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"It's been said a picture paints a thousand words. Therefore choose
your words carefully and thoughtfully.
27x21 commissioned oil
Inspiration for this painting was provided by a longtime client from a
photo of a spot on their ranch in the Texas Hill Country.
The still reflections were a must along with the tree silhouette
against the sky.
If you've ever wondered how a painting like this develops, I invite you
to review the following blog post and see how this painting progressed
from an initial idea sketch to a completed painting.
Click here to read.
Just Off the Easel
Cactus and Bluebonnets! A perfect combination highlighting a mood of rugged
beauty all in the space of 6x8 inches! This is just one of two recent
paintings sent off to Sherwoods Gallery in Houston, TX.
To give more room for the image I used a monogram of my initials for the
One of the disadvantages of having a long name! However, the back of the
painting is fully signed.
More info about this and the other
small 6x8 mini painting are on my blog located at the bottom of the
"What is Art?"
I'm happy to report a recent contract signing with
Somerset House Publishing to reproduce some of my finest Texas images in
open edition giclee prints.
was contacted by the President of the company who said the following:
"Your paintings are beautiful and the variety of subject matter and
color palette must create a wide range of interest among buyers.
seeking your interest in being published by our company. We have been in
the print industry for over forty years, and in the past few years we
have shifted our distribution to framed and finished wall decor
marketing primarily to the design, accessory and furniture industries.
We have good Texas distribution and we are putting together a new
offering of the best Texas artist."
I guess I fit the bill! Click here to see some of my
a short time I experimented with a hybrid way of painting using acrylic
over painted with oils. They were not as detailed as my regular work, but
were not fully impressionistic either. They were devised specifically for
selling via eBay auctions with bidding starting at a penny. For the short
time I did the auctions it went well with all the paintings selling.
However, the style that I'm known for which bears my signature of William
Hagerman comes with a certain look and standard and I didn't want to
confuse my collectors. However, as an artist I enjoy at times getting to
experiment plus selling on eBay was fun and brought me into contact with
new customers all over the United States. Thus, art work by Byron which is
my middle name was born to distinguish it from my realistic art. Simply
put, it's two styles, two signatures, one artist!
always liked my middle name, but the only time it got used was when I
was a child and my Mother was trying to get my attention. It was generally something like: "William Byron, you better get
inside this house before I count to three. ONE... TWO...."
I'll let you decide if it ever got to THREE. :-)
As I continue to offer my "Byron" works on eBay, I have had the
pleasure of getting to know some of my new buyers that have been added to
my Hagerman family of art collectors.
One said the following regarding my works: "I know
they are not your gallery or studio pieces but they are still creations by
the same hand and, that in the end (for me) is what matters..well that and
the fact I love them."
I have been receiving so many compliments and the works have spread
out into new regions along with commissions. One bidder and winner being a long time art
dealer in Arlington, TX who was not yet familiar with my art work but
complimented me in my feedback section as a "Super Texas Artist!!!" How
cool is that?
Another was from a lovely lady that fell in love with my work and
and said the following: "My regret is that I had not found YOU and your
wonderful style and talent sooner. I love, love, love all of your
paintings that I have seen. You are blessed. Perhaps, perhaps...if I can
gather the coinage necessary...and find a blank spot on a wall...or move
some around, perhaps someday I might have a Hagerman also."
Happy to say she did. Plus she shared an interesting story with me. You can read about it on
The most up to date of "what's new" information can be found on my blog, which will
include a variety of art topics and news both about my realistic art work
and my impressionist work.
You might enjoy these recent posts:
Choose a Color Palette
Decorating: Color Coordinating with Artwork
And on of my most popular blog posts!
Oil Painting Demo|The Old Window