Monday, February 16, 2009

Fenceline


"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.

14 comments:

Ben Bauer said...

Marc

This is just outstanding, it feels and seems soooooo close to what we are getting weather wise, love the design, the drawing and of course those closely close values!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!

B

Kim VanDerhoek said...

This painting look like it has been influenced by the imagination paintings from your other blog - the colors are similar. Nice meandering fence that moves me through it. Beautiful as always!

Frank Gardner said...

Very subtle. Good one.
I really found it hard to paint in these low temps. Windy and cold are not my thing.
The inside the car painting sounds like a good idea.

Robin Roberts said...

Marc, Excellent use of the fence as a design element along with the extended shadows. The painting has a nice flow and great subtle color. I need to keep my eyes open to the interesting colors of this time of year. Thanks for the heads up.

RR

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Ben! I enjoyed your painting demo and the Art Walk on Friday. Did you get that piece all tied up that night? Your work looked GREAT!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Kim you make a good point. The imagination work has made me 'think' a little more while painting, not just copy what is in front of me. Thank you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Frank! How did the Paintapalooza go??? Are you still up there painting?
It's warmer at 0 F and dry than 32 F and damp and windy. I have no problem with using the car, despite it being a little cramped and not visually ideal. Hey, there's music...

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Robin. Truthfully, without that fence to play with the motif would have lacked a lot and I'm not sure that it would have made me stop. The color is the same all over. But to find a fence that did 'that' was fortunate.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Marc, This painting is beautifully subtle. I've often thought of painting in my car (I have an Eclipse). How do you manage to keep paint from getting on the dashboard, seats and steering wheel? I'd really like to know!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Janelle... that's not easy to do. I think that it might be another one of those "sacrifices" we make to be painters! My vehicle has always been around to serve my needs as a painter be it travel, gathering supplies or painting out of. It might not look that pristine, but it's served it's purpose very well. It's 8 years old and has 235,000+ miles on it. Maybe the paint that is on it has contributed to it's long life??? ;-)

Thanks for commenting. And... I do wipe off the paint even after it's dried with OMS or citrus based cleaner and that does a good job.

Patrice said...

Great composition and wonderful palette choices. This is really an appealing little landscape.

Solvay said...

Grateful that you are one of those patient enough to look in and see the subtleties of these seasons that can seem so drab on the surface. Thanks for seeing and relaying the beauty that the multitudes fail to witness!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Patrice. It's a lovely place to be.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Solveg... Give me boring any day. That's a challenge.