Thursday, June 4, 2015

Critiques Available

I've been up to some things that need to be written about.  First is a new teaching option that I've been developing the idea of for some time.  It's a way for you to get your art to me for Critique.  But rather than as a digital representation, or a week of travel to a workshop, I am going to be accepting the actual paintings for critique.

My reason for wanting to do this, and it's going to be a lot of work on my part, is that there isn't really a good way to see the depth of a painting, of the artists' soul, other than by holding it in hand and seeing it in real life.  Some things are fine to critique digitally, but the subtleties are lost in that format.  Using my method, if it's necessary, I can make alterations by using an acetate overlay, on Your painting, to make corrections.  All of that is followed up by an objective written review, that I will return to you with your artwork.

If you think that you are interested in this, it's all explained below...

Hands on Critiques 
Marc R. Hanson O.P.A.
Nationally recognized painter and sought after instructor, Marc R. Hanson, is offering a way to get a personal ‘hands on critique’.  Send Marc your art, receive critique, and the paintings will be shipped back to you with a Critique Review, explained below.  
Critique Fee:  I charge a fee of $50.00 / per painting. You may send one, two, three, four or five, up to 5 paintings, at a time @$50.00 each.  I am limiting the number of paintings critiqued per session (one mailing), to five (5) for ease of handling reasons. 
What is included in the Critique Package:   My personally written review, completed and returned to you for each piece paid for, and  submitted.  Possible corrections on an acetate overlay ( at my discretion based on if I think that it’s a benefit to the critique), suggestions for YOU related to the paintings provided, and anything else that I think will be of a help to your painting, are all part of the ‘Critique Package’.  
What is included for the Critique Fee:  All that is mentioned above… Plus the pick up of the paintings from the Post Office, unpacking of the paintings, safe storage of the paintings and packing materials, a truthful and honest (but respectful) Critique of your paintings, including the writing up the reviews, possibly making painted corrections on acetate for your painting(s), re-packaging with the packing materials (new envelope, or what it takes to ship back) that you provide (time and tape to re-pack provided), delivering back to the Post Office for return shipping (using your pre paid shipping/insurance label).  Following that, I will notify you in an email that the paintings have been shipped, with a tracking number.
My Critique will be my objective review of how well I think that you’ve implemented the basic artistic principles of visual art in your painting.  Those include, but are not limited to, Concept, Drawing, Value, Color, Design, Edges, and the other design principles and elements that make up a visual statement.  The returned Critique Package will contain your Art, possible alterations (in a separate form of media), and a Critique Form, containing comments made about the specific categories mentioned above.  It will also include suggestions about your art, for you.  I may contact you via phone or email if I need more information from you.  

What you will need to do: 
-  Contact me at:, with your desire to take part in this program.
  • I will Invoice you using PayPal, based on our pre-critique conversation. Once the invoice has been paid, I will email you my ‘shipping address’ and you may send the paintings. 
  • Choose dry paintings up to a maximum size of 11”x14”.  Paintings sent that are larger than 11”x14” will be returned unopened, or at your expense. Paintings on panels would be preferred.
  • Package, insure and ship the paintings to me at the address I will provide to you, with ‘postage paid’/ ‘insured’ return label.  Include return shipping, packing materials included in with the paintings.  Paintings received without the above listed items, will be kept until those items are provided, at your expense. 
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date I receive your paintings for the Critique Package to be returned to you.  My word to you is…I will do my best to identify and and address anything that I see in your paintings that I feel might be improved.  
Each critique is only my opinion, but one based on my education as an artist, on my 35 years of experience as a professional artist and teacher, and on my eye for what makes a good visual statement.  Any advice I pass on to you as the result of a Critique is only that, advice. 

I look forward to viewing your paintings and having an informative and educational discussion with you.
Marc R. Hanson
Longmont, CO


My latest painting venture is into the world of so called 'water miscible', 'solvent free', 'water mixable'... oil paints (all the tag names used by various makers of this line of paint).  What they all have in common, is that they can be washed out of your brush, off your hands, clothes and palette, and I as a plein air painter I should add, off of your car seats, steering wheel, door handles... using plain old water!

I'm going to write up a long post about this class of paint as soon as I've had some more experience with them.  Stay tuned.  Here are a couple of pieces, one a studio piece, one a plein air piece, that I painted using these paints.  More to come...

'High Water Spring' - Holbein Duo Aqua Oils - 16x20 - Studio

'Swiftly St. Vrain' - Talens 'Cobra' oils - 9x12 - Location