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Painting in a Series: Sunrise and Sunsets

Painting in a Series is often a great way to think about composition and different color schemes  as it applies to the same subject. In this case a series of sunrise and sunsets for my eBay auction ending Sunday evening February 19, 2017 at 8PM Central time.

My new Byron works for this auction are painted on linen panels and measure 8×10.

Minimum bidding starts at $39 for each of these paintings. Click on the titles under each image to go straight to the auction page. Hurry as the auction is ending soon.

Here they are!

This one is my favorite. Can’t you just imagine yourself along the banks and contemplating the beauty that surrounds you?

Another meditative painting at sunset. What’s that saying, “red sky at night sailors delight”?

A complimentary color scheme. This has an old vintage oil painting look to it.

I wonder if the fish along this stream would be biting this foggy morning? I’d hate to cast a line and disrupt that beautiful hazy reflection of the sun! The fish will have to wait.

Happy bidding. Hope you win!

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Landscape Oil Painting Demo: Water Reflections

My first painting for the new year of 2017 is under my William Hagerman signature. It was a commissioned painting and I thought you might like to see how it was brought to fruition in another…

Landscape oil painting demo: water reflections

Landscape oil painting autumn water reflections by William Hagerman

Delightful Reflections 27×21 oil painting by William Hagerman copyright 2017

Inspiration for this Texas Hill Country painting came from a texted photo sent by a client of a spot on their ranch. Along with the request of a vertical format, key elements for the painting included the beautiful water reflections and tree up against the sky.

water reflections

Rough sketch for landscape oil painting demo

Composition Sketch

Using that criteria, and a marker pen, a rough composition sketch was made.

However, a problem existed requiring adjustments caused by reflections on the right side extending to the bottom edge which created a long unbroken vertical line. The solution was adjusting the design to include more blue sky reflection.

Remember, the goal is not to copy a photo but capture the essence of a scene and make a good painting.

 

The Painting Begins

With the composition sketch and photo as a guide, a sketch was made on canvas using thinned ultramarine blue and a small bristle flat brush. Additionally, a photo program was used to lighten and crop the photo. Having a computer monitor next to my easel made it convenient to zoom in on areas to see further details.

Work started from the center out, with the shadowed dark area painted first. Other values adjacent to it can then be compared and painted in.

oil painting demo landscape by William Hagerman

Progression of blocking in color and values continues, similar to placing pieces of a puzzle together. Ultimately the upper half of the painting will be completed before painting the water.

landscape oil painting demo step 2 by William Hagerman

Stay tuned for the next session as more work is done in finishing the block in stage.

Landscape Oil Painting Demo Water Reflections Part Two

Continuing with the block in stage, work is focused in the middle section having worked from the middle out. Now the left side is blocked in.

oil painting demo water reflections by William Hagerman

Additional details are also added to other vegetation that has previously been blocked in, further refining the shapes. After this the right hand side is given some focus adding more details to the trees.

oil painting demo water reflections by William Hagerman

Now the sky is blocked in painting around the larger limbs of the tree up against the sky. Some might ask why not paint all the sky first and then paint the tree? It’s a rule called painting fat over lean. Colors that have more oil content or that are slower drying should not be over painted with faster drying colors as cracking could result. The under layer should be “lean” in that there is less oil or medium added while upper layers are “fat” having more oil or medium which makes the top layer more flexible.

The distant hill is also refined. By the way I do not paint while the frame is on the painting. However, I like to see how the painting looks in it’s frame even at an early stage.

oil painting demo water reflections by William Hagerman

After the sky color is dry, I next add some faint clouds. Since white is more oily, plus I had medium in it, this top layer is more flexible than what’s under neath so I’m following the fat over lean rule.

oil painting demo water reflections by William Hagerman

Now comes the task of painting in the limbs and scattering of leaves on the silhouetted tree against the sky. A photograph would show this tree as black, however it’s not void of light so do not paint it as a black silhouette.  Your eye would be able to see into this darker area. A camera can’t do that.

oil painting demo water reflections by William Hagerman

After the previous stage was dry I go back and add additional clouds and do some modifications in the silhouetted tree. The tree wasn’t happy or at least I wasn’t happy with it. Details are now painted in the grassy area on the banks of the stream and essentially the upper half is brought to a completion.  Next will come the reflections.

oil painting demo water reflections by William Hagerman

In the next update I’ll share some up close views of what’s been painted thus far and the first stages of painting the reflections! Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

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Landscape Oil Paintings on Etsy

New Shop Opening “HagermanArtPaintings” on Etsy

After much thought my alter ego “Byron” decided to offer his landscape oil paintings on Etsy with his own shop named HagermanArtPaintings.

