Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 5, 2010

One things for sure, every day it gets dark. I lived in Norway when I was young and there were a couple of days that broke that rule, it never gets dark on the Midnight Summer's Eve and Night. The other thing that you can count on is never being able to please everyone. I had an email from someone who was complimentary about my work, but who feels that I'm talking too much on these posts... "Here I go again!" I can appreciate someone's opinion that they'd rather just see the art, not hear the artist ramble on. I almost want to apologize for treating this blog and project as a daily journal... but I'm not going to! (I don't really want to apologize, just feel that it would be polite to.) This is my blog, my work and my thought. I hope you like what I'm doing, but it's not a requirement. Thank you.

Okay, rambling along... Tonight was my night back from not being able to paint last night because I wanted to have fun at the wedding. I did...


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9/5-1 Sunset Rain
I set up a little early because I saw on weather radar and reports, that we were expecting some rain. The first painting was begun before dark, but right at sunset. We had a low overcast which held a lot of light for some time tonight. One of the things that I am discovering as I paint outside more and more, is that I'm as interested in what the atmospheric conditions cause to happen as I am in the subject. As it turned out the rain proved to be a very nice factor that influenced this painting.



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9/5-2 Sargent Watching Bugs
Then my CAT... Sargent ... Back up at my house inbetween rain showers I decided to paint Sargent, my cat, because he ALWAYS sits on the window ledge of the screened back porch. Unless you are set on painting him there!!! With some trickery, some treats and a lot of clicks, whistles, squeeking and calling to him I managed about 1 minute of getting him to "model". Still, I feel I caught his attitude and am happy with the results.

40 comments:

Kelley Sanford said...

Great piece, Marc. Such wonderful atmosphere in this piece. As far as talking too much, keep it up. Part of enjoying art is getting to know a bit about the artist. P.S. I probably talk too much on my blog.

John Baker said...

Hey Marc, Thanks for the posts. Your paintings and commentary on the process of painting have gotten me out the door dozens of times in the last year and a half since the April marathon, and as a part time painter I need all the encouragement I can get. And..I never thanked you for you posting on solvents. I read it one afternoon when I had been honked at by a car in the neighborhood I had not even noticed, a car that had the right of way. I had been wondering why I felt like I was in a bit of a fog for days. A major studio clean-up solved the problem. I'm looking forward to the year when our schedules coincide and I can join you for a workshop. In the meantime, thanks for sharing. Keep em coming

Jamie Grossman said...

Marc, I love hearing you ramble on! Please continue!

Love that painting of Sargent. Isn't it so true how our pets seem to sit still for hours, and as soon as we pick up a pencil or brush, they are all over the place? He is so cute.

What a mood you captured in that rainy street scene. The colored reflections are very appealing.

Jamie

Frank Gardner said...

Love that top one Marc. Talking too much huh? Just fine with me. I'm feeling I'm not writing enough about my stuff. Just getting it on there is a chore.

RUDHI - Chance said...

Great *Tonics* and rambling - nobody must read, if only wanted to look, keep on living and communicate!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Kelley! I looked at your blog... very nice! I need to spend some more time over there when I can.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi John... Thank you too. Wow! That's a little scary and a good thing for people to know. Aside from the studio solvents, a very cautionary tale from you, we can get into that 'zone' when really painting hard that makes going out into public very hazardous! If I'm thinking about painting, or thinking about not painting, I can be a walking disaster waiting to happen.
I hope your studio sit is solved.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Okay Jamie... you asked for it!!! ;-)

I should have known he'd bolt as soon as I needed him to do what he normally does! Next time the iPhone is taking his picture for later use.

Thank you... :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Frank... The work that you're doing is fantastic!!! Having fun????

It's a job isn't it? I do the photography early in the morning, the writing at night when I'm fresh back after painting... about 11:00 or midnight usually. Then post in the morning, here, FB, and eBay.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Ruhdi! I'll keep it coming.

Eugene said...

My only complaint is that you only have the paintings for sale for only 24hr instead of the week as I suggested. ;-)

Frank Gardner said...

The next day posting is probably a good idea, and it would make for a late late night for you otherwise. I'm just trying to get em up before everyone is asleep.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Eugene... I know... there were many thoughts from people who I asked about that. I decided that with so many painting to keep track of, and to make it less confusing for people who might be interested in purchasing one, the One Day Auction just made more sense.

It might benefit me to leave them up longer, but so far they're doing fine with only a couple that haven't sold.

But, I do appreciate what you said and did take it into consideration. ;-)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Frank my problem with same night posting is the photography. I need the ambient light of the morning to shoot the really dark ones or they're so full of glare that you can't see them.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Plus everyone is probably in bed by the time I'm done. :)

Christopher O'Handley said...

.."talking too much on these posts." You know, there are people who will always find something to complain about. Here's a suggestion - don't read it! Just look at the pictures. However, I for one love to hear what you have to say...that's one of the great things about blogs.

By the way, that first painting rocks!

Eugene said...

How about this...make it so they all finish 24hr from the last painting.

So tomorrows paintings (6th Sep)is up for 25 days, the 7th Sep ones are up for 24 dyas, etc, while the last one you do finishes within 24 hrs? :-)

Mark D. Johnson said...

I love both of these. Difficult subject matter to capture in plein air! The top one reminds me of Stillwater, if it isn't in fact Stillwater. Lovely!

