Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Car Painting near Menomonie, WI

On Monday Kami and I found ourselves outside of Menomonie, WI, near Downsville, WI, in the middle of some beautiful winter light. We had planned to paint from the car and that turned out to be just the ticket. In the car we have some creature comforts that let us concentrate on painting and not survival skills to keep things from freezing. Both of us do enough of that already the way it is. Taking a break and having some music on the radio, some coffee or tea in the cups and some warmth is welcome to me. We had a great time and the results are below.


'Outside of Menomonie, WI' - 5x7 - gouache © Marc R. Hanson '10


'January Colors' - Oil on linen - 8x10 © Kami Polzin '10
A beautiful little study full of the rich color that we experienced.

And here we are...



28 comments:

Ben Bauer said...

Havent heard for ya'll in a while! I have been in TX with work, sorry for that. I wasnt able to make the show back in December bcause you picked Meliss's Birthday to have it on! Well looks like a good day and why you guys hang so much in the menomonie area, thats my old stompin grounds! the Downsville bottoms were a weekend ritual! take care and nice work here.

Cristy said...

Oh, Marc -
that green in the cloud positively glows. There are so few painters that really "get" true winter colors. You nail them time after time. You continue to be my hero -
Cristy in Wy

Jo Castillo said...

Very beautiful, both paintings. It is bundle up time in Texas, too.

René PleinAir. said...

Wow that look cosy, you should buy an old school bus and give workshops Marc & Kami.

lovely work, and definitely as Cristy says that green is really glowing!

LSaeta said...

Glad you painted in your car and didn't need to concentrate on methods to prevent frostbite! I also cannot believe that you were in Florida with record breaking cold temperatures!
Just come to LA. Sunny and in the 70's today ... Miss you!

John Baker said...

These are great. It has been a while since I've seen a 5x7 here, and I had forgotten how much you pack into a small painting. Color, composition, all spot on.
I can see me now trying to explain paint on the steering wheel and radio knobs to my wife.

Christopher O'Handley said...

Thought I commented last night, but apparently not. Just wanted to say, that's a great little gouache painting. It's simple, yet the colors are spot on. Winter at its best!

Christopher O'Handley said...

Wanted to add, it's interesting to see the differences in your two compositions, even though you were looking at the same scene. Always like to see 2 interpretations of the same subject!

Dennis Dame said...

Two great pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Robin Roberts said...

That looks nice and cozy. I love the clip on the steering wheel. I'll have to try that. I have done a couple paintings or drawings from the car and always feel like the steering wheel is in the way. So why not use it as an easel? Good thinking. Nice paintings too. Great sky Marc. How do you frame those little gouache paintings? Do you leave your notes visible? Thanks.

RR

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi ya Ben!!! Love Menomonie area. We were on the road heading south towards Durand. Anywhere, anywhere in that area is great painting.
Sorry we scheduled on Melissa's B Day! Hope she had a good one.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Cristy. I'm your 'winter' hero? I'll take it. :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Jo. Kami's piece was as rich as icing on a cake. She's a very good interpreter of nature's wonders. :)
There is no longer a 'northern' climate... IT'S COLD EVERYWHERE!!!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hey Rene... it's crossed my mind many times. If it weren't for the fuel prices now, I would have done just that. I want one of the half size school buses.
Thanks friend. Cozy... yep.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Leslie... that's sweet, thanks. Well, everywhere I go it's cold so unless you want me to bring the deep freeze with me, I best stay here and make the best of it. I've never been to Florida in the last 4 years, 3 times, when it wasn't freezing. I don't really believe it ever gets warm there.

Marc R. Hanson said...

John use water based media... less to explain. Thank you for your comments. I like working small. Can't help it and make no excuses. :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Chris. It's always interesting to us too. We purposefully don't look at each other's work while it's in progress just to remain 'uninfluenced' at the time. We have different ideas about 'presentation', staging and the like and what we like to paint. In this case the only view is out the front window so there's not much latitude for variation. Aside from that, we are Always surprised at how closely we both see color. I'm using a totally different media than Kami in this case, but even when we're both working in oils, we see color in much the same way.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Dennis.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Robin. Yes, the steering wheel is a natural easel. Well I don't frame these at all. They're something that I keep separate from the other work. I think that's it's good to have some work that doesn't see the same world as most of the rest of the work. For instance, Wyeth's 'Helga' paintings. It feels good not to have to put on display all of the work I do, I treasure that. So these will continue to be found only in my sketch pads. Maybe some day I'll put the sketch pads on display at a show or something, who knows. For now I just need to keep filling them up.

Double "D" said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one painting in my car.

Both lovely pieces.

Gary Keimig said...

Now that is the way to do winter Plein aires. Have considered doing that myself but always afraid how my wife might handle paint on the dash or wherever?
Great pieces.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hey Doug 'D'... you're definitely not alone! I'm anxoius for some warm days too, but when the need arises I'm glad the car/truck is an option.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Gary. Just mess the car up enough and she'll make you use it for a painting vehicle! Or buy her a new one... ;-)
Seriously when my truck was new, I hated getting anything on it. Leather seats help, then the paint can be removed from any of the surfaces with a little mineral spirits.
You should see the outside of it where I grab the doors to open and close with paint covered hands! Now that's a mess.
Thanks for looking in and 'Happy Car Painting!'

car paint said...

Do you think it would make more sense to sit in the passenger seat so you had more room to paint?

Marc R. Hanson said...

Car paint... there were two of us painting in the car. Both seats were occupied.

Anonymous said...

wow, why can't i find a man who wants to go "car painting" with me?

Marc R. Hanson said...

Anonymous... you cracked me up!!! :-) Maybe dropping 'anonymous' would be a start! ;-)
I would wish it for everyone!!!

Adam Preece said...

The painting feels very... peaceful, and it seems to be a perfect fit during a calm day in the beach. Now, painting inside a car, well, that's actually a pretty smart idea. In fact, a new perspective may be found from the point of view in the front seat, looking outside.