Sunday, November 30, 2008

Working in the studio... a color study for larger painting.


Oil-8x10 © Marc R. Hanson

This is a color study for a larger painting that I am just beginning. I am trying to go into an emotional place rather than a descriptive place with this one. We'll see what happens in the translation from this small color comp to the larger painting. I'll keep you posted.

25 comments:

Carolann said...

Is this an oil painting - I love the colours you have used, dare I ask for your palette - although I daresay they are not available in UK

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Carolann... Yes it's an oil. I'm sure that you can find the palette. Cad Yellow Light (on the cooler side of this color, Rembrandt, Gamblin or M.Graham), Cad Red Light, Permanent Alizarin (I use real alizarin crimson too but want the P.Aliz because it's bluer, greys greens more harmoniously and makes cooler violets, which I wanted for this color scheme), Ultramarine Deep (Rembrandt), and Transoxide Brown (not red...Rembrandt). Other than titanium white, that's it.
Thanks.

Marc R. Hanson said...

That should read "transparent oxide brown' in entirety. The color tube ref number is 426 with Rembrandt.

Carolann said...

Thanks Marc for answering so quickly. All these colours are in uk except for oxide brown which if it is a greeny brown might be raw umber. I love the tones used in this painting and have tried many times to get this romantic feel. Your blog is inspiration for me to keep trying! Have just finished a snow scene which looks so amateurish, still keep churning them out and hopefully I'll improve.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Carolann it's nearly identical to Burnt Umber, but slightly warmer and more transparent.

Stacey Peterson said...

This is beautiful Marc (as usual) - I can't wait to see the larger version. This small one has a lot of emotional impact on it's own! I've been trying to work on the same idea lately - I like to think of it as less "reporting" and more "poetry".

Carolann said...

Thank you Marc I have some burnt umber so will try this palette out. Love your book by the way.

Erika Nelson said...

Absolutely dreamy and peaceful. Thank you for sharing the palette Marc. I'm excited about this journey of yours though I will miss your usual style too. It's really not way off though. But artist detours can be magical. Excellent start I say!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Stacey... Thank you! It's more gratifying, for me, to work from this point of view. It's FUN too. I feel more creative, though it's risky, to paint from the inside out. I just keep those teachers of the past in mind, Henri in particular, and try to let the painting and what I want to say guide me instead of the reference being in the lead.

As a side note, thanks for letting your readers know about the hard drive meltdown. I'm going to get an external HD Monday and get busy. I know a professional photographer/painter who lost all of her files, even the ones that were on external hard drives! She did recover a lot of it but it cost her in excess of $8000 to do it.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Carloann. I think that you'll find it to be close. Maybe another manufacturer makes something like a transparent umber or other earth color that would be similar too?

Marc R. Hanson said...

Erika...Thanks. It's really not that far off from what I usually do. It's just that I usually take things farther than I initially plan to. We'll see if I can hold tight on this one and stick to the 'plan'. I might need one of those 'other artists' that stop you before ruining it. My cat sits here and watches but doesn't say a thing! Darn cats.....;)

Erika Nelson said...

Lucky cat gets to watch you paint! I guess not saying anything is same as approving ;)

Marc R. Hanson said...

"Lucky cat gets to watch you paint! I guess not saying anything is same as approving ;)"
I don't know... the usual look on his face is one of 'disapproval'. But then he's a cat. His name is 'Sargent', like John Singer, not 'drill'.... So he better get used to me doing this.

Solvay said...

That is extremely poetic! I like it just the way it is! ...and you say it's only a color study. Really beautiful. Looks like a July night to me......but it could be June or September or August or May.

Alexander Jay said...

I thing wondrous might be a good word for this piece. A very nice painting indeed!

Takeyce Walter said...

You've nailed the mood here. It's magical!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Alexander and Takeyce.... Thank you both. I'm glad that I have caught something that makes you feel that way.

Now my work is cut out for me... transferring that to the large canvas. :0

Marc R. Hanson said...

....'brakes'...my mother would be upset with that kind of spelling error!

Frank Gardner said...

This piece has what Takeyce said, a magical quality.
It reminds me of the Monet Siene Morning series, but one step further.
Cant wait to see how you move it up to the bigger size, but you always have this one if the other goes awry.
One of my favorite Hanson paintings.

Dianne Mize said...

Oooooo. This one really sings.

rob ijbema said...

feels right to me marc
pure magic!

Solvay said...

THIS REALLY IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I KEEP LOOKING AT IT.
you paint the light in night so atmospherically - the night in this painting evokes the kind of night air I refer to as "velvet air" - it happens most in July and early August.
What a great painting. I look at it every day......


p.s. i was immediately sorry for my rudeness at the open house the other night when i asked if you had any of your paintings there. your response was gracious and kind, of course, even though my inquiry was rude and insensitive.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Solveg.... Not to worry, you were not rude. You, and many of the other people/artists that I know, asked a completely normal question. The same one you asked.

I was only there to help and assist Kami in any way she needed to make the night as successful as possible for her. And it was a very successful opening!!!! :-)

I had a blast meeting new people, like you, and greeting those I already knew.

Solvay said...

...again: very gracious.
I have noticed from my first visit to your site that you are a most generous, kind, supportive and loving friend to Kami. It's obvious and very lovely to behold.

Joe Watmough said...

Reminds me of Twachtman.