Monday, February 16, 2009
"Fenceline" - oil on board - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09
It's a good thing to leave the painting equipment in the car... just in case. I had no plans to paint outside today, but on the return from an errand this afternoon I was struck by the silver quality of the light. Temps weren't bad, but the wind was up so I opted to paint from the car. Truthfully, I love this time of year. We're almost completely snow-less now, just enough to throw in a little bit of a pattern atop the landscape here and there. The subtle colors of pre-spring are very rich once you sit for a few minutes and adjust to what ever it is that you're looking at. It seems that the color emerges 'only' for those who are patient enough to sit and observe! It's good to be an artist...that's our job.
However, the range of color is limited and so was my palette for this one. I used White, of course... Ult Blue, Perm Red Med, Yellow Ochre light, and Ivory black.