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A library of articles about the artist's works, resources, and other material


MY FOCUS - WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS OF CLUMBER SPANIELS BY JAN IRVING

I have re-arranged a couple of activities in my life to allow me to return to paintbrush and paper. While all luscious, full colour paintings intrigue me, I will be focusing on painting Clumber Spaniels. 2009-03-02 more ...


CARE OF YOUR ORIGINAL JAN IRVING WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Watercolour paintings are traditionally framed behind glass - this ensures their longevity by reducing the amount of damaging light that can reach the painting and paper surfaces. It also keeps off the dust. In fact, framing behind glass should be considered an option for all paint media, even oils, it is those oil paintings that were preserved in this fashion that have survived in the format the artist completed the work in, with full and luscious colours and vibrancy. 2008-12-06 more ...


PRINTS AND OTHER GREAT GIFTS

As from July 2008, I will be offering select images on the huge variety that Zazzle.com has to offer I have chosen Zazzle after much testing as they have superb reproduction techniques and good and reliable turnaround times on production they don't offer the cheapest prices or the cheapest delivery, but the quality is unsurpassed 2008-07-01 more ...


HISTORY OF JAN IRVING'S ART

Read all about it! 2008-07-01 more ...


PAINTINGS THAT WILL LAST - ARTWORK BY JAN IRVING

As of July 2008, I have also invested in the longevity of all originals by only employing tested and proven premium quality paints with light fast pigments, and will only use equally longlife paper . 2008-07-01 more ...


GREAT ARTISTS OR SUPER ARTIST RESOURCES

From time to time, I get to trawl the internet and come across sites I don't want to lose track of - these are they -enjoy! 2007-11-01 more ...


TRANSFERRING INFORMATION

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I started painting decades ago, as a child. My first moment of glory was winning the school painting class at Berwick & District Agricultural & Horticultural Society (Australia's oldest ag society), no one was more surprised than me! The painting featured a brown thoroughbred winning a race - on very, very vibrant green turf. This, like all my early work was lost in the Ash Wednesday bushfires. That show was while I was still attending Harkaway State School.

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The World Ahead of Me       

I was inspired by ... the charm and beauty of a Clumber puppy I know and cherish. This work was specifically executed for the 2016 Clumber Spaniel Club of America Rescue and Placement Committee Fundraiser. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Magnificent Life      

I was inspired by ... the magnificence of a Clumber enjoying the full delights of life. This is a composite of many dogs and does not reflect a specific individual. This work was specifically executed for the 2016 Clumber Spaniel Club of America Rescue and Placement Committee Fundraiser. (the original has been sold) see more ...


The Gentleman      

I was inspired by ... the thoughtful expression of many show bred Clumbers. This work reflects many dogs, no single dog. This work was specifically executed for the 2016 Clumber Spaniel Club of America Rescue and Placement Committee Fundraiser. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Rosie      

I was inspired by ... Mike who has been so kind and generous and supportive of James hosting my puppy from Poland (the original has been sold) see more ...


Jude      

I was inspired by ... the winner of the 2014 raffle conducted by the Clumber Spaniel League Victoria to raise funds for the Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation as I had donated a commissioned pencil portrait. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Golden Memories      

I was inspired by ... the lovely nature and personality of Digby and the generosity of his handler (the original has been sold) see more ...


Superb Fairy Wren pair      

I was inspired by ... my friend's love for Australian fauna and cottage gardens, and the whimsical charm of the wrens who inhabit my own garden (the original has been sold) see more ...


Autumn Mornings      

I was inspired by ... a request from a friend for a portrait of her favourite racehorse filly as a house warming present (the original has been sold) see more ...


Christmas Design 2013      

I was inspired by ... a lack of nice Christmas card I could find in local stores, and then again, none of those featured the Clumber Spaniel. So a Christmas series, that will be built on from year to year, is now underway. Christmas is not Christmas with out a Clumber! (original is available for AUD$300.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Regal by name, Regal by nature      

I was inspired by ... this superb Clumber that my friend took in and took through to be, even today, Western Australia's top winning Clumber and who can probably still claim that title across the length and breadth of Australia. (the original has been sold) see more ...


