Wednesday, January 28, 2009
'Butter Sky' - oil - 10x12 - © Marc R. Hanson '09
I'm realizing that this exercise in using the imagination is not an easy one to undertake. I think that I've been away from being a child for way too long :-( and am realizing that I am trained, practiced and mentally organized into "needing" to have a reference in front of me of some sort to "think" with paint and brush. All the better reason then to continue with this idea.
When I teach I emphasize the need to have a thought, a 'CONCEPT' before starting any painting. IF YOU DON'T... understanding what it is you want to say, what your point of view is, what is it that was so interesting to you, what the mood is in the painting that you want to portray, what was it about the idea of painting the concept that was most interesting to you?????????? I feel that you need to know the answers to these questions or you will not get the most out of yourself or your work.
This is what I tell myself by the way. Others will disagree, there are plenty of other philosophies about painters and painting.
As far as I'm concerned, and as far as my work is concerned, I'm the only one who counts. :-)
Okay, on to this one. Last week we experienced a slight warming, up into the mid-twenties above zero. The warming caused a lot of moisture to be lifted into the atmosphere. The resulting weather effect was spectacular lighting with the sun being very diffused. On Thursday it was as beautiful a day in the winter as I've seen in a long time. I was on the road that day with a friend and our cameras. Everywhere we turned we were greeted with breathtaking "buttery" colors all very high key in relationship. For the first half of the day hoar frost covered everything. The second half of the day the frost had mostly burned off but the moisture from that caused the diffusion and atmospheric perspective to be a wonder to experience from a painters point of view.
This painting is an exploration of the color and mood of that day. That's all that I started with here, to try to recall that day and the color and mood that we experienced. As I painted the figure/land elements emerged more as a calligraphic balance to the rest of the image than anything about anything specific. I think that the single 'figure- like' element speaks to the feeling I had that day of the land being quite, very little activity. Enjoy.