Thursday, June 2, 2011

'Lake Elmo Respite' 6-2-2011


'Lake Elmo Respite' - oil - 11x14 ©2011 Marc R. Hanson

Some days are just what you need, and today was one of those. Skies overcast, a little leaden, but with the promise in the air for a period of 'dry' and a little bit of warmth poking through every so often.

Since returning from Africa, it's been tough for me to get out and paint the intensity of the greens that greeted me on my return. They're starting to moderate a little bit now and are turning the trees into those nice summertime masses that are wonderful to paint. I went out today to paint with a good painting friend and as we were making our way to the location we talked about how important it is, to each of us, to go out to search for the 'mood' that Mother Nature is presenting for the day rather than to go out to paint a 'place' or a 'thing'. That's a good attitude to have at times like this when the color is almost painfully intense and so overwhelmingly monochromatic. A myriad of different greens, but all still green.

Mood in the landscape is not a tangible quality, not the trees, grass, water and sky. Mood is how the landscape affects you emotionally, it is what you feel from of your senses... sight, sound, smell, touch (weather), taste and hear. Your impression of the sum of all of those things, and Anything else that is affecting you while out there is what is interesting to paint to me.

ps... I could never stand and paint effectively while wearing an iPod device and earbuds.

19 comments:

DG Casey said...

Nice painting. As for painting with an mp3 player, if I've gone out alone, then I will have a player going in my ears, usually some easy listening or new wave music like Secret Garden or such. If I am with others, then no, I won't be listening to anything other than the great conversations I would be having with them.

Art By Erika said...

Love love this painting. So lyrical. Do you have a book of your paintings? I tried to find a link or info on my question but couldn't.

I love nature's random musical playlists personally! I'm not a fan of earphones either but indoors, music is more fun when it's bouncing around the room :)

Typh said...

Very nice Marc!

Frank - Italy.

Donna T said...

Thanks for your words on mood, Marc. I think it's the quality I most admire in your work. Beautiful painting! Your feelings about the day come through so that I feel the peacful calmness of this scene - so much more important than just an accurate rendering of the place.

Concetta Flore said...

this is a great piece of art. You managed to render the stillness yet it's vibrating with life and expectation. Thanks for the tip on mood...and it has to get tuned with your own.
Birds are music enough, aren't they?

Wax Beach Artist said...

Your painting is so dreamy I would love to live in it. Beautiful.

Sharon said...

Hi Marc: Could you please tell me how you made the background trees sit back from the foreground trees? Did you add white paint in addition to complement (red)?
Thanks for the great blog!

Judie Stang said...

You are the "green guru". Do you have any secrets? What yellow and blue were used in this painting?

Marian Fortunati said...

I imagine we all attempt to capture the mood of the scene. But oh my you do it so well!!!

Dan said...

No question about what is your center of interest in this painting. It would have been difficult for me to paint those trees in the background in a diffused way as you have done when they don't appear that way to the eye. That's part of the learning curve for me but the effect is wonderful!

Steve Froelich said...

You are amazing. You see respite, I see green shouting in everything I look at. I should have paid more attention in class.

oil painting edges said...

The landscape looks great! Thanks for sharing this!

Deborah Conlon said...

Thanks for sharing this painting and your insights on mood. Love the warmth of your darks in the foreground! Deb Conlon

wildlifeart said...

Just came across your blog! great blog and also excellent paintings1 I'll be back often :)

Jason
fellow artist www.onlineartdemos.co.uk

Giselle McMenamin said...

Magnificent painting!

Steve Randall said...

Thanks, Marc! Wonderful painting! Can you share your recipe for the greens?

Priscilla Olson said...

Hi Marc. I've been enjoying your work since the Higbee Hullabaloo! (Bravo!) I look forward to following your blog, as I find your comments intelligent and instructive. There is also something to learn in your brushwork and color mixtures. Thanks!

hmuxo said...

Beautiful painting! wonderful post.

PleinEric said...

This sketch is just beautiful Marc!! Composition, edges, grouping of values... so well done. Bravo!