Showing posts with label dog paintings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog paintings. Show all posts

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, 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.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Belgian Malinois Portrait


Shelby, Belgian Malinois
16 x 20 Oil
© 2017 Carole Rodrigue
SOLD


Everyone, meet Shelby, a beautiful Belgian Malinois I was fortunate enough to have been commissioned to paint.

When I was asked to paint her, I was given several reference photos.  They were all great references, good lighting, most outdoors with natural light, and high resolution so I could see the details.  This particular reference sang to the artist in me, however.  For an artist, the light is always the most important aspect of a painting, or it should be, even more than detail.  You can have a very detailed, realistic, and . . .  boring painting. If the light doesn't grab you, no matter how technically perfect and detailed a painting may be, you'll soon be bored with it if there's no mood or magical light.  This painting reference had everything, therefore this was the one I suggested to the client and am I ever happy she went along with my suggestion!

I've had so many people tell me they thought this was my best painting yet.  What I know for sure is that they were gripped by the lighting. They might not realize it, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the light is what grabbed their attention.  Details are secondary.  I could've omitted all of the fine hair details and painted a loose painting and still had the same reactions.

It's the lighting folks, the lighting.  Details are important in a reference in order to get the true personality of the pet, and especially the eyes, perfect, but the lighting is what will make people's heart sing.

I'm posting a photo below of a few progress shots.  As always, I started with a toned canvas.  I toned with with turpentine and burnt umber, then wiped clean after a few minutes.  This needed to be completely dry before proceeding with my sketch transfer.

Once the sketch was transferred, I started painting outlines with burnt umber again, and then gradually building up my layers, letting each dry in between.  The finer details are always saved until the very end, except for the eyes.  Like most artists, I like to paint the eyes in at the beginning, this way I know if I've already go the likeness and then can proceed safely with the rest of the painting.    It's safe to say over 40 hours were put into this piece, although not all at the same time.  It took about one month to complete between drying times.  I then varnish with Gamvar.  They have a new matt varnish that will be used on this, eliminating shine.  This is my favorite varnish since it can be applied once the painting is dry to the touch and the deepest parts don't sink in when you push with your nail. Since I paint in thin layers, this is a quick process once dry.

I hope you enjoyed this one and now I'm getting ready to paint a wildlife scene as well as a Husky commission.  I've also got a couple more Malinois commissions lined up as well once the Husky is completed.  Until next time . . .



#BelgianMalinois #petportraits #petportraitsfromphotos #BelgianMalinoispaintings #policedogs 

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.  

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!



Friday, September 23, 2016

A Very Special Pet Portrait in Oil


Remembering Molly
11 x 14 Oil on linen
Carole Rodrigue ©2016
SOLD


This special painting was commissioned by a group to give as a gift.  I'm told they all loved it very much!

Painting this was so effortless.  I'm not saying this in a bragging kind of way.  What I mean is that the soft tones, lighting, and moment were such a pleasure to paint that it did not feel like work. I love the overall softness of the lighting and tones, which I feel contributed to rendering the perfect atmosphere for this gentle scene.  The special bond captured between a man and his best friend is so moving and the love is obvious.

I can't stress enough how much of an honour it is to be entrusted to capture these special moments.  As an artist, the satisfaction comes from the positive reactions people have to these works.  If I succeeded at accurately capturing a scene, a pet, person, or a moment, and the recipients are happy, then I am immensely satisfied.  That's when I feel a job has been well done, when I get positive feedback.  That's big.  HUGE!

Now, if you're thinking of commissioning your own special pet portrait, do not delay!  The holidays are coming really fast and time is required for an oil painting.  I'm already booked into October so be sure to reserve your space now.  I work from your quality photos to perfectly capture your pet's portrait on oil or pastel. You can contact me for more info HERE.



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Monday, March 28, 2016

Husky Mix Pet Portrait in Oil




Tub, Husky Mix
8 x 10 Oil on Linen
Carole Rodrigue ©2016
SOLD, Private commission



Tub was a very beloved pet and mate to her owner for over 15 years.  She is passed now, and this painting was commissioned as a gift to the owner.  I'm told he was his sidekick and constant partner.
Painting this sweet girl was tricky but I pulled it off.  As often happens when pets are deceased and someone commissions a painting, there are sometimes not enough quality reference photos of the pet.  This was such a situation.  Here's the reference photo:


As you can see, the image is not very clear and is small so a lot of details are missing.  Also, it was taken from a strange angle, more underneath the dog.  I had to straighten the image first in order to get a better perspective.
I then started painting Tub with the shirt as in the reference since this was what the client had asked.  I knew before I started this wouldn't work, but I did it just to show how sometimes you can't stay true to a reference due to poor photo quality.





