Thursday, June 18, 2009

A hot one today!

My son Erik was up for the day and we went out to paint and learn. I did this first little demo for him, and then painted later in the day after he drove home. We have some possible weather developing and I love to be out trying to capture the skies when they're hot, unstable and active.


'Red Shed' oil, 6x8, © Marc R. Hanson '09



'Unstable Air' oil, 11x14, © Marc R. Hanson '09

29 comments:

Erik said...

Gorgeous, love the painting of the shed. Now that must be super, to teach your kids how to paint (if they are interested). I have a 3-year old and a 1 year old, is that too early to start?

Karen Hargett said...

I love the red shed! I had wondered about the weather up there around you when I saw the weater report. It is so hot and dry down here - everything is parched but we have been having some beautiful clouds.

Jeremy Elder said...

Wow, a dad to teach you art - that would be cool!

LSaeta said...

I want to be your son! Love the paintings. And I think it is so cool that you can paint with your son ...

Ben Bauer said...

love that shed painting!!!!!!! colors are spectacular!

Ben

Frank Gardner said...

Love that shed painting.

Solvay said...

Love that shed painting.

...well, I do love that shed painting, but, mostly, I just wanted to join the chorus.

I love that unstable sky painting.

Jo Castillo said...

Love the shed and the sky. How great is that, to paint with your son? You inspire us.

Jane Hunt said...

I love all your work - but this red shed is my all time favorite - gorgeous!

Rob Hazzard said...

I really like how you handled the dramatic clouds. Everything looks peaceful on the ground, but is a storm brewing or has it just passed?...hmmmm

Robin Roberts said...

I bet you love having your kids enjoy painting with you. Even if its just once in awhile. I get to enjoy that same thing and there is nothing better. Oh, and "love that shed painting."

RR

Susan said...

Great shed. I know how you feel about painting with your son. My daughter astounded me when at 18, she painted her first serious oil painting and it was so good. She's seen me painting all these years but never really had any instruction. I guess they absorb alot just watching.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Thank you, I love your work and you just helped me with my art. Just looking at your shed, will be a great reminder to me on how a structure should be painted. Thanks.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Erik. It's never too early to "expose" them to the stuff... crayons, clay, tempera paint, and boxes full of crafty kind of creative matter.
I'm not an expert, but I think that just letting them be free with their expressive powers, enjoying and praising it, showing that it's okay to be a creative type, to do 'Art' for the sake of expression, will go a long way to letting their instinctive desire that we all have to create, come into it's own.

My parents never insisted that I do anything in particular but were totally supportive of whatever I did. I tried to be that way (though sometimes during those early 'guitar years' and later in the 'punk' years it was hard) with my two sons always in anything and everything that they did be it golf, baseball, archery, fishing, music, or art. I actually really enjoyed those early off notes on the piano and guitars because my own efforts in that arena are pitiful at best.

I let them see that it was okay to find out what they wanted to do. The visual arts came later for them both. They were in their early 20's before visual art became an interesting way to see things for them. I'm happy about that because it's on their own accord, not because they thought that they should do it.

I bet your 1yr old and 3 yr old are already more 'artistic' than you remember being if you look closely enough. From what I've seen in my own kids and their friends as they grew up, they were all creative and artistic until some adult along the way did or said something that destroyed their innate creativity, or made them feel it was less than something else to be interested in.

My 2 cents only.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Karen. Oh man, it's dry here now too. Thirty miles away, it's very green. We're missing the storms.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Jeremy... Wow kids to teach art too... that is cool!

I had one, they have one... we're all very lucky indeed.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Leslie... are you considering a change of some kind that you haven't mentioned? If you do... I'll adopt ya.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Ben. Kildeer young man, the future is kildeer!!!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Frank. Love your burro (donkey?). You'll have to show me the difference.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Solvay. If you've ever been in a light aircraft in 'unstable air', the phrase will have a very definite meaning. It tends to throw light aircraft around like a small toy.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Jo. I'm grateful for that.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Jane... Wow! That's a real compliment to take to the bank. Thank you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Rob, thanks. The storm is a brewing. Once they pass, the air settles down, usually.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Robin... you got it right there. Thanks.

Marc R. Hanson said...

That's it Susan. Even if they have periods where they seem to resent the time we have to spend, they are absorbing it all including the time that is required to do this. That's a lesson in itself.

Thanks.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Joan... Thank you. You made my day. :)

Solvay said...

Well, I've been in large aircraft in unstable air that tossed the craft around like a wee toy, so I can well imagine...your painting got that kind of sky across very well, even without the title!!!
Solveg

Gary Keimig said...

Nice paintings, Marc. The shed is really great but I love those clouds. Maybe because I love doing them so much.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Love your disappearing edges, wonderful work.