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

This stunning kingfisher painting finds a special home

At last I get to post this beautiful kingfisher completed. I have been away for a few weeks getting a bit of sun in Cyprus. Hope you all are doing well. I was very pleased to sell this striking pastel painting to Geoff and Beverley @gmcotterill during my open house in September. It great addition to the other paintings of mine they already own. Champion!

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I enjoy posting these sort of collages ( the colours of this bird are striking ) and I hope you find them of interest. The pastel pencils are an assortment of Derwent, Conte & Cretacolour and the paper is Artspectrum Colourfix. Enjoy your day!

KIngfisher collage 2018

This most recent commission delights her owners

As you know I find commission work very rewarding, especially when I can give the owners a unique painting that will last a lifetime. I am currently working on a commission for one of my clients – this will be the third portrait they have commissioned so I must be doing something right!!

However this is my most recent completed commission, Liesl, collected by her owners on Wednesday. Briony ( who lives in Australia) contacted me after she had seen the portrait I completed of her grandfather Brian earlier in the year. Liesl had belonged to her sister Megan but had passed away earlier this year.

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Briony got together a range of photos and we chose one that had enough detail and showed Liesl’s character. When Megan saw the completed portrait she was delighted and moved as it was a complete surprise. So pleased to have been able to provide her with something special that will make her smile everytime she sees it…..

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My pastel art exhibition at home has positive response

Every year when Herefordshire Art week approaches ( this year it was between the 8th and 16th of September ) we have a last minute scramble to find 40 paintings to display on the walls of my home. I work to have as much new work as possible for those visitors who have seen my work in previous years…..

H-art invite 2018

As you can see we had an attractive and wide range of different subject matter and prices, including framed prints which we first displayed at the Wigmore Show…..

Prints framed

Although it was much quieter than in previous years I sold three paintings ( seen below wrapped and ready for collection ) two framed prints and a number of unframed prints, plus lots of cards.

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Thank you everyone for your support both here and during the exhibition – it is much appreciated. Enjoy your day, take good care and catch up soon!

Selling high quality prints at the Wigmore Show was encouraging

I was asked to support our local show in Wigmore a few months ago and, having had a stall last year, I agreed. This year the show was based around the Wigmore Village Hall so I had space to have two tables to sell cards and show examples of my work, as last year.

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However this year my wife Cathy suggested we consider selling prints. We had not had success in the past with prints ordered from professional printers ( colours were wrong and they were too expensive ). But after some trial and error Cath has been able to find affordable high quality A3 fine art velvet paper and this allows us to experiment more to get the colours perfect, at a lower cost, on our Canon PRO-100s A3 printer.

Sample-prints

Once Cath had found the perfect setting for the printer and corresponding software, we were able to print off two copies of 10 different artworks in two different sizes. We have decided to keep the numbers we print to 25 per artwork so we can sell them a limited editions. I also framed three to demonstrate how the prints look when mounted.

Certificate

 

I was very pleased with how the stall looked and was encouraged by the response from the people attending the show. I was also happy that I sold one of the larger prints of a running hare as well as a number of greetings cards. I will now invest in a print stand, pre-cut mounts as well as carrier bags for the prints in preparation for my open house exhibition during H-art week in less than two weeks……