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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Skylar, Maine Coon Painting in Oil


Skylar
6 x 6 oil
Carole Rodrigue  ©2017 


Oh my!  I completed this one several days back but completely forgot to post it here. 

Skylar was the second painting in a two piece commission.  In case you missed it, his house mate Baxter was completed last week.

They are both big and beautiful Maine Coon cats and I can't tell you how much fun I had painting them.  They're both painted on Richeson panel, which lends itself quite well to painting fur.  It's probably my favourite support for fur, in fact, as well as small detail.

Folks, the Christmas rush has already begun for me and I have paintings I can't share yet.  This also means that if you were planning on getting a pet portrait commissioned painting, waiting until last minute would be a bad, bad idea.  Very bad.  Chances are I won't be able to book you in before Christmas if you wait.  Don't forget, oil paintings take a while because they are created in layers, each needing to dry before the next can be applied.  This isn't something that's done in a couple of days.  Pastels are quicker, but like I said, my list of commissions is already building.  Do not wait to book your spot!  I did have to turn away people last year.  Having art commissioned is not a last minute thing or an afterthought.  Sorry, but these things take time.  

If you need to contact me, just look to the right of your screen for the big CONTACT button.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back hopefully soon with stuff I can show.  :-D 


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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


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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!



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.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Luna, Belgian Malinois Portrait Painted in Oil


Luna, Belgian Malinois Portrait 
11 x 14 Oil on Canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2017
SOLD


Everyone, this is Luna, a gorgeous Malinois with such beautiful haunting eyes that I wanted to paint her so that the eyes were the focus.  For this reason I used a dark background.  All of the comments I've received about this painting have been about the eyes, so mission accomplished!

Luna is the second Belgian Malinois painting I've recently completed and I am now working on another Malinois commission, this time with THREE dogs!  I'm really humbled and honoured that people are liking my Malinois paintings and I'm fortunate to be getting these requests by Malinois owners.  It is such a joy to paint these dogs and I look forward to painting many, many more!

Stay tuned for another Belgian Malinois portrait coming soon!


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 . . .



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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.



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.  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Golden Retriever Portrait in Oil


Ginger
11 x 14 oil on canvas
Carole Rodrigue ©2016
SOLD


This private commission was painted as a a very special memorial gift for Christmas.  When I saw the reference, I gasped at how beautiful this dog was and knew that this would be a very special painting.

While I'm very saddened for the client and her family that their beloved dog is now gone, I'm so honoured that I was selected to paint this beauty.  The reference was perfect: it was high resolution, clear with very visible eyes and features, and beautiful soft outdoor lighting.  The pose was so sweet, expressing a loving gentleness. It's the sort of reference that artists dream about because you just know this is going to be a very special piece.

I'm told it brought tears to the owner, but I hope this painting will now bring fond memories and smiles.


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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!



Sunday, October 2, 2016

Holly, Pet Portrait in Oil


Holly
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2016
SOLD 


When your life's passion is creating art and you can mesh that together with making people very, very  happy, then life is awesome.  Truly, flipping AWESOME!

Holly was commissioned by a client as a special gift for her grandmother.  There weren't good photos of Holly to use and I was given two photos to combine together.




One photo showed an older Holly, eyes whited by what I think are cataracts.  The client wanted the look to be young and fresh as in the photo of Holly as a pup (photo #1) but the pose of photo #2, and not too much shine or white to the fur, as well as keeping the fur out of her eyes.

This was a little tricky because at that point, you're kinda guessing what the eyes are going to look like since you don't have a reference of good eyes at that stage in life.

Long story short though: SUCCESS!

It took some work, a little back and forth with the client, a little tweaking here and there, but I was able to get Holly's look down.  There were a few people judging this piece to make sure it would be perfect for their grandmother.  I was told they were a tough bunch to please but that I had exceeded their expectations.  Their grandmother is also very happy and said that she now feels as though her Holly will always be with her.  This made my eyes mist over.  I love my job.  :-D  


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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, 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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