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.
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
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.
This pastel painting will be for sale at Out of the Hills so see you there in June!
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.
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…..
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.
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…..
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.
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…..
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!
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!
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…..
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…..
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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……
As I prepare for our open house art exhibition as part of Herefordshire art week September 8th to 16th I am always looking for subject matter to create appealing, and saleable, artworks.
During H-art in 2017 I sold a duckling “Wait For Me” and when this image of a duckling and it’s reflection crossed my radar I knew it fit the equally “appealing” category.
My technique as always is to create an outline to work from then select the range of colours of pastel pencils I need. I flipped this image to give variety and then printed off a photograph of the subject ( in this case the duckling ) and study the lights and shades of the feathers, eyes, water, reflections and so on. This allows me to chose the correct colours to work with.
I then work basically from left to right to avoid smudging. Where I make the first stroke of the pencil will depend on the subject matter. You can see some photos here of me at work and more of my working methods on my Facebook page
I have also posted a video of my working techniques on YouTube…..you may find it only works properly on phone and tablet for some reason……
Each time I start I don’t know how it will work out but as the colours and layers build I feel more confident in the outcome. It is slow and patient work but I enjoy the creativity and the outcome is usually worth the effort. Come and see it in September!
This is my latest pastel artwork which will be for sale at my open house exhibition during H-art (Herefordshire art) week between September 8th and 16th. The reference photo was taken by Javier De Lucar who has a page on Flickr. Permission given.
I have posted this painting on some facebook group pages as well as instagram and people seem to like the power and detail in the image. This piece took about 30 hours.
Here are some WIP’s included above for your interest. They show me using a polystyrene as a pencil to blend in details before adding more layers of colour to increase depth. Also finger blending, adding details with various shades of pastel pencil, sharpening a pencil and so on.
As usual my medium of choice is ArtSpectrum Colourfix paper using Derwent, Faber-castell, Conte a Paris and Cretacolour pastel pencils for details. The background is applied using Rembrandt and Art Spectrum soft pastels. Enjoy your day!
When I was invited by mixed media artist Maggie Davis to exhibit in a new art exhibition called “Out of the Hills” I was very pleased to be considered. As the annual ” Palace Art-Fest” in Hereford ( usually held in June ) had been cancelled I was able to say yes.
Maggie had met me through Facebook and Twitter and felt I was a good fit with the eleven other invited artisans for this exhibition to be held at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, Shropshire.
This well organised and beautifully laid exhibition was a success and I was delighted to sell three of my detailed pastel artworks. In this age where art is considered a luxury item it was a surprise to be honest.
Many thanks must be given to Maggie and her husband Kim for all their hard work to get this exhibition off the ground. I hope I will be invited back next year…..