Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to Buy Jeff's Paintings

It occurred to me recently that I don't make it very easy for people to shop for my paintings.

I don't have a gallery.

I don't have an Etsy page.

I don't have a Saatchi Art page.

I don't have an AbsoluteArts page.

I don't have a web site that shows available works, terms, prices, or any of the other rudimentary elements that comprise most free-market transactions.

I should probably fix that at some point.

In the meantime, here's a blog post that will hopefully answer a few of the most common questions regarding "how to buy Jeff's paintings".

Where can I see Jeff's paintings?
  • Jeff maintains a Pinterest page that features many of his completed paintings. That's probably the best place to look. He doesn't post every completed painting on Pinterest, but he posts a lot of them. Some have already sold, but many are still available.
How much do Jeff's paintings cost?
  • Size is probably the biggest determining factor when it comes to price. The smallest ones (5" x 7") are generally $250.00 - $300.00. The medium sized ones (9" x 12") are generally around $500.00 - $700.00. The largest ones are about $1000.00. Pricing is not an exact science, but those numbers will at least get you in the ballpark.
 What does that get me?
  • Well, you'll get the painting (natch). It will be signed and dated too! (By Jeff, on the back). Jeff doesn't sign paintings on the front. He's not really sure why. It might be because the front is where the painting goes. In any event, he just doesn't sign there.
  • Your painting will also come framed in a really nice Hackman Frame. These are handmade and hand-leafed frames. The corners are finished (i.e. there are no visible miter joints) and the painting is "floated" in the frame (unless it's a work on paper. Then it gets matted, put under glass, and then framed). Either way, it's a really nice presentation (if perhaps a bit traditional).
Do I have to buy it framed? Can I buy it unframed at a lower price?
  • Jeff is kind of a stickler for presentation and prefers to sell his paintings appropriately framed. Obviously buyers are free to have the paintings framed however they like once they take possession. Jeff does not recommend this. It's unlikely they'll be able to improve greatly on the work presented at the point of purchase.
So what if I decide I'm interested in a painting and I'm thinking about making a purchase?
  • At that point the simplest thing would be to get in touch with Jeff at jregensb(@) and make an inquiry. If you identify a particular painting of interest, Jeff can let you know if it's available. If it is, the next step would be a studio visit. You and Jeff would arrange a time to meet at his studio to see the work in person. Similarly, if you just wanted to browse and see what's available a studio visit can be arranged for that as well.
So, I should just contact Jeff if I'm interested in his work or in seeing more? Is that how it works?
  • Yep. Pretty much. 
What if I go through all that and I decide I don't want a painting after all. Won't that hurt Jeff's feelings?
  • No
Are you sure?
  • Yeah. Pretty sure.
Is there some way I can buy Jeff's paintings without going directly through Jeff?
  • Yes. While Jeff doesn't have gallery representation, he occasionally has works available for sale in group shows, specialized galleries, or any variety of local auction-based fundraisers. These opportunities come up sporadically, and Jeff usually promotes them through his social media channels. The best way to find out about these events is to follow Jeff's blog, his Facebook page, or Twitter.
What if I don't have enough money to pay for a painting all at once. Can I make payments?
  • Jeff's pretty reasonable about stuff like that. He wants people to enjoy his paintings so he's usually willing to work with them.
Are the prices negotiable?
  • Jeff feels like his work is priced fairly. When one factors in the time, materials, and the cost of framing, it turns out the prices are pretty reasonable (perhaps even a bit low). It's a high-quality presentation too; one that will offer years and years of enjoyment.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Show at CS Gallery

I've been invited to show some paintings at CS Gallery this month.

It's actually a group show put on in cooperation with Columbus Underground and featuring a number of their "Local Artist Spotlight" participants and/or "Best of 2013" artists.

The line-up includes:

Adam Brouillette
Michael Bush
Amy Neiwirth
Robert Patricy
Jeff Regensburger

I'll be submitting five new paintings to the show, including these two:

 Landscape (F2, Late Evening)

Portrait (F2 at 750 Yards)

The exhibition runs July 18th - July 30th, 2014.

The opening reception is Friday July 18th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

CS Gallery is located at 66 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10 Things I Learned in Ireland

I've done a fair amount of traveling; more than some, less than others. I like travel. I like seeing new places and experiencing new things.I don't necessarily set up lesson plans or assign myself homework, but the fact is I do travel with the idea that I'll learn something along the way. It's the Rick Steve's philosophy that travel should be about broadening horizons and gaining new perspectives.


And while I hope that all my travels have taught me something, this most recent trip to Ireland found me learning much more than I ever have before. I'd like to think that's because I'm getting better at learning, but the truth is it's probably because I knew precious little about Ireland to begin with (I was, as they say, the emptiest of empty vessels). As I told my wife, I think I learned more about Ireland in the 25 minutes we spent in the National Gallery Gift Shop than I did in my entire life before then (In all fairness, they had some very good children's books on the Easter Uprising, Vikings and the Battle of Clontarf).

