Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 4, 2010 'Waiting For The Glow'

I'm working on a larger scale woodland scene in the studio right now. But it needed to be set aside for a little bit for a couple of reasons. One is that it needed to 'dry up' a little bit for the next stage of work on it.

More pressing is something that's going on with me right now... I have images pouring into the well, even getting me up at 2a.m. this morning and not letting me get back to sleep! The images are vague, full of mood, and are resulting from the many field sketches that I am surrounded by in the studio. I'm seeing these images based on the studies but they are 'not' the studies. This is a lot of fun. I'm seeing new ways to interpret the work from my past into something new, maybe even completely different than what I attempted to do in the original sketches. I'm not sure why this is happening, but it's driving my engine right now so I'm going to run with it.


'Waiting For The Glow' - oil on panel - 20x24 © Marc R. Hanson 2010
This is the first one, painted yesterday but tidied up about 3a.m. this morning. It's loosely based on a couple of studies I did in Sarasota, FL last May and June. What I wanted to play with was the gorgeous color that I witnessed while there. I've chosen to just include a few figures for compositional reasons, but the beaches were full of people sitting and looking out towards the water. I couldn't figure out why so many people showed up just before sunset... the beach was almost empty until then. I've been in the midwest for a long time now and had no idea about the "Glow" at the exact moment of sunset. That's what the people on the beach were doing... not going skinny dipping at night as I sort of suspected they might be getting ready to do!

A slightly blurry detail of the figures...

21 comments:

Mick Carney said...

Beautiful rendition of wonderful light conditions.

Ben Bauer said...

marc this is amazing! I could see somthing like this with snow and grey! Great stuff.

B

Mary Byrom said...

Marc, Its a big event to watch this glow. My family in Sarasota took us to the beach at sunset just for this reason - and yes, everybody was arriving for the show...same thing happens in Key West and on Cadillac Mountain, in Maine for sunrise and sunset. I'm out there painting all by myself then suddenly all these cars pull up, everyone is there for the big show... very nice direction you are going in with your paintings! I'm looking forward to seeing more.

rob ijbema said...

fred cumming comes to mind marc
atmosphere and mood,nothing but atmosphere and mood...
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Jesus Estevez said...

Great work mark

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. I appreciate it.

Mick and Ben I'm working on an idea now that's coming from a small gouache car study from last year. Big broad shapes...

Mary I'm glad that I'm not the only one who wasn't there for the 'glow.

Rob... Yes! I saw that and another one and picked up the DVD. In my painting life so far about 2% of the work has taken me to the place I'd like to be. They happen about one or two a year. The last one that did this was a painting last year called "Labor Day", it's on the blog here. It had the mood and sensibility that I like to paint, that speaks to me emotionally.

Robert Cuming is a painter who I think has a great balance between his skills and his awareness that first and foremost, he's a painter, not a likeness replicator.

I'm not that freed up... yet... but I am looking towards his work and that of others like him as a great inspiration to me to let loose of the grip of needing to be too literal... and just make decisions based on making the image work.

That's a wonderful freeing feeling and one that I plan to pursue with dogged determination.

I'd recommend those DVD's to everyone. There is a lot to be learned about the Art Spirit in watching and listening to him. I don't think he barely mentions his materials, so it's not a "how to" video. It's a 'why' video.

Atmosphere and mood... a good motto to have. :)

Thanks Rob.

thomas w. schaller said...

pure atmosphere - just beautiful work marc

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This talks to the heart, Marc. Exquisite work.

Kathy said...

Beautiful! Like a Turner.

Susan Liles said...

Gorgeous lighting! I've experienced FL sunsets too and they are fantastic. You've done an excellent job!

graziano tessarolo said...

beautiful paintings!!!

billspaintingmn said...

This is wonderful Marc. You're going in a direction that is amazing.

Anne Spoon said...

wityrisThere is beauty in simplicity, and these are simply beautiful.

Anne said...

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Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you all. I'm very happy to hear the reactions to this one! You're reinforcing my feelings about what I feel best about putting into a painting. It's very valuable to me... checks are in the mail... ;-)

michael clark fine art said...

great mood in this one you captured the humidity and light of the coast perfectly. What kind of board are you using these days? Seems smother than the old modeling paste gesso ones.

Elaine Hurst said...

This is wonderful! I love the sense of luminosity!! It makes me think of George Inness and the amazing glow he had in so many paintings. Keep it up you are on a great track!

melanie magee said...

wow. just when i thought you couldnt get better. these are lovely. i see you will be teaching at scottsdale..

Steve PP said...

Stunning, I'm walking on that beach! Warms me up on a cold night!

Hampton House Art and Framing said...

Beautiful piece (not too shabby on the frame selection either).

Jala Pfaff said...

So so beautiful. Aaaah.

Glad to know I'm not the only one whose brain keeps them awake sometimes with ideas.