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.


2 thoughts on “Small Autumn Landscape Painting for eBay Auction

  1. Tim Mauk

    Hey Will,

    Just a note to tell you that I love this Autumn scene. Wow, you truly captured the atmospheric conditions exhibited in the fall. Your depiction of the tree color is spectacular. You certainly are blessed with lots of talent which you continue to use for the enjoyment of others.

    I notice in many of your painting you seem to use a certain type of blue that I just love. It seems to set the atmospheric conditions for your paintings???

    Have a nice holiday.
    An avid admirer,
    Horticulture teacher, soon to retire./Tim

    1. whartist Post author

      Thank you Tim, I appreciate your comments and that you feel I’m capturing the essence of not only the atmosphere in a painting, but the trees as well.
      As for the blues I use in my paintings, ultramarine blue and phthalo blue are pretty much staples on my palette. So nothing too special there. The difference is how I modify them with other colors to get the look I want.
      In this detail section of the painting you can see different variations in the color of the rocks from blues, to various violet tones.
      detail section of painting Autumn Hue by  William Hagerman Over time, the way I mix colors is second nature to me, but I’ve also learned the behavior of various pigments and the way they behave in mixtures to give me the effect I want. This only comes about through practice. Something that I enjoy doing is simply just mixing. Not trying to match anything in particular, just adding one color to another to see what I get and then add another color to modify it and see what happens. If you come up with a combination you really like, make a note of it and think of how and where you might be able to use such a color. Since you’re not trying to achieve a particular color mixture, it takes out any potential frustration you might experience in trying to mix it, but instead allowing you to enjoy the experience of seeing what simply evolves before you as you try out different combinations of pigments. It’s a free form of experimentation that can teach you a lot while having fun doing it and help you break free from using the same old color mixtures.


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