Scottish Landscape Paintings

Scottish Landscape Paintings Glencoe

Scottish Landscape Paintings

Scottish landscape painting features throughout my portfolio. I like to paint the country I live in. Although I have not been to every corner, I have seen a reasonable amount of this beautiful little country.

Painting Glencoe was approached by me with just a little bit of fear. The incredible landscape is so steeped in history and it has been painted by so many artists. I wanted this artwork to really stand out amongst my other Scottish landscape paintings.

I am also very familiar with Glencoe having passed through many times since i was a child.

This painting which represents two of the “Three Sisters” was painted in large part with a palette knife, which is quite unusual for me as most of my painting is brush-based.

Glencoe

Painting Glencoe in this manner took quite some time and it was a canvas I returned to again and again as I was not happy with the initial result. I wanted to work on the painting until I captured some of the atmosphere. If you have never passed through Glencoe, I would say that it is one of the most atmospheric  places and it changes dramatically in different climates.

As Scottish landscpaes go, I have mainly painted scenes which are based on places that have just appealed to me, various woodlands or hillsides which may even not have specific names. It makes a change then to paint somewhere so well known.

I hope that that my first attempt at painting Glencoe contains just some of the atmosphere of this incredible part of the Scottish landscape.

Original Landscape Painting SOLD

 

Landscape Painting

Landscape  Paintings –

Real World Or Virtual Galleries

This landscape looks more English than Scottish and there is a reason for that, but I am keeping it to myself at the moment.

It’s been an interesting week in the studio this week. I am still finishing off some commissions and also dabbling with new canvases in between. It’s just the way I like to work, I can’t work on one canvas from start to finish.

Also this week I have been in further discussion with various parties about solo exhibitions. I am running a bit shy of solo show’s after the unpleasant events of last year. Once bitten and all that. To be truthful, I am so wary of art dealers and art galleries now. For every shark though, there is a good dealer out there. A fellow artist recently proved this by selling out half his recent show on the opening night. This was thanks to interesting artwork, an artist who worked hard and a gallery who did what they are supposed to be doing. Even in a recession, good art still finds a wall to hang on: well that’s my experience .

Online Art Galleries

Talking about galleries, I have been talking to a couple of different people this week who are setting up their own online galleries. I have mixed thoughts about online art galleries. Most of them are mainly money-generating software exercises. A few are run by peopel who really care about art but many are not. It’s quite frustrating watching other artists flock to online art galleries, which almost run themselves. The people who run the website never even see the art. The artist uploads an image and all details, the artist sends the art too usually. As I said, it’ an exercise in website optimisation and who can get the most visibility on Google.

So, back in the real world it’s more painting in the studio tomorrow, and for those of you who are wondering where this month’s newsletter is, it’s simply a shade late. I have been holding off to see if I can firm up on some of the upcoming events bu tin any case it will be sent out shortly.

Colourful Scottish Landscape Painting

Colourful Landscapes & A Brief Annual Review

Colourful landscapes have made a return to my studio.

After a year when 95 percent of my artwork has been monochromatic, in pencil, charcoal and carbon, it was interesting to use colour in such a manner. It was fantastic to work on, I rediscovered my love of trying to bring atmosphere and dare i say it, personality to a landscape.

I have not blogged just so much recently, I tend to go through phases. Since my last blogs, there has been quite a lot happening both personally and professionally. Many artists I know have really struggled this year because of the recession. It is a sad thing that many have had to give up full time painting and in some cases even give up their studios.

The shame is that when recession bites, it affects creativity. I have met several artists this year who continue to produce amazing art despite severe hardship. Just because they are not perhaps adept at promoting themselves and gaining exposure, it means that they don’t gain the opportunities that some others are lucky enough to have put in front of them. One such artist I was chatting to recently has been offered exhibition opportunities on 3 continents. They had to decline due to funding.

More Landscapes

When I  think of this, I feel very grateful that I still have my studio and through people who appreciate what I do, I am still able to explore and create new artwork. Whether it’s creating colourful Scottish landscape paintings,  drawings or kilt art so long as I am working in my studio, that’s all that matters.

I also tend to begin to evaluate my year, as many people do around this time on the calendar. For me, it has indeed been an interesting one. I owe much of it to the 28 Drawings Later project in February which suddenly and unexpectedly altered my artistic course. Whilst part of me is beginning to want to reintroduce colour, I would say that a larger part of me enjoyed my ‘colourless” year and although I will continue to paint, I believe that  drawing and working in graphite and other such mediums will continue to be the main interest for me over the short to medium term future. I am sure at some point in the future the colourful landscapes will return.

