Thursday, July 30, 2009

For a wish...


'Firefly Dance' oil 11x14 © Marc R. Hanson '09
I painted this today for someone who hopes that her little girl gets to see fireflies someday soon. That's a gift from a mother
that I can admire. The painting is out of my own memory from the past, showing me anyway, just how valuable a gift of this kind is for a child. I based the landscape on a study I did a couple of years ago, but the rest, the nocturnal situation and the fireflies are from within.

Sorry about the glare but paintings this dark are really tough to photograph.

20 comments:

Jeremy Elder said...

Wow! I have been thinking about night lighting a lot lately, and this adds to my thoughts. Thanks!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Your welcome Jeremy. While I don't endorse 'formulas', I can say that the palette I used for this is a great one for nocturnes wether from life or from the studio.
It is Prussian blue, Holbein's Viridian hue (a thalo green basically), Cad Lemon, Burnt Sienna, and an Alizarin replacement by Rembrandt called Permanent Madder Deep. Real Alizarin is even better but I'm trying to use up this quinacridone based stuff I have.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Marc, you've captured the essence of fireflies.Colors and composition are great and your painting of the night is awesome.I am so amazed by your talent! Thanks for sharing your palette too!

Trish King Slaven said...

What a lovely work of art. To me, fireflies denote the essence of childhood. Wonderful to watch and fun to chase after in the night air. Thank you Marc for bringing back memories.

Jane Hunt said...

Beautiful piece and wonderful sentiment! One of my favorite memories with my daughter is taking her to see fireflies!
BTW - I've been fighting glare forever, and finally figured out the fix - I outlined my no-glare method in a post about a week ago if you're interested.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Fabio. :) You're very kind.

Marc R. Hanson said...

I agree Trish, you're welcome. They are one of those things, like pollywogs, frogs, lizards and ant farms that make a lot of young naturalists and dreamers. At least that's what it they did for me! Thanks.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Jane. I went to read your outline on glare. Very helpful and something that I've been looking into. Sounds complicated, filters, 45' angles... yikes! I bought Scott Burdick's DVD on photographing art too and he mentions these things too. I need a room dedicated to doing just that! I'm going to give it a shot...off to the camera store.

Takeyce Walter said...

Wow, Mark. This is so precious! It captures the magic of childhood.

Deb Kirkeeide said...

This is beautiful Marc. In execution and sentiment. It's very magical.

Kim VanDerhoek said...

What a wonderful gift! I've never seen fireflies and I hope that someday both my son and I will see them together for the first time.

This is a beautiful nocturne Marc!

Since I haven't been to your blog in a while I've missed a lot. It was really great to read about Telluride, see photos of your paintings and photos of the area. You created so many beautiful paintings! What a stunning place to paint in, I can see why it is such a well-attended event.

Karen Hargett said...

Great painting - created great memories for me. I haven't seen "lightening bugs" (that's what we call them in Texas)in years - thanks for sharing!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Takeyce... Thank you.

Deb... Thanks. Did you manage to find a book light so that we can do nocturnes next week? I hope that we don't need down coats to do it.

Kim... Thanks. You have to see fireflies/lightening bugs! You can see from what people are saying that they're a magical little insect. And they don't bite.
Telluride is also magical. It's so large, the vistas are incredible. Worth a road trip.

Karen... Thank you too. Yes, I also use that name but 'Firefly' is so dramatic! I bet that they're really affected by pesticides. Doesn't seem like there are as many of them now, or frogs, or nighthawks, or... :(. We need to be kinder to the world.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Marc!.... Ivery much enjoy visiting your blog from time to time. I really was taken back in time with your firefly piece...first as a young lad chasing the July nights away...trapping those elusive flickers...and then years later performing the same ritual with all of my five children. Your 6x8's are "gems"...each and every one of them!I'll stay tuned! Good painting!
Cheers!
Bruce

Claire said...

One of my favorite moments is driving down a country road, pulling over and turning off the lights to see the fireflies in all of their glory. My gandchildren were in awe - it was better than any fireworks display they had ever seen! This sure captures the wonder of seeing such an amazing sight.

Don Coker said...

Marc, I love the fireflies piece.I am a sucker for nocturnes! Your work is beautiful.

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Elizabeth said...

As with everyone's comments here, I join in saying how magical this piece is. As a new painter I appreciate your sharing your palette. Just last evening I was walking my do after sunset and the "lightning bugs" as we call them in Maryland were all in the dark shadows under the trees and my childhood came wafting back from 50 years ago. I thought, "wow, how would one paint this?" Now I see. Thanks!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Wow! I'm happy that I've stirred up so many memories of that little bug. That's very nice. Thank you all for your comments.

dewa said...

Hi Marc,

Speechless. The elements and feelings are captured perfectly.
Good job!

Jack said...

WOW! just simply superb..no words to describe ur work..keep going..tk..

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Jack
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