Category Archives: eBay Auction Paintings

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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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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Decorating: Color Coordinating with Artwork

When it comes to decorating, a color palette is often chosen beforehand in that the walls have been painted, the furniture and accessories are bought and then lastly the hunt is on for the artwork to fill the walls. Then you find a piece of art you have fallen in love with but it doesn’t match your decor or color scheme. Bummer. I hate this approach personally, because it often deprives you of art work that you would love to have. Plus somewhere upon saying “it doesn’t match my decor” an artist just cringed or rolled over in their grave. Instead try this approach in color coordinating with artwork.

Buy the art you love first. What I will show you next is a simple and effective way to color coordinate a color scheme to the artwork you have fallen in love with, using the paint program on your computer. Other photo programs can also be used, but might be more technical for the novice.

Start by taking a good digital photo of your art. Then download it onto your computer. Open the photo of the artwork with your Paint program. I’m on a Windows platform, but I imagine a Mac has something similar. Here I’m showing one of my Byron paintings.

Color Coordinating 1a

Notice that the photo has little handles at the corners and on the right side in the middle is a little box, place your mouse/curser over it and when it turns into an arrow drag it outwards to the right creating a blank white area.

Color Coordinating 2a

Next, look at the tools section for the color picker. Select the color picker and then use it to click on an area of color that you like in the photo of the artwork.

Color Coordinating 3a

Next look at the shapes section and select the square. Drag the shape out onto the blank white area. Then go back to tools and select the color fill then go back and hover over the square you just made and click it to color fill it with the color you selected.

Color Coordinating 5b

Repeat the process by selecting another color, create a box and color fill it until you have the number of colors you want.

Color Coordinating with artwork

Once you have your favorite colors picked save your image as a jpeg. I first saved it to my desktop and then I copied it my dropbox which is an app installed on my computer and iphone. Now I can access the photo I created on my phone. If I were going shopping for wall paint, curtains, accessories, furniture or whatever, I have a color palette at my fingertips saved on my mobile device that will guide me in my color choices. Now you’ll never have to say, “it doesn’t match my decor.” This can also be used to update a current color scheme by selecting new color choices using your current artwork.

The above illustrated Byron painting is also one of four new paintings up for auction on eBay. While the auction is still active the listings will show up on my user profile. Once there you can click on the paintings to go to the auction page. My auctions have no reserve and bidding starts at only a penny!

Here are the other Byron paintings:

Impressionist sunset oil paitning by Byron

Texas landscape bluebonnet oil painting by Byron

landscape oil painting of clouds impressionist oil by Byron

Thanks for reading! Would love to hear your comments.

 

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New Paintings for eBay art auction

After an absence from selling on eBay of my Byron art works due to several commissions, including a 4×6 foot Byron painting for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Fort Hood, I’m happy to say I have three new paintings for eBay art auction. The auction will end Thursday May 26th at 6PM Pacific Time or 8PM Central. Each of the three works are staggered to end with seven minute intervals. To go directly to the auction you can access it thru my eBay profile.

Here are the brand new “Byron” art works. Remember all my auctions start of at only a penny! A great way to start an art collection. Hope you win!

Texas hill country impressionist oil painting by Byron

impressionist moonlight oil painting by Byron

Texas Yucca impressionist oil painting by Byron

 

 

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Impressionist Landscape Oil Paintings

Hagerman Art would like to introduce to you the art work of Byron. Who is Byron? Well, it’s me. Byron is my alter ego and he paints impressionist landscape oil paintings.

I decided to add a totally different painting style in addition to my realistic work. However, I did not want to confuse anyone by signing my name William Hagerman on the works, because my name that is associated with my realistic landscape paintings is known for a particular style and technique. So my alter ego Byron was born.

Here’s a preview of several new paintings in my impressionist style.

Although Byron has been a part of me all along. You see Byron is my middle name. But, it didn’t get used very much except when I was young and my mother wanted to get my attention. Generally it went something like: “William Byron, get inside this house before I count to three. One… Two…

Anyway, I always liked my middle name so now I get to use it with my impressionist painting style. These impressionist landscape oil paintings are available directly from me via my eBay auctions, commissions, or I have some small 5×7 paintings on my primary website.

You can see what products I have in regards to my impressionist work here: http://hagermanart.com/art_by_byron/products.htm

Also you can view my eBay listings for my impressionist works here: http://ebay.com/usr/hagermanart

These are also up for auction on eBay until Sunday August 17, 2014. Auction ending around 6 PM Pacific Time.

Would love to know what you think about the new style.

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Small Autumn Landscape Painting for eBay Auction

Autumn scenes are fun to paint and my latest small autumn landscape painting for my eBay auction was one of them. The auction ends Sunday December 15, 2013 6PM Pacific Time.