Happily, I know more now than I did then. My wife and I had a terrific time and saw some amazing sites. So, without further adieu (and before I forget them), here's 10 Things I Learned in Ireland.

1. Ireland has artists.
I know you're thinking that Ireland only has writers, poets, and playwrights, but they have artists too; good ones! Jon Lavery, Paul Henry, Sean Scully, and Jack B. Yeats (that would be W.B. Yeats brother) are all terrific artists who claim Ireland as their home.

 Jon Lavery's "Japanese Switzerland"

2. Francis Bacon was one of them.
Maybe I knew this at some point, but I sure don't remember. Francis Bacon was born in Dublin to parents of English descent. He eventually moved to London, but his famously messy studio is reconstructed and on view at the Dublin City Museum Hugh Lane Gallery.

 Detail of Francis Bacon's Reconstructed Studio

3. The famous Dublin Spire replaced another equally famous tower on O'Connell Street.
Nelson's Pillar once stood on O'Connell street in the same spot currently occupied by the Dublin Spire. That monumental Doric column had originally been erected to honor Admiral Nelson's victory at Trafalgar. After years of quiet (and not so quiet) resentment, the IRA blew it up (well, mostly blew it up) in 1966.

 Then: Nelson's Pillar (Post IRA)

 And Now: Dublin Spire (Today)

4. You can get "American coffee" in Ireland, but its not made like Americans make it (and that's a good thing).
Let's start with American coffee. If you get it in America there's a good chance it will be brewed by the pot or by the carafe via an automatic drip coffee machine. It's then kept warm/hot until you order a cup. At that point your server pours you a serving, and that's that.

The Irish version of American coffee isn't like that at all. In Ireland an American coffee means someone will brew (to order) two cups of espresso. Then they pour that into a big cup and add hot water so it's diluted down to the strength of our automatic drip version. This method doesn't just approximate the taste of American coffee, it improves it. It's a charming, artisnal kind of process really, but like so much Old World charm (public transit, national healthcare, civility) it would never fly over here in the States. It takes about three minutes longer to serve coffee this way, and time is money you know...

5. Irish history is complicated.
It was, and it still is. Between the Vikings, the Normans, the English, the Scots, and well...the Irish, it's no wonder things were so unsettled for so long. Toss in a little religious intolerance (OK, a lot) and you've got, well, Troubles.

6. Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral is an Anglican church.
Herein lies my Catholic bias. Seriously. It never occurred to me that a church called St. Patrick's could be anything but a Catholic church. I was raised Catholic in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood. I spent the grades K-12 in Catholic schools. My middle name is Patrick. Catholics invented St. Patrick's day. They taught us about him in our Catholic schools. I just assumed his church would...well...

 St. Patrick's Cathedral

So we walk into the Cathedral and there's all these little clues that start pouring in: why is the gift shop in the church proper? Why does the Bishop in the painting have grandchildren? Why are there regimental flags hanging in here? Why isn't the Papal flag hanging in here? Where's the Holy Water???

My wife eventually figures it out and suddenly it's like were playing an away game. I've lost the home field advantage and I'm starting to get rattled. I'm out of my element. What should I do? Turn myself in? Pray? To who? The Virgin Mary? Well that won't work in here, will it?

St. Patrick's Cathedral (Interior)

Which over-dramatizes things a bit - but not really. It was ultimately a very telling (and personal) lesson not just in what it means to self-identify, but in the strength that self-identification can carry, even when we should know better.

7. The Battle of Clontarf is a big deal.
It's big. Agincourt big. Hasting big. Yorktown big. D-Day big. Irish unity prevails over hostile Viking raiders. Or at least that's the popular version. The reality is much messier than that and much more complicated. One particularly inventive way of telling the story was offered by The Little Museum of Dublin. They engaged artist Fergal McCarthy to narrate the events of the battle in the style of a graphic novel on the walls of the gallery itself.

 The Battle of Clontarf as depicted by Fergal McCarthy

8. Ireland was neutral during World War II.
They were! In Ireland World War Two was euphemistically referred to as "The Emergency". While I haven't read too far into this part of Irish history my hunch is that their neutrality was the result of two things, the trepidation of a young republic (you'll recall another young republic that once tried staying neutral too) and a distrust of all things British.

9. The Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site (and with good reason). It's beautiful.
I'm not even going to try to explain it, any more than I'd try to explain the Grand Canyon. Just trust me, or better yet, go see it for yourself.

10. The people of Ireland are a friendly bunch.
And accommodating too. They really are! Every inquiry involving any element of service anywhere was answered with a prompt, "No problem!". It's like their default setting and one I promised I bring back home with me.