Tuesday, 14 December 2010

German Shepherd portrait

A lovely dog to draw, makes a lovely head study of a german shepherd.

Zac's portrait

A beautiful spaniel portrait, they make great subjects! Zac is a lovely example of one, with bags of character too! Thanks for coming across to pick him up, Nicola, I'm glad you liked him.
Nina Squire
www.thepastelartist.co.uk
07967 736762

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

3 lovely terrier portraits!

I'm really pleased with these lovely characters - they make a great terrier portrait! That's all I can show for now - there's so many surprises for Christmas. I've been flat out since the summer and can just about see the end of the line of commissions for Christmas which is great but exhausting! Its a shame I can't share them with you but I have been promised that there will be updates from the recipients after Christmas to upload with the images.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

Welsh springers portrait.

These lovely pair have been a pleasure to draw, I'm a real spaniel fan! They make great portraits and have so much character in those lovely eyes. Thanks for the comment about the 'Welshie eye' on my blog, Frak, it prompted me to upload this scan.

Spaniel portraits

Just working on this lovely pair, always great characters spaniels!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Work in progress - Welsh springer spaniels.

This is the first of two spaniel portraits, these are welsh springer spaniels, a lighter brown than the liver and white spaniel portraits I'm used to. Always lovely to work with such pretty eyes, pastels are perfect for animal portraits.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Vizsla pastel portrait - work in progress

Just adding the final touches to this lovely Vizsla pastel portrait, what a beautiful pose to work from. Alway tricky getting the right 'brown' but hopefully this one is coming along well.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Work in progress - Daxi Pastel portrait

I've enjoyed painted these two, they make a great pair. It's always difficult painting brown dogs because the colour changes so much depending on the light. I was lucky enough to meet these two, though, which always helps me understand their individual colouring and characters.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Boxer pastel portrait.

Kipling came to visit for his portrait, a lovely kind faced boxer. I'm glad his owners are as pleased as me with the portrait.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Cao da Serra de Aires Dogs


I've never been asked to draw a Cao da Serra de Aires portrait before, these two live in Jersey and I've enjoyed drawing them. 
Here's a  bit more about them, taken from the website shown below.
 'The standard was recognized in 1932 by the Clube Portugues de Canicultura.The Serra de Aires Dog is quite popular in Portugal but nearly unknown in Euroge (where it is usually simply called the "Portugese Sheepdog")
In Portugal,the Cao da Serra de Aires tends and drives the flocks ofsheeps, goats or cattle, particularly in the Alantejo and Ribatejo regions, where it adapted well to the dry and flat areas as well as the harsh climate (freezing and windy in winter, torrid and dusty in summer).'
Here's the website.
http://www.caodaserradeaires.fr/SerraAng.htm

Friday, 8 October 2010

Work in progress - it's a surprise so that's all for now!


A great set of eyes, pastels are the perfect medium for drawing eyes. Still lots to do but I'm happy with it so far.

2 lovely black labradors



These two happy black labrador owners came to pick up their new portrait. They said they liked it because 'it looks just like them at home'. Thanks boys.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Happy birthday to Mrs Bexley of Combe Martin!



This lovely terrier makes a great portrait, she's still handful even at 13! Thanks for sending the photo, Vick, I'm glad your Mum loved it, I liked drawing him too. Its always tricky getting white dogs to look white but not too flat.


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Pastel classes at Stewarts.

This is day 1 for one of my students on paper she stretched 20 years ago. Having packed away her art materials to return to work after children, it didn't take long to revive her skills! What a fantastic result!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Monty - Bull Mastif portrait - Simon's Birthday portrait



Just had a lovely message from Angela to say that Monty's portrait was well received. That's great news, I thought it was a great portrait to draw, what a lovely face! Portraits make great gifts, we luckily managed to keep this a secret even thought we had to kidnap the dog for a photo shoot. It always helps to meet the dog if possible to get an impression of the character.



Sunday, 26 September 2010

Finished portrait for Ann - Happy birthday!



Happy birthday Ann, glad you liked your portrait. They make a great pair. Hope you have a brilliant rest of the day,
Best wishes 
Nina

photo

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Labrador pastel portrait.

I've been working on this portrait for the last few weeks. Labradors make great subjects for pastel portraits. These two have lovely faces!

