Thursday, April 23, 2009

April 23, 2009

Today might be the day where I’d ask for a ‘gimme’, if that was an option. I can say for certain that this was the windiest day that I have ever painted in. I don’t know if the forecast gusts of 45mph were accurate, but I do know that today made the day when I painted the flags seem calm. There are no architectural pieces today, other than the distant farm buildings in one, because there was no way that I was going to be able to draw a straight line while constantly being blown off balance, confronting a tipping tripod or shaking paint box and brushes that were possessed! I write this as my daily reflection for interest, not to complain daily, though it might seem like that. But... remember yesterday’s comment... “Today was... peaceful!” I’ll take that again, thank you.

“Backwater” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The water is dropping along the St.Croix now. I thought that if I dropped down into William O’Brien State Park and the river’s edge I’d avoid the winds this morning that were picking up already. The trees broke the gusts somewhat.

“Dark Water” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
There was an eerie, hazy light today that blanketed every thing up here. If I can remember my weather from flight training, when you get these incredibly high winds a lot of debris like dirt and water vapor is taken up into the atmosphere and the result is almost like having a translucent shade covering the sun. If you’ve ever been outside during a solar eclipse and seen the weird light of one of those, you’ll understand the type of light today. Very similar. No strong shadows, forms somewhat dissolved, but lit.

“Greening” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
Yes it is! This scene attracted me because of the very light value but warm sky and how fast forms cooled as they receded. Honestly, it’s the hay bales that caused me to stop.

“Darn Near Airborne” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The end of the day was the windiest period. I’m serious about being airborne too. I had my tripod legs splayed out to the point that they had about a 6 or 7 foot, foot print. I had to hold the easel with my hand the entire time that this one was painted. At one point the wind twisted the paint box in the tripod clamp and started to unscrew the adaptor that affixes to the bottom of the box and then is clamped into the tripod head. This scene is a great one and I’ll be going back when I can actually draw out the myriad of birch trees and this old cottonwood.


L.Holm said...

Incredible light in Greening and in Darn Near Airborn.
(and great titles)

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Linda. I'm surprised at how easily the titles are coming for these. It's a lot of titles. Each painting is so fresh, when it gets titled, and full of memories that the titles seem to already be attached???

Brad M said...

I think I know one of the reasons I am enjoying these paintings so much. Due to your time constraints, none of them are "overworked" in the slightest. Now, that is something that you don't usually do anyway (though I see that with other plein air artist). But being forced to make the most of the sunlight you have available keeps these fresh and just painted enough.
A lesson I need to remember as i venture out.
This shows in this group where you struggled with the wind, but still got what you needed on the canvas board.

Unknown said...

If you had not mentioned the wind, I never would have guessed that was a problem during your painting sessions. I think your skill nicely met the challenge and you created some great paintings when no one else would dare venture out.

Dar Presto said...

I'm enjoying this incredible series very much, and I especially appreciate your fortitude in crazy weather.

Solvay said...

Greening - this is the other one I could finally no longer resist (actually, there's a third one, too....). The light....luminous - again, I can feel it through the computer monitor, even. Yep - you capture the changing light of the seasons masterfully. Yep - I'm ever a fan.........thanks, as always............Solveg