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!
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…..
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!
Early in 2017 I was contacted by the card company Woodmansterne . They had seen my “Donkeys in Snow” painting on my Instagram feed and wanted to use the image for Christmas cards.
I was quite flattered as you might imagine and, after contacting Flora Lee who had bought the original painting, I gave them permission to use the image. I was paid a small sum and promised some cards for my own use once they had been printed.
Late last week I was surprised to open a box that arrived by courier contained quite a few packs of my Christmas cards from Woodmansterne. They had cropped the original image and called the donkeys “Christmas Morning”
I was also very pleased to see that the cards were for the NSPCC childline charity which makes them all the more special. They will be available shortly from local stockists…..Enjoy your day!
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…..
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……