Landscape oil paintings on Etsy from Hagerman Art Paintings

Etsy Shop Page

Prompting this was a desire to find new audiences to share my work with. If nothing else, Etsy has some great statistical information that helps me get an idea of what people like. I first started offering my Byron work on eBay and I do not plan to eliminate the eBay avenue. It’s just good to spread your stuff around as you never know who might see it.

I like the format of Etsy as it appeals to the creative side and things that are hand made.

What to Expect at my Landscape Oil Paintings Etsy Shop?

Byron is wishing to experiment once again. Who knows you might even see a colorful abstract and more choices in painting sizes in the near future. But for those who enjoy my realistic landscape oil paintings under my William Hagerman signature, not to worry he’s not going anywhere. Matter of fact he’s gearing up for a commissioned painting! It’s to be a surprise so it’s hush hush for now. I’ll share when it’s done.

So I invite you to visit my Etsy shop. There’s a banner on the side bar that links to it. I hope my shop will be a favorite!

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Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival Video

My participation in the  Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival 2016 was an enjoyable weekend.Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival The weather was absolutely beautiful. I all but wanted to ditch the show and go exploring the countryside with camera in hand. The area is beautiful. But, then I wouldn’t have gotten to meet several nice folk from the area and share my art with them.

Here are a few pictures of my booth.

art show set up

During set up

art booth display hagerman art

set up complete

art show booth set up Hagerman art

set up complete another view

I especially wanted to thank my brother-in-law who helped with my show set up. I wouldn’t have got it done without his help.

I understand he is now inspired to try his hand at painting. His wife said he just had his first lesson and wonders if we we haven’t created a monster. We shall see. Maybe we’ll have a show together someday! Two monsters showing art.

If you didn’t get to attend and would like to see what the event was like, a video was produced for the event. I’m in the video at the one minute forty two second interval. Blink and you’ll miss it.  Just wish more of my art was shown rather than my stupid looking face. Ha!

 Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival Video

Art Works Still Available

Click here to view a selection of my Byron works that are still available directly from me. At least you’ll see part of what was in the booth.

Regarding those who signed up for the free painting giveaway here is that announcement and a picture of the winner with her painting. Congrats to the winner and all who participated in the drawing!

 

 

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Winner of Oil Painting Announcement

Thank you to all who stopped by my art booth at the Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival show November 11- 12th and others who registered online for a painting give away! It was a fun weekend with beautiful weather that drew a nice crowd to the small community.

Now comes the time for the announcement of the winner for the following painting:

And the winner is: Drum roll please…. Karen Clark!

Wine glass with grapes oil painting

Taste of Wine 6×6 oil by Byron copyright 2016

After being notified via email of her win, she replied: ” I love everything that you do and I cannot wait to get my painting! I am both thrilled and honored to be the winner of this beautiful painting. William Hagerman’s paintings speak to my eyes and to my heart.  I don’t know whether the colors or the brush strokes are my favorite part. Maybe it’s everything all together that makes his work so striking and so unique. Thank you.”

K. Clark winner of William "Byron" Hagerman painting

K. Clark wins Hagerman painting!

 

 

 

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Benefits of Painting a Still Life

You’re the Conductor!

What are the benefits of painting a still life? This question came back to mind while preparing paintings for my exhibit at the Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival. The show wouldn’t be complete without having a painting or two featuring the fruit of the vine (grapes) which I show here done by my alter ego Byron. A nice departure from my landscapes. There are several benefits of painting a still life and right off the bat you get to be the conductor of your painting!

still life oil painting with grapes vase candle by Byron

My Little Vase 12×9 oil by Byron copyright 2016

Unlike landscapes you get to have total control over the lighting, color harmony and the subject matter. For landscapes you’re at the mercy of the weather. Many times I’ve wished for sunlight but instead overcast skies with no sign of them leaving anytime soon. Or hoping for brilliant fall foliage only to get dull shades of burnt orange or worse, no leaves on the trees! That brings us to another benefit: Timing!

No Timing Constraints; More Benefits of Painting a Still Life

Another advantage of painting a still life is that there are no time constraints. Unless of course you’re on a deadline to complete a painting or if you’re painting flowers and they’ve started to wilt or the fruit is starting to rot then that’s yucky. In which case you might be painting a little too slow. But, aside from those an artist can orchestrate a simple or complex composition as he or she wishes and study the scene at leisure with all it’s intricacies of color, light and shadow as it describes the various forms.

