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?
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!
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…..
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….
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!
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
These is the feet of my current pastel artwork which is to be on display during my open house …… what are your thoughts? It is a very popular bird – I have sold two paintings of them in the past and hope someone will want this one for their wall too…..Hope to see you during Herefordshire Art week!
With Artfinder offering free postage with Bank Holiday Weekend I have decided to offer a 15% discount off the 15 artworks I have for sale on this excellent website…….remember my latest pastel artwork will be available for sale during my open house next month……
This kingfisher ” A cute angler” is from an Adobe Stock photo ( no photographer credit given ) with background idea from a kingfisher by photographer Russ Bridges. Ivan completed this using Art Spectrum soft pastels and an assortment of Derwent/Conte/Cretacolour pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch paper. I have included a few pictures of my work in progress here…..more on my facebook page soon. It is sized to fit 16 by 20 in frame and is available to purchase – please contact me for more details and more photos through my website or on 07813 733240
This piece of art is created from a photo my wife Cath took in April. It is completed in Artspectrum soft pastel and derwent/conte/cretacolour pastel pencils on Clairefontaine pastelmat paper with final image 11inch by 8.5 inch. I have called the painting “Cheeky Chappy” Have included a couple of WIP’s below and there will be more soon on my Pastel Work in Progress page. I am very happy with the end result and he is for sale as well, so drop me a line if you are interested through my website……Catch up again soon!