Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April 7, 2009

Today wasn’t too bad, I was in Luck. Later in the day I got really lucky too. (Apologies to those who live around here for my bad taste in a heavily overused verbal twist! But I can’t help it...)
Okay, Luck, WI is about 20 miles from Taylors Falls. I went there to paint on the streets because it’s so quiet that I knew that no one would bother me. The “lucky” part was the last painting of the day. I had just finished #3 and was wondering where to go next, looked to the left and there it was. I wasn’t going anywhere. Somewhere in the distance, probably near Luck, just my luck to leave early (I’ll stop now), but there was what I assume was a spring burn happening. Perfect timing, or good luck? Either way I felt lucky to have this for my last painting of the day. Whew! Bad, bad, bad joke.

“Tower Of Luck” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
Luck has two water towers, that I’ve seen anyway. I like this one because of the red lettering. The other one is older, the ‘witches hat’ variety, but this one had a great highlight on it this morning, so I painted it.

“Just A Little Luck” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
The title refers to the little bit of town in view. I loved the hot white of the wall of the St.Croix Valley Hardwoods building. Every building seemed to belong to them in a quite large industrial section of town. That accented by the turquoise blue pipes made the choice easy for me.

“Distant House” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
I left Luck and headed back to my area with two paintings still to complete. The paintings in Luck took more time than usual due to the more complex drawing involved. I try to finish these by about 4:30 to 5:30pm just so that I can get this all put together for publishing at a reasonable hour. Still having two paintings to do at 3:45 today was making me nervous about reaching my time goal. This one caught my eye because of the white house way out in the distance, lit up like a light, surrounded by all of the bare growth of the previous season. Lot’s of grey/brown in other words. But the light was good, so I painted this one pretty quick compared to the time I’ve beens spending on these.

“Spring Burn” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
I finished the ‘Distant House’ in about 35 minutes and was feeling good about my time frame goal. As I mentioned above, I looked just to my left and saw the smoke of a spring burn, rising high into the atmosphere and said, “Boy... I’m a lucky painter!” Last of the day, and last of the Luck jokes!!! Promise.


Leslie Saeta said...

Glad you had such a LUCKY day and your paintings clearly show that! They are beautiful. I can't beleive you still managed to finish the last two ... is it still light until 8 pm in Minnesota these days? You are on an amazing schedule and congrats so far!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Leslie. You're about right, sunset is about 7:46 today. Add the half hour of twilight and dark is about 8:15. Now there's some good news!
That self imposed schedule might get altered as the days get nicer. I'm seeing the need to paint later.

Thank you again. Are you painting a lot now, or does the biz keep you busy?

Kim VanDerHoek said...

You really lucked out with these!

Another strong group of paintings.

rob ijbema said...

you go marc!!
wow what a marvelous adventure
and what a treat to enjoy four of your magnificent works a day!!
(you makin me feel lazy)
love to see all them brown reds from your erea,here in wales everything is spring greener than green...
and i love bad jokes,hehe

Jesse said...

Wow Marc! I haven't checked your blog for a while, what a great bunch of new work!
I've tried to do mini-marathons, but never as ambitious as this. Looking great so far. I think you are going to need a nice vacation in May.

Julianne said...

Wow, what a hive of activity over here Marc! What a marathon indeed! I've been really enjoying looking over your works, too many to comment on. I'm going to keep watching to see how these develop. For sure you can't do 4 of these a day for a month and not expect them to change you (and/or your work) in some way.

I'm really jealous that it doesn't get dark over your way until 7.45pm! I had been thinking myself lucky that it's now getting dark around 6.30 over my way! Are you cheating with daylight savings?

Unknown said...

We'll all be luck if you never use that joke again. ;)

I really like the last one. You captured a really nice mood with all of the smoke and atmosphere.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Okay Kim... You're lucky I get it! ;-)
Thank you.

Marc R. Hanson said...

HI Rob! Yes, it's brown here. I am looking forward to some green. Maybe in the next week or so.
And I'm happy to help with all of the bad jokes that I can... about the only kind I know. Thanks!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hey Jesse... I think that I need a vacation now! But wait, isn't painting a vacation? I think so....I'm living in the middle of a vacation. After all, if I ever do go anywhere, what is the first thing that I pack, you guessed it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Hello Julianne! How are you friend? You have that JST, Japanese standard time. I wonder if you're on a more northerly parallel too?
You're right, this is going to change me. I was healthy, working out regularly, my house was in some order, not anymore, and my cat, Sargent, actually knew who I was... not anymore. I"m being sarcastic, but in reality, this is really good to do. I realize how much more time there is that I haven't been using. Forward Ho'''''.
Nice to hear that you're there looking in Julianne. At first chance I need to drop you a line via email.

Marc R. Hanson said...

I'm not falling for any bad jokes Jeremy... just kidding. Luckily for you that is!!!
Thanks again.

Julianne said...

Hey there Marc!

Maybe northern Japan is more in line with you guys- it gets more snow than us further south.

I think you have your hands full this month! :D - so no hurry on emails, hehe!