Monday, April 25, 2011


'Osealia' - oil - 20x24 - ©2011 Marc R. Hanson

Yes... This one is closely related to John E Millais' painting of the character 'Ophelia' in Shakespeare's play. But in this case, it's the seal world and 'Osealia' that I've chosen to paint. The painting is going to and the show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Cape Cod National Seashore's establishment by then President Kennedy. This is a Grey Seal, at one time hunted heavily, even with a bounty on it's head due to it's like of the same fish that we like, but is now doing quite well. Especially along the Cape Cod shoreline, in large part due to this Act and the CC National Seashore. Watching these large animals, 10-12 feet, playing in the water, gliding on their backs and always with those large lonesome eyes starring back at you, made me think that this one on it's back was nearly just like 'Ophelia' in Millais' painting. I had some fun with it.

Here's Millais' Ophelia...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

'Easter Day 2011' - oil on linen - 8x10 ©2011 Marc R. Hanson
We had a beautiful day for Easter. I hope that you all did too.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cape Cod National Seashore Show - Fort Hill

'Fort Hill' - oil - 16x20 © 2011 Marc R. Hanson
Fort Hill is part of the National Park System's 'Cape Cod National Seashore' and is located in Eastham, MA.

This is a painting that is going to be submitted to a show being held at Addison Gallery in Orleans, MA in July.

"Inspired by the Cape Cod National Seashore
"A man may stand there and put all America behind him."
— Henry David Thoreau

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s has been protected since 1961, when President Kennedy signed legislation establishing the Cape Cod National Seashore, 44,600 acres covering forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and forests dotted with lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs.

This juried show celebrates the 50th Anniversary of one of our nation's jewels, the magnificence of the natural Cape Cod."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011 "Peepers and Cranes"

"Peepers and Cranes" - Oil - 11x14 © 2011 Marc R. Hanson
Finally around long enough to head outside and paint. I've been on the road for about the last 3 weeks, first to Charleston, SC for Wet Paint, back to unpack and then pack, then off to Scottsdale, AZ to teach a five day workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School. I'm heading back out now for some afternoon painting but will get a blog post together soon with some images from Charleston and Scottsdale.
The frogs and birds are all out celebrating... so am I. Happy Spring!!!