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???

First Blanket - Nov. 15, 2010


'First Blanket' - oil - 9x12 © Marc R. Hanson '10

We've had our first major snow storm with about 8" on the ground. Yesterday I decided that I wanted to paint it before it's gone and we're onto our second storm. The sun was just out enough to add a warm light and cools shadows to the landscape. It was that kind of a day when about all you could conjure up was Mr. Monet. The color was like that. I mentioned to a friend earlier in the day that the St Croix looked like it was being played in the key of 'Monet'.

It's hard to find a safe place on the edges of the highway to paint now because of the loss of shoulder due to the snow build up. In light of that, I went into William O'Brien (we are so lucky to have this gorgeous park near by) to paint the mix of distant hills, evergreens, willows, dogwood and grass with it's newly laid blanket of fresh snow.

The area that I wanted to paint was in a restricted part of the park so I ended up just painting to work out the wrinkles. Winter painting is a new thing all over again with it's own needs to adjust the way that I painted all summer. Good to shake it out early.

I like the color in this one, but wish I could have positioned myself so that there was a little less horizontal to it. I could have used my official license and made something up. But I decided to take what was there and get the paint on the panel.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Provincetown, MA 2010

I'm finally getting some of the paintings photographed that are going to go to Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA for the "Creative Convergence-Cape Cod" show that opens on January 15, 2011. The linked text will take you to the gallery and to the information on the show... times, dates, events.

Some of these were painted in P-Town, the larger one is studio piece....


'In The Mist' - 8x10 oil © Marc R. Hanson '10


'Last Day, Last Light' - 18x24 oil © Marc R. Hanson '10


'Night In P-Town' - 8x10 oil © Marc R. Hanson '10


'Provincetown Golden Light' - 5x7 oil © Marc R. Hanson '10


'Sunny Street' - 7x5 oil © Marc R. Hanson '10


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.


Saturday, January 29
2:00 pm Artists’ Talk: Creative Convergence: Cape Cod
at the Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane, off Route 6A, Dennis

Friday,February 18
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.