He really wants me to leave this!      

I was inspired by ... a lovely photo supplied by Peter (the original has been sold) see more ...


Halcyon Days      

I was inspired by ... the joy a bitch has in raising her puppies, the delights of a lovely garden, the worry that must pass through a mother's mind when her pups leave as it certainly does through my mind when I sell any dog. The work of Kim Smith McLendon through her Clumbers in Need only highlights the dangers of the wrong sort of people getting involved in breeding, yet, as responsible breeders we must not scare off potential appropriate newcomers as they may take up the reins of breeding when we retire - else the breed will die out. (the original has been sold) see more ...


First Three      

I was inspired by ... a photo Susan Teniswood sent me of her first three Clumbers (the original has been sold) see more ...


Flushing       NEW

I was inspired by ... the grace and beauty of the Clumber Spaniel breed doing what they were developed for, even show bred stock retain some smattering of this talent. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Dragons sleep too      

I was inspired by ... life, colour, and a need to kip myself! (original is available for AUD$20.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Migrants      

I was inspired by ... Diabf's Ch Erinveine Writ who settled so comfortably and fast into his new northern hemisphere home - and grew in such a beautiful Clumber at the same time! (the original has been sold) see more ...


Reflection      

I was inspired by ... active and well built Clumbers - they want to get out and see what is happening. The model for this painting was Truly, one of my sister's dogs. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Missed      

Life can be frustrating but a small miss should not daunt any of us. (original is available for AUD$600.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Vocation      

Jackie Crawford's passion for healthy and fit Clumbers and her own kennel of such dogs inspired this painting, and much of my own breeding plans (the original has been sold) see more ...


Where is it?      

I was inspired by ... dogs being able to do what their breed was developed for, and this is so also true for the Clumber Spaniel. The Clumber is a field working spaniel, and this painting shows how even a diligent worker that concentrates on a scent can come so close to the game without flushing it. (original is available for AUD$1000.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Interest      

The wit and passion of a Clumber inspired this painting to feature a strong typey male but without gross skin or fat, as evidenced by the fact you can see the pupils and eyes of the dog. (original is available for AUD$600.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Travellers       

In October 2008, long time friend Robbie Carnegie migrated from Perth, Western Australia to Launceston, Tasmania as a work career move. This painting is my housewarming gift to her, showing a small part of her kennel travelling to their new home. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Comfort      

My friends' Clumbers are often found in this blissful array and they shared some photos with me. I know my own dogs also snuggle together in a similar fashion when out or at home. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Captivating      

I love Clumbers, but I adore fit and active Clumbers and when one of my girls came (almost!) back to me on a distance recall she decided to shorten the distance and just glided over the fallen log. (original is available for AUD$800.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Spring Woodland      

Inspired by Clumber Spaniels, of course, and the beauty of a spring northern hemisphere woodland (the original has been sold) see more ...


An Irish Field Day      

This piece was inspired by Gail Parker's love for this breed, her generosity in supporting my magazine Canine Collectables Courier, my desire to have a go at another breed, and the beauty of the setter in the field. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Pebble Beach      

Clumbers love the outdoors and trips with their families, this idea inspired me to present two on the pebble beach of a river. The models were anold black and white photo of a Swedish bitch and an image I have of my Veni waiting for me to take him into the ring at a show. (original is available for AUD$600.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Dragon Red      

There aren't enough red dragons in this world, so I have created one, and he doesn't want to be followed. (original is available for AUD$20.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Dragon Blue Eyes      

I wanted to play around with a very limited colour palette, this one is made up solely raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and ultramarine blue. (original is available for AUD$20.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Dragon Kitten      

I was inspired by ... kittens playing with water (original is available for AUD$20.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Dragon Green      

Dragons are just magical, there is no correct form for a dragon, and they can be any colour, this chap was just a bit of doodle that evolved. (original is available for AUD$50.00 plus delivery) see more ...


