April 4, 2009
I'm going to consider today a good day! Compared to what is in store for tomorrow, today is a good day. Yep, snow is on it’s way. I’m not titling any more of these “Last of...”, “End of...”, “The Remains of...” or “Winter’s Last...”.... SNOW! It doesn’t appear that it’s going to end.
I stayed close to home today and it was good. First painted on the main drag through lovely Taylors Falls. Stood in the parking lot of the ‘The Drive In’, that’s the name, to paint the Bench Street house. From there on to the paddle boat boarding area in the state park to paint the beautiful rocks in high water. Those rocks are normally about 15ft out of the water. The rest of the day was under more of those grey skies.
I’ve had a lot of questions about size, surface and how to purchase, thank you! So here’s that scoop. These are all 5”x7”, oil on 8-ply 100% rag museum board with a shellac primer. Once in awhile, about once a day for a change of pace, I'll use one that has had linen mounted to it. They are for sale for $110.00 plus shipping, insurance and tax for MN residents. To purchase you can go to my website and into the collection on the ‘paintings’ page called ‘April Painting Marathon’. The link will take you right there. When you enlarge the thumbnails you will see a Paypal ‘Buy Now’ button below the image. If you want to use that, click on it and Paypal will do the rest. You can either create a Paypal account or use a the one time credit card feature. That is the easiest way to purchase these paintings. The other way is to call or email me if you want to purchase one. If you don’t want to use Paypal but prefer to send a check, that is the method to use. I will tell you though that a couple of people who wanted a painting were emailing me while the one they wanted sold via Paypal. Paypal is fast. Paypal figures the shipping, insurance and tax for us. If you want to use another method I will have to tell you the additional charges above the $110.00 sale price.
Well... I hope that covers that.
“Bench Street Red Door” 5x7 , oil, © Marc R. Hanson 2009
Taylors Falls has many wonderful old houses that I’ve been wanting to paint and for whatever reason haven’t. This is a good opportunity to get to work on that. I had planned to paint houses (lot’s of people ask me if that’s what I do...) all day. That was until the sun disappeared and I lost the shadows. Houses in flat light aren’t that interesting to me.
“Latte On The Rocks” 5x7, oil, © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The water up here is at least as dark as good french roast, maybe espresso. The grays and cool top light on the rocks were irresistible today. Because of the high water the dam up stream is producing a lot of foam and froth. The ingredients for a good Latte!
“St.Croix Falls Dam” 5x7, oil, © Marc R. Hanson 2009
This was painted from a vantage point above the dam. The dam stretches to the left of the picture about another 75 or 100 yards. It has a very graceful arch to the edge of the spill way. The water level is always right at the top of the dam itself. Big fish live in that area!
“Tin Roof Saturday” 5x7, oil, © Marc R. Hanson 2009
Why didn’t I paint this tomorrow... Tin Roof Sunday? It was a relief to be out in the open after so much myopic study and concentration earlier in the day. It was a sigh of ‘Aahhhh, sky and breadth.” The buildings are the last of the old farmstead still standing. The house is a pile of rubble, it wasn’t last summer. Very sad. But the color was beautiful and the sense of what used to be in those two buildings was omnipresent.