Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Provencial Light", 30x24, oil on wrapped canvas, paintings of Provence, Lacoste, palette knife paintings, Maryanne Jacobsen art, impressionism

"Provencial Light", 30x24, oil on wrapped canvas

I had painted something similar to this in a smaller format some years back, and really enjoyed trying to capture that elusive Provencial light that makes artists gasp for joy when visiting Provence. So I determined to paint the scene again, this time in a much larger format than before.

I  must say that I thoroughly enjoyed painting this. It was painted with mostly a palette knife and has thick passages of paint throughout.

This painting is sold. Please contact me if you would like to commission something similar to this one.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"The Long Walk Home", 16x20, oil on Ampersand Panel, Maryanne Jacobsen art, home, Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, Prodigal Son, sunset, sunrise, spiritual art

"The Long Walk Home", 16x20, oil on Ampersand Panel

This was an experimental piece for me in that I was adjusting to the weird light in my new north lit studio, as well as playing with a theme straight from my imagination. The girl in the painting is tired, yet buoyed to keep walking by something that the viewer can only imagine. She is walking towards the light- it could be sunrise and the dawn of a new day, or even sunset where mistakes of the day can be laid to rest with the promise of  a better tomorrow. The shadows are long and the colors are muted yet vibrant in areas touched by the warm light.

The scene is reminiscent of both The Prodigal Son and The Wizard of Oz. In the first story, the prodigal makes his/her way back home after discovering that money and pleasure are fruitless, and a path to eventual destruction. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy discovers that all her notions of magical faraway places, filled with adventure and excitement, can also be fraught with danger and sorrow. In the end, Dorothy realizes that there is "no place like home".

So I invite the viewer to make up his own story about this young woman, and enjoy your journey into her mind!

Contact me at maryannejacobsen@aol.com, if you have any interest in this painting.

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Loch Vale", 5x7, oil on Ampersand Panel, Rocky Mountain National PArk. paintings of Colorado, MAryanne JAcobsen art, landscapes, nountains, lakes, rivers

"Loch Vale", 5x7, oil on Ampersand Panel

Loch Vale is a moderate hiking trail in Rocky Mountain State Park.  I'd love to see it in person before my days are done on earth. It's one of many things on my bucket list these days.

It's a blessing to at least be able to paint beautiful places when one cannot visit them in person.

What's on your bucket list? I'd love to hear from you as maybe your list will inspire my next painting!

Friday, February 03, 2017

"Stormy Seas", after Ivan Aivazousky, 8x10, Susan Ploughe workshop, waves, boats, ships, storms, seascapes, Maryanne Jacobsen

"Stormy Seas", after Ivan Aivazousky, 8x10

On the third and last day of the excellent Susan Ploughe workshop that I took this week, the topic was waves. I rarely paint waves for a couple reasons. Firstly, they are HARD!!!!!! Second, we really don't have hardly any waves to observe here on the west coast of Florida (Gulf of Mexico) so I don't practice them. Our waters are pretty calm, with the exception of the occasional hurricane. Third, I have often thought that many paintings of waves were rather boring. That was until Wednesday, when Susan showed us a slideshow of how different artists handle waves and I was introduced to Ivan Aivazousky.

Whoa!!!!!! Can I say jaw-dropping, exceptional, mind-blowing beauty? I googled him that night to find out more about him and turns out he is considered one of the greatest maritime artists of all time!
Ivan Aivazovsky was born in 1817 into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea and was mostly based there. He died in 1900 and evidently studied the sea extensively throughout his lifetime, producing the most incredibly gorgeous seascapes I have ever seen.

So as with the other days of the workshop, after Susan's demo, we were given chance to choose which wave photo we wanted to paint and how could I resist this?

Original work of Aivazousky above.

I struggled quite a bit with this one. Painting the delicate tracings of foam on the water almost made me cry, but in the end, I learned so much just from trying to copy the work of a true master.

I am going to continue to practice painting the sea, and maybe someday I'll find it less intimidating. 

I highly recommend Susan's workshop "Waterways", if you want to learn some of the many intricacies of painting water in all of of it's delightfully daunting forms.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

"Falling Down", 7x9, oil, paintings of water, waterfalls, small studies, allaprima, MAryanne Jacobsen art, cascading water, Susan Ploughe workshop

"Falling Down", 7x9, oil

I've been taking a workshop this week with Susan Ploughe, an award-winning artist with a caring and professional teaching style. In each segment of the workshop , titled "Waterways", we look at the different aspects of water and how to approach the challenge of painting it. So far we have covered still water, reflections , ripples and waterfalls. I guess you can guess which segment represents my painting!

After a short slideshow, followed by a demo by Susan, we are allowed to choose from about half a dozen photos and see what we can do with the chosen picture. This was my first attempt at painting a waterfall and I managed to do it in just a little over an hour. I'm not unhappy with it, but realize, I need to work a lot on softening my edges.

I'm looking forward to more water paintings tomorrow, the last day of these fun and informative 3 day water workshop.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

"Catherine's Restaurant" 9x12, oil, awnings, Americana, american flag, colorful buildings, street scene, Impressionism, Maryanne Jacobsen art, Catherine's Restaurant

"Catherine's Restaurant" 9x12, oil

Awhile back I passed this adorable restaurant in Unionville, Pa, while traveling to a site to paint during the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Festival.

