Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nov. 16, 2010 - Winter Harmony


'Winter Harmony' oil - 14x18 © Marc R. Hanson '10

I tried to stay inside today but just couldn't do it. By about 2:30 I'd had it and threw on the winter garb and headed out of town a couple of miles to paint for the last two hours of useable light.

Although a very overcast day, I'm searching for the beauty in the grays as my challenge. When I first climb out of truck the thought runs through my mind that I must be nuts... there's not a thing interesting to paint. I know better than to let that get to me so I usually stand or walk around to let my color sense adjust. As that happens, I'm amazed at all of the color and am then wondering why I don't have more color in my color box. One that I am definitely taking out next time is Cobalt Violet Light, it's everywhere!

Temps in the mid 30's, not too bad for a winter day. Now if I only had a gallery that liked winter paintings???

27 comments:

Postcards from Detroit said...

Marc, these last two are just wonderful color and brushwork. Makes me almost wish for snow.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is what I really like about your work, Marc. You can take a relatively ordinary scene and transcend it to magnificence. I love this!

Kami Polzin said...

This is one of my favorite winter pieces u have ever done Marc. It's so sensitive, beautiful!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Stephen... Thank you I really appreciate your feedback. It has it's own beauty and I think that right now I'm kind of excited because it's a change from what was here before. Spring will be another change, summer and so on. That keeps the subject matter fresh in my mind. And winter is such a great thing to paint, although more of a struggle for the comforts, it's worth all of the extra effort it takes to get out in it.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Claire thank you very much. I do have a tendency to do this and I'm not sure if it's a self inflicted need to make life more challenging than it already is, or if I just find life to be so beautiful all around me that these little areas that you mention, seem completely perfect to become subjects for paintings. I suspect a little of both because without the challenge and optimism that there is some beauty in some of these subjects, I'd never stop to give most of them another thought.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Kami I'm very glad that you think that about this one. Thank you, it means a lot.

Amanda Jones said...

Fabulous piece, I love the soft edges of the bare branches against the harder edges around the stream. The colour palette is so pleasing, you really nailed the greys.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Amanda... Thank you very much! It's amazing to me that if studied, there is a lot of color variation in all of that dead and dormant wood. The photo isn't too bad in that regard, but the variety and subtlety of the work put into that area isn't really seen here in the photo.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Just found your blog, Marc. I love this painting, gorgeous!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Lynne. Nice to have you here. :)

Nancy Clearwater Herman said...

In the past I have painted in the snow and found it very satifying - but never when the sun was not out. This beautiful painting and your spirited search inspire me to go out there and try again. Thank you.

MaryAnn Cleary said...

A beautiful painting!! As I drove through the winter wonderland of North Dakota this week coming home to MN from MT, the colors amazed me - a beautiful cobalt violet gray of the trees contrasted by the golden orange colors of the dry grasses......wish that I had time to stop.

Susan Liles said...

Love it, beautiful colors for such a gray day.

Kathy Weber said...

Very nice! I've always hated painting outside on gray days, but when I see something like this it makes me realize that there's a painting there if I can just see it.

Fawzan Barrage said...

Chopping at the bits to paint some snow, but all we have had so far is rain up here. The white stuff should be coming soon I hope :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Nancy this is the quote that I posted on my Facebook page this morning...

‎"Always be searching, never settle to do something you've done before. Always be looking for the unexpected in nature-you can have no formulas for anything; search constantly." - Charles W. Hawthorne

That's good enough to be a motto in my opinion. :)

Marc R. Hanson said...

MaryAnn... you "almost" make me want to hop in the car and go find what you so poetically described! Thank you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Susan.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Kathy. It's hard sometimes to let our 'rathers' go so that we can see the possibilities of the alternatives. Sometimes it's just taking one step in that direction that does the trick. That sure applies to all else in life and art is no exception. ;)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hope so Fawzan!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Wonderful piece here Marc...and your right about getting out there and 'LOOKING' cause its there as you have so wonderfully shown here
brrrrr.

Jeffrey

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Marc!... Wonderfully winter... as only a winter wanderer knows and "feels"!

Gallery owners... for the most part... are "radiator huggers"... and not entirely by choice either!

They must tend shop... while the likes of "You" and "I" traipse about... in complete solitude to "see"... and enjoy what most folk miss!

"I" like it like that! HAHA!!!

A beautiful Hansonesque view of winter. Just as warm and tonally rich... as the rest I have had the pleasure to see!

Good (Winter) Painting!
Warmest rehgards,
Bruce

Leonid said...

This and most of previous - very nice paintings.

Ben Bauer said...

going to enlarge this one Marc? I could see it 24x30, 30x36. Love it!

B

billspaintingmn said...

Another beauty Marc! I like the way you paint branches. I like the way you paint!

Daroo said...

Really great painting. Thanks for sharing.

"so I usually stand or walk around to let my color sense adjust."

What is your initial approach when values and color temperature of light and shadow are so subtle? Obviously, observation and accurate color matching is the key, but is there a way to get into the right mindset for success?

On a sunny day its much simpler to identify the darkest dark, lightest light and easiest color (or maybe there is more room to be inaccurate?).

I guess I'm looking for the color equivalent of putting a capo on a guitar...

Angus Wilson Studio said...

Marc, these two snow paintings are fantastic! Granted I have a 'soft spot' for winter paintings (I'm sure that's a weak pun).

It can be a challenge navigating through gallery likes and dislikes, but it's a hard job to be a barometer for their collectors. I'm sure there must be some out there who feel as I do about snow paintings!