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!
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 wins Hagerman painting!
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.
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.
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
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.
I even got to practice doing some animals. Is this Bullwinkle?
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.
Hope you enjoyed going down memory lane with me and thank you Mr. G.
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!
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.
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
The span of our life is 70 years, Or 80 if one is especially strong. But they are filled with trouble and sorrow; They quickly pass by, and away we fly. Psalms 90:10
In January of 2015 I wrote a blog post on “Finding Beauty in Small Things” the subject of when an aging parent and child experience a role reversal in which the child becomes the caregiver and finding beauty in small things when circumstances are not always kind. I wrote that first draft sitting in a hospital room watching over my Mother who was admitted the beginning of 2015. Then 11 months later in December of that year my Mother was back in the hospital for another week stay. I realized after this it wouldn’t be long before I would have to say goodbye. Sadly March 21, 2016 my Mother quietly passed away at the age of 87.
She was a kind, gentle person and even up to the last days of her life she still managed to muster up a smile. She treasured the thought expressed by a man of God who lived many years ago who asked: “If a man (or person) dies, can he live again? He then answered with; I will wait all the days of my compulsory service until my relief comes. You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands.” Job 14:14, 15
Thus a chapter closed, but it’s not the end of the story. I recall a time when I was quite young walking along with my Mother. My feet and legs were starting to hurt and I began to protest and wanted to stop and not go any further even though there wasn’t much more distance to travel. She used an illustration to help keep me going. She had me look down the street to a stop sign and told me to imagine that on the other side was the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. The ones she had taught me about. She asked; do you think you can make it that far? I said yes, and so it happened. Such was her way of teaching and in way part of her legacy. I still get sore feet and legs, but I haven’t forgotten those words and I still try to look past the stop signs.
Recently I was contacted by Distinctive Art Source which is one of only two premiere healthcare art consultancies working exclusively in healthcare in the United States requesting a bluebonnet landscape oil painting commission for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Fort Hood. The painting is to be displayed in the reception area. When I asked about the size it was to be a 48″x72″ painting and will be under my Byron signature. This allowed me to keep the price within budget.
Aside from working on a couple of murals in the past, this will be my largest studio painting ever! I’m really looking forward to working on this painting.
My first challenge was the canvas itself. The finished work will be shipped rolled. Thus I would need to stretch the canvas in order to paint it, then undo it in order to ship it. Sounded like a lot of extra work. Could it be made simpler? YES!
I found a great product called Genie Canvas. It’s a collapsible canvas. It all comes in a sturdy tube which is reusable and is a rather unique system. No special tools were required to assemble the canvas. Including the time to open the package, laying out the canvas and assembling it took me about 10 minutes.
Here’s a video showing how the canvas is put together.
And here’s my canvas on the easel. You can see part of my sketch on the canvas. It was done so with cobalt blue thinned with Turpenoid (odorless thinner) and a brush. You can click the image for a larger view.
48×72 commissioned oil painting by Byron copyright 2015
The painting you partially see leaning on the bottom edge of the canvas is my latest commission for Sherwood Galllery in Houston, TX. Here it is below.
Spring Unfolding 18×24 oil by William Hagerman copyright 2015
I hope you’ll follow along in the next few weeks as I complete this large commissioned painting detailing it’s development.
Recently I received an email from one of my readers asking when is a painting finished? He himself is a hobbyist painter and struggled with knit picking his work often fixing what isn’t broke.
I told him to take his work as far as his technical ability (skills) and knowledge of painting would allow. Set it aside maybe a day or two and come back and look at it with fresh eyes. Also holding it up to a mirror can often highlight mistakes, since you’re getting a different perspective by looking at it in reverse. If you see something that needs adjustment, then adjust it. Alternatively you can have someone else, perhaps another artist give it a critique. After any changes move on. Often the vitality of a painting can be killed by being overworked.
For myself I finish a work somewhat intuitively. But what are some of the factors or mental questions that I consider? Here are a few and it generally revolves around the visual impact of the painting and have I achieved what I intended for the painting whether it be one of my detailed realistic paintings or one of my impressionist pieces.
I ask myself is the composition still holding up? Does something distract or call too much emphasis away from my center of interest without leading me back to it. I don’t want to lead my viewers eyes off of the canvas into the corner of the frame or onto the wall. Are the colors and values correct? Could it use more or less contrast?
As I told my reader, I do the same; I take my work as far as my knowledge and skill will allow and then stop. If I feel I’ve achieved the goal of the painting, then I move on. Certainly as a person continues to paint and learn your knowledge base grows allowing you to paint with more confidence. However, an artist should always continue to expand and grow and there’s always things to learn and improve upon. Try new things, vary the technique. It builds your repertoire of problem solving and ways to express yourself in paint.
It’s always inspiring when the colors of spring flowers put on their display. In this post I wanted to simply share some recent photos that I have taken. You can click on the image for a larger view.
This was taken here in my hometown of Midland. The mesquite tree had yet to leaf out. I liked that there was also a sprinkling of purple flowers among the yellow which is the complimentary color of yellow.
These vivid red cactus blooms are in a corner of our backyard along with some weeds. But a few have some pretty colored flowers as well.
Here was a field of Indian Paint Brush near Poteet, TX. Some of the morning fog was lifting and produced a soft light.
Another vivid field of Indian Paint Brush with some distant bluebonnets. There’s also some Agave plants along the distant fence line. Notice the remnant of the large Agave bloom to the right of the oak tree up against the sky. Very much light a century plant. Amazing how tall they can shoot up. We had one like that in our backyard.
And what would a Texas spring be without bluebonnets!
And some more bluebonnets!
There are several species of bluebonnets. This particular variety doesn’t have the noticeable white caps on top of the flowers. Still very pretty though.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Three new paintings are currently on eBay inspired by this years display. The auction ends Tuesday April 21, 2015 at 6 PM Pacific Time.
Spring Fever is in the air and thankfully I haven’t been bothered yet by allergies so in celebration I’m sharing with you my latest realistic bluebonnet painting of 2015. Click on the image for a larger view.
Spring Perfection 20×24 Oil by William Hagerman copyright 2015 $3600.00
This landscape oil painting was inspired by a location I found on the back roads near Mason, TX. I thought what could be more perfect than blue skies, white clouds, sunshine, cool water and the ever popular bluebonnets cascading down the hillside? Thus the title: Spring Perfection.
Although Texas has been in a drought for some time, we have had more rains and it looks like it will be shaping up to be a good year for color displays in several parts of the state. So if you’re traveling in Texas here are some links that you might find useful.
Wildflower reports and other info:
Safe Traveling and wave as you go by!