 

Original Scottish Landscape ARt

Original Scottish Landscape Painting

 Blue Trees

Original Scottish landscape paintings, “Blue Trees”, painted in oil on canvas. In this artwork I was experimenting with various elements., division of space and proportions, colour and brush strokes.

Developing the ideas of previous landscapes which I have produced, I really want to increase the atmosphere of landscape paintings. Rather than have them simply be records of a scene, which is perhaps the way my landscape paintings began.

The brush strokes in the lower portions take quite some time to apply to the canvas. However, the process is quite calming and almost therapeutic, as landscape painting should be.

When initially completed, this canvas was landscape style rather than portrait. However, the more I “lived” with it in the studio, the more I realised that this painting had more to give. Because of the nature of the vertical brush strokes, it dawned on me that the composition would benefit from being portrait style. Hence, a section of the painting was cropped off to give the final framed artwork it’s appearance.

Painting Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm approx excluding frame.
Medium: Oil On Canvas

Original Scottish Landscape Painting SOLD

Neist Point Scottish Landscape Painting

Scottish Landscape Paintings

Neist Point on the beautiful Scottish island of Skye is a place I have only visited once. It will stay with me forever but I do hope that I see it again. Neist Point Lighthouse just looks as if it has been there for ever and although man-made seems so much to be a part of the view. It is an utterly breathtaking place and I cannot possibly describe it in words.  Therefore I tried to with paint. I am pleased with this landscape painting in which I tried to capture the drama of this incredible place.  Extensive use of the palette knife was employed.

If you do visit the Isle Of Skye, please don’t miss Neist Point out, sas many people seem to. There are views of the islands of Egg, Muck and Rum and huge rocks onto which the sea crashes. I went fishing there for a couple of hours before sunset and knew when I was there that I had to paint. This was about seven years before I began to paint full time. I returned the day after the fishing to sketch and then produced a watercolour painting. This large scale acrylic of Neist Point is based on that.

Original Scottish Landscape Painting – Sold

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Paintings for Sale Online

Paintings for sale online

Paintings For Sale Online

Paintings for sale online can be found in various diverse outlets today. As an artist who began selling online in 2002, I have witnessed many changes. Some of these have been good and some bad.

Although I have painted and drawn all my life, I was only a hobby artist until 2005. Before that, the main place to find paintings for sale online was Ebay. Around 2002, Ebay was not what it is now. Now, Ebay is like a car boot sale for art. Back in 2002 however, it was a dynamic and vibrant outlet for artists.

My own artwork started selling for around £40. I was happy with this as I was just playing around. What I did enjoy was joining communities of other artists who were also selling their paintings online.

Buying & Selling Art online Is Easy

I learned a lot from these people. We began to have virtual exhibitions and in time, exhibitions in the real world. I even had art exhibited in Chicago USA thanks to another Ebay artist.

The future was looking good for artists selling their paintings online. Ebay however, soon changed everything. Ebay seem to want everything to be cheap. They also now seem to favour organisations rather than individual sellers. Back around 2004 they changed their fees and their listing structure. This made competition more than fierce. It also made the artwork much more difficult to find.

Many artists, including me, did not mind selling art at less than exorbitant prices, however, we did have to make some money from our art.

In time though, it became almost impossible.

I moved away from Ebay and sought other ways to promote my paintings for sale online.

Honesty In Art

The first thing I did was improve my own website. I wanted it to be as honest as I could. To achieve this I invested in a reasonable camera and took good photography. I also described the paintings to the best of my ability. A trickle of internet traffic grew. Never to a huge deluge of visitors but enough.

To this day, I believe that honest photography and honest descriptions are the key to happy customers. In my previous career, I learned that customers are everything. Many artists might not like this but it is true. You cannot just separate yourself from your customers, unless you are at the very top of the tree. If the media create a storm about you then you can just sit back and get on with painting.

This is not the case for most artists however.

Online Art Galleries & Google

One of the things that is a little frustrating is Google’s ranking policies. Google is, rightly all about “user experience”. However, if you want to support an independent artist and type “buy art direct from the artist”, Google won’t return a list of individual artists. No, Google will return a raft of online galleries. These galleries are basically people who could afford to pay for software. This software allows artists to create a profile and upload art. These sites are full of “buy direct from the artist” claims. However, some of them take 50% of the sale price. This is too much for an online gallery.

