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!
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……
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……
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!
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!
Well, it is nearly the end of 2017 and I thought you may like to see the sixteen artworks and commissions I completed this year. I have also posted this on Instagram to thank my 1000 followers there…..why not join me there too? I have one more commission to complete before Christmas then on to the first of nine commissions so far for 2018. Thank you all for your support and catch again shortly. Enjoy your day!
This is my latest video showing how I create my detailed pastel artwork of a robin. The start is a bit blurred but it improves!
I have often been asked to share how I create my artwork and started a Facebook page called Pastel work in Progress for this purpose. There you will see that I started with individual photos, then collages, and now videos. I am still refining my video techniques so any constructive criticism would be much appreciated!
For those artists of you, the materials for this artworkare Rembrandt soft pastels, with Derwent, Cretacolour and Conte pastel pencils on pastelmat paper.
I worked from a photograph my wife took, giving it depth, vibrancy and a 3D effect. I have used a polystyrene foam stick for blending the more detailed areas and my fingers for larger areas. The sandpaper and blade are used to create a sharp point that allows me to create fine detail that adds the extra dimension to the image. As with most of my artwork, this took 25 to 30 hours to complete.
I hope you find this video of interest. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me! “Cheeky chappy” is currently for sale at Sable and Hogg gallery in Brecon, Wales…….
I am offering 15% off all my artworks for the next week 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 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….