Artists Blog

Art Blog

An artist’s daily musings, discussing all things from studio life to current topical events. Since beginning this blog a few years back it has continued to amaze me the amount of people who have been in touch via email or mentioned to me at events that they read this blog.

Much of the art blog is based around my artwork produced at the WASPS Artists’ Studios in Hanson Street Glasgow. Also the subsequent exhibiting of the artwork and events taking place following the completion of paintings.

Glasgow artist Joe Hendry discusses art as therapy and drawing versus painting.
Photographing Glasgow has become second nature to me. Having lived in the City for 15 years and having studied here in the 1980's, I have some interesting memories and pictures to share.
Blogging about Blondie, Debbie Harry and the state of health care in the USA.
Pale Skinned Woman Over Working Art Over working art is a problem for many artists. Digital art is great because you can usually rewind things to a happier stage. This mixed media artwork of a pale skinned woman is something I started on over two years ago. I put this artwork out of sight because …
Pencil Artwork Drawing in pencil has been a bit of a saviour for me over the past couple of years. If you are a follower of this website or a recipient of my newsletters then you will wonder where I have been. Pencil drawings are a large part of the answer. I have not released …
Artists Online Can you be as successful as Saatchi? There are now countless artists online selling their own paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The internet has revolutionised the way that art lovers buy art. Artists online exist in and of themselves and are also present in various communities. From Saatchi.com to Deviant art and everything …
Coloured Pencils Coloured Pencils Are A Misunderstood Artist’s Medium Coloured Pencils. When you see those two words, does your mind drift back to school days and watching everyone colour in with their tongues poked out whilst they concentrated?  That is the type of image that the coloured pencil manufacturers are trying to shake off and …
Large Scale Moon art portrait in graphite and carbon.
Artist Joe Hendry discusses publicity and the inclusion of his art in the U.S. T.V> show Franklin & Bash featuring Heather Locklear.
Female Kilt Art Small Blue Thing is the final painting in my kilt art series “Another Country”. It has been really interesting hearing feedback on what people have deduced from these oil paintings and I am happy for people to do that. The title of this artwork was inspired by a song by Suzanne Vega, …
Selling Art On Ebay Ebay Art: Good or Bad Idea? Selling art on Ebay is pretty much frowned upon amongst the artists I know. Art galleries don’t think much of it either. I started selling art on Ebay ten years ago however and back then, it was a very different experience. Art sold on Ebay …
Art & Photography What’s Left Behind Art and photography have always been interlinked since the advent of the photographic image. I have always been drawn to photography and use photography fairly frequently as reference for creating my paintings and drawings. Recently, I have been enjoying the BBC Documentary series Imagine. It is the BBC at …
The Art Gallery Not Every Art Gallery Is Created Equal Most artists are very well aware that there can be a huge difference from one art gallery to another. It has taken me years to really understand how some of them work. When I first started to paint full-time in 2005, I had never approached an …
Tartan Artwork Tartan: there is so much to be said about it. I get quite annoyed when people talk about shortbread tins and “Scotch” people. (The only Scotch I am aware of is whisky and eggs!). It shows ignorance because tartan truly is fascinating. At first glance it might just be some coloured squares. However, when you …
Art In Progress & Artists Behaving Badly Art In Progress shots seem to be quite popular. I have been posting quite a few on my Facebook page asn people seem genuinely interested. It is quite a good time for me to be posting these as I have several pieces on the go at the moment. …
Glasgow Craft Exhibitions- Parade Artists Glasgow craft exhibitions are happening all the time and the competition for visitors can be quite fierce, especially at certain times of the year. Parade Artists are a group of artists based at the WASPS Artists’ Studios at Hanson Street in Glasgow and we have become quite good at competing with some …
Figure painting and Kilt art in oils after a year of working mostly in graphite and charcoal.
Selling Art In A Recession Loving What You Do Selling art in a recession can be difficult. The art world has suffered possibly more than many other areas since the 2008 downturn. Possibly because artwork is a luxury purchase. I have been very fortunate and was asked by another artist recently why I am doing …
Scottish Independence And Kilts! Scottish independence is on a lot of peoples minds at the moment. It seems that with all things relating to it in addition to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, the Scottish theme will be continuing for many people. A lot of my kilt art is quite melancholy. Some of them have been to do …
Scribbling As Art & Changing Art Galleries Scribbling as art has intrigued me ever since I created a piece in biro at college. This was in first year. I was given a row by my lecturer George Devlin. What does George know? Recently I have been quite fascinated by some of the effects I have been …
Copyright Theft What A Mug Copyright theft is something that I knew very little about when I first began. It is something that a few other artists have asked me about over the years. For an artist, it’s pretty horrible having your images stolen. Unfortunately, it has happened to me several times now. I am …
Large Scale Art & Art Thieves Large scale art really tests me. It seems that the fear of making mistakes, a fear that I cannot seem to overcome at the moment is magnified in proportion with the scale of the drawing. I have also noticed that working on a large scale painting as opposed to …
Edward Reid Britain’s Got Talent Edward Reid is possibly best known for his appearance on Britain’s Got Talent a couple of years ago. Edward was pipped to the post for entry into the final. This was a shame as TV exposure helps peopel on the rise quite like nothing else. I have met Edward a few …
Male Figure Drawing Male figure drawing can prove a task for me at times. IAt the moment especially I am probably creating a rod for my own back but I have tried to take line and form to a new level (for me). Mark making is something that I have become increasingly interested in over …
Framing Art Cheap Frames v Expensive Frames Framing art has been something which I have discussed before but it is quite an interesting topic for me and I will probably return to it again in the future. When I started out I painted mainly on deep edge box canvas. Framing art wasn’t something which I really worried …
Black And White Artwork A Monster Calls Black and white artwork has been the way of things for me for a year now. I have probably used colour for 5 pieces in the past year, always returning to black and white. It has been interesting to watch my own work progress during this period and …
Professional Practice & Artistic Process Artistic process, how an artist creates and how that develops over time has always fascinated me. We don’t always get the opportunity to discover how artists work. However, being in a building with many other painters, sculptors and artists of other disciplines has meant that I have been lucky enough to …
Ballet painting by Joe Hendry which was featured in the Sony Television show Franklin & Bash.
Quirky Art – That Moment In The Journey Quirky art has fascinated me for a while but it’s only now and again that I dabble in such a thing. This was an experimental piece in carbon and graphite and i really like the way it turned out. It’s interesting that people like to label things and I …
Moon Art In The Studio Moon art was the order of the day in the studio. Doped to the eyeballs with Lemsip, throat sweets and ibuprofen, I was determined to battle my way in and try and ignore this everlasting flu. It was strange going back into my studio as it lay untouched and in …