Selling high quality prints at the Wigmore Show was encouraging

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.

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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.

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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.

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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……

 

 

This delightful duckling and it’s reflection is ready for sale

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.

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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 

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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……

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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!

 

 

 

 

My latest pastel artwork has a positive response….

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.

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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!

Very Happy After A Successful “Out Of The Hills” Art Exhibition

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.

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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.

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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…..

 

My artwork installed and ready for “Out of the Hills” exhibition

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. Exhibition space at Aardvark books

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.

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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……

Posting easily to Instagram from your laptop

I thought this may be of interest to those of you who want to use Instagram but do not have a tablet, ipad, iphone or android phone……

I am most comfortable on my laptop but wanted to share my artwork through one of the best social media apps around. I searched the internet and after trying one of two different window based apps I found Gramblr to post to Instagram…..

There is also the option to increase your exposure through the site. After posting you can add hashtags and tag people as you would normally. You can also get likes, after posting your image, through the app…..a good way to get more followers too…..See more on the Instacentric website ( below )

and also on the Software Informer website ( see below )

It has a few hiccups at times but it has not affected my computer and is so useful for sharing my detailed pastel artwork to the general public……and it is free! Well worth a look sometime……tell me what you think! www.ivanjonesart.co.uk

Excited to have three exhibitions of my artwork this year….all are welcome!

Although last year was busy with commission work, and this year has started off in he same vein, it is good to be able to exhibit my pastel artwork in a range of different locations. This also increases the number of people who see my art and who can appreciate how much I pay attention to detail.

My first exhibition is at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan where I have been invited to join 12 other artisans in displaying artwork from June 2nd to 17th 2018. More details to follow……

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My next one will be at home here in Wigmore during H-art ( Herefordshire art ) week which runs from September 8th to 16th 2018, every day 10am to 5pm. As in previous years I will have original pastel artworks, cards, mugs and prints for sale. Our garden will be open for the NGS on the final day Sunday September 16th….hope to see you!

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My last exhibition for the year will be at the Leominster Tourist Office Gallery which is a wonderful light and airy space in Corn Square in Leominster, Herefordshire. This will run from December 1st until December 24th 2018, just in time for Christmas! I will have a range of more Christmas themed detailed artworks with cards, mugs and prints available. So an exciting year ahead – hope to see you sometime in 2018!

This delightful robin, commissioned for Christmas, is completed

I am not the only one who loves robins……I completed this robin last month as a commissioned gift for a couple in Essex who have bought and commissioned a total of five of my pastel paintings.

They first saw my work on the Art2Arts website and purchased “Cheeky Chappy” from there. Then they bought sepia seascape from my website and purchased a duckling from my display at the Palace Art-fest in June.

They then commissioned the robin ( above ) for Christmas and a terrier for a birthday in February. Their support is very greatly appreciated!

 

This original photo was captured by gris379 from pixabay and I modified the background.

I used Rembrandt and Artspectrum soft pastels for the larger areas of colour and then added the details using a mixture of Derwent, Cretacolour, Conte and Faber-Castell pastel pencils.

Each one has a different effect, depending on whether it is hard or soft, and of course the gives me a huge ranges of shades to chose from.

The paper is Art Spectrum Colourfix paper which has a texture similar to a very fine sandpaper ie it has “tooth” to hold onto the pastel firmly and reduces “shedding”.

You can see more of my technique on my facebook page….

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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!

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!