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.

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!