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

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.



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.




#petportraits #dogpaintings #softpasteldogpaintings #animalart #petportraitsfromphotos #custompetportraits 

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.



#petportraits #petportraitcommissions #petportraitsCanada #petportraitsfromphotos #dogcommissions #catcommissions #petpaintings #dogpaintings #animalartists #petportraitsSudbury #petportraitsinoil 

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 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trumpeter Swan Oil Painting


Trumpeter Swan
18 x 24 Oil, Carole Rodrigue ©2016
Available


In case you haven't noticed, I've been painting things other than still life lately.  Does this mean I'm done with still life? Absolutely not.

What this means is that I'm letting myself paint whatever it is I am inspired to paint at any different point in time.  I'm refusing to be boxed into a category, (i.e. She's a still life artist.)  I want to paint it all!

Years ago I used to paint mostly animals, from horses and pets, to wildlife.  It's only in the last few years that I had focused a lot on still life.  This was crucial to my learning journey and growth as an artist and I take it for what it is.

I'm now at a point in my life and career that I need to paint for the love of it alone, the passion, and I love painting animals and always have.  I will still paint still life too.  Animals will be incorporated into my still life paintings.  This is part of the natural progression of an artist's journey and I consider it coming full circle.  So, expect more animals, more still life, and more animals in still life.  Oh, and you might find the odd landscape.  ;-) Plein air painting is on the list too.  :-D

This Trumpeter Swan is one from a local bird sanctuary.  I've been a few times these past two months for reference materials and I'm so in love with these birds.  I returned again yesterday to catch shots in the fading sun.  I was not disappointed.  There will be many swans in my work in the future, so keep checking!

I'm also currently working on a squirrel, as well as starting a new crow painting, and a very special still life.  These will take a while, especially the still life.  I am having so much fun again working.  I get up excited and looking forward to being in the studio again.  I have to admit that for a while that spark had faded a little.  Not a lot, just a little, but enough to nudge me in the right direction, one that fuels my heart and artistic passions, and that's what we're supposed to do anyway.

I'm also taking this opportunity as a reminder that I am available for commissions, whether these be still life or pets, and yes people too!  I'm leaving you with a couple of extra photos and I'll be back later this week with my squirrel!



Kayla,  pet portrait of a Golden Labrador.  She was a sweet dog and is very missed by her family.  




Dante's Apache Dragon.  This beauty's painting is in Arizona.  He is one of the most beautiful horses I have ever painted, and his colour is striking, literally.  He has wonderfully unique markings, including a lightening bolt on his cheek.  Harry Potter anyone? 


To commission your painting, visit www.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, 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