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!