As you can see from the early stages of the painting, the t-shirt view as in the original photo just did not work.  The subject appeared to have a huge head and a tiny compact body with no neck.  Certain photo angles just do not work in a painting.  Photos can present all sorts of distortion issues and one has to deal with foreshortening and compensating for these oddities.  This is why an artist can never remain a slave to a photo.  An inexperienced artist might not recognize these issues or know how to deal with them.  I've seen countless paintings over the years where someone was a slave to a photo and copied it perfectly, only to have a painting that looked like a bad photo. Yep, that happens a lot.  
So, what did I do?  I had to add a neck, but not just any neck.  I needed Tub's neck! And fast because there was a deadline!  Luckily, the client was able to contact someone who rushed another bad photo, but at least I had a neck to work with now, Tub's neck.    Here's the other photo:




 Painting rescued and fixed!  With this photo, I was at least able to imagine Tub's neck and how it would be in the same light and angle I was painting.  Tub was blessed with wonderfully huge ears, but not a huge head.  The new composition worked so much better with a neck and straight ahead look.  The client is thrilled with how it turned out and that means that  am too.  That's the way it works: I'm not happy unless the client is.  :-)



So that's my tale from the studio for today.  I have new painting adventures and commissions awaiting.  I love my job.  I am blessed.  :-D 

If you would like information on getting your own commission, don't be shy and contact me.  Your information is confidential and you will not be placed on any list.  Just straight information. 


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This was originally posted here on carolerodrigue.com 

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



Monday, February 22, 2016

Boxer Dog Portrait in Progress


I've been busily working on a commission these past couple of weeks, as well as a swan painting I'd started before, but have since put a hold, and also on this gal.

Her name is Brooklyn, but her family calls her Boo Boo.  She's a four year old Boxer and is the sweetest dog.  She greets everyone with her little wiggly nub, turning her backside to you all the time with excitement as she hold toys in her mouth to show off.

Sadly, she's also been battling cancer.  She had a tumour removed two years ago and was fine, but now she has lymphoma.  She's doing quite well with medication and is back to being her sweet playful self.

This portrait was started last night and I took pictures of the first layer's progression.  I've added another layer today, which isn't shown here.  Tomorrow, another layer will be applied and then the detail work will begin.

Boo Boo's painting is in oil, painted on smooth Richeson gessoed panel.

I'm having a limited time offer on pet portraits right now, and I'm very excited to be able to offer an oil portrait of your dog, cat, horse, rabbit, or other pet for the low price of $199.00 Canadian for an 8 x 10.  If you're in the US, that means it's dirt CHEAP for you!  Pet portraits also make excellent gifts!

If you're interested in more info, contact me by clicking HERE, or visit my website at www.carolerodrigue.com    Other sizes are also available.

I'll be back soon with Boo Boo's completed portrait as well as the other commission I'm working on, which is a special guitar being painted for a client in honour of a loved one who passed away. It's been a moving piece to work on.

Thanks again for stopping by to look.  I'm also going to attach my dog speed painting video again so you can see my painting process in case you haven't seen it in other posts.  I'll make more painting demonstration videos in the future too.  :-)





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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Video




I hope everyone's been well!  I've been super busy at this end but have been finding time to paint.  I promise to show a new piece very soon!

In the mean time, I created this little video with a compilation of some of my paintings.  Most are oil, some are daily paintings, some are bigger works, some are acrylic, and some pastel.  Yes, it's fun to work in various mediums, but oil is still my favorite.

There's also a speed painting video that I'm planning as soon as I have some logistics figured out.  Once I do, they'll be up and I'm also planning perhaps tutorials, such as an e-book with accompanying video.  I've got so many plans and I hope to implement these soon.

Please have a look at my video, give it a like, and PLEASE SHARE!  Yes, artists need you, art lovers,  to share our work.  I thank you all for stopping by and I'll be back soon! Until then, take care!





#paintingvideo #oilpaintings #StillLifePainting #Acrylicstilllife #pastelstilllife

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grapes & Gold Cup Still Life


Grapes & Gold Cup
6 x 6 Oil Daily Painting
Carole Rodrigue 2014

Today was a grape day.  I haven't painted them in a long time, so I was due.  I'm not sure why I haven't painted them in suck a long while because they're a delight to paint.  It's now up on eBay.

I also want to let everyone know that it's that time of year and I am accepting pet portrait commissions.  Prices start at $200.00 US for an 11 x 14 oil painting.  Contact me for more info.  There's still time, but not for long so please don't wait!  Here's a portrait I did last year, "Shaggy", and I'm told there were tears of joy when the owner saw her beloved dog's painting.  Please don't wait!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Shaggy & Mylie, Commissions


Shaggy
11 x 14 oil
Copyright Carole Rodrigue
SOLD


Commissions have been filling up my studio time these past couple of weeks but I certainly am not complaining! These two were completed this week and instead of writing two blog posts, I decided on just one. I need to hurry and complete another dog commission! I'm really enjoying this change. It seems this is the only time of year I get to paint animals anymore so I'll just take it as it comes and go with the flow.

Don't forget, if you would like to have your pet painted, an 11 x 14 on canvas is $200 and an 8 x 10 is $175. I can't guarantee regular mail shipping will get them there for Christmas, but courrier can be arranged. Mind you, an 8 x 10 done on masonite ships quite nicely and inexpensively in a bubble mailer, regular light parcel mail.  Contact me!

Mylie
11 x 14 oil
Copyright Carole Rodrigue
SOLD