A video glimpse of the creation of my latest commission

It is always nice to see an artist at work and a video is a great way to do this. My wife has taken many short videos of me creating my artwork over the years and I have had good feedback from them…..this is my YouTube page where you can see me paying  attention to detail…..

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This is my latest one which you can see on my instagram page as well as my “pastel work in progress” facebook page…..see below

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Have a look at one of my videos which shows how I pay close attention to detail which makes my style of work ideal for commissions…..

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Enjoy seeing me at work and enjoy your day! Catch up soon……

A great way to send a painting on it’s way…..

When I first started selling my pastel artworks online I needed to find a safe way to send a framed painting both in this country and overseas.

After a lot of research and chatting to Facebook groups I discovered a brilliant padded transit box from Lion framing supplies

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I then had to find a courier and have ended up with Fedex for overseas and UK mail  (under the iPost Parcels umbrella ) for the UK market though I have used both UPS and DHL – the latter being a disaster and NOT recommended…..

This photo shows the packaging around my latest framed pastel artwork commission.

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Lots of foam padding around the work then a sleeve fits over the top before it is taped and labelled.

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Very pleased to say that “Dave” arrived safely today and is now on the wall of his owners home. Always good news – and they love him too! Even better!!

You too can commission something special from me that you will love and will last you a lifetime – contact me. You will not regret it!

The Eyes Of This Delightful Terrier Say It All

This is just a glimpse, for you, of my latest commissioned portrait – more details to follow once he has been given to the owners. I usually try to take the photos of the animals ( and people!) whose portraits I paint but in this case the terrier lives in Devon and the family who commissioned me to do his portrait live in Essex!

The reference photo ( below ) was taken by while he was lying on the floor hence my comment ” the eyes say it all”.  He watches everyone and waits for his opportunity to have a treat or go for a walk or get involved in a family activity.

 

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The eyes are also crucial to a portrait – if you get them wrong then the whole painting lacks any depth or character and hence the importance of a good reference photo with as much detail as possible.

As always I have used sharpened pastel pencils to create the detail here of the hair, eyes and nose – combined with the layering of colour I like to think it gives a 3D effect to the completed portrait.

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I sent a photo of the completed commission to the couple who commissioned me and the wife cried. That’s a great response!! The painting will be sent by courier on Tuesday to arrive on Wednesday……now onto the next portrait – a border collie called Daisy! Enjoy your day…..

Sharing my love of dramatic seas and skies

I went through a phase a few years ago of painting various sorts of boats in pastel. Seeing some of the artwork and photos on Instagram of yachts and sailing reminded me of this one which I sold a few years ago.

I would do this differently now, especially the sea and sky, but it is still a striking and dramatic image. It was created, however, using my usual materials –  soft pastels and a variety of pastel pencils, the latter sharpened to a point to capture the detail.

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The original photo reference was taken by an unknown photographer but to that photographer I would say “many thanks!” I try now to make sure I ask the photographer permission before using any photo as a reference.

It can be a difficult to trace photographers, especially on pinterest   But I do my best and often search for photographic references from free sites such as pixabay.….

I am currently completing my latest commission of a terrier which I hope to post soon – or at least part of it as it is a birthday present…..so see you then!

 

This delightful robin, commissioned for Christmas, is completed

I am not the only one who loves robins……I completed this robin last month as a commissioned gift for a couple in Essex who have bought and commissioned a total of five of my pastel paintings.

They first saw my work on the Art2Arts website and purchased “Cheeky Chappy” from there. Then they bought sepia seascape from my website and purchased a duckling from my display at the Palace Art-fest in June.

They then commissioned the robin ( above ) for Christmas and a terrier for a birthday in February. Their support is very greatly appreciated!

 

This original photo was captured by gris379 from pixabay and I modified the background.

I used Rembrandt and Artspectrum soft pastels for the larger areas of colour and then added the details using a mixture of Derwent, Cretacolour, Conte and Faber-Castell pastel pencils.

Each one has a different effect, depending on whether it is hard or soft, and of course the gives me a huge ranges of shades to chose from.

The paper is Art Spectrum Colourfix paper which has a texture similar to a very fine sandpaper ie it has “tooth” to hold onto the pastel firmly and reduces “shedding”.

You can see more of my technique on my facebook page….

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My latest commissioned portrait is complete…

I have finally completed this 50cm by 70cm commission, in pastel, ready in time for Christmas. Simon and Sue travelled to Macchu Picchu and wanted to have it in the background of their portrait. After a bit of photo manipulation and discussion we were able to get a composition in the reference photo that they were happy with – it took me about 50 hours to complete with all the detail but they are very happy with the result. As usual it was undertaken using Art Spectrum soft pastels and Derwent/Conte/Cretacolour pastel pencils on Art Spectrum Colourfix paper.

You too can have your own commission, made to your unique specifications. My attention to detail will give you a result that you will be delighted with – see more on my website. Merry Christmas!

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Sharing my 2017 pastel artworks…..

Well, it is nearly the end of 2017 and I thought you may like to see the sixteen artworks and commissions I completed this year. I have also posted this on Instagram to thank my 1000 followers there…..why not join me there too? I have one more commission to complete before Christmas then on to the first of nine commissions so far for 2018. Thank you all for your support and catch again shortly. Enjoy your day!

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Latest news – website, gallery and more

So much has happened since I last posted here…..

  1. My favoured blog site “Niume” closed down
  2. I updated my website and it is now as secure as Amazon https://ivanjonesart.co.uk
  3. I have discovered Gramblr to post to Instagram from my laptop
  4. I have had my open house during Herefordshire art Week in September
  5. I have been inundated with requests for commissions
  6. I have 6 artworks for sale at Sable and Hogg gallery in Brecon, Wales

So life has been busy but productive and I hope to catch up with you more regularly now……

Enjoy your day and your blogging!

My representation in pastel of a carpenter at work

One of the many visitors to our garden is the great spotted woodpecker. It is also a favourite of mine to create as a pastel artwork. Every woodpecker painting I have completed has been sold to other woodpecker admirers!

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The key with any artwork I create is a detailed photograph and I found this delightful image on pixabay.com posted by Jeffrey Wilson. Using sharpened pastel pencils I can add details of feathers, bring out the character in the eyes and create texture and depth to the tree bark. A work in progress video will follow soon if you are interested…..

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After 25 to 30 hours work I have created this irresistible “carpenter” now framed and available for sale to anyone out there who also loves the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Enjoy your day! ( and excuse the less than perfect photograph – trying to avoid flash reflections…..)