Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009

Okay, change of plans! My goal is 120 paintings for the month of April. Four per day worked up to last weekend when I had a three day workshop to conduct. I’ve been intending to slip in an extra one or two per day until the 12 missing paintings are made up. That hasn’t been going well. The days have been tough in general and I haven’t been able to fit in the extra ones. That was until today. Most of the day was perfect for painting with only the last couple of hours taking a turn for the worse. I’m in now because of rain and thunderstorms, but had a good day. Rather than wait to post these like I thought I would do, I’m going to post them as they’re done. So today there are seven paintings.

I apologize if you aren't receiving the newsletter. There's been some trouble with the web host and newsletter server that I am trying to iron out. Seems there's a limit to how many you can send. That info is not anywhere that I've seen in the web host's information. They also had a software glitch that prevented a day or two of the newsletter from being sent. I'm frustrated by this, but don't know what to do right now in the middle of this.

“ ’42 Chevy” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
I found this beautiful old truck and had to paint it. The land owner was extremely kind and has given me permission to access his farm and his dad’s farm. He has a collection of ‘yard ornaments’ as he called them, including about 5 or 6 old, I mean really old as in a horse drawn road grader, tractors and things like that.

“Single Silo” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
After painting the truck, I turned to the left and saw this single old silo, no longer accompanied by a farm house, barn or any other buildings from the past. It’s still used and in good shape and the color of the surrounding trees made it an art form this morning.

“Friendly Old Dog” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
This is a gold mine of yard ornaments! I was greeted by two dogs, a large hairy, burr ridden ‘friendly old dog’ and a yappy Boston Terrier. They both became my buds as I painted, but the old dog stayed and laid down under the tailgate of my truck while I worked. Once in awhile he’d get up, snuggle against my leg and offer me a paw for a shake. Nice dog.

“Distant Thunder” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The first sign of what was to come later happened around 3:00 pm or so. The sky all afternoon was the inspiration for nearly everything else that I painted. All I needed was a little bit of a foil to show it off, as in this one.

“ Leaves!” pastel 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
This is a pastel! I might do more of these but the weather has to co-operate as in no heavy wind or rain. They’re actually more difficult to do at this size. My fingers are way too big and get in the way on these small ones.

“Little Water” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
Driving along and who-o-aaa! I’ve driven this road a dozen times two times and never have seen this little creek. Maybe it’s the changes of the season showing me more, and the gray of the sky today. But this was beautiful. I didn’t spend too long on it, I thought that my day was about to be cut short.

“Barely Time” oil 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The title refers to the impending storms. I had it all around me and the wind all over me but managed to finish and get home just before it all hit. Not really as bad as the forecasters said, but wet enough and plenty of lightening. Again, the sky.


Anonymous said...

Now I know why I've been missing out, didnt get the past 3 days either...oh well, sucks having a name that starts at the end of the alphabet.

More great stuff. Wish I had the $$$ to purchase a couple.


Brad M said...

Six in one day Marc. Now you're just showing off. :-D
All beautiful. I especially like the pastel and the truck.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Eugene there is a glitch with the newsletter provider... I'm not happy and am working on it!!! Sorry.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Brad... Seven! ;-) I'm trying to catch up... and the weather was phenomenally cooperative yesterday. Today, another story or the same one from the rest of the month. Cold, rain, wind....
Thanks Brad.

Unknown said...

To an inexperienced painter like myself this level of productivity is frightening, particularly as the quality level you achieve is fabulous. These paintings are going to be study pieces for me in my attempts to improve my plein air work.

Erik van Elven said...


S e v e n.


The pastel turned out great too.

Jane Hunt said...

Impressive goal and equally impressive paintings!

Susan Parsons said...

I love the paintings and the stories that go along with them makes you feel like you were there. Especially the old dog one.

Robin Roberts said...

I was thrilled to finally snag one of these. I was online at just the right time. These are still looking good even when you've done 7 in one day. That's nuts by the way. Thanks a bunch. Can't wait to see the real thing.


Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Erik! The pastels are almost too small to work on. I'll probably do some more... maybe.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thank you Jane. When this is all over I'm going to write about my experience with it. I'll say now though that the challenge with this goal has not been painting, or painting the four paintings daily. The challenge has been to stick with this schedule, day after day, 7 days a week for 4 weeks, despite anything else that happens in your life along the way. That's what I'm going to celebrate when I'm done.
I appreciate your comments.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Mick... You've just made the entire 30 days worthwhile for me to have done... or do. Thank you.

L.Holm said...

I can't get over this. To accomplish so much so quickly with such skill. Amazing. The pastel isn't suffering for being small format. It's beautiful. Honestly, I think you could paint a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk on a playing card. :-)

Jala Pfaff said...

"Distant Thunder" and "Barely Time" are exquisite. Cheers.