Thursday, October 28, 2010

'October' 24x30 oil

A new painting for 'The Value of Black & White' exhibit in Fish Creek, WI in November, at the Peninsula School of Art.


'October' oil, 24x30 © Marc R. Hanson '10

I neglected to mention that this was painted from a field study that I did earlier in the week...

'What A Difference A Day Makes" 8x10


Here's the little 6x8 that is on the exhibit ad for the show. This was a demo for my August workshop a couple of seasons ago.

'new gallery'... Dallas, TX

I'm very happy to announce that I will be showing my work with a Dallas, TX gallery... 'new gallery'!

This is the description from the website about them and the philosophy that they've developed. It's one that I am very proud to be a part of.

"New Gallery and Studio is an art gallery founded by artists. Located in Dallas, the gallery features contemporary realism by artists who are not currently represented in this area. Through our unique arrangement of gallery and working studio, we hope to heighten awareness of contemporary realism and expose DFW art enthusiasts to the process of creating beautiful paintings. As a fresh concept in a growing cultural city, we feel there is ample opportunity to expand the appreciation for representational art.

Vision: To elevate the extraordinary value of contemporary realism. "

These are the paintings that are headed their way for now....


Christmas Morning 12x16


Record Flow 12x16


What A Difference A Day Makes 8x10


Along The Road Alone 8x10

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010


'Along The Road Alone' - oil - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson 2010

I may like the light of the last couple of days more than high fall, summer and winter combined. I'm finding such rich subtle color to work with, enhanced by the mist and light warming the atmosphere. Yummmmm!

Today I went to paint on a road that has been the scene of many an effort. One of the nice things about it is the quiet, it's seldom traveled and usually only a car or two go by, a guy on a bike (who I always seem to see), and the occasional dog walker or jogger. But this afternoon it was fun because a quarter mile on the other side of this scene there were labrador retriever trials, in the short distance I could hear duck hunters, probably after geese at this time of day and due to the 'socked in' low ceiling. I love fall and if I wasn't trying to be an artist, I'd be out there hunting too. Nice few hours to be out.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - William O'Brien State Park


'What A Difference A Day Makes' - oil on linen - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson 2010

I spent the day on studio tasks but was itching to get out and paint the warm and moody gray day. I did in the afternoon and went to the same spot as yesterday to see what the differences would be. I love the color of this kind of a day, so different than yesterday.

After painting I went to Olive's in Marine and had a pizza and wine. I've been there before and couldn't eat the wood fired oven pizza because it was too charred. But that was shortly after they opened and they seem to have gotten the hang of it because tonight's pie was just outstanding! To top it off, I met a lady who taught Art of all things, in the area schools. She and her husband were very nice and it made a nice topper to the painting day.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010 - William O'Brien State Park


'Some Days Don't Make Sense' oil - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson 2010

Not much to say about that. I hope that you enjoy this one.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Value of Black & White

I'm very excited to be a part of this exhibit that opens November 13th at the Peninsula Art School's 'Guenzel Gallery' in Fish Creek, WI. The artists have been selected because of the 'value' they see in using black and white in their art either as a final statement or as a means to a better understanding of their subject... or both I suppose.



I first began to use value as most art students do during art school; where black and white work is mainly seen in drawing class, or as a preparatory step towards a more complicated full palette painting. Had I gone to an Atelier', there would have been even more time spent in black and white before even being allowed to venture into color.

In my case, as an illustration major at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, my pivotal moment came when I was given a class instructed by Dan McCaw... Painting I. In Dan's class we painted the model and still life in a full value palette, I think it was a mix of Thalo or Prussian blue and Raw Umber or something like that. In other classes we used black and white to do prelim's and design considerations, not to mention all of the drawing from the model that went on. I'll admit to wanting to 'get to color' back then, but now know how important that was for me to have gone through.

I didn't fully realize the 'value' in those early instructive moments until I began to teach students myself. Once faced with the issues that students bring to a class, I began to go back in time and search for the most important lessons that I had learned during my own schooling so that I could bring that to my own classes and students. I quickly realized that the most valuable training that I had in school was centered around understanding value and it's relationship to color. This is the basis for what most people seem to want to know and understand more about than any one thing in a class... COLOR!

The understanding of value relationships and how they translate to color relationships in and around the subject, and consequently onto the painting, is key to using color in a more effective way in painting.

Now in my own workshops and classes, there are at least two days of value work before we move onto color theory and practice. Consistently I get feedback saying that those couple of days are the most valued segments of the class time. Most of us don't think to head outside and paint, the landscape for instance, in black and white. Why would you with all of that color out there? But I think that once we find out that what we're doing a lot of the time outside is trying to 'understand' nature, to look for the truth to what we are seeing, it becomes obvious that understanding value structure is as important to the mood of the painting as is color.

