Saturday, March 14, 2009


'Island Light' - oil on board - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09

I had the great joy and pleasure of having my youngest son Erik out painting with me today. It was a warm day but we headed for the shelter of the Boom Site near Stillwater, MN. The cliffs kept us protected from the wind that was up. This was his very first experience in painting outside from life. He did good. We're going to get him going on a course of study and I expect that he, like his older brother, has latent abilities that will come to the surface the more he works at it.

This is the piece that I did for Erik as a demo, how to put paint on, what to look for, etc..

10 comments:

Kevin Menck said...

Yeah, and it probably doesn't hurt that their dad is MARC HANSON! What a great resource for these guys to have at the start of their careers. You need to get them to start blogging, it would be interesting to watch their progression over time.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Yeah... They can learn what NOT to do first and foremost!!!
I'll mention the blogging idea.

Donna T said...

Very nice painting, Marc - such natural, subtle colors in those background trees. Your son is so lucky to have you as an instructor and I hope you guys will get to paint together often.

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Marc. This demo is really good. Wonderful light.

My seven year old daughter goes painting with me sometimes. And we have family art days every so often, when my wife and both daughters go. I find it extremely enjoyable to share my passion for painting with my family on these outings.

Karen Hargett said...

Marc I love the feel of this painting - the colors are delicious. It's great that you are teaching your sons - the blogging idea sounds great for your next up and coming artists.

I wished I could get up that way for one of your workshops - maybe next year I can include a trip in my budget.

Kim VanDerhoek said...

WOW, this is a very strong painting considering you painted it as a demo! The light you capture in your snow scenes always amazes me.

My son is 4 and right now has no interest in art. I'm hoping that will change when he gets a little older. Did your boys show an early interest?

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Donna.. me too.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Bill. A nice thought too. It's nice that your family takes part in what is so personally important to you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Karen. I'd love to have you up here in 'Happy Valley'.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Kim the boys were like most kids at that age, filling the refrigerator and walls up and down the stairs with their art. But most of their friends were the same as far as I could tell.

All I can say is 'encourage' and make it available. I would no longer force mine to be artists than I would to be hockey players. But I exposed them to both, and flying, and fishing and hunting, and a million other things. It's always been the most interesting part of parenting to me, to see what they choose to do. I guess the family fortune making will be delayed for another generation?!?!

Both of mine developed a huge interest in music during middle school ( surprise... music/girls vs painting/girls... well we know which one wins that battle :), and they've pursued that with intensity. I did an independent study with my oldest son in high school, pretty good way to stay away from the building... but the recent activity and interest is new. However, they're both artists in mind and spirit. That has always been true. So we'll see where it all goes. I can't wait to see.