clear photos of her, and the reference used for this painting had been taken with a flash, which meant her eyes were not visible.  I was able to correctly guess the colour of her eyes, however, and my client was extremely delighted to have a painting of her beloved cat.

I also painted her dog Chico, which was thought to be a Jack Russel Terrier mix.  This was also a memorial painting, and as with Zsa Zsa, there were no good clear photos.

When a pet is gone, it's not always easy to find good photos.  This is why I always stress to my friends to take lots of good photos while they are alive! Most of the time, I have to turn away commissions where there are no good references because I don't want to disappoint my clients with a sub-standard painting.  This time, I'm so happy I was able to do this for my client.  It meant the world to her and she is delighted to finally have her two precious pets painted and hanging on her walls.

If you're ever in doubt, the only way to be sure is to contact me and then send me whatever photos you have.  Doing custom pet portraits from photos is not always possible, but you never know until I have a look.  You might be surprised that it can be done!


Chico
11 x 14 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
SOLD

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, January 28, 2018

Pastel Golden Retriever Puppy Painting


Sadie
8 x 10 pastel on pastelmat
Private Collection
© Carole Rodrigue 2018


Have you ever seen a cuter puppy?

Everyone, this is Sadie.  She was selected as the winner in my pet portrait contest on my Facebook page.  Yes, her owner WON this portrait for FREE!!!  I do hold these a couple of times a year, so you really should follow me . . .  ---------->  HERE.  :-D

Sadie's portrait is painted with pastels on pastelmat.  I play around with various pastel supports because the truth is, I can't decide which I prefer yet.  After several years of working with pastels, I can't decide if I prefer sanded paper, suede mat board, velour paper, or pastelmat.  These are all great, but they all have their issues as well.  I know I don't like paper paper.  I need something that takes layers.

With suede mat board and velour paper, I just love the softness you get, but you can't detail very well, not like sanded paper or pastel mat.  Then with pastelmat and sanded paper, I love how you can detail and layer, but I find it's still an issue to layer certain pastels together, and there isn't that fluffy softness you get with the velour or suede, event softening and blending.  So, those are my issues.  I don't know if I'll ever have a favourite.

I did manage to put together a speed painting video with my painting process for this piece.  It's just over 5 minutes long.  If you like it, how about giving it a thumbs up on YouTube and subscribe for more videos as well?  I'd be very grateful.  :-D



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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Free Pet Portrait Contest


Indy
8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD



Tommy
8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Happy New Year everyone!

The year has started with a lot of studio work already and several commissions lined up.  These two cat paintings were Christmas commissions from the same client.  Tommy is a girl you know, and Indy is a tough little guy who wasn't expected to still be around, but here he is and let's hope he stays healthy for a long time!  Both were painted with oils on canvas.

Since it's the new year and I'm not busy enough ;-) I've decided to run a FREE PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY on my Facebook page!  Yes!  The rules are simple.

You must:
1.  Like my page
2.  Like the post itself
3.  Post your best pet photo in the comments

The winner will be announced Friday, January 12, 2018.  Please go ahead and enter, and best of luck!




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Third in Maine Coon Oil Paintings


Simba
Maine Coon 
6 x 6 oil on Richeson panel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD



What can I say? I am so thrilled with how Simba's pet portrait turned out! I painted Simba's housemates Baxter and Skylar before, and this guy's portrait was the final piece.  I cannot express how much I enjoyed painting these guys.  Maine Coons are such beautiful cats, with their flowing long fur, huge eyes, and almost dog like attitudes.  No wonder they're such beloved cats!

What I love the most about Simba's painting is his look of defiance.  He seems to be full of attitude, as though he's saying, "Hey! What about it? Got something to say?"  Yeah, that's what I see when I look at this guy and I'm so happy I was able to convey that.  It was such a precious part of this portrait.

I still have a few spots open for Christmas but do not wait otherwise time will run out!  Contact me using the button on your right if you have any questions.


#mainecooncats #petportraits #petportraitpaintings #catart #mainecoonpaintings 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sienna No. 2, A Tabby Painting


Sienna No. 2
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Ah Sienna, what can I say?  This is the second time I've painted this girl and both times was such a delight.

I call Sienna a supermodel.  Her human is a wonderful photographer and knows how to take amazing photos of her animals, with just the right light and interesting looks.  In all honesty, I have to credit her for the amazing references she gives me.  I am fortunate to have such a wonderful photographer as a client.  I don't know how she found me, but I'm forever grateful for her support.

You can also take wonderful photographs of your pet.  I wrote some great ideas here about how to get the best possible shot for a pet portrait.

Also, Sienna's dog sister was also painted by me earlier this year.  I'm attaching links to both Sienna's first pet portrait as well as Shelby's, the Belgian Malinois.  I can't tell you how honoured I was to paint them!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Nemmie, Pastel Cat Portrai



Nemmie
6 x 6 Pastel
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


This painting was commissioned during the summer and painted over one month ago.  I had to keep this beauty hush and believe me, WAS IT EVER HARD!

Nemmie is a nickname for Nemr.  He is a very beloved cat and was commissioned as a birthday present.

When I received the request, I was immediately excited.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love chiaroscuro and anything with a black background.  The reference photo had a darker background, so naturally I wanted to paint it black with Nemr coming out from the dark, with the empasis on these amazing eyes.  This is what I love about a dark background, especially black, the subject has zero competition.  It's you and the subject, and when such eyes are looking back at you, the results are magical.  This is why I was so excited to show this guy!  I just love this!