Autumn Hue 9x12 oil painting for eBay auction by William Hagerman copyright 2013

What’s fun about painting autumn scenes is the opportunity to strategically use pure color in the more intense areas especially in the tree which was the focus of this painting of a maple tree nestled at the bottom of a canyon wall.

It was inspired from a scene at Lost Maples State Park in Texas, although I used my artistic freedom to move some rocks around and put the tree in a better position, but there was a natural color harmony that I liked between the orange colored tree and the shadowed rocks which had a blueish color with hints of violet. It was a perfect colored background to set off the glow of these fall leaves.

I emulated the visual texture of the leaves by adding some impasto or thicker applications of paint to give them a slight relief giving them more dimension. It almost seems as though you could reach out and touch them!

This eBay painting is a full oil painting unlike my others whereby I start with acrylic and finish with oil. The reason is I had just completed another studio painting and still had paint on my palette, so instead of setting up another palette with acrylic color I decided to do the painting with the oil paints I already had on hand. Fortunately the other painting was also a fall scene and I was able to transition from one painting to another. I’ll share this new studio/gallery painting in an upcoming post.

For artists who are marketing their work, a consideration to keep in mind if your offering works on eBay is to keep your production costs down. Those on eBay are not there to pay full retail. I’m not there to pay full retail either. I’m looking for a good deal when I shop. Therefore on my eBay paintings I use cotton canvas that’s already stretched which I buy in bulk. However, the linen I use for my studio and gallery work is titanium oil primed canvas that’s hand applied that I purchase by the roll. I also have extra wide and heavier stretcher bars for these works. I then stretch the canvas myself or hire it out on occasion. So that right there makes the work more expensive even before I apply a single brush stroke to the canvas. Like any business keeping costs down while still retaining value must be considered as is the market you wish to reach.

Below is a side by side comparison of the backs of the canvas I use.

llinen and cotton canvas comparison

The canvas on the left is linen with some of the excess canvas stretched to the back. The canvas on the right is the cotton canvas I use for my eBay work. The texture of canvas also effects the visual appearance of the paintings. Here is a view of the texture of the canvases I use.

linen canvas texture

cotton canvas texture

The top image is the linen I use and in my opinion offers the ability to apply more detail as it’s more responsive to my brush work and I like the appearance of the weave. The cotton below that, is less responsive to my brush, thereby my technique is slightly more impressionistic for my eBay work but still retaining some degree of detail. I’m personally not as fond of cotton duck canvas due to it’s uniform texture. This is simply my personal taste and in some instances a more uniform texture may be favored. I did review some samples of heavier grades of cotton that is oil primed by the same company that I use for my linen. (AE Art Canvas) The canvas was quite nice in texture and appearance and is a premium product as well.

In times past I’ve shown some of my plein air work which is definitely impressionistic along with my more detailed work. Here are two examples.

oil study landscape near Cundiyo, NM by William Hagerman copyrighted

This scene was painted on location near Cundiyo, New Mexico and the oil sketch of blue silos painted below was near Fredericskburg, TX. I’ve kept these for myself and hang on my studio wall. They bring back to my mind two very pleasant painting experiences while enjoying the outdoors.

oil sketch of blue silos by William Hagerman copyrighted

When I’ve shown my impressionistic works such as these along with my studio or gallery work, some individuals favored these over the detailed work.The purpose of showing them here is to highlight that the work I do for eBay is somewhat of a cross between my impressionistic plein air work and my more detailed studio paintings. It’s just one more way to reach out to more people with my art who have varying tastes in style.

Artists are also individuals and they to may wish to express their talents by painting in other styles. Some even like to paint abstractly as a total break from their detailed work. I’ve been tempted to do that myself. If I ever do I’ll share those with you.

To view what paintings I have currently available you can visit my eBay profile page.

 

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Small Landscape Painting for eBay Auction September 15 – 22, 2013

A Field of Red Flowers is my latest small landscape oil painting for my eBay auction running Sept. 15-22, 2013. The auction starts at 6 PM Pacific Time. To view the listing once it starts you can go here: http://myworld.ebay.com/hagermanart

Hagerman Oil Painting_Field of Red Flowers_ copyright 2013

A friend of ours gave me a few photos from around the Fredericskburg, TX area a beautiful part of the Texas Hill Country. One of them caught my eye of a field of red Indian Fire Wheel or Galaridia’s and decided it would make a nice small landscape painting. However, the manner in which I painted the flowers gives me more of the idea of red poppies which I like. So, I’ll just let the viewer decide which flower they like best, thus the generic flower title of “A Field of Red.” I really liked the vibrancy and the color resonates with the surrounding greens which is the complimentary color of red. I haven’t had opportunity of late to experiment with such vibrant reds so it was a lot of fun.

