It's been so long since my last post that the entire system for posting on the blog has changed! I've had a busy spring and summer, and the fall isn't looking any different. I'm just coming off of teaching my 6th Annual Landscape Painting five day workshop up here in Taylors Falls, my last one at this location because I will be relocating to Colorado in September!
My resolution is to revive my blog as a place for conversation about my happenings and about Art and all things related. For now a couple of items to get things rolling again...
In July I took part in the Peninsula Art School's "Door County Plein Air Festival" in Fish Creek, WI. It was a week of amazing weather, artist camaraderie, and painting. This years' line up of artists and the work that they produced was the best ever without a doubt. The staff at the Festival did an amazing job of keeping everything running smooth and creating the environment for the artists that led to great painting which resulted in many sales on the weekend. Once again, a big thank you to the Peninsula Art School's staff and volunteers.
I took a little different approach to my own painting at the Festival this year, my 4th year, and painted larger and fewer paintings. I stretched up linen for them all, smallest size for the exhibition was 12"x16", and I used Floater Frames on them all. I was very happy with my choices, I prefer to paint on stretched linen. I think it gives my work a more sensitive and softer feel than painting on a harder board does. Of course there are times and situations for both, but for now, I'm really enjoying painting this way.
I was honored to have been awarded the 'Best of Show' for this painting 'Monday Morning', given to me by Steven Doherty, former editor of American Artist Magazine since 1979, now editor of Plein Air Magazine. It was such a treat to have had Steve select my painting, I've collected American Artist Magazine for a long time and still have all of the issues beginning with January 1979!
To top that, the Featured Artists at the Festival selected the same painting for the 'Artists' Choice Award'!!! That one is very special, to be honored by your peers is the highest honor an artist and painting can be given. It was a wonderful feeling to be in that place.
|"Monday Morning" - oil - 16x20 - ©2012 Marc R. Hanson|
|"Rolled" - oil on linen - 16x20 - ©2012 Marc R. Hanson|
|'Ephraim to the South' - oil on linen - 12x16 - ©2012 Marc R. Hanson|
|"Sister Bay Mood" - oil on linen - 12x16 - ©2012 Marc R. Hanson|
|"Wall Flowers" - oil on linen - 12x16 - ©2012 Marc R. Hanson|
I will be back in the Midwest in mid September to teach at the Madeline Island School of Art, a workshop on the beautiful northern Wisconsin Island that sits just off the shore near the Apostle Island National Seashore in Lake Superior. There is still space available in this workshop... if you're looking for a beautiful location to come and paint some field studies that you then take into their art studios to enlarge, and see my process demonstrated, this would be the place and time for you to join us.
See you next from Colorado!!!