Now that my current commission work is completed, I can now concentrate on creating artwork for my next exhibition in June. It has been a while since I did a lion and I saw this image on Pinterest that appealed to me.
It is always of concern when I cannot find the photographer who took the reference photo – have searched through 50 or more Pinterest posts and using Google image search without success. If you know of any other way to find the original photograph please contact me!
In the meantime, I have flipped the image and am working on creating something that is unique, even if the reference photo is widely shared.
I have started in the top left hand corner ( to avoid smudging ) and built up from there using soft pastel and a range of pastel pencils on Artspectrum Colourfix paper – you can read more about the materials I use here….
As you can see I have laid down a base layer and am now adding layers to the mane with a dark brown Cretacolour pastel pencil. In this next photo I have started adding the details of the mane using Cretacolour white – the best white pastel pencil I have discovered…..
The next photo shows me adding the details of the eye, having built up the layers of the face and mane…..
I hope you have found this of some interest and I will post the completed pastel painting in due course…..Enjoy your day and catch up soon….
Following on from my last update “Day One…” I can now reveal part of the completed commission – Roxy. The rest of the portrait will have to wait to a future date as it is a surprise for the owner’s daughter….
If you recall, I took the photos in December at the owner’s home to undertake two commissions, one I posted recently of the owner and the other of her and Roxy.
As with most of my work these days I use a range of pastel pencils for the details on Artspectrum Colourfix paper with Artspectrum soft pastels for the background. Below are a few “work in progress” photos…..
I took the completed artwork across to the owner yesterday and I am delighted to say that she was very pleased with the completed portrait…..
This portrait has taken quite a while to complete, from taking the photos at Heather’s home in December to presenting the completed portrait to her this Tuesday ( February 5th ). This is the comparison with the commission nearly complete.
I am happy with the completed painting and I think she was too, though she said she has never liked photos of herself. Her husband was very happy with the likeness, however…here I am sharpening some pastel pencils….
Below is a collage of few “work in progress” photos. As usual I work on Artspectrum Colourfix paper using a variety of pastel pencils for the details and soft pastels for the background. See more of these sort of collages HERE.
And the completed portrait is below. Enjoy your day!
I have hit the ground running for the New Year. Having completed the Christmas gift commissions, I am working on the first of four commissions for 2019 with a few more in the pipeline.
Heather, my current portrait, contacted me after I was recommended to her. My wife Cath and I went to visit Heather at her home and took a large number of photographs until we had one that appealed to her and to me. These are just a sample…..
We have found it takes a while for people to relax and not feel self-conscious about being photographed. I remember a commission I did in the summer of “Brian” – it took nearly 100 photos and lunch at ours before we got the perfect photo….no point in having a posed one from a studio! But we enjoy the experience and the outcome too!
I will be posting the completed portrait of Heather soon and possibly a video of creating her eyes for those artists of you…Enjoy your day!
As I continue to actively promote my website and my artwork that is for sale there, I also am working on artworks for my next art exhibition. This exhibition is called “Out of the Hills” and runs between the 1st and 16th of June at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, Shropshire.
Having sold my first nuthatch in 2017 I thought another nuthatch may be a popular choice for my next pastel artwork. I sourced a reference photograph by Erik de Rijk from Dreamstime.com
This is me at work on the nuthatch using a pastel pencil to add texture to the feathers. Such lovely birds that we rarely see here, living as we do with fields all around. They love peanut feeders in wooded gardens…a very special visitor.
This pastel painting will be for sale at Out of the Hills so see you there in June!
After my open house art exhibition during H-art ( Herefordshire art ) week in September 2018 I was approached by Dick M to undertake a commission of his lurcher Betsy for his wife for Christmas.
Knowing that the most important thing for a good portrait is a good photograph my wife Cath and I made a visit to Dick’s home and took a range of photos of this rather nervous, but friendly, dog. The best image was achieved when Betsy was in Dick’s arms……
Betsy was undertaken using a mixture of pastel pencils ( Derwent, Conte a Paris, Cretacolour and Faber-castell) for the details of eyes and fur, and soft pastel for the background, on ArtSpectrum Colourfix paper.
I was very pleased with the completed portrait and so was Dick. He sent me a text saying: “I thought you would like to know that the picture was a great success. Margaret was thrilled with it, and friends and family all admired it. Thanks to your good work I am the flavour of the month! All the best Dick”
Hello there. Hope you had a great Christmas Day. I was delighted to receive this photo and an email from a very happy Paula who had just opened the “Romantic Swans” commission I had done as a Christmas present from her husband. She was very happy!
Do you recognise the robin in the background? This was purchased by Paula and her husband Keith in 2017. Love to see my work in situ….happy days!
PS the reference photo of the swans was from Dreamstime.com and the photographer Volodymyr Byrdyak. It was completed using soft pastel ( for the background ) and pastel pencils ( for the details ) on Art Spectrum Colourfix paper and completed framed size is 50cm by 70cm – the largest size I routinely do…
I was delighted to be contacted by Maggie Davis, a mixed media artist, who is organising the second annual “Out of the Hills” art exhibition at Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan, between the 1st and 16th of June 2019
I was privileged to be involved in the first exhibition in June and sold three of my detailed pastel paintings during the two week exhibition.
Although I am busy with commissions at the moment ( one for Christmas completed, one a work in progress ) plus three for in the New Year, I will get a number of new artworks completed for the exhibition in June…..
It has been a last minute flurry to get all the paintings ready for hanging but we have made it. The paintings have been cleaned, some reframed, some relabelled but all now are reasonably presentable.
My wife Cath has had cards printed, done some giclee prints on using high quality paper and ink, has sorted out painting descriptions and price lists, and so on. We are a good team. She has also promoted it locally using social media…..
We spend yesterday afternoon and this afternoon displaying my work in the best way possible, which is using frame colour. I hope visitors like how it looks as an exhibition – we have done our best so all we can do now is wait and see the reaction.
It is just over two weeks until my next exhibition starts at the lovely Old Stables Gallery in the Leominster Tourist Office in Corn Square, Leominster, Herefordshire.
I am getting my artwork and artist limited edition giclee prints together, my wife Cath is printing off flyers and posters, we have had greeting cards done by Truprint…it is all happening!
Come and see the results of all our hard work from December 1st through to the New Year…..the venue is a hidden gem and well worth a visit at anytime. Enjoy your day and thanks for all your support this year…..