Since the scene is set and unmovable an artist will have ample time to work on drawing from life, which is an invaluable skill as opposed to seeing a flat image (photo) and drawing from it.

Still life paintings are also beneficial in that the objects form is more readily discernible. These forms are often oval, rectangular, cylindrical, cone shaped or combinations. These same geometric forms underlie objects in the landscape. If you learn to properly shade these forms in a still life with a single source of light, you will better understand how to shade other objects whose structure incorporates these various forms in the landscape.

still life oil painting with raku vase grapes orange by Byron

Raku Vase 9×12 oil by Byron copyright 2016

Communicating a Theme

Another benefit of painting a still life, is being able to communicate a story. But, does that mean that all the objects have to relate to one another? If you wish for a rustic theme, does it mean you have to leave out something elegant or vice versa? No! As long as the theme visually harmonizes and creates interest.  As an example here is a frame style combination that is both rustic and elegant. So they can work together, just as in a still life!

frame corner style of rustic and elegance

Rustic and Elegant frame style

The benefits of painting a still life are valuable both to the newbie artist and a good reminder to someone like me who hasn’t tried their hand at a still life in sometime. I have to say it was a lot of fun! Plus, I was able to render each of these still life paintings in one alla prima painting session. (All at once) Perhaps one day I will do a William Hagerman signature still life painting!

Would love to hear your thoughts about my still life work? As the Winnsboro show approaches I’ll be posting more of the art to be in the exhibit. Thanks for reading!

One last reminder before I go, is my latest eBay auction work going on now until 6PM Pacific Time on Tuesday October 18th. Fall is in the air in this mountain setting. Inspired by a trip near Trinidad, Colorado.

The Call of Autumn 9x12 oil by Byron for eBay auction

The Call of Autumn 9×12 oil by Byron for eBay auction

You can access the auction from my eBay profile page.

 

 

 

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Distant Thunder a new Byron painting for eBay Auction

My latest “Byron” painting for eBay auction features a scene of wide open spaces where you can almost hear the distant thunder rolling as a thunderhead cloud gains momentum in the late evening light.

This no minimum bid auction (started at only a penny!) will end Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 6PM Pacific Time or 8 PM central and 9 pm east coast. Happy Bidding! You can access the auction from my user profile page.

landscape oil painting, thunderhead cloud by Byron Hagerman

 

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What Determines the Value of Art?

Market Driven

Recently an individual asked me bout the value of an artists work in print. At one  time demand was high. It was commented that someone offered to purchase one of this artist’s prints she owned for over $2000.00 many years ago.  In today’s market, it would be difficult to give it away at $200.00.  So what determines the value of art? It’s market driven and it can be fickle.

If you’ve watched the Antiques Roadshow  you see how items of value fluctuate up and down. Factors include the popularity of the item, (trends)  its availability or rarity, and the quality and condition of the item. Also you can’t negate the economy, if times are lean and spending  becomes more conservative.

Consumer Savvy Buyers

With the internet, potential buyers are becoming more consumer savvy. Smart phones are used to compare prices of artist’s works in other galleries as well as with other artists of the same caliber and experience even while in a gallery looking at art.

Therefore, it’s unwise for a new artist to arbitrarily set an unrealistically high price and expect individuals to accept its value without question just because the price tag says so.  Another poor tactic is creating a false sense of demand by saying “ you better buy it now, cause the prices are going up next month, next year or whatever.” It can later backfire if there isn’t a true demand or credentials to back up a claim as to the items worth.

Most artists start out with modest pricing and as works sell, a track record begins with price increases happening over time along with other credentials being added. There are exceptions. But remember, they are just that; exceptions and not the norm.

Value Comparisons

In the illustration below are several paintings grouped together. With the exception of  the painting in the middle (which is mine) the artist’s signatures has been blotted out. I want the works to stand on their own merit. However, one artist I know personally, have exhibited in a show with another, others are known by reputation and one I know nothing about. Sizes of the paintings range from 9″ x 12″ – 16”x20.” The price range is $1300.00 – $9750.00 with the next highest priced work in the group being $3800.00. You can click the image to see the prices on each.

