Saturday, February 21, 2009
Cotton Candy Winter Day
"Cotton Candy Winter Day" - oil on board -14x18 © Marc R. Hanson '09
Painted about 95% with palette knives. A few strokes of a Langnickle here and there for weeds, tree branches, to soften a knife stroke, and that sort of thing.
Well I was out last week painting a dried up dirt field with no snow, a little bit of ice in the furrows, a 16x24 painting. Started out nice and I had an old chocolate lab from a nearby farm for company the entire time, as long as I'd reach down and scratch his brick of a skull every once in awhile. I was loving working large on site, and on this board that I'm back to now. The problem is that it was so nice to be out on such a calm, sunny, winter day, that I didn't care as much about my choice of what to paint as I just cared about being out "painting".
Consequently, despite putting in a couple of days back in the studio on that one, the idea...concept... just wasn't there. I mean a painting full of dried up dirt??? I just couldn't wrap my "spirit" around that one.
So a couple of days ago I was thinking about how beautiful our winter had been until recently. By the way as of this morning, it's back to white, we had a fair amount of snow. But I was thinking about a few weeks ago when Kami and I were out in the country side on one of the most beautiful days that I think I've ever seen in winter. It reminded me of scenes from the old movie 'Dr. Zhivago' and those scenes of Omar Sharif and Julie Christie riding the sleigh, or hiking on foot in the Russian winter. With that in mind, I spent a couple of days in the studio working out this painting from that experience and thought.
We experienced a winter wonderland for sure that day and I'm sure that it's going to be a source of inspiration for images for us both for a long time to come.
Here's the trailer from the movie, "Dr. Zhivago", 1965.