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

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Merlot, Dog Portrait in Pastels

Merlot
8.5 x 11
Carole Rodrigue ©2018
SOLD

This adorable little guy is Merlot.  When I was commissioned to paint him, I received a few photos and the one I used for this portrait instantly jumped out at me.  The cute tilt of his head is a look that all dog owners know and love about their pets.  To be able to capture it in a painting, priceless!

Merlot's pet portrait was given as a birthday gift and I'm told the recipient loved her gift!  I can't tell you how much I adored painting this little guy.

In fact, I'm absolutely in love with doing pet portraits in pastels.  I recently started using Clairefontaine pastelmat and am super pleased with this support.  I had other pastelmat which wasn't exactly like the Clairefontaine.  I still love using the UART sanded paper too, so I will use both.  I think I'll reserve the sanded paper for larger pieces.

And speaking of pastel supplies, I recently ordered a few Caran d'Ache pastel pencils to try out.  I am now forever ruined for other pencils.  These are the cream of the crop, the cadillac of pastel pencils.  I instantly fell in love so hard with them, that I made a goal of ordering the full 84 pencil set which comes in a wooden box.  It's an investment, that's for sure, but well worth it for a professional artist.

Anyway, within 24 hours of setting my intention, I sold two paintings, and in the next two days, I received two large commissions which way more than cover the price.  I took this as a clear sign that I could go ahead and order my set, so I did! When you set a clear intention and do something to make it happen, the universe will indeed help you!

My set should be coming in tomorrow or the next day, so I will take a video and photos and maybe do a post on these beautiful pastels.

Until then . . . ta-ta for now!


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

Monday, February 5, 2018

Drawing a Cat Eye in Colored Pencil



Niemr's Eye
5 x 5 colored pencil
© Carole Rodrigue 2018


This is a quick eye study I've completed in about three hours today.  One of my goals for this year is to start doing more colored pencil pieces. I absolutely love this medium, and it gives me a break from mediums that affect the lungs.  Being afflicted with asthma, paints and pastels do get to me after a while, so a break is alway welcome.  Also, I just really, REALLY  love colored pencils and want to master this medium!

I'm embedding a quick clip from my Facebook page showing me laying down some hairs.  Enjoy, and pease go give my page a LIKE to see more works in progress!  


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas!



Miss December
9 x 12 pastel on velour paper
© Carole Rodrigue 2017


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

This is my Shih Tzu Taja.  She's now 8 years old and I'd been wanting to paint her for a Christmas card for years but just wasn't able to until now.

Taja is camera shy.  She just hates having her picture taken!  I wasn't able to get her to pose, so I used an other photo I had already snuck of her a while back, and then while she was napping in the same spot, I held the little hat to her head so I could get the same light and shadows as in the photo reference.  This way, everything is accurate.

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  Actually, I LOVE this!  Maybe it's because it's my dog, but I just love it.  If you look closely, you'll see I even painted myself in the ornament.  We're always together all day long with she being my studio assistant and all, so why not be together in the painting? ;-)

Anyway, thank you to everyone for your support.  This has been an amazing year for me as an artist.  I left a good government job last February to pursue this crazy pet portrait artist thing, and the universe has blessed me!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and happy and prosperous New Year to everyone!

P.S.  I've inserted a little video clip of her nose being detailed.
P.P.S.  I'd appreciate a Facebook Like if you're so inclined!  Both the page and the video.  That'd be cool. Thanks!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Himalayan Persian Oil Painting


Magoo
11 x 14 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Magoo is a beautiful Himalayan Persian that I was commissioned to paint for a Christmas gift.  My client apparently was so excited that he spilled the beans to his wife about her gift!  So, both of them are very happy with little Magoo's painting and I am able to share this little early.  Isn't Magoo such a cute name?

Magoo is the first Persian I've been commissioned to paint, as well as the first blue-eyed cat I've painted.  I was ecstatic to have been asked to paint this little guy and am very pleased with how he turned out.

I wanted to make sure to give this painting a classical feel since it's such a classically beautiful cat. The edges were deliberately painted very soft and the focus is his adorable face and eyes.  I loved every minute of painting this beautiful cat and am so happy with the results.

Have I ever said how much . . .
I. Love. My. Job.  

That's what I should call this page because I really, really do.  What a satisfying job this is!  I'll have so many more paintings to share soon, so thank you for stopping by and if you have any commission or other inquiries, do be sure to CONTACT me.  (<-----> just click CONTACT.   You can also visit my WEBSITE to see more.


And in case you missed these . . .

Have a look at my realistic Maine Coon painting . . .
http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/10/third-in-maine-coon-oil-paintings.html

And here's a gorgeous tabby cat I recently painted . . .
http://rodrigueart.blogspot.ca/2017/10/sienna-no-2-tabby-painting.html

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 

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

#horseeyeinpastels #pastelhorses #pastelhorseeye #howtopaintahorseeye

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


#petportraits #petportraitsCanada #commissionapetportrait #petportraitartists #custompetportraits #petportraitsfromphotos


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, 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!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cat Portrait in Oil


Sienna
8 x 10 oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


After painting a whole string of dogs these past several months, I was thrilled when I was asked to paint this beautiful girl!  She is now passed and lived to a wonderful age of 18.  Her owner is a repeat client who had commissioned me to paint Shelby, the first Malinois I painted.  I can't tell you how much of an honor it was to paint this beauty and also to have satisfied a client so that they come back and ask me to do more work for them!  Once can't ask for more as an artist.

Once again, the client provided a wonderful reference photo which made me light up when just ooh and aah when I saw it.  It was a great high resolution photo with beautiful soft natural daylight.  The softness is what lends to the dreamy quality in this painting and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Next on the agenda is a German Shepherd commission.  This one will be headed to Germany, so I guess we can say it's a real German, German Shepherd? Wink-wink.

I've also got three pieces I'd like to complete for a a show, so I really need to crack the whip on myself.  I'm getting started right now on a swan.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon with more work!

P.S.  Don't forget, shipping is free in the Canada and the US if you want your own pet portrait commission and now shipping is also FREE in the UK!



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 

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.