There are some really good such online galleries of course who do seem to look after the listed artists by advertising on their behalf etc. Some take as little as 30%. Others, such as Fine Art America take no fee from the sale of original paintings. They make their money from print sales.

Paintings For Sale Online: Benefits

There are lots of benefits in buying art online. These outweigh the big negative which is: nothing will beat seeing a piece of art in the flesh.

  • Most good artists will have a returns policy
  • Artists will send you a larger file of their artwork if you ask to let you see detail
  • You can read about the art. In a gallery offline you are relying on what the gallery owner tells you.
  • You can have direct contact with the artist
  • Prospective purchasers can see artwork from artists on the other side of the world that you might otherwise never see
  • You can see “in progress” shots that you would otherwise never see.

I have sent artwork all over the world. This has been to places as far away as Australia, USA, Canada and Greece.

Paintings For Sale Online
Joe Hendry Artwork In Progress

In all the time that I have been selling my art online, I have never had one piece of artwork returned. I do offer a full return policy, it’s just that I have never needed it!

I would finish this article by saying that there is security in buying art online. Most artists accept Paypal and this covers you fully in the event that anything goes wrong. I have again, never had any problem here.

Indeed, it is the artist who is most likely to be  conned by fraudsters online (but that is a whole other article!)

I hope this article helps people realise the benefits of buying art online and in doing so, supports independent artists and good online art galleries.

PS Please visit my Testimonials Page to see what some of the people who have purchased my paintings for sale online have had to say.

Examples Of Joe Hendry Artwork

Original Art for sale

Buying original art online

Shy Girl
Shy Girl

Drawings in pencil

Scottish art for sale

Art For Sale Online- Buying direct from the artist

Art For Sale Online

Art For Sale Online

Did you know you can buy art direct from the artist?

Art For Sale Online has grown immeasurably over the years. When i first started to put my early canvas art for sale online, the place to do it was Ebay. Believe it or not, in the early noughties, Ebay was actually a hotbed of artistic talent. It was a fantastic place to buy art direct from the artist. All kinds of original paintings were listed for sale. Things changed however, and Ebay is now the online equivalent of a car boot sale.

Online art for sale now appears in many “art farms” and it seems that everyone is getting in on the action. From people with no interest in art right up to Saatchi online.

Think You Know Where Your Money Goes?

Art collectors looking to buy original paintings use these places to find art for sale online. However, it annoys artists when there are phrases used such as “buy direct from the artist”. If you think that all of the money you spend goes to the artist then think again. Whilst it is understandable that bricks and mortar art galleries take a hefty slice of the money, usually 50%. Did you know that many online art galleries also take around 40%?

Buy art direct artists studio

My Favourite Art Gallery – My Own Studio

Some venues which have art for sale online are much better for artists such as Etsy. Etsy actually takes a very small percentage and it’s listing fees are only twenty cents per item. This means that many artists actually sell their original artwork for less and can still make a reasonable profit to allow them to keep painting.

What Are The Negatives ?

Viewing fine art for sale online may seem a poor alternative to viewing it in a gallery and whilst this is true to some extent as nothing can beat seeing a piece of original art for real, rather than a poor alternative, I think it is a good alternative. Most artists go to great lengths to make sure that the images they upload when they have their art for sale online are of the best quality. Some websites, such as Fine Art America and Artfinder, for me, do a particularly good job of displaying artwork.

Also, in most cases, buying art online is pretty much risk free as many artists and online galleries accept returns with minimal cost, if any to the purchaser.

Advantages of Buying Artwork Direct From The Artist

The other, obvious advantage for people who buy original art online is the ease of viewing a huge amount of art compared to the volume of artwork you would see in a day visiting bricks and mortar galleries. I have sold original paintings to art collectors all over the world from New Zealand to Canada and everywhere in-between. This would never have happened if I had not had an early presence on the internet.

Not only this, but I have never had a piece of artwork from this website returned. Art buyers often ask to see larger images and it is easy to email these. This allows art collectors to make a decision before making a commitment.

Other obstacles are easily dealt with when purchasing artwork from an online artist. Costs of sending bulky frames can be addressed by sending an item unframed. Many art -lovers prefer to choose their own framing anyway. I have sent large oil paintings rolled up, suitably protected and they have safely arrived in places as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Phoenix, Arizona.

Searching for an artist selling their artwork direct is something that  I would highly recommend. You are then genuinely dealing with and artist directly and supporting them. You will also be protected in most cases if you ay using a credit card or Paypal so there really is very little risk.

I have had art for sale online now since 2002 without incident.

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