Saturday, July 12, 2008
Sneak Preview of New Orleans Show in November!
"Waterfront Stroll" - pastel on UArt 600 - 18x22 - © Marc R. Hanson 2008
On November 7th, 2008 I will be participating in a gallery artist show at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, SC that will feature paintings of New Orleans, LA. I've talked about this a little bit here before and posted another painting that I completed for this show earlier in my blog life. These paintings will all be available at the show, and not until then, but I wanted to post them now to show what is happening on my easel as I prepare for the show.
This painting was painted from a sketch that I did from the upper levels of a parking garage one morning. Mary Whyte, Phil Sandusky ( a New Orleans painter) and I spent a rainy day up in this garage at Phil's suggestion and it was a good one. Phil has published a book about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and knows how to find a painting location in New Orleans no matter what the weather! Thanks to him we had some spectacular scenery with fog and rain on the subject, not us.
What caught my attention in this scene was the contrast between the illumination from the lights and the cool quality of the color in the surrounding fog covered landscape. I quickly found out that my job would be to orchestrate everything in the picture in a way that would support the warm orange lights and the halo of illumination that surrounded them. As we worked the fog from the river, just off to my right side, would come in so thick that almost everything would be obliterated. Then it would recede and a lot of the scene would show itself briefly until the fog rolled in again. I chose to paint the very impressionistic feeling of the scene when it was almost completely obscured by the heaviest fog.