The only way I'd be able to paint my cat from life would be when she's asleep. Great job at capturing a moving subject.

Hard to understand a complaint about writing too much. It's a gift to those of us who are interested, and those who aren't can simply look at the paintings and move on.

Carol Horzempa said...

Marc, thanks for posting a photo of your setup with the light.

I really love your warm colors in these last two paintings. Sweet painting of your kitty and love the colorful reflections of the street scene.

Keep talking and rambling on...I'm learning a lot and find it very inspiring reading about your adventures.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Chris!

Eugene I'm probably not going to do that, not this time anyway. I see your point, though personally, I prefer not to have 'too much' time to think about making a purchase once I've made up my mind. A little incentive to making up a mind is a good thing... like not much time.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Mark. You're pretty close but about 30 miles south in your guess. It's my town, Taylors Falls. ;)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Carol. I enjoy the writing too and wouldn't stop anyway.

Bruce Newman said...

Mark said it all for me: "Hard to understand a complaint about writing too much. It's a gift to those of us who are interested, and those who aren't can simply look at the paintings and move on."

It IS indeed a gift and it makes each of your posts richer and so much more colorful and personal. I try to do this in my own newsletters and it always seems to be appreciated. Keep it up!

Sargent is _always_ handsome but I love your wet view of downtown Taylors Falls!

Ray Craighead said...

I've followed your blog for some time without commenting. I LIKE your ramblings! No one is forced to read them. Love last nights work. You inspire me to keep painting.

Maggie and Bill said...

I'm adding my vote on the "keep talking" side. Your comments are interesting and helpful. I really like your paintings and would look at them in any event but it's the narrative that keeps me coming back to your blog. Thanks!

Judy P. said...

I enjoy and learn from your commentary; it's nice to know your thoughts approaching a painting. It's as good as looking at your work, for me, because I am still smoothing out the process side of painting.
Keep doing it your way, and thanks for the insights!

Emmjay1025 said...

Marc, you are a continual inspiration to me...And as long as you keep talkin'...I keep learning...

Marian Fortunati said...

I love looking at your paintings AND reading your commentary.
I find it interesting and as others have said I learn.
Besides... isn't that what a BLOG really is????

Bill Sharp said...

Hi Marc, I've been following your work for a long time but I don't think I've ever commented. Just want to add my voice here as to how much I admire your paintings and enjoy what you have to say about them. I've learned a good bit from what you've shared.

I'm really enjoying this series.

Mary said...

I agree with the others - I thoroughly enjoy your writing. I love hearing about the process each artist uses to come up with the image painted. As several have already said, if you only want the pictures, don't stop to read. I enjoy your blog just as it is.

Maggie Latham said...

Marc,
You and your ramblings are such an inspiration….keep rambling! Your nocturnes are fascinating. Love the kitty, but then I’m very partial to the little creatures. Just wish I had your tenacity to paint such a marathon.
Maggie L

Sunny said...

Love this rain painting! I like the "talking". I think it is a very neat way to share of yourself and helps others.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Well... Thanks for your opinions on this. I want to be sure to say that I didn't raise this to make the person who brought it up feel bad, not at all. I'm very happy, and humbled, by what you are saying about what the writing brings to your reading of the blog, mine and others. I really just wanted to know in general what the feeling is out there and it looks to me that people are benefitting from the 'explanations' and 'conversation' that the blog writing brings.

What I am going to do to make it better for those who don't like all of the discussion, is to set up a gallery page on my website.

I'll post a link to it as soon as I have it set up. That way those who are simply interested in the pictorial aspect of this project, can go there to view them.

Thanks again you all. I am not quite sure how to say what is on my mind following all of these very honest replies about this and about what my blog means to you all. But Thank YOU!

Kitty Wallis said...

I think you description of your painting experience for each painting is a generous gesture. It brings us in closer to your vision. Thank you for this second marathon.

Marilyn R Miller said...

Your "ramblings" are very enjoyable. Anyone who wishes, may omit reading them.

For those of us who enjoy knowing a bit about the painter and the thinking behind paintings can not get it unless it is written.

I probably talk too much on my blog too....

Keep making wonderful paintings and telling about them!

Susan Roux said...

Great light and structure in your sunset rain. Its such a powerful painting. Great job!

Judie Stang said...

I just started my blog and wrote about you on my Labor Day post. I hear your voice, and your love for what you do, in your writing! Keep it up! I'm reading and enjoying!

Eden Compton said...

I think everyone has already stated my thoughts but I just wanted to my register my vote for the writing portion of your blog (if not more!) in addition to the beautiful artwork featured! Thanks for the great posts Marc!

sara star said...

I love the kitty through the window! And I read artist blogs to see their thoughts, process, and see the pictures, keep up the great work! I keep my own blog in a similar manner.

Marsha Hamby Savage said...

Hi Marc, I have followed you since very early WetCanvas days. Had some interesting conversations in various forums, too. The blog is such a wonderful thing when we can see the work and feel we are getting to know the artist. It is like reading a biography of the artist, but we get the benefit of their words, instead of what someone "thought" was going on in the artist's life. We learn as much from your inspirational thoughts as we do from the actual technical aspects of the painting! Keep it up! I know I don't post much, just mostly a lurker! Look forward to seeing you in Atlanta next year for the Southeastern Pastel Society Workshop and show!