I hope you love this too.  If you do and you're curious about what could be done for your pet, do not hesitate to contact me using the button on the side of this page.  There are tabs above too where you can see more artwork on my website as well as commission info.

Now currently sitting on my easel is another cat, a third commission request from a client.  That means so much to me when clients ask me for more! Anyway, I'm recording the process and I hope the video turns out because this is another painting I'm super stoked about!  ~Did I ever say how I had the best clients?~

Thanks for looking!  Gotta get back to my next cat . . .  ~insert giant toothy grin~



A very happy birthday girl with her husband and a framed Nemmie painting. 



#catpaintings #realisticcatart #petportraits #petartists #petportraitartists 

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.  :-)

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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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!



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

German Shepherd Pet Portrait in Oil


Buddy, German Shepherd
16 x 20 Oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Oh boy! I'm so excited I can finally share Buddy!  He's a German Shepherd and he actually lives in Germany!  How crazy is that for a Canadian girl to send off a German Shepherd painting to Germany?

Buddy is the loyal companion of an elderly couple who love this boy very much.  I'm told they treat him like he was their child.  You can tell by his eyes that he is one very happy boy.  I can't wait to find out their reaction once they see him.  This painting is a gift so it'll be a complete surprise.  I'm also grateful they won't see it online, so it was safe to post.

I'll be working on a large cat commission soon as soon as we have the references worked out, but in the mean time, I'll be back to share another dog painting soon as well as a cat I'll be doing in pastels. I'm itching to do more pastels and will create a video with it.

Thanks for looking!

P.S.  Have a look at this other German Shepherd commission I painted a few months back, just in case you hadn't seen it.

If you need info about your own pet portrait commission, have a look at my Commission Info page:
http://carolerodrigue.fineartstudioonline.com/page/7494/commission-info

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yorkie Pastel Speed Painting







Hi everyone, I recently had a little contest on my Facebook page and this little sweetie, Midou, was a winner.  I recorded the process and uploaded it to YouTube.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Another Belgian Malinois Portrait Painted in Oil!


Simone, Rango, and Jesse
Belgian Malinois Portrait, Private Commission
16 x 20 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD 


These beauties were a private commission for a client in Texas.  They are Belgians, even though they look a bit different.  Jesse, the dog on the left, is a rescue and it's suspected that her jaw is off from having been hit by a car or something else in her previous life.  She certainly has a wonderful life now!

I can't stress how delighted I was to paint this trio.  Each is so beautiful and have such distinct personalities showing through.  It was important for me to not only capture detail, but their essence.  Painting Malinois and German Shepherds is becoming a regular request and I do not mind one bit!

I am now working on a beautiful cat for a return client.  Having clients come back to get more artwork done is the greatest compliment that my clients can give me!  I'm honoured to create these custom pet portraits from photos for my clients.  I can understand how special these paintings are to people, and I strive to give 100% every time.

My cat portrait will be posted once approved by the client, so perhaps next week.  :-D

Also, if you have been looking for your special custom pet portrait, whether it's of your dog, cat, horse, or other pet, you can contact me at www.carolerodrigue.com and use the Contact sheet.  There is also a page for commission info listing all the prices.  Please don't hesitate to contact me for your pet portrait painted in oil or pastel.  

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.  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Golden Retriever Portrait in Oil


Ginger
11 x 14 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2016
SOLD


This private commission was painted as a a very special memorial gift for Christmas.  When I saw the reference, I gasped at how beautiful this dog was and knew that this would be a very special painting.

While I'm very saddened for the client and her family that their beloved dog is now gone, I'm so honoured that I was selected to paint this beauty.  The reference was perfect: it was high resolution, clear with very visible eyes and features, and beautiful soft outdoor lighting.  The pose was so sweet, expressing a loving gentleness. It's the sort of reference that artists dream about because you just know this is going to be a very special piece.

I'm told it brought tears to the owner, but I hope this painting will now bring fond memories and smiles.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

American Bulldog Oil Painting



American Bulldog Portrait
8 x 10 Oil
© 2016 Carole Rodrigue
SOLD


 This American Bulldog was a loyal, loving, and gentle family pet that passed a few years ago.   The portrait was commissioned as a special gift.  I'm told she was such a loved dog and is missed very much, so I hope this painting brings joy for many years to come.  I cannot express how much I enjoyed painting this one.  There were so many interesting variations in colour and capturing the gentleness in the eye  was important for me.  I also deliberately painted very soft edges around her head to create the gentle air I'm told this girl had.

I've more portraits to show after the holidays, but I couldn't wait to show this one, and it's safe to do so.  I hope you enjoyed this painting, and have a very Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pudlepointer Pet Portrait


Blitz the Pudlepointer
8 x 8 soft pastel on sanded paper
Carole Rodrigue ©2016


Blitz the Pudlepointer (I love that name!) was the winner in my Facebook contest for a free pet portrait.  (By the way, please go give my page a LIKE.  I'd really love you, and thank you.)

I cannot tell you how much fun it was to paint this gorgeous fella.  I love the soft window light as he gazes out at who knows what.  It is definitely the type of painting I love to work on!

This was also the first time I worked with sanded paper.  I love how it takes a lot of pastel layers without being fussy.  Since I love to work in a lot of layers with my oil paints, it's definitely suitable for my style of work. I'll definitely be working with this again.

I hope you enjoy Blitz the Pudlepointer!  If you want to inquire about your own pet portrait commission, visit my website by clicking HERE.




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