Billy Sheahan Art Photographs Store Now Open – Give the Gift of Art! – 25% off this week

Hanalei Valley Sunset, Kauai, Hawaii ©2016

Sunset overlooking Hanalei Valley and Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii ©2016

Billy Sheahan Art Photographs Store Now Open – Give the Gift of Art

Hello again, Gentle Readers! I’m very excited to announce the opening of the new Billy Sheahan Photography Art Store. (There’s a coupon code for 25% off this week at the bottom of this blog.)

I know all of you get bombarded with emails this time of year, as do I. Bom-Bar-Ded! And I was very nearly ready to send out my store announcement with all of the other Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails. But I decided to try an experiment and wait a bit. Sometimes it’s hard to be noticed in all of the noise, you know?

Which is also why I picked this incredibly peaceful photograph for this post today, that I made while on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, last June. It gives me a tranquil feeling I know I need around this time of year, and perhaps you do too. So much noise. Too many emails. So much selling!

I was driving back from a location scout with my dear friends, photographer Mel Brackstone and lovely models Meluxine and Anne Duffy when we slowed to try to find a spot to pull over for a moment and enjoy the view out the car window. And that’s pretty much what it’s like driving the twisting roads of Kauai. The driver, me in this case, trying desperately not to lose focus on the road with the unimaginable beauty out the window. Even a normally mundane drive back from the airport is full of visual wonder on this island.

I don’t know how long we stayed at this spot. Sometimes taking photos. Sometimes just in awe of what we were seeing. But I knew we all left feeling very peaceful and happy.

Kauai is magic. It’s one of my images I’ll always conjure up when I need to go to my happy place.

Meluxine, Mel Brackstone and Anne Duffy ©2016

Meluxine, Mel Brackstone and Anne Duffy enjoying a breathtaking view at Hanalei Valley, Kauai ©2016

And this photograph, if I may get a little commercial with you for a moment, is one of the new photos available for sale on my new store. Any artist trying to sell work online, knows how difficult it is to make a web store that is easy to manage, and even more important, make it a good experience for any potential online art buyer. A challenging needle to thread.

Walking up to a piece of art hanging in a gallery is one thing. You can see it. What it really looks like. How big it is. With online art buying, it’s more of a leap of faith. I’ve learned that taking as much guesswork and uncertainty out of that process is something I’ve given a great deal of thought to.

After building more online art stores than I can even remember over the past 20 years, this one is the first I’m truly happy with. Not simply satisfied with the compromises of most of the elements of it, but really happy about everything! Because of the way the art is displayed, and again, that good browsing experience for anyone gracious enough to consider putting my art on their walls. You can see what the various options are going to look like as you select a photograph and decide how you want it printed, framed or mounted, and a variety of sizes. There’s even a Wall Preview to show you what the photograph will look like in a room – how big it is over a sofa, or a bed, for example. I really like that.

Oh, and about that coupon code! Enter ART2016 at checkout until Saturday December 11th, 2016, and you’ll get 25% off of your entire order.

I’m excited. I’d love to hear what you think if you have a few moments to check it out. And if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

Thank you for reading! And browsing!

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