As an update, I’ve painted a similar composition titled: “Scarlet Pasture,”  based on one of my own photos. However, the flowers were yellow. No problem. This painting will go up on my eBay auction starting Sept. 22, 2013 at 6 PM Pacific Time. The above painting has already generated several bids, so if you miss out, here’s another option. Plus whoever, wins, this would make a great companion piece!

William Hagerman small landscape oil painting titled: "Scarlet Pasture" featuring red poppies

Working with these vivid red colors makes me want to do a larger studio painting featuring these beautiful flowers! Perhaps I will since I’ll soon start on some studio works having had several canvases stretched for me. (I decided to delegate instead of doing it myself to give me a break!) One landscape painting planned will be of an old German farm house. Another painting will feature some old barns I saw out in California. I’ll post them as I get them done. I’ll try to share the stages of the paintings as I progress as well. So check back.

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An Experiment in Color

Lakeside Cabin 9x12 oil painting by William Hagerman for eBay auction

This new little 9×12 painting listed on my eBay auction ending September 8, 2013 was a fun little experiment. Not that the subject matter was unique as it’s a simple little scene of a lakeside cabin at night. What is different is the color scheme of which is not generally associated with a night scene. Nor is it one that I have ever used before.

The technique although not a new one, but one that I seldom employ in which an under-painting in orange tones was first applied. This underneath layer influences the upper layers. I primarily wanted the effect to appear in the sky. After the first layer was dry, I over-painted with a yellowish green of low intensity. It was brushed on in a somewhat translucent application. I did not want to obscure the tone underneath. The result is it created a great mood to the painting. I hope to explore this color scheme more in depth in the future and apply it to one of my gallery or studio paintings once I hit upon the right subject and composition.

Again, you can catch my eBay paintings at: http://myworld.ebay.com/hagermanartI will try to have some painting offered each week, depending on my schedule. If nothing is posted, check back.

Also I will be teaching a full day art class in oil painting in Lamesa, TX at the Ginger Lily at 316 N. Austin Ave. I’ll share that experience in my next post.

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Small Landscape Paintings on eBay August 23, 2013

The following are the latest off the easel paintings this week for my eBay auction which will end August 30th. Most new items are listed right after the old auction ends at 6 PM PST or 8 PM Central. To view the listing go to: http://myworld.ebay.com/hagermanart

Glowing Sunrise painting by William Hagerman copyright 2013

A “Glowing Sunrise” casts it’s light over the landscape with a sprinkling of bluebonnets nestled among the shadows of an outcropping of rocks and prickly pear cactus.

Happy Days painting by William Hagerman copyright 2013

“Happy Days” is the mood I felt for this composition of wildflowers in a field on a sunny day under a bright filled sky with white floating clouds. You can almost smell the fragrance of the flowers!

What’s been interesting for me in doing these paintings has been an exercise in simplifying my technique and style. Also it forces me to consider an entirely different market and to paint things that people will want to bid on. With so much on eBay and perhaps having to scroll through many little images of art, they have to stand out, so color and contrast is important. It’s also a learning environment as I see what images are bid on more or what seems to have a broader appeal. Some of these compositional ideas I’ve done for this venue may be expanded upon in a variation for a larger scale studio/gallery work in my regular style. It’s important that my regular customers and viewers realize that I have not abandoned my regular style for this one.

In the past I’ve sold some of my “plein aire” works as well which are even more impressionistic and I found that they too had an appeal for many. Therefore I decided to do these colorful paintings with more impressionistic notes and to reach out to other people who favor this type of work and at the same time introducing them to my regular works. Think of it as a new product line. The experience so far as been great and a wonderful way to advertise and even get paid for it! I appreciate very much the new customers and all the positive responses I’ve gotten.

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Small Landscape Paintings on eBay August 13, 2013

On my previous post I introduced one of four paintings that was included in my first ever eBay auction. This endeavor was somewhat of an experiment and I was pleasantly surprised to see all of my paintings receive bids and sell. These paintings are different than my regular gallery work and are intended for eBay auctions. Thus they’re in a class all of their own. Production time is a factor, so I’m working the under-painting in acrylic and over-painting with oils. They exhibit more impressionistic notes whereas my full oil paintings are more detailed. I will be trying out a portrait smooth canvas to see what results I can achieve and if it allows more detail without increasing paint time.

As of this date I have 3 works on eBay. Glad to say they all have bids and they’re generating interest. One of the current paintings is shown here. Also just off the easel is another painting for eBay that will be included in my next auction. You can always see what’s listed here: http://myworld.ebay.com/hagermanart

Among so many offerings on eBay, and when someone is scrolling through pages of art, bright color and contrast is a key factor in having art stand out, so I’m contemplating what subject matter will do well in this online environment. So far so good. Suggestions or opinions on comparison of my gallery work vs. my eBay offerings?

sunset acrylic and oil painting by William Hagerman

Landscape acrylic and oil painting by William Hagerman

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