A great start to my next exciting artwork….”Lion Lovers”

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.

Lion and lioness reference photo

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….

Adding layers to the mane on the lion

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….

Have a peek at my latest completed portrait commission

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…..

Artwork in progress in pastel of portrait commission

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…..

Portrait commission detailed pastel artwork completed

A glimpse at the completed portrait commission of Heather

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.

Portrait pastel artwork in progress

And the completed portrait is below. Enjoy your day!

Heather completed portrait commission in pastel

Working on my first commissioned portrait for 2019…

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…..

The best three of 80!

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!

“Brian” commissioned portrait

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!  

New artwork completed for my next exhibition in June 2019

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. 

My latest pastel artwork which is  nuthatch clinging to a tree trunk and about to fly off to the next tree. Detailed and realistic art.

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

Nuthatch WIP with reference photo by Erik De Rijk

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. 

Nuthatch pastel artwork in progress Ivan Jones

This pastel painting will be for sale at Out of the Hills so see you there in June! 

My most recent pet portrait commission is a great success

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 pet portrait reference photo

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” 

“Betsy” pet portrait framed

Delighted to share my latest commission, and the owner, with you

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!

Romantic Swans commission completed by Ivan Jones for Christmas 2018

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…

Part of the “Romantic Swans” reference photo

Why not consider a commission for yourself or someone special?

I have been invited to exhibit at “Out of the Hills”

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.

Out of the Hills art exhibition June 2018

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…..

I have yet to decide about whether to open my house for H-art ( Herefordshire Art Week ) in September but hope to be able to exhibit new work at the Lion Gallery in Leominster during 2019.

So an interesting year ahead – and hopefully more commissions can be undertaken too…..you know where I am!

My “Just Real Art” exhibition is all ready for the punters…..

Poster LTIC 2018 Ivan Jones

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.

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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…..

 

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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.

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Excited about my “Just Real Art” exhibition starting soon….

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.

Poster LTIC 2018 Ivan Jones

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!

Dining room H art 2018

 

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…..

Banner 2018 Ivan Jones