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 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”
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.
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!
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…..
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.
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…..
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.
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.
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……
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……
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…….
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!
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……
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…..)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…..
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!
It is always nice to see an artist at work and a video is a great way to do this. My wife has taken many short videos of me creating my artwork over the years and I have had good feedback from them…..this is my YouTube page where you can see me paying attention to detail…..
When I first started selling my pastel artworks online I needed to find a safe way to send a framed painting both in this country and overseas.
After a lot of research and chatting to Facebook groups I discovered a brilliant padded transit box from Lion framing supplies
I then had to find a courier and have ended up with Fedex for overseas and UK mail (under the iPost Parcels umbrella ) for the UK market though I have used both UPS and DHL – the latter being a disaster and NOT recommended…..
This photo shows the packaging around my latest framed pastel artwork commission.
Lots of foam padding around the work then a sleeve fits over the top before it is taped and labelled.
Very pleased to say that “Dave” arrived safely today and is now on the wall of his owners home. Always good news – and they love him too! Even better!!
You too can commission something special from me that you will love and will last you a lifetime – contact me. You will not regret it!
This is just a glimpse, for you, of my latest commissioned portrait – more details to follow once he has been given to the owners. I usually try to take the photos of the animals ( and people!) whose portraits I paint but in this case the terrier lives in Devon and the family who commissioned me to do his portrait live in Essex!
The reference photo ( below ) was taken by while he was lying on the floor hence my comment ” the eyes say it all”. He watches everyone and waits for his opportunity to have a treat or go for a walk or get involved in a family activity.
The eyes are also crucial to a portrait – if you get them wrong then the whole painting lacks any depth or character and hence the importance of a good reference photo with as much detail as possible.
As always I have used sharpened pastel pencils to create the detail here of the hair, eyes and nose – combined with the layering of colour I like to think it gives a 3D effect to the completed portrait.
I sent a photo of the completed commission to the couple who commissioned me and the wife cried. That’s a great response!! The painting will be sent by courier on Tuesday to arrive on Wednesday……now onto the next portrait – a border collie called Daisy! Enjoy your day…..