Showing posts with label pet portrait artists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pet portrait artists. Show all posts

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!



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.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

German Shepherd Oil Painting


Sierra, Portrait of a German Shepherd 
16 x 20 oil on canvas
©Carole Rodrigue 2017
SOLD


Hey everyone, meet Sierra the German Shepherd. She was a beauty and her owner really misses her, so her portrait was commissioned.  I cannot express how much I enjoyed painting this.  Though she is gone, I hope this painting will bring some joy and fond memories.

Why did I enjoy painting this so much? The lighting.

For me, the best paintings aren't always about detail, but rather, lighting and mood. The best pet portraits are those with references with natural outdoor lighting.  I cannot stress enough how indoor photos with the flash having been used are not good references.  You can have a painting where all the details are there, every hair painted, but then it's boring because there's nothing special about the light.

When painting a pet portrait, it's crucial to get things right.  Indoor photos with the flash are poor references.  You can't see the eyes and you have to guess.  Details are missing, disguised by the flash, other areas overly enhanced.  When considering a pet portrait, always try to get soft outdoor lighting whenever possible.  I understand that's not always possible, especially when a pet is gone.

Sometimes something good can come out of a bad shot, as in this painting.




The reference for this painting was a tiny paper photo and the dog was only in about 1/3 of the photo.  Picture that picture.  That was a tiny dog to look at. (The reference above is cropped to protect the child's privacy.  The dog only filled a portion of the whole photo.) So, I scanned it at the highest resolution before agreeing to paint it.  Because I was able to see the eye and good shapes, I agreed to paint it and created one of the portraits I'm most proud of.  Seeing the eyes is so important.  I have painted several with the flash being used and guessing what the eyes looked like, but I think I was lucky to be successful.  It makes things that much harder.

Natural light folks, natural light.

Now I'm starting another German Shepherd painting and I can't wait to show you!  It'll have dramatic lighting this time and I'll talk about that when I get to post it.

Thanks for visiting!  If you want your pet portrait commissioned, be sure to visit my website at http://www.carolerodrigue.com   for info.  Use the Contact form if you have questions.