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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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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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What is Art?

white cow in a snow storm

“White Cow in a Snow Storm” 50×50

So What is Art?

I thought I’d share with you my latest painting. It’s an exercise in Minimalist art. The black outline was added so you could see the painting.  No, I’m being sarcastic. I didn’t create White Cow in a Snow Storm, but it does lead me into the topic of  What is Art?

Artworks are like opinions and just like opinions, not everyone will agree on them. Attempts to describe what is art, often becomes a work of art in itself as an exercise in creative writing!

By definition art is an expression or application of human creative/technical skill  and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

However, the genre of Minimalist art which according to one source began in the 1950’s and continued thru the 1970’s was intended to thrive on simplicity in content and form, seeking to remove any sign of personal expression. It was to allow the viewer to experience the work more intensely without the distractions of composition, theme etc.

When TV Journalist Morley Safer died in May of this year (2016), a morning news segment highlighting one of his reports on contemporary art was shown whereby a museum curator was describing to Morley the large blank white canvas hanging on the wall was done by a Minimalist artist. As to who created it I’m both ignorant and apathetic. I don’t know and I don’t care.
Thinking to myself it’s no wonder that it was called minimal because it involved minimal work, minimal materials and minimal thought. After all it was a totally blank canvas. There are plenty of those in my  studio. Why I even have a brand new roll of the stuff. I can roll it out anytime and take in it’s beauty.  If you like, I will stretch one for you. On second thought I don’t want to work too hard, I’ll just buy one already stretched, put my signature on it so you can enjoy it on your wall. You can have it today, just let me know. Oh the price, it’s next to  nothing only a $1,000,000.00. Any takers? Please, serious inquiries only.

Not So Minimalist

If you’re looking for something more affordable and not quite so minimalist, I do have three paintings up on my eBay auction. These bear my “Byron” signature. The auction ends  Sunday July 31, 2016 at 6 PM pacific time. Each auction endings are spaced by 7 minutes, so you can have time to bid on another in case you miss out on one. The Bids are already starting. Remember, I never set a reserve and the bidding started at only a penny. You can click the link to go to my eBay profile and access the auction.

Misty Day 9x12 oil by Byron copyright 2016

Misty Day 9×12 oil by Byron copyright 2016

impressionist landscape autumn oil painting by Byron

Hues of Autumn 8×10 oil by Byron copyright 2016

Spring Days 9x12 oil by Byron copyright 2016

Spring Days 9×12 oil by Byron copyright 2016

Additionally I have two small 6″x8″ William Hagerman signature paintings shown below at Sherwoods Gallery in Houston, TX.

If interested in purchasing these please contact the gallery at: (713) 974-3700

landscape bluebonnet oil painting with cactus by William Hagerman

Bluebonnets and Cactus 6×8 oil by William Hagerman copyright 2016

landscape bluebonnet oil painting with barn windmill by William Hagerman

Sun and Clouds 6×8 oil by William Hagerman copyright 2016

Thanks for reading!

 

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Inspiring Art Teachers

I was thinking about some of the inspiring art teachers I’ve known. What got me to going down memory lane? Well, the wife and I are having a garage sale and our house is currently a mess. I’ve been hauling in boxes with STUFF in them to be priced, going thru this and that etc. In doing so I came across a box containing early paintings and artwork done in high school in the early 1980’s. This made me think of Mr. G my high school art teacher whom I still appreciate to this day.

Why my high school art teacher was an inspiration.

Mr. G (that’s what everyone called him) was great. I thought he was pretty cool. What made him so? Did he teach me some outstanding technique? No. He pretty much left me alone.

Whaaat??

Let me explain. My first class with him in the 10th grade was a commercial art class as it was the only one available at the time. Apparently I passed the course on the first assignment. Mr. G recognized the talent I had and from that moment on I was assigned to do nothing else but draw no matter what the rest of the class was doing. He even had me sit at a separate table near his desk so I wouldn’t have the distractions. I was to draw until I graduated.

One year I was put into a different teacher’s art class and I told Mr. G that I was sorry I wasn’t going to be in his class. He said “I’ll take care of that.” Back in his classroom once again, I remained there each year until graduation. I credit that time spent in Mr. G’s class in helping develop my drawing skills and giving me opportunities to explore and experiment. That was the best thing he could have ever done for me. He left me alone to practice and practice I did.

Today, as an art teacher I hope somewhere along the way someone will also consider me as one of their inspiring art teachers.

Early high school artworks

landscape pencil drawing from high school by William Hagerman

I spent a lot of time on this drawing. Don’t remember where the picture source came from. I don’t claim it as an original.

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I even got to practice doing some animals. Is this Bullwinkle?

mixed media abstract of zebras

This class assignment focused on repetitive designs. It was done in mixed media including watercolor and colored pencil on paper.

The following painting was not done in high school art class, but it was from 1983, so I was still in high school at the time. Compared to my work just a year earlier it was a big improvement which I credit to spending more time on drawing. It was also an original and one of the better pieces that I painted during that time period.

moonlight oil painting

Hope you enjoyed going down memory lane with me and thank you Mr. G.

 

 

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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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Sharing Happiness Through Art

It’s always nice when sharing happiness through art when it touches the lives of other people. One such was a commissioned painting that I did under my alter ego “Byron”. Here’s a testimonial I’d like to share regarding the following painting.

Commissioned oil painting by William "Byron" Hagerman

My wife and I have a dog who has been with us for over 15 years. He has been a special part of our lives. We have seen 3 different apartments, 3 different homes, two different states, but the one constant has always been my wife and Spike.

Spike is getting older, he is on medications for his heart, his hair is more grey than black, and he doesn’t get around like he used to. However, one day we were back home during bluebonnet season in Texas and we captured the Spike of old. He was running and playing in a field of bluebonnets. It was as if he was transported back a couple of years. Fortunately we snapped a picture with our phone and it was perfection.

We decided the best way to honor Spike and this photo was to commission a painting to have forever. After doing some research, I came upon a William Hagerman. I loved the works I saw in person and online. I knew he would be the perfect person to make the photo come to life. From the first email to the final product, the commission process was easy. He took our photo, asked some questions, and sent a couple of rough drafts. The final piece was perfection. It truly captured the joy Spike has that day.

We will be forever grateful for the piece that he made for us. Thank you Mr. Hagerman.

Rene and Vanilla Macias-Rodriguez

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