Sneak a peek at how I created this striking kingfisher in pastel

Now that I have completed this kingfisher ( from a reference photo by Ian Marshall ) I can show you a bit more about how I created it, following on from my previous post…..

After the first wing is completed I started building up the background. I experiment with colours in corner of the paper ( which as usual is Artspectrum Colourfix ) and here I using my fingers to blend the background and make a smooth surface to build up the layers….

Experimenting with colours kingfisher
Experimenting with colours of pastels
Blending background kingfisher

 I alternate between adding details to the kingfisher and adding background….this stops me smudging the work and as you see I also turn the paper around to allow the pastel to drop off safely……you can see this in a short video I have created. You can view this on my Facebook page or my Instagram feed…..I hope you find it interesting! 

These are examples of the polystyrene pencils you can see me using in this video…..and here I am adding layers and detail with a pastel pencil. 

Polystyrene shaped for blending pastel
Examples of polystyrene pencils
Using pastel pencils on kingfisher background

I next start work on the branch and I am very pleased how it turned out. I started simply by adding the outline, then working from left to right, adding layers of pastel using different shades of colour until the branch was complete. 

Adding the branch to the kingfisher painting

The finishing touches are completing the background, signing the painting and framing it – here I am cutting mountboard with a mount cutter to fit into the chosen frame……

Cutting a mount for the kingfisher frame
Cutting a mount

….and here is the completed painting “The next catch”….Have a great day!

The completed kingfisher "The next catch"
The Next Catch – a kingfisher about to dive

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!

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┬áthat I have sold ( both online and in galleries ) and have had commissioned on my website.…..