My Friend      

Step two, this is the second in the renaissance of Jan Irving's artwork, still testing techniques and products. (original is available for AUD$150.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Intent      

It was time, I wanted to get back into artwork, but only if I still had the knack, this was the test! It is a study of one of my dogs, from a photo. (original is available for AUD$150.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Dragon Mysteries of Water      

I was inspired by ... live in general (original is available for AUD$30.00 plus delivery) see more ...


White Spaniel      

This particular study was inspired by a dreadful second or third generation photocopy of a photo of the magnificent Ch Donovan, that illustration appears on p125 of The White Spaniel. That illustration appeared in Country Life in 1927. My initial cover design was to feature a selection from the artworks over time to feature the white spaniel's evolution, unfortunately that would have involved further outlays in reproduction rights. At least the abandonment of cover design one led me to try oil pastels and to keep my hand and eye in as an artist. (original is available for AUD$500.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Ch Cardinal Andromeda (impNZ)      

Debi Donaldson liked the portrait of her Shonaway Duke o Monmouth so commissioned a matching portrait of her Clumber foundation bitch, however she did not pay for this painting and it is still here somewhere. Again I worked from 3 x 5 photos. (original is available for AUD$150.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Ch Shonaway Duke o Monmouth      

I was commissioned by Sherman's owner for a portrait and worked from photos, you know in the days when photos were 3 x 5 inches! The owner paid for this one and is the last known owner of the portrait (the original has been sold) see more ...


Rufus Robin      

Birds, how beautiful they are, and robins particularly appeal for their dainty size yet they are so robust. (the original has been sold) see more ...


Jousting - a pair      

the beautiful watercolours executed on the streets of Paris inspired me to have a go with watercolours again, and the colour and pageantry of knights jousting has always appealed (but as an observor, not as a knight!) (original is available for AUD$40.00 plus delivery) see more ...


Dove      

this piece originated one day when I had time on my hands at work as a personal assistant (original is available for AUD$50.00 plus delivery) see more ...


someone's Blue Wren      

(the original has been sold) see more ...


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CHOOSING MY WATERCOLOUR BRAND

There are currently a good number of companies producing watercolour paints, in tubes, and sometimes as pans. Some are really old names like Winsor and Newton, some new commercial names like Eraldo di Paolo. When determined to get back into painting I researched a number of things including colour, mixing, lightfastness, ease of use, availability, and reliability. 2008-12-14 more ...


CREATIVE CANINE PHOTOGRAPHY by Larry Allan

Brilliant! Easy to read, richly laid out, informative, productive, and hey, I took an idea out with my camera and got a stunning photo! 2008-10-07 more ...


DOGS IN THE LOUVRE by Francois Nourissier & Elisabeth Foucart-Walter

Not a big volume, but beautifully produced in solid hardcover with full colour reproductions of the artwork being examined and often detail photos too. This volume looks at a cross section of the art in the famous Louvre to feature dogs. The text is informative and the selection of artwork is interesting and enchanting. 2008-09-26 more ...


THE ARTFUL DOG CANINES FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUEM OF ART

A gift book for the die-hard love any dog person. This beautifully produced 158 x 142 mm hard back with full gloss dustjacket is a celebration of the dog with samples of the works housed at the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) with matched quotations. 2008-09-14 more ...


HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH PETS by Nick Ridley

What a splendid book! Full of excellent and easily followed advice, and fabulous full colour photos for the photographer and artist to look at, love, and contemplate. 2008-07-19 more ...


STUBBS DOGS by Robert Fountain and Alfred Gates

George Stubbs, of course, is famous for his horse paintings, but his dog portraits and scenes are equally impeccable, desirable, and sought after. This 1984 hardback edition with a glossy dustjacket, brings to readers an extensive history of Stubbs' canine achievements with many reproduced in colour, and dozens more in black and white. 2007-12-16 more ...