Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Brewster, NY Workshop!

I'm pleased to announce that I've been invited to teach in Brewster, NY, in the Hudson River Valley by the Putnam Arts Council.  

We will be painting on the Tilly Foster Farm and Conservation Area, a historic farm in Putnam County New York.  

From Jamie Grossman, my friend and painter who's lives in Brewster, NY and has been responsible for my being invited here to teach...
"...the farm is currently being transformed into a reserve of sorts for historic animals, to preserve their bloodlines. They have Lineback cattle, a giant donkey like George Washington rode, and other historic breeds of sheep, rabbits, etc. that are becoming endangered. Doing those larger plein air pieces in the studio could enable the artists to include more of these historic farm animals in finished pieces if they wish. It's just one of the many unique things about this location.
There is also a barn that is being filled with old farm equipment, trucks, cars, etc. as part of the farm museum being planned."

The class is open to oil and pastel painters of any level. 

I'm updating some information about a workshop that I'll be teaching in New York in August this year. The dates are August 24-28, 2009. The cost is $645.00. This includes everything that I know and can show and tell you about painting!!! And a lot of paperwork that I've generated over the years.

For anyone on the east coast, or the other coasts or non coastal areas, this is a beautiful part of New York just off of the Hudson River Valley and within reach of the historic locations painted by Frederic Church and Thomas Cole for example. Frederic Church's estate, Olana, is just up the river in what can only be described as "idyllic" country side.

The information about the workshop is below. Hope to see you there!

We have the opportunity for classroom space with this one so I'm going to take advantage of that and design this workshop as an opportunity for students to see how I would use the field studies to work up a larger painting in the studio and for students to then do the same. The class will be designed around a couple of days of field work gathering possible candidates to be used for the larger paintings, followed by a few days of studio work enlarging the study selected, including a demonstration showing my process for doing this.  

The break down I envision will look something like this (weather dependent)...
2 days of field work (including some black & white value studies and small color comps), 1 day where I demo my process, 2 days for students to work on the large studio paintings. Students should expect to get a good start on the final painting but may not finish it entirely.  There will be plenty of assistance, critique, materials discussion and group conversation regarding the process.

My goal is to get the student to see the value in creating accurate field work that can be then used as a reference in the studio, to work up a Concept from the field work that becomes a strong larger studio painting that has similarities to, but is not a copy of the field work.  We will also use photography if necessary and will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using both combined.  

A materials and supply list will be supplied as the dates approach.
Please contact the Putnam Arts Council for more information.  

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Weekend Workshop!

I've just finished three days with a group of wonderful people who love to paint. How much better can it be than that? Weather... perfect.
Green... Everywhere.
We shoved a lot into three days, Value, Technique and the Art Spirit. Wow it's good to be an artist!

I'm posting three of the demos I did for the class. The first day we worked in black and white, the second day was a day of full color and my demo to show them a standard method for beginning and painting a field painting, or any painting for that matter. The second demo is a pastel because we had a number of pastelists in the workshop. That was followed by an oil painting demonstrating a more 'direct' method of painting.

"Carriage House" oil 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09
I have to say that this is some of the first painting that I've done since my April adventures. I've been busy with many other things, but not painting. So this little 8x10 looked like a 30x40 to me. The demo was to show the students a 'standard' block in beginning with some line, some transparent full color washes and then a building up of the painting to the finish. Yes the house is too centered. A good technique when things are stable and there is ample time to work it out.

" Rock Hoppers" pastel 11x14 © Marc R. Hanson '09
On Sunday afternoon, following the 'memory' exercise painting session for the students, I painted two demos within about a 2 hour period. This one was first. The rocks under the bridge between St. Croix Falls and Taylors Falls. About the time I was done the people showed up (in both painting sessions) and were an eye opener to us all. The scale of the rocks suddenly became obvious to us, and surprised us. I'm going to leave these as they are, no studio work.

"Rocks And Bathers" oil 9x12 © Marc R. Hanson '09
This was the second demo, direct painting. That is starting with an obvious part of the painting, finishing it and moving on to another obvious area painting in a way that is finished as you go. This is a technique that is good when time is limited, the light is fleeting or when you don't have too much time to sit and ponder things at all. I had exactly one hour, they timed me... to finish this one because we needed to get back to my house for a closing discussion.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

OPA...Award of Excellence!

'Rural Route' 16x24
I'm happy to report that Kevin Macpherson awarded me an Award of Excellence for my painting Rural Route!

I'm still in recovery! :-) Truthfully, I'm in recovery from 'not' still being on that schedule. I loved the intensity and mystery that each day presented me.

I'm not happy to report that I was rained out of the demo that I was to do. I was the only one painting out in the open on the square from life, not a photo. Others were in the gallery painting a model or painting from a photo and were able to seek cover and keep it going. Problem is that it rained quite hard and the 'audience' also departed. It never rains in Santa Fe! I started one painting, an 11x14 which I just managed to block in, of a hot dog vendor who promptly closed up as did I when it started to get real wet. I moved under a gazebo on the square in Santa Fe and started another painting of a lady with a stand and umbrella who was selling something. I almost had her blocked in when she also packed it in. So that was it for the demo and the rain continued.

I'm busy taking good photos of all of the paintings, applying a light varnish to them and am now packing them for shipping. Those of you who've purchased paintings should expect them to begin arriving about the middle to the end of next week.

Thank you all again for all of the notes of support and for the purchases of the paintings. You all made this more than just my project, it became a group effort and was more fun that I should be allowed to have.