Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Day 2008


'Christmas Eve Day 2008' - oil - 8x10 - © Marc R. Hanson 08

Even though it was a very chilly +9˚F with a light breeze (God only knows what the wind chill was), I couldn't stand it any longer. I haven't been out to paint the fresh snow yet this year, so I did. It was beautiful but difficult to be comfortable enough standing for an hour or so to really do it justice.

Times like this are "Paint something and get the h*** out a' here!!!" days.

I won't go into all of the things on me that froze almost to the point of frost bite, but when the bristles of your hog brushes are breaking off in little pieces, you know that 'somethin's' up!? Then there's the paint which is like trying to paint with nearly set concrete. Okay... 'nuff complaining.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

22 comments:

Jeremy Elder said...

Man, it was 60 F in California today and I thought that was too cold to go outside. I think I would die in MN. I appreciate what all of you who live in "real" weather will do for art. It turned out nicely. Merry Christmas.

Noel Darvie said...

Nice one Marc. I used to be able to go out in real cold temperatures. I can't tolerate it anymore. I love to paint snow scenes, but I will only go out if its not extremely cold and windy. I also paint from my car.

Teresa said...

Beautiful work Marc - you are hardcore getting out there in such cold temps! But then I thought Loomis was pretty hardcore with 100+ degree temps and the high winds LOL I loved every minute of that workshop, you made my year a memorable one :)

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Pattie Wall said...

Ooo, worth every frostbitten moment. Fantastic, Marc! You are one brave man! Merry Christmas!

Ed Terpening said...

Wonderful work, under any circumstances. I've had my paint come close to freezing, but never had my brushes freeze!

Ben Bauer said...

I would rather paint in 9 above then 90+ above, must be the fact I live in Sota too......... Love the grey on the barn!!!!!

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colin page said...

Nice work Marc. I love a good snow scene, but I don't really love going out and painting them. As bad as the cold can be, staring at sunlit snow can be pretty blinding too.

I have to admit, I've never made it out to paint when the temp's in the single digits. The 30's I can do. With sun shining and no wind... but 9degrees is brutal!!. Good for you.

jeff f said...

Nice work Marc!
Your a better man then me painting in minus 0 weather.
I wont go out if it drops below 25 degrees. For one thing oil paint starts to do funny things when it gets below that temperature.

Frost bite is another problem, you really have to be careful as there is a point when you can't tell if your fingers are frozen.

Nathan Fowkes said...

Knockout landscape work!

Solvay said...

Woo Hoo! Look at that! A Nathan Fowkes visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
: )
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Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It Feels FREEZING.
Beautiful colors. I'm there.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Jeremy... we die and then are reborn every spring! Keeps thing interesting.

Thanks, stay..."warm"..."cool"??? :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Noel. Yep, the car is a useful cold weather painting tool and I use it too. I'm still able to be out there, heck I'm skiing frequently, so why not paint. I have been fortunate so far not to freeze anything to the point go frostbite even though I joke about it.
I have way too many cold weather clothes of all sorts.

I wish all I needed was a pair of shorts and sandals...;-)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Teresa... Loomis was brutal!!! It seemed worse than this because it was supposed to be nice.

Thanks and keep the painting going.

Happy New Year!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Pattie... Thank you, but I'm also a little stubborn...okay... a lot stubborn!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Ed. Cal can be very chilly in the fall too. If it's wet and 40 F I think that it's worse than 0 F and dry.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Ben. This photo bites it. I cannot get a good shot of this painting. Must be the color.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Colin. I've resorted to painting with the shades on at times in the snow. Seems to work okay, better than the doing it in the summer time.
Some of us did an experiment a few years back with sunglasses and painting. We found that if the lenses are just off normal and very neutral, you could paint without much negative effect. In fact, the problem of the sunlight on the painting and palette and the value and temperature shift with color, wasn't as apparent??? I don't pretend to know why, but that is what we found.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Jeff... Absolutely right about the frost bite. Face masks, glove liners, gloves, long underwear...you get the idea. You end up looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, but it's warm. Hand warmers in the socks, in the pockets help a lot. But the face, toes and fingers are the trouble spots and need to be carefully watched.

The paint is a 'paint in the ***' as soon as it gets below room temp. So in your neck of the woods and mine, that's what... 3/4th's of the year? I might as well take up knitting. :-0

Marc R. Hanson said...

Nathan... Thanks for stopping in. I'm usually over stalking your blog site. love your gouache!!!
Appreciate your comment, big time.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Solveg... :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

But Mary.... IT is freezing!!! ;-) Thank you.