Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009

Half way today!

I have got to tell you that I have enjoyed every single miserable weather day, every single warm day, every single email from all of you, every single location, every single sale, every single frantic moment, and especially having (self awarded privilege) a month of not worrying one bit about the house, car or anything other than painting. Heck... I’m on vacation! Thank you.


“Dog House” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
Out of all of the buildings on this farm, the little dog house caught my eye and got me to stop and paint. Lucky dog!



“Fenceline Elm” oil, 7x5 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
This is what the dog, whoever he or she is, gets to sit and bark at. I’m sure that many a hawk or owl have made this tree a roosting place and had a grand time enticing ole’ Fido to give them a piece of it’s mind.


“Orange Swing” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
I’m driving slowly along, much to the dismay of anyone behind me, tonight on a local county gravel road, when all of a sudden amidst the dull landscape surrounding it is this almost fluorescent orange swing hung from an old elm tree branch.


“Wow!” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The title refers to my thoughts as I frantically tried to get the color in front of me down on the panel. This is what being a painter is all about. A nearly orgasmic high at the sight of color that is most deeply felt and experienced by standing in front of it and trying to repeat the experience with your own hand.

26 comments:

Vicki Sergent said...

Wow!, "Wow" is a hot little piece--very abstract and very painterly. This doesn't mean that your other paintings aren't painterly--just that I have noticed in this series that there are ones that are more representational and others that you have gone very abstract with, more abstract than lots of your other work. I like this trend a lot, myself.

You are doing great and I am not sure how you manage the schedule! You must have a dedicated setup for photographing your pieces too. Then, next month is the boxing and shipping routine...

L.Holm said...

Wow's a perfect title. What amazing heat.

Jala Pfaff said...

I love all your work so much.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Vicki. The way that some of these are painted has more to do with the time available than anything else. This situation was moving so fast that there wasn't any time for the consideration that I give the pieces done during the earlier part of the day. It definitely means a more painterly piece. If all day was full of fast, dramatic light like those situations, they'd all probably be more like this one in approach.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Photographing.... I wish I did have a dedicated spot. Nope, every night the go onto my studio easel and I set my painting tripod up, the one that's with me all day, and shoot. Someday I will have a photography room in that great big studio...:)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Liz. It was a nice finish to the day.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Jala... It's so encouraging to have the kind of sentiment that you've expressed, expressed towards my work. I am grateful, and wish the same experience for everyone who does something that is part and parcel to their life like painting is for many of us.

Robin Roberts said...

One of things I have enjoyed doing when I get your post is to quickly look at all 4 and follow the light of the day. When I direct photo shoots outside, we refer to following the light to find the best situations. I can tell that you are having a great time with this.

RR

Robin Roberts said...

AND...

I know when I go out to paint, one of the hardest things for me is finding just the right spot to paint. I can't begin to imagine trying to find 4 in one day.

Wow.

RR

Miki Willa said...

I have been enjoying watching your journey through this month. Your paintings are wonderful. You capture the ordinary and make it beautiful. Great work.

Brad M said...

Marc,
This performance has been truly amazing.I look in wonderment as you post these.
I would be content if I could do just one of these every month.
To do four a day is astonishing.
I am torn between being inspired to go out and paint and the feeling that anything I do will pale in comparison.

Don Thacker said...

This may be the most impressive day yet. I can tell you were definitely on your game yesterday. I'm looking forward to the rest of the marathon. I love how you are forcing yourself to find a scene fast and make a painting out of it. And succeeding!

Kim VanDerhoek said...

The light you captured in the last painting of the day is stunning! I know how quickly you had to work in order to get it before it disappeared. With 3 other paintings under your belt for the day you must have been ready for a moment like this.

I've dreamed about being able to paint all day every day. Due to our family's schedule I rarely get to paint in late afternoon and when I do I struggle with the light. It's so different at that time of day and changes so quickly.

Again, I love this series you are doing and look forward to each and every post!

Susan Parsons said...

Again, more beautiful work. You certainly have inspired me. While walking my dog yesterday, I rounded a corner and there was this beautiful scene and I immediately thought "I bet Marc would paint this". I went back today, with my camera, and will give it a try. Unfortunately, the cold, the flurries and wind prohibits painting outdoors yet.

susan hong-sammons said...

love the paint application in "Wow." It perfectly fits and assists the concept of the moment.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Robin that is interesting, following the light. I have been interested in how each days paintings relate to each other in that respect. I don't consciously think about it as you have to in directing the photo shoots, but I do try to accurately render the color scheme of each situation so it follows that if I hit the mark, my paintings will be following the light too.
Thanks.

Finding the 'right' spot is the bane of outdoor painters. I do the same thing, or did. This might go a long way for me in ending that thinking.

That said, it is important to have a reason for what you paint. I'm not stopping willy nilly and just painting anything. I might stop somewhere without a good idea, but I take that time that I might otherwise spend driving to find an artistic problem to solve. There is something to paint everywhere. Learning to find it is something that comes with experience and practice. This exercise is giving me lots of practice.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Miki.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Brad... Thanks. If we all held up our work because of other artists, no matter why we feel so much admiration towards them, there wouldn't be any artists today. I would have quit the first time I saw Schmid, Sorolla, or any number of other painters. We only have what we have and an obligation to do all that we can with that. A master of his craft... "his" is the secret word. Paint man paint!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Kim. Well, I raised two sons now 23 and 25 and easily remember the time when no matter what I may have wanted to do, there were other overriding obligations and responsibilities. I'm glad that I paid attention to them... then.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Don. It's going okay. I'm surprising myself in what I can find to paint every single day.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Susan... Oh man... wind is the worse. Flurries??? I feel for you. You'd have to do a project like this in what, July or August?
I'm very proud that you'd think of that when out on a walk. Makes me feel like this is doing things for others as well as for me.

Thank you!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Susan.

Anonymous said...

Oooh here they are!

...I didnt get days 14/15 emailed to me, thought I was missing some...reMARCable work here. ;-)

Eugene

Solvay said...

WOW is right - know that kind of light, and you nailed it!
WowZA!
: )

Don Coker said...

Marc, you had to be a happy man on your homeward trek. That piece has all I look for in a great painting! The brushstrokes are amazing!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Don you're taking me back here... If you want to talk about energy and force in painting, that month had it all for me. Thanks for the comments. I'm still recovering... ;-)