Saturday, October 18, 2008


'Receding Fall' - oil on linen - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '08
It's just so beautiful out right now. Most of the gorgeous riot of color, that doesn't seem real, has subsided and now is what I consider to be the most beautiful time of the fall for painting. Temps are still above freezing (unless you don't wear good warm footwear...then the toes get cold) and the atmosphere is smoky and rich. The grey tones of the tree branches subdue the leaves that are still clinging to the limbs and branches. I think most painters prefer the more quiet times for painting. If it's all loud, there's no restful quality. I painted this one this morning outside of town and did get cold feet. It takes some indoctrinating each change of the season in my case.

16 comments:

Christopher O'Handley said...

Beautiful painting Marc, thanks for sharing. This has been one of the most spectacular falls around here, but I've been laid up for the past 3 weeks with a back problem and haven't been able to paint any of it. Glad you're able to be out there.

Chris

Anonymous said...

HOMEMADE CORN DOGS!!!! now, THAT is better than a PRONTO PUP!!!
YUM-O-RAMA!!!

Those pumpkins are beauts! (byoots)
And, those two precious favorite little ones are lucky tykes indeed - I bet you'll help them carve up those pumpkins into righteously arty jackolanterns! Lucky little dudes!

But, meanwhile, you painting - I had to look to see if it was oil or pastel, the softness of it was so compelling. Lovely. Yes, I love when the subtle colors come out - the variations in grasses, for instance. Whole oceans of quiet beauty lying in wait for the discerning, for those who have eyes to see.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hey Chris....Sorry to hear about your back. Hang in there and take care. I hope that you're painting inside none the less? Nice to hear from you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

anonymous...Those little "dudes" are very self motivated little artists themselves and probably would scoff at the idea of someone else carving their pumpkins! I like little dudes like that. :) Your description of "oceans" is apt. The light today was bright making distinction between the various grasses and other vegetation subtle and "wave like".
I'm telling ya, if you're in the area and haven't been to Sever's Corn Maze and had one of those corn dogs, you are missing out.

Anonymous said...

well, i EXPECT you to carve up a few your very own self, then, AND post the pics of them.

never been to a corn maze or anything like that......

Anonymous said...

your new profile picture is way-fun, too.......
: )

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks! :)

Alexandre Jay said...

Great little painting and a very rewarding painting session it must have been to have created this. It always amazes me how quickly plein air painters work.....guess I'm more of a snail.

Marc R. Hanson said...

alexandre...It's always good to be outside painting. I'm a snail in the studio. You can afford to be in there.

Takeyce said...

Beautifully painted!

Marc R. Hanson said...

takeyce...Thank you.

Frank Gardner said...

Really looks and feels like fall. Your type of fall that is.
The landscape is starting to turn to those colors here too, but yours has the colder look to the air.

Well done.

Lots of subtle colors in that.

Plus the thought of your feet being cold and the person bundled up behind you in the pumpkin picture.

brrr.

Sharon Wright said...

Very impressed by your paintings, especially this one, I think it is the light and space....freedom, and endless possibilities.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Frank...Thanks. I think like you, about the 'chill' factor, more and more every single year! Brrrrr.

Marc R. Hanson said...

sharon...I really appreciate your descriptive assessment. The country up here where I live and paint leaves one with that kind of outlook. Thank you

Frank Gardner said...

Ha ha, it was 55 here this morning and I was freezing!