Here's a blog that some of my students started after a workshop to encourage each other to continue to work in value. They've added color but still continue to use the value studies to enhance and boost their knowledge.
"Black & White Painting Challenge 5.26.09'

In the exhibit I'll be showing plein air work. Possibly one large studio piece. If you're in the area, I hope that you will stop into the gallery before the end of the year to take a peak at the show.

Thanks... Marc

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sunday October 3, 2010


'Doug's Kettle Korn' oil on canvas, 11x14 © Marc R. Hanson'10

I took part in the Wild Wings Fall Festival and Original Show in Lake City, MN this past Saturday and Sunday. I was asked to do a painting demonstration along with other demonstrations being done to help show the public the 'art' in action.

It was a beautiful fall day with the sun shining brightly, lighting up the surroundings. Doug Hase from Alexandria, MN runs a business who was a vendor at the Fall Festival, 'Doug's Kettle Korn', an he cooks up some mean kettle corn. I should mention too that Doug is a tall dude... guessing at least 6'4'? So his head was always up in the canopy of his tent.

The crowd watching had lot's of questions and kept me on my toes while trying to concentrate on pulling off a successful painting. I'm happy with it from many aspects, color, composition and being able to get it down all the while the models were moving and the light was changing. A great day.

Provincetown Gathering!


'Dinghies' pastel, 16x20
I'm about to make the trip to Provincetown, MA to paint with a distinguished group of very, very good artists; I'm proud to be included in the group. Last year we met in San Miguel de Allende, hosted by Frank Gardner who lives there and his lovely wife Julie. This year we are sticking to the US and are close to where the shows for these gatherings are held in January and February...

Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA.

1. Paul Schulenburg
2. Frank Gardner
3. Jeff Bonasia
4. Eric Merrell
5. Ernesto Nemesio
6. Ignat Ignatov
7. Jeremey Lipking
8. Jerome Greene
9. Logan Hagege
10. Marc Hanson
11. Dan Corey
12. Rick Casali
13. Stapleton Kearns
14. Sam Vokey
15. Colin Page
16. James Coe
17. Michael Klein
18. Ian Factor

There will be a 'Wet Paint' exhibit of a couple of new pieces by each artist from the trip-

Saturday, October 16
5:30 -7:30 Creative Convergence: Fresh Paint from Cape Cod
This renowned group of artists from across the United States and Mexico will be exhibiting the work from their October, 2010 trip to our country’s oldest art colony and the region that inspired Charles Hawthorne, Edward Hopper and Henry David Thoreau. We invite you to meet them and discover their own interpretations of this place and its people.
The Addison Art Gallery is open year round with regularly changing shows. We are currently open most days from 10 to 5:30, Sundays from 11 to 3. Tuesday and Wednesdays we are open by chance and by appointment.

Then several events around the trip at Addison Art Gallery in January and February-

2011
January 15 through
February 28
Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
at the Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane, off Route 6A, Dennis

This renowned group of artists from across the United States and Mexico decided to meet in Provincetown, our country’s oldest art colony, and to explore Cape Cod, the region that inspired Charles Hawthorne, Edward Hopper and Henry David Thoreau. Like other artists who have been drawn here for over 100 years, they came to be inspired by the landscape, the light, the sea, our communities and each other.


Sunday, January 16
2:00 pm Artists’ Talk: Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
at the Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane, off Route 6A, Dennis

Saturday, February 12
5:30 -7:30 Reception for Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
We invite you to meet this renowned group of artists from across the United States and Mexico at the Addison Art Gallery. We will be exhibiting the work from their trip to Provincetown, our country’s oldest, continuously operating art colony, and their explorations of Cape Cod, the region that inspired Charles Hawthorne, Edward Hopper and Henry David Thoreau. We invite you to discover their individual interpretations of this place and its people.

Friday,February 18
3:00 pm Artists’ Talk: Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
at the Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane, off Route 6A, Dennis

Friday,February 18
5:30 - 7:30 pm Museum reception for Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
at the Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane, off Route 6A, Dennis

Saturday,February 19
5:30 - 7:30 pm Reception for Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
This renowned group of artists from across the United States and Mexico decided to meet in Provincetown, our country’s oldest art colony, and to explore Cape Cod, the region that inspired Charles Hawthorne, Edward Hopper and Henry David Thoreau. Like other artists who have been drawn here for over 100 years, they came to be inspired by the landscape, the light, the sea, our communities and each other. We invite you to discover their own interpretations of this place and its people.