Thursday, September 2, 2010

Marc Hanson's Nocturnes

Last night plein-air painter Marc Hanson began a project of painting a month of nocturnes. His goal is to paint two paintings from observation every night in September. He'll post each day following and share his experiences.

Last night he went through a lot of bug spray, and gave a lot of thought to how much light to use on his work.
Marc Hanson's Nocturne Experiment
Thanks, Dan Root

Bennington Banner article on next week's plein-air event in Vermont, with cash prizes, horse drawn carriage rides, lectures, and a vintage car show. Anyone can register to enter the Quick-Draw event!


My Pen Name said...

DOn't know about whistler's technique w/ nocturnes but he was a student of lecoq - who emphasized training in memory drawing and painting - they were puported to have a system where they could remember shape value and color using memorized swatches
in short its possible that Whistler memorized a scene and painted it later.

since the technique essentially includes 'painting' the picture in your head it would make sense.

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

Pyracantha said...

Is it artistically wrong to paint a scene from memory? especially landscapes, if you don't have the time or space to sit and paint on site?

Ruben Martins said...

Thank you for sharing this, following the blog already.

now, a bit off topic, I have bought your book Imaginative Realism, and I just want to mention how clearly explains everything I wanted to know, thank you !

My Pen Name said...

Pyracantha competitions at the Royal academies of europe used to require you paint a history scene from memory /imagination
here is a fascinating article about the tradition of drawing from memory

Petr Mores said...

I have never tried painting a nocturnal scene with natural media, and I was always wondering, how one should go about matching/mixing colors, lighting your canvas and such. I hope to get some insight on these questions from this series!

I did do some nocturnal sketching outside with a Nintendo DS which I found, in spite of my general preference to not use too much technology in art, a very useful tool. The backlit display substitutes an external light source and adjustable brightness allowed me to mute the lightness of the screen to match the lighting conditions without having to adjust my eyes too much. Also, its portability and speed are great assets.

T Arthur Smith said...

Thank you for sharing! I spent the next couple hours pouring through his blog and loved it!