Just committed to Herefordshire art week in September

This is held between the 12th and 20th of September and we will open our house every day between 11am and 5pm for anyone to visit and see my pastel artwork. This will be our 7th open house….looking forward to it. This is the link to my page last year...https://www.h-art.herefordshire.brightstripe.co.uk/profiles/97/ and the garden will look great too! Ivan-Jones-and-Mary-Simpson-5.9

I have set up a ” pastel work in progress” facebook page

I have been asked by a few artists through my facebook “Ivan Jones Art” page about how I create my detailed pastel work. I thought it easier to have a page where I can show them step by step how it can be done. I will work through a portrait, a duckling, a swan and a seascape over the next few weeks and answer questions as we go along. I will then keep updating as I do new work….my wife Cath takes the pictures which is very helpful……You can have a look at the page here……


Just remember that this is my technique which I developed without training – it may not suit everyone!

Duckling on pastel mat 11.1

Busy on a commission but want to share a favourite spring scene….

While I am ploughing through this large commission, I feel I should keep up with posts and the best way is to share some work that is available for purchase on www.ivanjonesart.co.uk I am posting to twitter and facebook when I can, and this is the first picture that I am posting that is not current….

This is one of my favourite landscapes from a photo taken in spring at an NGS garden south of Hereford. I wanted to create an effect, seen in a David Shepherd autumn woodland scene, of drawing the viewer in to the picture to explore what is in the distance. I think I succeeding doing that….see what you think.

Lacey Glade 16x22 inch

Working on a commission…….

I’m working on a large commission at the moment but just wanted to remind you that I have 4 paintings exhibited at The Old Chapel Gallery https://www.facebook.com/OldChapelGallery This delightful gallery in Pembridge, Herefordshire is definitely worth a visit, as are the local villages and other attractions. And you are welcome to pop in for a cuppa – I live only 20 minutes away! www.facebook.com/ivanjonesartOld Chapel collage 1.2015

Is it ” cheating” to use a digital projector to achieve the perfect outline?

I have been using a digital projector for many years as it gives me perfect proportions for portrait commissions, both of people and of animals. Once the outline is complete then the final outcome is based on my technique and understanding of the use of soft pastels and pastel pencils.

I used to feel a bit guilty about this technique until I saw David Hockney’s “Secret Knowledge” television programme and bought the book of the same. It is fascinating to discover that Canaletto used a camera obscura ( see below ) to paint many of his Venice scenes and many artists over the years have used mirrors and lens to achieve the perfect outline. You can see some of the programme at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKbFZIpNK10

So many debates have been started after this programme was viewed but, regardless of this, I am happy to use projection techniques and feel it is essential to get the outcome for a commission that a client requires. An example of such a commission is below. It would be interested to hear others thoughts on this subject……