Group Comparisons

Did you guess the $9750.00 painting?  It’s the bottom one in the middle vertical column.  From the artist’s website there were only a handful of paintings listed, all 9×12 in size with that price tag. Others shown were comparable in skill and execution.  No indication of work previously sold, gallery representation, shows or experience on the part of the artist was found. The site did say that each painting listed was an original investment quality piece of art.

A Final Comparison of what determines the value of art

Are you familiar with the artist Clark Hulings?  He happens to be a favorite of mine. Well, this artist had a long history and a list of accolades and accomplishments that most artists never realize in their lifetime. His painting skill was all but unmatched. As proof of that, here’s an example from a 1999 show catalog of his work.

Clark Hulings

The painting size was 24×36 and had a price tag of $135,000.  The same catalog showed a small work of a 10”x12” painting of a single white rose priced at $9000.00.

Clark Hulings Single White Rose

The show was a sell out with over a million dollars in sales. Sadly Hulings passed away in 2011, but current estimates of  similar sized paintings in the 9×12 range at auction is still holding strong at $9000.00-$12,000.00.

I don’t think I need to further elaborate other than to reiterate that what determines the value of art is principally the market along with some reasonably expected credentials that support the price. Otherwise the price tag may appear to be meaningless without true merit regardless of what’s stated on it.

As an update from first writing this blog post regarding the $9750.00 priced painting, I rechecked the artist’s website to see if this could have been listed in error and if the price had changed. Well, it had. The price was changed to $2700.00 for the 9×12 paintings. Still the question remains. Will the market see the work as worth that stated price in comparison to other work in the same genre?

A month has passed since writing this post and another update regarding the above mentioned $9750 priced painting is in order.  Rechecking the artist’s website a new list price of $590 was shown for the 9×12 painting unframed. For artists wishing to enter the market, it would be wise to do research on pricing before presenting it to the world. But, we all learn. However, you don’t have to learn by mistakes. There’s plenty of online advice on how to price art work. Take advantage of that resource to educate yourself on the subject.

Galleries can also help in assessing your prices. Here’s something I did. I went into an upscale gallery containing works comparable to my style. The gallery wasn’t busy, so I asked if I could show them some photos of my art. This was before smart phones. I told them I wasn’t seeking gallery representation, but would like their advice. This took the pressure off of them and probably seemed a little odd for an artist not seeking representation.  The director was pleasantly surprised when she saw my photos. Afterwards I was told that if my work was in their gallery my prices would be higher. Wonderful feedback!

 

 

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New Byron paintings for eBay auction ending Sept. 4th, 2016

California Poppies and Lupine and a quiet gentle stream through the hill country of Texas are the themes for two of my new Byron paintings for eBay auction ending Sept. 4, 2016.

California Poppies, lupine and Oak tree oil painting

California Poppies and Lupine 9×12 oil by Byron copyright 2016

landscape oil painting Texas bluebonnets and stream by Byron

One of my eBay clients whom I did a commissioned Byron painting titled “Spring Pathway” commented the following about her commissioned piece.
“Spring Pathway” is perfection! In person it is much more striking than the computer images – the paint strokes create just enough texture to reflect light, and it is so vibrant & cheerful that it ‘grabs’ me every time I pass by. “Powerful” is a strong sort of word for this little image – but it is that! Even on a grey cloudy day with lights on, it shines out and pulls the viewer into its springtime world. A friend was very taken with it, using such descriptions as ‘sublime’ and ‘sparkles.’

 “Spring Pathway” thrills me anew daily – in its colors, composition, & detail – which I find kind of midway between your ‘impressionistic’ work & your much more detailed commissioned paintings – a ‘painterly’ look that is perfect for my taste!  Again, – a big thank you!

And a thank you goes out from me to you for your kind comments.

If you would like to try your hand at bidding or commission a Byron painting for you to have your own “powerful” artwork let me know. All my auctions start at only a penny. You can bookmark my eBay profile page as any new works for auction will appear hear. All my best.

 

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Landscapes Endlessly Fascinate

Over the years I have been privileged to be interviewed for newspaper articles about my art. The first article was when I was 15 years old. Now 35 years later, another article on my art was just recently featured in the Odessa American Newspaper. It was written by Bob Campbell with the theme: Landscapes Endlessly Fascinate.

Mr. Campbell came by my home studio and spent the better part of an hour and a half asking questions. I wondered how he was going to organize all the content he recorded. Soon, my question was answered in the words he wrote.

You can click the image to read the article. Just thought I’d share.

William Hagerman featured in the Odessa American Newspaper.

William Hagerman featured in the Odessa American Newspaper.

 

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