Portrait of Japanese Akitas

I received a commission to draw a portrait of these Japanese Akitas. I'm looking forward to drawing these two furry faces!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Spaniels in the woods

These two working springer spaniels needed a woodland scene to sit in. There owner requested something similar to my 'waiting in the woods' card. It was great fun putting the two elements together.
Nina Squire
www.thepastelartist.co.uk
07967 736762

Terrier portrait

This is a great photo to work from, bags of character! Looking forward to starting the fence, it's going to be a great portrait.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Hairy terriers!

This was a challenge but great fun to draw! A real cutie!

Terrier portraits are great too-

Especially when they have bags of character like this one!

Spaniel portrait - finishing touches

It's been a busy few months with shows and events. This week gives me a chance to finish off various portraits ready for collection. Drawing spaniel portraits is still one of my favourite past times!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

New Forest Show

I'll be drawing at the New Forest Show. There's loads to see if you're in the area. Let me know if you can make it over.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Pastel workshops at Stewarts Garden Centre, Wimborne.

Gillys been working on a fab picture of Badbury Rings. Finished just
in time for Summer holidays. We're now off to find more views for
inspiration ready for September when we'll start again!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Emmanuel Middle School - Flowers and Feltmaking

We've been working with felt provided by Stewarts Garden Centre, to
make flower meadows, we've looked at different artists to get some
inspiration including Van Gogh and Monet. These iris's look fantastic!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Artist in residence at Stourfield Junior, Bournemouth

I was lucky enough to be selected to work as artist in residence with Stourfield Junior as part of The Mermaid Princess project with Poole Lighthouse. I was asked to design a wall hanging with the children that responded to the Italian theatre company, Teatro Kismet, production of The Mermaid Princess. The children enjoyed the production and wanted to make a beautiful mermaid with a shoal of recycled fish alongside which was displayed with a beautiful woven background on an old fishing net. It was much bigger than we first thought it would be as the children loved weaving the net with the different materials to create the background – it just kept growing! The final product looked fantastic and far exceeded my initial ideas, the children added so much more than I could I have ever imagined, their enthusiasm was amazing! If you get the chance to see it pop in, it’s on display along with other art products from other local artists from tomorrow until the middle of September.


More information here The lighthouse poole.


Thursday, 8 July 2010

My creative development day in Bridport

I had a great day out at West Mead Creative with Ros Fry and Letty, her new pup. Ros has a wide range of experience in arts marketing and development and offers mentoring and advice for artists and creative businesses. Creative Dorset are supporting local artists with funding for career development. I’ve been to a number of Ros’s workshops and always come away feeling inspired so a one to one session was a great treat! Ros and I had a brainstorming afternoon and have now come up with some exciting plans for the next year. Dorset is a great place for artist’s, we get lots of extra support through Creative Dorset. I’ll be working on some new ideas, more to follow.....

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

More from Manor Park

Manor Park School Arts Week

Little Green Fingers Art Projects took silk painting to year 3 and 4
with Stewarts funding. The children worked together to make some
lovely silk panels. We made 15 over three days! The children were
fantastic at working together and designing the panels.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Rory came to visit me at Stewarts during my Dorset Art Weeks exhibition

Rory's been drawing and working on some water colours of North Wales
from his recent holidays. Check out his blog for more pics. www.roryroryrory.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Dorset Art Weeks

Been working on a cow for my Dorset Art Weeks exhibition. It'll be on show along with some others at Stewarts from tomorrow until 13th June! Let me know if you're in the area.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Dorset Art Weeks 29th May to 13th June

If you are able to visit please give me a call to arrange a time.
Here's a link to my venue
http://www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk/index.php/daw/venue/daw1388.html

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Felted landscapes at St Georges

Here's my pastel painting of Stewarts Garden Centers flowering meadow
and the children's felted picture of it.

Silk painting at Brackenbury

The children worked on some lovely pictures using silk paints. This
design is based on my painting of Stewarts Garden Centres flowering
meadow.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Four in a row!

It's a challenge doing one pastel portrait but four in a row is nerve
racking! These are a lovely selection of characters and great fun to
draw. A bit of finishing off to do but nearly there!

Character portraits

These two make a lovely pastel portrait. I'm glad you're pleased too Kazz. Nina