Back in November, I had a call from Unison Helen. “Would you be happy to go to Jackson’s Art HQ and talk about our pastels?” she asked. My answer was a resounding, “Yes, of course!”.
Jackson’s Art is my favourite art shop and the chance to visit the store and see their beautiful art studio was my idea of a dreamy day out!
Train ticket booked and very early alarm set, I travelled up to London on a chilly Saturday in November to meet Hayley and Darius, the creative film duo at Jackson’s Art. Liza Takahashi was there too, with a selection of FAQs on soft pastels. Liza is their fantastic blog writer, we had worked together back in 2014 to create a piece about my animal portraits.
You can read it here…
Pastel Artist Nina Squire and her love of animals – Jackson’s Art Blog
Pastel Artist Nina Squire tells the Jackson’s Art Blog all about her life as an animal portraitist.
I’ve been admiring Jackson’s Art Studio on their social media so a chance to visit it in person was so lovely. The space is everything I dream of, high ceilings, beautiful light from large windows, the essential arty Belfast sink and art paraphernalia steeped in creative history.
It’s always a little nerve wracking talking to a camera but Liza put me at ease and it was just like an arty chat over coffee. I had brought a selection of my favourite art materials and recent artworks, including my favourite seascapes and colours to show some of the techniques I love using with pastels. I particularly wanted to make sure that I showed off the versatility that I love about Unison Colour Soft Pastels. I’d also requested a pack of Jackson’s Arts Sanded Sample pack to show the difference they can make to your artwork.
I spent a lovely day with the team and I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to leave. Here’s me in my dream studio.
Those that know me well will know that they have had to edit out lots of pastel chat. The one top tip that didn’t make the cut? If you ask ten different pastel artists, then you’ll get at least ten different answers. I hope you’ll agree that my Jackson’s Art video covers just enough to get people started. There’s so much more about pastels I love and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Here’s their video – I hope it covers all of your pastelley FAQ’s. Fingers crossed, they’ll invite me back for Chapter two!