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!


I can create something special for that someone special

With “that” time of year far too rapidly approaching why not consider something different for a loved one – a commissioned portrait? Whether it be of your beloved pet, child or partner I can create something unique that will last a lifetime. Having undertaken many commissions I understand what is needed to create high quality, detailed portrait so contact me through my website, phone or email address for more details. Look forward to hearing from you and to making Christmas day extra special for your loved one!Portrait complete

Last 2 days of my open studio and doing well…..

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! Invite to H-art 2016 Ivan Jones

My latest pastel artwork “Chippie” is completed in time for my open studio

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. Enjoy your day!

Invite to H-art 2016 Ivan Jones

Artists beware……please read this!

This is about a lesson learned about an internet scam I experienced this week….

It started when an email came through from my website from a Theo Schwartz ( email address: ). He purported to come from Hamburg in Germany and wanted to buy two paintings. He said that he had a number of items to transport from the UK to Germany and would pay for the items ( we agreed a sum ) then arrange collection from my home.

I sent him a Paypal invoice for the paintings ( easy to do from a Paypal business account ) but he insisted paying cheque through his business account. When the cheque arrived it was for the equivalent of £2850 ( 3306 euros) and when I emailed him to say it was too much ( over £2000 too much!!) he insisted that I deposit it, wait until it had been through the negotiation process with the bank then his courier would collect the paintings…..

I was still very concerned about having someone else’s money in my bank account and my bank agreed with me so I did not deposit the cheque, instead emailed “Theo” requesting that he pay for the paintings through PayPal and send him a photo of the cheque being destroyed…..I have heard nothing from him since…..

Now comes the important part –  I have since heard that this is a very elaborate scam. If I had deposited the cheque, it would have cleared the bank negotiations in 1 to 6 weeks and I would have sent the paintings off ( or they would have been collected ) Then either the cheque would have bounced or “Theo” might have requested I purchase something else for him or any number of possibilities.

Lesson to learn – if your buyer pays in advance with a large cheque assume it is a scam. Only accept enough money to cover the cost of the item and postage, no more….Hope this saves a lot of heartache.

Please spread the word! 

Getting prepared for my open house during Herefordshire ( H-art ) week

This is the article written for the local press…..the photo below is from the 2015 event….

H-art is a county wide open studio event, paid for by individual artisans & creative businesses. This is H-art’s 15th art trail with 97 venues and over 250 artists scattered across the county and each venue can be found by following their pink “H-art” signs. In Wigmore you will see such signs taking you to the open house exhibition of Ivan Jones Pastel Artist in Bury Court Park. Ivan is open every day during H-art week between 10 am and 5 pm and entry is free. You are warmly welcome to pop in anytime to enjoy Ivan’s detailed pastel artwork, as well as wander around his wife’s beautiful garden which is open for the NGS on Sunday September 18th. Ivan’s exhibition will also be open for visitors in the evenings by appointment only on 01568 770808. You can find out more at or


Delighted to sell a painting on

I was very pleased to receive notification of the sale of the black impala through the art sale website It is the second piece of pastel artwork I have sold through this site and they deal with all the payments so that is good news, though they do take commission. The new owner lives in London and spent many years in South Africa so it should bring back good memories……

My latest artwork, a kingfisher, is completed and is for sale….

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

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