My latest pastel artwork has a positive response….

This is my latest pastel artwork which will be for sale at my open house exhibition during H-art (Herefordshire art) week between September 8th and 16th. The reference photo was taken by Javier De Lucar who has a page on Flickr. Permission given.

I have posted this painting on some facebook group pages as well as instagram and people seem to like the power and detail in the image. This piece took about 30 hours.

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Here are some WIP’s included above for your interest. They show me using a polystyrene as a pencil to blend in details before adding more layers of colour to increase depth. Also finger blending, adding details with various shades of pastel pencil, sharpening a pencil and so on.

As usual my medium of choice is ArtSpectrum Colourfix paper using Derwent, Faber-castell, Conte a Paris and Cretacolour pastel pencils for details. The background is applied using Rembrandt and Art Spectrum soft pastels. Enjoy your day!

Very Happy After A Successful “Out Of The Hills” Art Exhibition

When I was invited by mixed media artist Maggie Davis to exhibit in a new art exhibition called “Out of the Hills” I was very pleased to be considered.  As the annual ” Palace Art-Fest” in Hereford ( usually held in June ) had  been cancelled I was able to say yes.

Maggie had met me through Facebook and Twitter and felt I was a good fit with the  eleven other invited artisans for this exhibition to be held at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, Shropshire.

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This well organised and beautifully laid exhibition was a success and I was delighted to sell three of my detailed pastel artworks. In this age where art is considered a luxury item it was a surprise to be honest.

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Many thanks must be given to Maggie and her husband Kim for all their hard work to get this exhibition off the ground. I hope I will be invited back next year…..

 

Very pleased with my latest portrait commission

I was surprised and pleased to be contacted by Cheryl King from Perth Australia last month through my website. She had been searching using Google for a portrait artist and found me – the power of the internet!

It turned out that she was originally from the UK and her father, who had turned 90 in March 2018, lives near Preston in Lancashire. After exchanging emails we arranged for Cheryl, her father Brian and mother Hilda to come for lunch so that my wife Cath could take some photos of him.

It took and while for him to relax but during lunch he started chatting and laughing and Cath caught him perfectly. However it took over 50 images to capture the right one….we went through the best of them with Cheryl and Brian and they were in agreement that this photo best captured Brian’s cheeky side….

It took me over 30 hours to capture the detail and character of his face using pastel pencils ( a mixture of Derwent, Conte, Cretacolour and Faber Castell ) on my favourite Art Spectrum Colourfix paper. The background was blended using layers of Art Spectrum soft pastels. I am very pleased with the result. You see a short video of me at work on my facebook and instagram pages. If you would like to follow in Cheryl’s footsteps and commission a portrait from me please get in touch!

 

 

My artwork installed and ready for “Out of the Hills” exhibition

I was delighted and chuffed to be approached by mixed media artist Maggie Davies earlier this year and be asked to participate in a new venture called ” Out of the Hills” Marches art exhibition to be held at the revamped gallery within the Aardvark Bookery complex. Exhibition space at Aardvark books

My interactions with Maggie on Twitter encouraged her to consider me as part of this eclectic mix of artisans – social media has proven a useful tool on this occasion. Time consuming but the only real way to get my work out in the open.

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The exhibition runs until Sunday 17th and I will be stewarding on the afternoons of  June 4th, 6th, 9th and 16th so hope to see you there……

How I Created A Commission From Slightly Blurry Photos

When I was asked to undertake a commission for the Smith family I was a little concerned as the three dalmations, that had been part of the family’s life for over thirty years, had all passed away. The only photos they could provide me were taken by older cameras and mobile phones, with some in slide format……

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Now Rohan ( left ) and Baggins ( right ) were acceptable, though the detail was not the best when enlarged. But what was I to do with Strider ( in the middle ) where the reference photo had to be digitised from a slide 20 years old or more? In a flash of inspiration  I searched Pinterest and found a reference photo of a dalmation with the same head position as Strider…….

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Using this attractive image I then produced a rough sketch of Strider using the marking from his photograph and sent this to Sheila ( who has commissioned me ) to see if she felt it resembled her memory of their first dalmation……and she did!

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This gave me the confidence to proceed with the these portraits, knowing I could produce something that was special to the family. The next step was to decide on the layout of the three dogs. By printing the chosen images onto plain paper then cutting them out I could provide Sheila with different arrangements for her to decide the one she preferred. These ones below are a sample…..By the way, the one she chose was not the one I would have chosen, but it is important the client has full control at this stage……

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Once the layout was agreed upon I was able to happily proceed with the project which took me about 70 hours to complete in soft pastel and pastel pencils on Art Spectrum colourfix paper. Each dog had it’s own challenges but I am pleased with the outcome and so were both Sheila and Kim ( the latter who had a big birthday and who was presented with the portraits in the past week…..)

