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

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 

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 


#petportraits #commissionapetportrait #custompetportraits #petportraitsinoil #pastelpetportraits 


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.  :-)

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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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, 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.



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.


#petportraits #petportraitsfromphotos #petportaitsinoil #goldenretrieverpaintings #goldenretrieverart #petportraitsCanada

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, July 31, 2016

Commissioned Dog Painting in Oil #petportrait


Gypsy
8 x 10 Oil
Carole Rodrigue ©2016 
Private commission
SOLD 

A few weeks ago I received an email from someone asking me to paint their dog.  When she sent me the photo, I just fell in love with this dog's sweet face.  Her eyes express such a sweet and gentle disposition, as well as an innocent curiosity.  I've seen this look often in my own dog, so I know it well and it just melts my heart.

The pink bow on Gypsy also lends to the sweetness she displays.  

Painting this sweet dog was such a pleasure.  I thoroughly enjoyed painting this pet portrait and am so happy that I was able to make her owner very happy by capturing her beloved dog on canvas!

I hope you enjoyed this painting!

#dogpaintings #animalartist #ilovedogs #dogpaintings #dogart #petportraitcommissions #petportraitscanada #petportraitssudbury #ontario #sudbury #sudburyartists