Saturday, December 13, 2008


I can't let the cat have the last word so here's a 'seasonal' painting.
I just put this piece up on my website today and thought that it would make a nice 'time of the year' image to add to the blog as well. That's until I can get this other one done... or until Sargent gets tired of my time line and finishes it himself.

I hope that you are all with the 'spirit', Holiday, Art or Other!
It's a wonderful time of year and I wish the best for you all now and onward into the New Year.

'Winter Wonderland' - pastel - 11x14 - © Marc R. Hanson '07


Solvay said...


Marc R. Hanson said...

Said with commitment....! ;-)

Solvay said...

well, if you're going to go THAT far, I'd better amend my comment: every portion of your pastel (if canvas with paint on it is called a painting, then is paper with pastel on it called a pasteling?) has glowy warmth in it, somewhere. the weather outside might be brrrrrrrrrrr, but your work isn't. so, with commitment i'll say: warmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
there. better.

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Absolutely beautiful. You are so talented - both in paint and pastel!

Wishing you a very happy holiday season and a bright new year! And I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the new year.

Solvay said...

........put another way: the whole scene has warm hands and rosy cheeks.

Unknown said...

This is genius.

Carol Schiff Daily Painting said...


Marc R. Hanson said...

Solvay... Good ??? question... Just to keep any prejudice away, I call ( and so do most other artists working in pastel now days ) pastel work..."paintings".

I use the pastels as brushes. They're broken into 'brush like' little pieces and used on the side in broad passages. Degas and Mary Cassatt drew with pastels, making many cross hatched marks. I think that's why pastels to this day are put into the same rooms in museums as drawings. The only thing missing is the hair and handle. My fingers do the walking and talking with pastels.

Pigment is pigment and the only difference between watercolor, acrylic, oil, gouache, PASTEL (dry(soft) or oil pastels), and almost any other pigmented medium... is the vehicle that contains and binds the pigment. Watercolor is pigment bound with gum arabic(and some wetting agents like ox gall liquid), Acrylic... acrylic polymer emulsion (basic, additives like wetting agents are used depending..), Gouache... gum arabic primarily, OIl... linseed, safflower, walnut, sunflower, etc...oils and additives in some cases, Soft(dry) Pastels... gum tragacinth (it dries allowing the pigment(and sometimes precipitated chalk or clay for filler/body), Oil Pastels... use an oil and usually a wax to help them hold a firm but shape.

The contemporary artists working in pastel are trying to erase that label of them being 'drawings' by educating the public, framing them as paintings with only glass, spacers and oil painting 'style' frames. We also 'paint' with them in a more 'painterly' manner now days.

Pastels are just as permanent as any other medium and more so if properly framed and displayed. There's no oil or other yellowing ingredient in them and with good quality pastels, like I use, it's almost entirely pure pigment on the paper.

I don't know if there would be a corollary between this topic and the violin/fiddle??? Is it a perception issue there?

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Joe... I'm not usually accused of that! So thank you!!!!
I love what you're doing by the way. Do you use a tablet/Mac? Looks like a great way to sketch. How portable is it?

Thanks again... I'll try to live up to your comment... but I'm not making ANY promises.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Kim! Thank YOU. The same to you!

Marc R. Hanson said...


Anonymous said...

Beautiful pastel piece! I'm really loving the warmth in the trees and little patches of sun on the cold blue/white snow.

Mr. Potato Head said...

Great work Marc! I used to see you post on WetCanvas and now I enjoy seeing your work on the blog.

As far as the painting goes, I have to say that your color and edges are great! Those darn egdes! I'm hoping to get better with them this winter.

Best wishes and Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your stuff.

Donna T said...

Hi Marc and the happiest of holidays to you! Gorgeous painting! You are the master, IMHO, when it comes to translating the mood of a scene to paper/panel and this pastel is a wonderful example of that. I'm looking forward to seeing what inspires you this coming year.

Solvay said...

"Good ??? question" - I assume that means you thought is was a good was a good answer, at least. I always wanted to call the pastel works "paintings" but didn't want to use the wrong terminology - they never seem like drawings to me, but like paintings. Glad I'm "seeming" correctly.

Violin/fiddle::paint/pastel - can't see the correlation, there, but it's an interesting idea. I DID stop to think about it for moment, too..........and I see where you're coming from, I think - and it IS a good question! I'll try to think of a music analogy.

I appreciated all the information about binding agents and yellowing ingredients - I loved reading all of that.......have often wondered those very things - thanks for the answers!

Hope your big project is progressing in the way you want it to progress.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Marc,

Happy Holidays to you too!
LOVE the winter pastel! Very appropriate for this time of year:)
Although I enjoy sunshine and warm weather all year round, I do miss the transitional seasons of the year, especially a sparkling white winter.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Alexander... thank you. I don't know where you live, if you live in snow country, but snow with a little sun mixed into the color pot is a real treat to paint. Especially later in the day when the sun gets low (early this time of year) and the warmer hues predominate the light. Combine that with the cooler shadows and you have the ingredients for FUN.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Brian... Merry Christmas to you too. Love your blog. You're doing some great work there.

If 'the god of painting' said that every edge had to be hard or we weren't allowed to paint... I'd be doing something else. They truly are the challenge in painting. At the same time, with out all of their possibilities for variation, painting would be pretty boring.

Thanks, stay warm.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Donna... You are very kind... thanks. :-)
The coming year inspires me... or that I am still going to be a part of it!!! Happy Holidays to you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Solvay... yes, a good question. The '???' are explained by my being a 'visual' sort of person. I like illustration whether it makes sense or not! ;-) That's all.

My attempted point was that the instrument that an artist uses isn't what is important to the Art... other than in cases where the quality of the particular instrument makes a real noticeable difference (as in inferior pastels or an inferior violin).

There are prejudices against various mediums as compared to other mediums like oil paint. I wondered if the same is true in music. Would a very accomplished musician playing Folk or Bluegrass fiddle sell tickets, or be invited to play in a top shelf venue (I'm trying to find similarities but can't, as a similarly accomplished musician playing the classic compositions.

Or (and I know you're opinion of these sorts) are music snobs the same as Art snobs??? That's really my question?

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Jennifer... Thank you! And a wonderful Holiday season to you too.

It's definitely 'sparking' this morning... -12˙F !!! The seasons have changed. We're in the deep freeze season now. I'd like some sun frankly..... :)

Karen Hargett said...

Beautiful! Just Beautiful!

It's cold here today some sleet but who knows tomorrow it could be 80 - that is the way it is here in Central Texas.

Merry Christmas - love the PAINTING!

Solvay said...

???***!!!, then.
: )

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Solvay said...

I had to take away what I wrote - perhaps you caught it already, but it basically said that it's the operator not the equipment that matters, though a good operator and good equipment = glory.

Snobs are snobs in any arena, and they're usually unfun and ignorant. They're a common breed in the music world. I keep a cordial distance from them.

Prejudice - same as snobbery - it exists in all arenas.

I marvel at your pastel paintings. They're beautiful. WHO could be prejudiced against them? Only someone ignorant and unfun.

Solvay said... the new ID pic: the pastel palette! way cool! looked like stained glass, at first - had to look at it close up to see it is pastels!
: )

Marc R. Hanson said...

Karen... Merry Christmas to you too. I guess you have to love central Texas, huh? Thanks for stopping by.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Solveg.

Tory Burch said...

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