Showing posts with label realistic cat paintings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label realistic cat paintings. 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, 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.  :-)

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!



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!



Monday, April 25, 2016

Cat Portrait in Pastel


Mitsou,  8 x 8  Cat Portrait in Pastel 
© Carole Rodrigue 2016


This is  Mitsou, my cat.  She's been a subject of mine in the past and probably will be again.  She's such a photogenic creature, as well as a beautiful painting subject for a pet portrait.

I'm currently working on a few oil paintings, one of which is a giant private commission that unfortunately, I won't be able to share.  It's a large 36 x 46! It's not a pet portrait, but a person.  I'm also working on some smaller pieces, one of which is a mourning dove.  That one I can't wait to share!

In the meantime while paint is drying, I decided to play a little with pastels as part of my decision to have more fun with my art this year.  I'm also playing more with charcoal, graphite, as well as coloured pencils.  I've been so serious in these past years and it feels so liberating to just play again.  That's not to say that I won't be creating serious works because I will.  My hockey painting was a very serious piece for me and one that means a lot.  But playing is important too in order to not become stagnant and to keep feeling inspired.

Isn't that what art should be about?

So, expect more, a lot more.  I'm just warming up and starting to have fun.

Hope you enjoy this one!

P.S.  If you want a pastel pet portrait of your dog or cat, I can offer you an 8 x 8 for a mere $150 Canadian.  It's a perfect size for a head pose and pet portraits make great gifts! Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching soon!