Saturday, November 15, 2008

The sun did come out...briefly... today.



'November Coming' - gouache on paper - 4.5x6.5 © Marc R. Hanson '08

So I grabbed the gouache bag and truck and painted one little study. It became too dark to try for two, too bad. I used this medium because I am just not ready to put on the cold weather clothes just yet. Sitting in the truck with a radio, coffee and heat on the feet, is where I was today.
I started doing this in the car last winter and then didn't keep it up. It's a method of last resort, a way to keep painting when you don't feel like being in the elements. I need to remind myself to stay with this... because it's fun! ;)

11 comments:

Kami Polzin said...

Gorgeous Marc! A beautiful sense of light and breathd!

Kami Polzin said...

. . . I mean breadth! :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hey painter! :) Thank you mucho. I like "breathd" too, good to have 'breathed'! I mentioned that it was a very high key scene. Any attempt at making the darks any darker vs the lighter value cool was met with a lot of disagreement when I compared my work with the scene.
That's the value of life, it doesn't lie.
Thanks again you.

Christopher O'Handley said...

Really beautiful light in this painting. What are you painting on? It looks like matboard (which is what I've used as a support for gouache). I've been thinking about getting the gouache out again also...like you I did a few "car studies" last winter and really enjoyed the gouache, but I haven't touched it since.

Also, your last post got me thinking...I seem to remember hearing that Studio Products was going to be discontinuing all of their leaded paints. I don't know if you've heard that, but you may want to check into it and perhaps stock up if you've really become addicted to their flake white. Seems to be the trend these days (eliminating lead, that is).

Chris

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Chris. I'm painting these on a card stock that I picked up at the local printing shop. I had them bound them with a spiral binding to make a sketch book. I don't take them out of the sketch book.
Yes, I let it go too. I guess the chilly weather makes it worth sitting in the car, not the best way to paint but 'a way'.
The old 'dread the lead' rears it's ugly head again! You are right. They've already traded titanium for lead in their 'Great White...used to be...Flake white' but is now Great White Titanium white. I did stock up a while back so I'll be good for awhile. I don't use it all that often and 'only' in the studio. So it's not going to send me off the deep end if it disappears. I also noticed that they changed the lead primer to a titanium based primer. Shoot.

Well, remember all of the 'lead' discussions on WC? I'm even using an acrylic primed linen now and absolutely loving it. Change...hmmmm?

Thanks for looking in Chris. Are you back at painting now?

Christopher O'Handley said...

Lead discussions on WC...hmmm, you know, I generally tried to avoid those kinds of controversial topics :)

I haven't been painting yet...my back is significantly improved, but I still have to be careful about certain activities (driving is still an issue, carrying a heavy plein air backpack any distance is another). I'm probably going to concentrate on studio painting for a while. A lot of other higher priority things (such as the "real job") have piled up and need to be dealt with first. But come February I am planning to be painting seriously. Can't wait!

Thanks for asking.

Chris

kullaf said...

this is REALLY nice! you say it's gouache? I sometimes use acrylic on paper like gouache (I use white to pop in the lights so I don't have to paint around them like watercolor)...I've done the paint in the car thing too, it IS fun! but I just got a new car, it's teeny-tiny, so I don't think I'll be doing it this winter

cheers, Anne

Marc R. Hanson said...

Yeah right Chris! :)
I'm sorry that you're not 100% yet but it sounds like you're taking care of it like you should. There are many ways to skin a cat (or use up paint)! I have to watch that phrase now that my best buddy is a cat.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Anne... The gouache is a hold over from art school days when that we used so much of it that we bled gouache! I've used acrylics both in the studio and from life, but there's something about them that only allows me about one decent piece per year. :( After that it's all down hill. I think that I try to tame them and make them behave like oil after the first one or two. Once that happens they turn on me and do evil things. :)
Gouache is forgiving, I need that quality or trouble ensues.
Even in my Explorer front seat it's tight. I have a moon roof and that helps out tremendously. Without that it would be dark making an additional light needed. Then there's the sun casting shadows (suction cup window blinds for the kids work to block that problem), the right view point, cramping and now days...the price of gas, to deal with.
Who said "You're so lucky to be an artist" as if it's so easy...if only they knew! ;)
...Marc

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Wow, I think is beautiful! I read you comment on Frank's blog and thought I'd pay a visit. I'm glad I did. Your work is truly beautiful. The pieces you have below Sun Block and Earth, wind and fire, are stunning! Congratulations :o)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Welcome Alicia! Thank you for looking in and thank you for your comments. I looked at your website and see that you have a wonderful style of painting. I can imagine that what you do is a very rewarding way of life... entertaining and teaching children with art... very, very important and good. Come back soon! ;)