Monday, November 17, 2008

Article -"Paint Evocative Nocturnes", by Michael Chesley Johnson

'Palmetto Island by Night' - oil - 16x20 © Marc R. Hanson '08

I want to tell you about an online article in The Artist Magazine, 'Painting Evocative Nocturnes' written by artist/writer, Michael Chesley Johnson. The feature is only in the online magazine, the title above links to it. He interviewed four of us who paint nocturnes fairly often, Douglas Morgan of California, Cody DeLong of Arizona, Yours truly and Brian Stewart, also of Minnesota.

It's a very good article and worth the jog over there to see what we all talked about. Thank you Michael.


laojie - painter said...

Sensational! Enough said!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Jie... Thank you! :)

René PleinAir. said...

Congrats, I took the liberty to point it out at my blog as well.
(even with a small photo from this work :-S) Hope you don't mind.

Nice interview, I only wonder if any of you ever painted with a red light as well?(after mixing of course) You as a born military guy should know the importance of night vision I reckoned.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks René. No...I don't mind AT all...thank you for doing that.

Red light is good for flying at night, not for painting at night. I know that from painting nocturne demonstrations and having those infrared matrix patterns from all the digital cameras showing up on my panel while painting!!! The red light would eliminate your ability to see any red on the painting. Might be fun to try though. :)

René PleinAir. said...

Yes I know that, but it typed

(after mixing of course ;-))

The red lights of the matrix patterns are way to strong I guess.
I used several times an old army torch with a red filter in it together
with a matted blank filter as well. The last one is easy made by sanding
down a transparent piece of acrylic with euhm at least P 600 (very fine grains)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Oh, so you get a muted, softer red light? I see how that might work. I'd have to remember what I mixed? Now you're scaring me! ;)

solvay said...

You have such a great way with nocturnes - lovely to see another one!
Meanwhile, in order to comment on blogs that don't accept anonymous comments, I started a blog - feels SO STUPID since I'm not a painter or anything interesting - in order to thank those painters whose blogs I visit. So, well, I may as well use that on your blog, too. And, since I confused one person already with the different spellings of my name, here's the explanation in advance: solvay is the pronunciation of the odd Danish spelling, solveg. I don't like being called sahlveg, so I just spell it phonetically most of the time. BUT, I've used my real spelling on Frank Gardner's blog for a long time, and that confused someone already, so I'm just explaining it right off the bat, here. Sorry for such a dumb comment, but, well, there it is. I never meant for there to be any mystery - I just felt kind of stupid being such a huge fan, but not being a painter, and not being rich enough to be a patron, either............


Marc R. Hanson said...

Well, gee Solveg... Jeg snakke lit Norske. So I knew that your name ended in 'ay'. And, I don't care what screen name you do or don't go by, or if you're a truck driver, physicist, or hooker... as long as you post something that isn't offensive to me (I'm boss here :-), or to others who might visit my blog.

If you could see me trying to learn to play the mandolin... well, let me put it this way.... you wouldn't allow me to post on your classical music site because it would be offensive!!! :)

René PleinAir. said...

I'd have to remember what I mixed?


Nothing scary about that, You don't see as much colors at night anyway.
And when you put your colors on the same spot on your palette each time you paint. You always know where they are even with your eyes closed. :-P

The nice thing about night vision though is that once you become adapted
to the dark you can see more and more scape's, .. details.

Amateur astronomers use red lights also for this reason.

Marc R. Hanson said...

René you know me and know that I'm going to have to try this out. I'm always up for a new challenge, or something that works better than what I'm currently using.
I agree about knowing the 'keyboard' by heart. I was teasing you a little there. Sort of like Stevie Wonder, or Ray Charles but with paint. :)

Alexandre Jay said...

Beautiful; I absolutely love it!

Robin Weiss said...

Stunning nocturne! Glad I stumbled on your blog...I've already learned a lot..

Solvay said...

I noticed your comment on Nathan Fowkes's blog - his sketches awe me!!!
And, I really enjoyed reading all the things you wrote on Frank G.'s blog about reproductions - VERY interesting!
I learn so much from people who really know what they're doing, and who understand their materials and tools. That would describe you and Mr. Fowkes and Mr. Gardner. Thanks for bringing so much pleasure and enlightenment to me!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Alexandre! I 'absolutely' appreciate your thoughts!!!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Robin, and thank you. Didn't you used to paint a lot of dogs??? Or am I thinking of another Weiss? :) Thanks for stopping by.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Solveg... I think that it's safe to say that those of us you mentioned along with most other artists, get real satisfaction from talking about what we do with other artists for sure, but also with people who don't do what we do. It's the idea of 'pay it back', and why so many of us teach others what we know. It's a large part of the enjoyment that I get from doing what I do. Thanks.

Theresa Rankin said...

What a beauty! The color is perfect and the brushwork is so pleasing to the eye!

Frank Gardner said...

That is a beautiful painting Marc.
Love the color in that sky.

I'll head over and check out the article later on. I've only done a few nocturnes, but plan on doing more.

I find that really knowing the colors on your palette and how to mix pays off when painting in semi darkness. I can pretty much mix what I see by knowing what proportions to use of the colors I've got.

Jo Castillo said...

Marc, congratulations on the article. I saw it on Michael's blog. Your painting is just lovely. Thanks for the tips and inspiration.