Saturday, 31 August 2013

Last day of trading ...

"What Snake Saw in the Smoke" : Digital Painting : Copyright © 2013 by Martin Herbert
On sale at!
So... end of an era!  Today is my last day of trading under the name "Spirit Visions". For reasons previously noted (here), I'm abandoning all the branding and concentrating on making fine-art under my own name. From now on I'm leaving the selling and making money to the people who are best qualified to do it - i.e. the dealers and gallerists. There is something considerably liberating in freeing myself from the self-induced pressure to be marketing manager, advertiser and salesman as well artist. Hopefully that means a lot more time and energy to make a lot more art! To that end there will soon be a new website at, and to keep in touch you can follow this blog (see "Follow by email..." at top right) and subscribe to the newsletter (click here).

(Of course there remains the small matter of finding one or more dealers who are actually prepared to represent me, but, hey ... details. Actually, of course, I wouldn't be making this move if I didn't have some encouragement in that direction!).

Anyway... today is the last day and I should, for the last time, point out that all fine-art prints, posters and greetings cards in my shop at are on sale for the last time today at HALF PRICE.  Enter the discount coupon code CLOSING50 during checkout for 50% off your whole order. Click here to go to the shop.

There ... that's the last time I will need to make any crass commercial announcements through social media! Time to celebrate!

All the best,

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Last week of online sales - everything half price at !

"Encyclopedia Xenopelagica Plate VII" : Digital painting
Copyright © 2005 by Martin Herbert
So, as per my previous posting, I'm ceasing all on-line operations from 31st August. (Well, it might take me a while to get everything taken down after that, but that's the general principle).

Hence, for the last week, starting today - Sunday 25th August, everything at is HALF PRICE (woohoo!).

Enter the discount code CLOSING50 during checkout for 50% off your whole order. This is in addition to any individual item price reductions I might already have made.

Additional bargains on other sites as already posted - see here for details.

Bargains!!! Go get 'em!!! (etc.)

Monday, 5 August 2013

CLOSING DOWN SALE! ... The Big Momentous Decision

Coupon code for
OK, so... Big Momentous Decision made.

I am getting out of the more 'commercial' and illustrative art business to devote my time to developing more 'serious' work, so as of 31st August 2013 I will no longer be selling artwork (originals or prints) online. There are a number of reasons for this:
  • Print-on-demand sites like and 'crafty' sites like don't make enough sales to justify the time and effort I spend in maintaining them and fulfilling orders.
  • I have reached a point where I really need to concentrate on developing my artwork to a highly professional standard and so I really need all that time and effort for painting!
  • The image presented by these sites conflicts badly with the needs of professional dealers and gallerists who need artists to present a coherent and professional image to potential clients.
  • The style, content and technique of my artwork has evolved to a stage where I no longer feel a connection with many of the projects I've undertaken in the past. Having started to find a 'voice', there is a lot of stuff out there which I no longer relate to ... basically I need to leave the artistic past behind and continue developing the directions in which I've been moving for the last couple of years.
I'll shortly be launching an all-new website at, and I will also be maintaining this blog, which will get a major makeover in the near future.

This is basically a Big Scary Thing, and I am launching off into a foray into the serious fine-art world with no guarantee whatever that it will pay off, and resigning myself to the fact that I am likely to make more or less nothing for the next 1 - 2 years. The good news, however, is that until the end of the month I have reduced the price of everything currently for sale online in a grand closing-down sale so...

At, enter the discount code CLOSING20 to get 20% off your whole order.

At Fine Art America (or Fine Art Europe), enter discount code VEMDUU to get 20% off your whole order.

At Saatchi Online, prices of originals have already been reduced by at least 20%, with as much as 50% off some items. All prints are on sale at the minimum price allowed by the site, a large saving on some items.

and finally, at RedBubble, I've reduced my markup by 50% on everything, which is as much of a discount as I can afford - don't make much here anyway!).

There will undoubtedly be a lot happening over the next 12 months or so, so keep an eye on the blog, make sure you're subscribed to the newsletter (see below!) etc...

Note: This does mean that our project will also not be going forward, but we will fulfil all our obligations to our funding partners - you'll be getting the first prints soon, and they will all be signed and numbered limited editions, so hang onto them - they could be worth real money in the future! (If you never signed up to, sorry - it is no longer possible to add new subscribers).

All the best to everyone, and I'll be back with more news soon!

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Another new artwork for sale - "Amazon Grace"

"Amazon Grace" : On-demand print & poster - various sizesCopyright © 2013 by Martin Herbert
Another day, another frivolous piece of frippery. Available as a print, poster and greetings card in various formats and sizes from a number of outlets.  Note: Fine Art Europe (a.k.a. Fine Art America) will print works on acrylic sheet and metal in addition to paper and canvas. "La Rive Gauche" is also now available there...

Fine Art Europe:

(If you buy from etsy, you get it printed by me and signed - the other sites are all print-on-demand)


Happy Amazonian expeditions!