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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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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 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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