My latest commission delights it’s owner

A few weeks ago the owner of this beautiful spaniel called Pimms contacted me through my website to ask if I could do a commission of her. It was to be a birthday present for her partner Clive. She had found me by googling ” animal artists in Herefordshire” and chose me because she liked the quality of my work.

We travelled down to Dymock in Gloucestershire to met Victoria and Pimms, and my wife Cath took a series of photographs from which Victoria chose her favourite. I do prefer to take our own photos to get the best possible detail, light, contrast and character. The eyes are particularly important to get perfect as they can make or break a portrait. Victoria chose E but which would you have chosen?

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I completed this portrait using soft pastels and pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch pastel paper. The sharpened pencils create the detail and the background is blended using polystyrene sticks to give the three dimensional effect to the completed painting. A ( rather poor) quality video of how I created Pimms can be found HERE. Victoria collected Pimms yesterday and gave it to Clive last night as an early birthday present – but also as a Valentine’s gift……These photos are of Pimms, her portrait and Clive….a delighted and delightful family!

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Selling art online is difficult but catchy tags help enormously

This week I sold ” Dreaming of Fame” through the online art gallery “Artfinder.com” – the third painting I have sold with them in two years. Not a high hit rate but, with hundreds of artists and thousands of pieces of art for buyers to search through, it is no wonder!

What I found interesting was the comment from the buyer “It is a beautiful piece that has significance for us not least because my wife loves ballet and comes from a family of French lace makers!” Luckily there are not a large number of “ballerina” paintings ( 225 in the price bracket) on Artfinder but if I had added “lace” there would have been only 30 ( including mine )

So it has taught me a lesson – that even the simplest tag can improve your chance of being found. This may be commonsense to some but to someone new to online selling it is part of the journey of discovery…..

Artfinder seem to have a formula that works. No other site I have found encourages us to upload photos not just of the artwork but also of the signature, close up views, work in progress ( if available ) and of it in the frame…..

So I will keep adding new work to Artfinder, improve the tags I add to the description and upload quality photographs to improve my page. I keep my fingers crossed that someone else will find their perfect painting in my online gallery!

You can see more pastel artwork that I have sold ( both online and in galleries ) and have had commissioned on my website.…..

What an instant difference a background makes!

This osprey is one of two that I am undertaking in pastel as a commission. I am using my favourite combination of soft pastels ( usually Art Spectrum but sometime Rembrandt if the former does not have the shade I want ) and pastel pencils ( Derwent, Cretacolour or Conte once again depending on the shade I need).

I find it interesting that as soon as I start on the background, in this case a moody sky, the painting starts to take shape. Depth and detail is enhanced and the picture comes to life even though it is far from finished. You can see this from the comparative photos above…..

This is a very time consuming piece, as I enjoy ( well maybe that is too strong a word!) capturing the details – the colours and textures of the feathers, the outstretched claws ready to land on the ( invisible) branch, the eyes fixed on it’s mate nearby ( you’ll see her soon….) A story being told in an instant…..looking forward to sharing this story with you in subsequent posts…..

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15% off my pastel artworks on Artfinder for one more week!

I am offering 15% off all my artworks for the next week so why not give your loved one a very special present that will last a lifetime? You can pay in installments if you wish, the painting is already framed and will be delivered by courier, and Artfinder will guarantee your satisfaction, so why not have a look? Your special someone will be over the moon, just like the nearly 200 people who have bought or commissioned one of my many detailed pastel artworks….

Chose something special for someone special at Christmas

I am offering 15% off all my artworks for the next two weeks on Artfinder.com so why not give your loved one a very special present that will last a lifetime? You can pay in installments if you wish, the painting is already framed and will be delivered by courier, and Artfinder will guarantee your satisfaction, so why not have a look? Your special someone will be over the moon, just like the nearly 200 people who have bought or commissioned one of my many detailed pastel artworks….

Delighted to have 12 paintings accepted for sale by a local gallery

I have exhibited at Sable and Hogg in Brecon in the past and have sold three paintings with them. I am pleased to be able to exhibit some of my new work and hope to sell some as Christmas approaches. collage-oct-2016-works-for-sale-2

Brecon is such a lovely town set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons in mid Wales so why not have a day out to enjoy the scenery and my artwork. You will not regret it!

Last 2 days of my open studio and doing well…..

I have had a enjoyable week, meeting lots of friendly people who have appreciated my artwork and Cath’s garden ( open tomorrow afternoon for the NGS) I have had 36 pieces of artwork on display, as well as a Work In Progress video for people to see how I create my detailed pastel artworks. I have also greetings cards for sale of my work and a few examples of previous commissions. So I like to think we have offered a unique insight into my artwork and lifestyle and hope to welcome more people over the next two days – I hope that you may be one of them! Invite to H-art 2016 Ivan Jones

My latest pastel artwork “Chippie” is completed in time for my open studio

Have just completed this Great Spotted Woodpecker “Chippie” in soft pastels and pastel pencils on Art Spectrum Colourfix paper. Photo reference from Adobe Stock by Lucaar. I have included some WIP’s for your interest. Chippie will be displayed ( and for sale ) at my open studio exhibition for Herefordshire Art Week starting Saturday. http://bit.ly/2c9iuxs Enjoy your day! www.ivanjonesart.co.uk

Invite to H-art 2016 Ivan Jones