Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 2009 Painting Marathon Redux

April 6, 2009

First some house keeping... Thanks you to all of you who are pushing that Paypal button! I can’t believe how much fun that is!!! Here’s the deal though, my website doesn’t automatically mark a painting ‘SOLD’ when someone purchases it with Paypal. I have to go in and manually mark paintings ‘sold’. That means that you might notice that I have to refund your Paypal funds because someone beat you to the punch... by seconds... if recent history is any gauge. I’m grateful for the action, but sad when someone finally decides to give up their hard earned money on a piece of art only to have it result in not being a purchase. I truly appreciate each and every person who wants one of my paintings. I hope that your fingers are fast, some of yours are faster than mine, that’s for sure. Thank you all!

Today was definitely not a day of contrasts! It was sunny, cold and windy, as in gusts up to 30kts... all day long. That being, I decided that today would be a ‘from the front seat of the old Ford’ painting day. This was a good thing. It gave me a theme for the day... Roads. And a secondary theme... Warm. Painting in the truck is a little confining and I think most painters would prefer not to, but in a pinch it’s the perfect solution. It isn’t the temps that are trouble on days like today. It’s that wind again. It is tough to reach for any perfection in your art at all if your hand and easel are being bounced around like a ping pong ball. Even the car was ‘a’ rockin’ today making my mark making difficult at times. But hey, any day painting is better than not painting.

“Red Mailbox” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
We are in the middle of a high pressure system that has ushered in clear skies and very high winds. The result is color that is rich and saturated, unobstructed by humidity and rich because of the still lower angle of the sun. This scene caught me right away this morning so I pulled over and went to work. The mailbox was the punctuation that the picture needed.

“Teal Avenue” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
I should just move into one these farmsteads on Teal Ave, I’m there so much. This is the same spot that I painted “That White House” a few days ago. This is the first time that I’ve painted looking this way though. I’ve shot many photos of this farm in the middle of the coldest time of year at sunrise, in summer prior to thunderstorms arriving, it’s always attractive to me.

“Cloud Shadows” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
There was something about the house in the distance backed by a cool treeline, that I found interesting. About the time I set up, having decided that this would be more of a sky themed painting, the clouds started growing in size and casting shadows across the landscape. This was one of those things that happen painting en plein air that you don’t plan on, but that are a godsend. I love the shadowed foregrounds with little slices of warm sunlight traversing across the picture plane in the middle ground.

“Dairy Barn” oil, 5x7 © Marc R. Hanson 2009
My interest in this scene was the bright backlit sky that silhouetted this dairy farm. Once again a cloud co-operated by casting it’s shadow across the road and into the field. Here’s how this works... You’ve set up an entire painting based on a concept that you thought you had in mind. 3/4th’s of the way into the painting, something really cool happens and you basically repaint the entire painting in a few minutes. Hmmmm... so why was I sitting here for 45 minutes? Hey, not everything is evident immediately and those fleeting moments are some of the best. That’s my excuse.

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