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Day one of my latest commission - a good start!

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Day one of my latest commission - a good start!

Having finished a commission that I cannot reveal yet, I thought I'd share a few photos at the start of my latest commission - a lady and her dog.  Here I am working on the dog's eye - my wife Cath has done some videos of this which I hope to post to my YouTube channel in due course. I am using Cretacolour pastel pencils here, on Artspectrum Colourfix paper.  This is where I am at the end of day one - I am working in my son's house, on an easel/desk combination that he bought for me. Home tomorrow...

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A glimpse at the completed portrait commission of Heather

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A glimpse at the completed portrait commission of Heather

This portrait has taken quite a while to complete, from taking the photos at Heather's home in December to presenting the completed portrait to her this Tuesday ( February 5th ). This is the comparison with the commission nearly complete. I am happy with the completed painting and I think she was too, though she said she has never liked photos of herself. Her husband was very happy with the likeness, however...here I am sharpening some pastel pencils.... Below is a collage of few "work in progress" photos. As usual I work on Artspectrum Colourfix paper using a variety of...

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Where needs must - adapting a studio in a new location!

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Where needs must - adapting a studio in a new location!

Hello there! Hope all is well with you today. I had a bit of a challenge this week as my son Matt injured his finger and can't drive, so we went across to his home in Birmingham to help out with the school run. However I needed to find a way to continue my current commission so rigged this up on their dining room table. I used the backboard from my studio at home as the base. then used firm cardboard, plus a heavy box, to lean on while working.   It worked well! Catch up soon and enjoy your day!  ...

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A lovely thank you letter from a very happy lady....

A lovely thank you letter from a very happy lady....

Dear Ivan, and Cathy I wanted to personally write to you to thank you so much for the exquisitely beautiful portrait of Liesl which was truly a special surprise. She has been hung pride of place in my living room where myself as well as any guests can admire her, and always comment on how her personality has been captured in the picture. You made it a very wonderfully memorable day with cups of tea, a delicious lunch and tours of your beautiful garden, and other artistic masterpieces, really did come as a total surprise. Liesl was such a big...

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Working on my first commissioned portrait for 2019...

Working on my first commissioned portrait for 2019...

I have hit the ground running for the New Year. Having completed the Christmas gift commissions, I am working on the first of four commissions for 2019 with a few more in the pipeline.  Heather, my current portrait, contacted me after I was recommended to her. My wife Cath and I went to visit Heather at her home and took a large number of photographs until we had one that appealed to her and to me. These are just a sample..... We have found it takes a while for people to relax and not feel self-conscious about being photographed. I...

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