Monday, January 7, 2013

Oil Painters of America Blog Post!

I'm sharing a link to the Oil Painters of America's blog today.  I would like to thank my good friend and great artist, John Potoschnick, who writes a wonderful blog in which he shares the art lives of other artists, through his very well thought out, and interesting to answer, questions.  Click his name/link to visit his website.  There is a link to his blog on the menu bar of the site.

 'December Ducks' a 9x12 plein air gouache painting.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013


'Reservoirs' - oil - 30x40 ©2012 Marc R. Hanson
'A view of the Colorado plains, looking south towards Longmont, CO from Yellowstone Rd, a few miles north of Longmont.  Unfamiliar, but interesting to me, is the abundance of reservoirs, in this part of the west, that dot the landscape.  The number of ducks and geese that I watched floating around the sky this fall, while out painting, was impressive to say the least.  These reservoirs play a huge role in supporting the large numbers of birds living and passing through this area.  The topography of this area is one of an undulating pattern of ranch lands and wild lands, and of course the ever increasing 'suburbia lands' developments.  As I drive around, I am at once high and overlooking the lay of the land, and then soon back into a low lying riparian habitat.  This view is from on one of those plateaus, looking across the mix of landscape that I find so interesting.  All I have to do to change everything, is look to the right and into the face of the Rocky Mountains, and all that has to offer me as a painter!'

I woke up on the morning of the first day of 2013 as a resident of a new state, for the first time in over 33 years!  As soon as the coffee took hold, I spent some time reflecting on what the recent past has meant to me, and on my excitement about what the future holds.  A typical New Years' day activity for many of us, I'm sure.

I'm grateful for all of my past, for my present, and for the future to come.  I'm living in a place of incredible beauty, only a portion of which I've even laid eyes on, and am healthy and eager to dig in and make 2013 even more interesting and rewarding than 2012 was.  

Best wishes to you all for a new year blessed with good health, happiness, peace, love and Art!  

Let's make 2013 A Year of Art!
Longmont, CO