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If you want to see more of my pastel art techniques have a look at my Pastelwork in Progress facebook page and my Ivan Jones Art you tube page……catch up soon!

Posting easily to Instagram from your laptop

I thought this may be of interest to those of you who want to use Instagram but do not have a tablet, ipad, iphone or android phone……

I am most comfortable on my laptop but wanted to share my artwork through one of the best social media apps around. I searched the internet and after trying one of two different window based apps I found Gramblr to post to Instagram…..

There is also the option to increase your exposure through the site. After posting you can add hashtags and tag people as you would normally. You can also get likes, after posting your image, through the app…..a good way to get more followers too…..See more on the Instacentric website ( below )

and also on the Software Informer website ( see below )

It has a few hiccups at times but it has not affected my computer and is so useful for sharing my detailed pastel artwork to the general public……and it is free! Well worth a look sometime……tell me what you think! www.ivanjonesart.co.uk

New owner is delighted with my portrait of her terrier Dave

I have talked elsewhere about my recent commissioned pet portrait of this delightful terrier Dave but now I am very pleased to be able to post the completed painting as his owner, Hayley, received him today.

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Her aunt Paula and her husband Keith had commissioned Dave’s portrait late last year, following a commission of a robin I completed for them at that time.

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Keith and Paula have been very supportive of my artwork, having first purchased “Cheeky Chappy” a robin pastel painting from the Art2Arts website then “Sepia Tide” a seascape from my website.

I was then delighted to meet both Keith and Paula at the Palace Art-fest in June 2017 which was held at the Bishops Palace in Hereford. There they kindly purchased “A moment’s reflection” to add to their “Ivan Jones Pastel Artist” collection!

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I have a number of clients who have purchased more than one of my detailed pastel paintings and commissions and, although I am thanking Keith and Paula today for their support, I would like to thank everyone  who has bought, enjoyed and appreciated my attention to detail! It makes all my hard work very worthwhile!

 

 

Excited to have three exhibitions of my artwork this year….all are welcome!

Although last year was busy with commission work, and this year has started off in he same vein, it is good to be able to exhibit my pastel artwork in a range of different locations. This also increases the number of people who see my art and who can appreciate how much I pay attention to detail.

My first exhibition is at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan where I have been invited to join 12 other artisans in displaying artwork from June 2nd to 17th 2018. More details to follow……

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My next one will be at home here in Wigmore during H-art ( Herefordshire art ) week which runs from September 8th to 16th 2018, every day 10am to 5pm. As in previous years I will have original pastel artworks, cards, mugs and prints for sale. Our garden will be open for the NGS on the final day Sunday September 16th….hope to see you!

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My last exhibition for the year will be at the Leominster Tourist Office Gallery which is a wonderful light and airy space in Corn Square in Leominster, Herefordshire. This will run from December 1st until December 24th 2018, just in time for Christmas! I will have a range of more Christmas themed detailed artworks with cards, mugs and prints available. So an exciting year ahead – hope to see you sometime in 2018!

Appreciating the attention to detail makes for a unique portrait

Very pleased with the outcome of my latest commission, this lovely border collie called Daisy.  I can only show you part of her as she is waiting to be given to her owner as a birthday present.

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By paying attention to detail I have created a unique portrait to last a lifetime.  I used mostly Faber Castell pastel pencils for the blacks and greys but also have various other shades in Derwent, Conte and Cretacolour. I have left the background as the colour of my favourite Artspectrum Colourfix paper in grey. Don’t forget the short video of me adding detail to the eyes which is on instagram…..

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I am starting my next commission now but don’t forget that I can do something special for you too! Look forward to hearing from you and enjoy your day!

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My “Aviator” is promoted in an exciting online art magazine

I am very pleased to be featured with “The Aviator” in the JaamZIN online art magazine. My full profile is also included on their blog page.

Fullscreen capture 27012018 100541.bmpThis portrait proved very popular when posted on my instagram page recently and sold during my open house in September 2016.

Characterful faces seem to have an attraction to viewers and I enjoy giving them a detailed 3D finish using soft pastels and pastel pencils. A sharp reference photo to work from helps enormously and I get permission from the photographer wherever possible.

Why not commission me to undertake a portrait for you? More details below…..

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