Solitude Sunday

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Solitude Sunday - Detail
Solitude Sunday – DETAIL – Watercolor by Woody Hansen
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When I look at Solitude Sunday I am reminded of the saying, “A bad day of fishing beats a good day at work.” I suppose the same could be said about painting, as well. Solitude Sunday, is created from a sketch done along California’s Mendocino Coast during one of my workshops.

Over time, I’ve done a couple of versions of this scene. Originally, I was taken by this small, solitary figure played against the rugged Mendocino headlands, and the ocean below. The fisherman looked to me as though he had found an ideal location to be alone with his thoughts. A great day of fishing will beat the couch of a psychiatrist’s office any day of the week!

Which reminds me, a bit of humor here and there is good medicine for artists of all shapes and sizes. Do you have any idea what one would use to cut the ocean? A seesaw, of course! Okay, okay, back to the painting: the warm yellows and reds in the small shape are played against the dark, cool greens, blues, and purples of the large shapes. Shape, value, color; in that order.

What does a fish say when it swims into a wall? The same thing an artist says when a painting doesn’t go well. Dam! Well, actually an artist usually says a whole lot more than that one word, but we can leave the expletive discussion for another time.

Keeping with the fishing theme, you might want to try to solve the matchstick fish puzzle at Or, better yet, you might try the fish brainteaser, reportedly written by Einstein. Einstein reportedly said that 98% of the people in the world could not figure it out. Try your luck at

And finally, what do you call a fish without eyes? FSH! 😉

3 thoughts on “Solitude Sunday

  1. Woody,

    Love this painting! You are correct in the fact that sometimes fishing is not about fishing or catching, but the fact of having solitary time with nature can help the soul. What does a fish say when Jimmy Huston kisses it before releasing it? Well, we will leave that one for later.


  2. Jeff,

    Okay, I’ll bite. I’ll go for it, hook, line, and sinker. Don’t leave the masses in suspense. Inquiring minds want to know! What DID the fish say when Jimmy Huston kissed it? 😀

  3. I’m surprised that no one’s yet mentioned that the iconicity of the biomorphic forms verges on codifying the eloquence of these pieces.

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