Thursday, March 19, 2009
'Outlet' - oil on panel - 14x11 © Marc R. Hanson '09
Since Monday, the day of the warm wind and turkeys, it's been windy with variation in how cold or warm it is. But one thing has been consistent, the wind. I don't like wind other than for sailing and kite flying. It interferes with everything else that I like to do.
The first painting is from Tuesday morning, a day that started out with promise. However, the filtered sunlight and warm start only lasted until I was about half way through this painting. Around 11:00 am a northwestern cold front settled in with fast dropping temps, 1/4 mile visibility, wind and mist! This front cut a distinct line diagonally across the state and I think that I was right on it. It was nasty!!! I didn't think that I had enough of this one done, couldn't stop shaking to see if I did. But when I got it home I realized that with about five minutes of cleaning up some snow, it was OK. I like the mood and I like it as a color study. That was it for the day for me. I went out with clothes for sun and temps in the low 50's, not mist, wind and temps in the low to mid 30's.
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 18TH
This morning I met two very good friends, and two very good painters... Mike Rada and Ben Bauer... in Stillwater to paint for the first half of the day. We did better but the wind was still an annoyance. For those who don't do this, the reason it's a pain is that it knocks you around and breaks your concentration. It's not as bad as below zero weather for sure, but we deserve 'nice' by now!
We first painted out on one of our favorite dirt roads, the same spot as the 'Outlet' painting above, with Sandhill cranes, geese and assorted waterfowl as company. Oh, and the wind. Did I mention that??? As soon as we were all finished here, we motored over to the boomsite in Stillwater again to try to get out of the wind. That made a huge difference. We had a great morning and it was great company to be with these two great painters.
"Chilly Spring Day" - oil on panel - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09
An extremely subtle day. My main concern was trying to discern the difference between the dirt and the dead grass. There wasn't much at all, but a slight temperature shift between the two. Trying to paint in telephone poles in a 20 mph wind is not worth the try. Next time I'm going to remember to just not bother with that and do it in the studio upon returning home.
"Breaking Up" - oil on panel - 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09
I think that we all had more fun at this location. A little more out of the wind, the rawness of the river's spring changes, eagles in flight and lots of waterfowl. The ice is beginning to break up and move out of the river... yesssss!!!