I am a huge sucker for brightly -colored awnings, so I knew I'd have to paint this!!!!!
Evidently, Catherine's is a very popular restaurant in the area and has been written up many times  by local newspapers for its fine cuisine. I have added it to my bucket list as a must-do restaurant the next time we are up in that area.

To check out their menu, just go here and happy eating!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Another Snow Day", 12x12, oil on panel, paintings of snow scenes, kids in winter, snowman, playing in snow, impressionism, oil on panel, small study

"Another Snow Day", 12x12, oil on panel

After working so hard on "Firstborn" (see yesterday's post, which took me about a  week to paint, I decided to just do something just for fun yesterday that wouldn't require as much concentration. I had so much fun doing "Snow Day" a few weeks back that I decided to create another snow scene and hence,  we have "Another Snow Day". This time, I put girls in the painting. It looks much better in person, because it's kind of loose and sloppy. I tried an experimental technique, one I hadn't tried before- using acrylic color as my ground. Sure dried fast!

Monday, January 23, 2017

"Firstborn", 11x14, oil, Maryanne Jacobsen fine art, motherhood, mother's love, newborn art, mother and child, mother's day, oil on linen panel

"Firstborn", 11x14, oil

I painted this poignant scene about 6 years back in a smaller format and decided to have another go at it. Motherhood is one of the most wonderful, challenging, uplifting, frightening and rewarding experiences of womanhood. I am so happy to have experienced the joy and challenges in raising three sons. Once a mother, always a mother. The love and concern never stops until the day a mother breathes her last breath.

I hope that you like this painting.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

"Snow Day", 8x10, oil on panel, snow study, winter scenes, winter snow art, sledding, Chester Springs, Pa. Pennsylvania impressionism, Maryanne Jacobsen art

"Snow Day", 8x10, oil on panel

The last day of 2016 I was feeling nostalgic and rahter homesick for my old homestead up in Chester Springs, Pa. So on New Years Eve I painted this little study of two of my sons sledding in front of our home. It was a great place to sled, lots of hills, and because it was pretty rural back then, there was very little traffic on the roads.

Hoping that all of my friends and collectors have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

To purchase this little snowy study, please email me at maryannejacobsen@aol.com.

Monday, December 19, 2016

"Boca Beauty", 12x16, oil, Boca Grande, Our LAdy of Mercy Catholic church, wedding gifts, art as gifts, Maryanne Jacobsen fine art, bougainvillea, queen palms, little white church, Old Florida

"Boca Beauty", 12x16, oil

Over the weekend I took a ride to Gasparilla Island, a pretty little island in Southwest Florida and home to Boca Grande, an upscale community on the Gulf where life is fashionable and golf carts are the transportation of choice. It didn't take me long to settle on a place to paint.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church is a favorite haunt of plein air painters there, mostly because of the six queen oaks and flagrantly beautiful bougainvillea that cascades along the wall in front of the church.

I had only been painting for about an hour and a half when a wedding party showed up at the church. Surprise surprise. Who wouldn't choose such a pretty little church for a wedding on a balmy Saturday?

My painting wasn't finished, but I knew it was pointless to try to continue with all the traffic.

 So yesterday I decided to paint the scene while it was fresh in my mind, using the plein air study for color and value references. Here's the 8x10 plein air study:

I actually liked the light better when I first started the painting, because it streamed sidewise across the front of the church and the front wall was in shadow. But I did not take a photo of that scene so I had to use the photo from when I stopped painting to guide me on the light and shadows. Oh well.

 From what I understand, this little white church and Boca Grande in general is a favorite wedding spot, and it's obvious why! A gorgeous island and a beautiful little white church. What's not to like?

If you have any interest in either the 8x10 inch study, or the 12x16 inch studio work, just send me an email at maryannejacobsen@aol.com. It would certainly make a nice wedding gift, now wouldn't it?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"Princess Aurora", 12x16, oil, paintings of dancers, Sleeping Beauty Ballet, pink tutu, en pointe, dance art, ballerinas, Maryanne Jacobsen original art

"Princess Aurora", 12x16, oil

Just finished this new commission and I am actually happy with it! "Actually", because I am usually pretty hard on myself. The painting portrays Princess Aurora, from "The Sleeping Beauty" ballet in attitude croise. This ballet, set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is an old Russian favorite, originally set to choreography by Petipa.

My own company, the West Chester Ballet Theatre, performed excerpts from it many years ago. The music is beautiful and the Garland Dance, danced by young girls with hoops festooned with garlands of flowers, was always my all-time favorite dance in the entire ballet.

This painting is sold, but I often do other paintings of dancer, so check back often.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"First Pointe Shoes", 9x11, impressionism, Maryanne Jacobsen art, ballet, young dancer, Vaganova method, Kirov ballet, Margarita De Saa, John White, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society

"First Pointe Shoes", 9x11

As a former ballet instructor and director of Rock School West, it was very important to me to train my little students correctly. I chose to study with Margarita de Saa and John White at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society in Narberth, Pa. and to take their intensive Vaganova training course as well. The course followed the strict Vaganova syllabus used to train the young dancers in St. Petersburg , Russia who went on to dance with the Kirov Ballet and is a successful proving ground for dancers worldwide. The Vaganova method is a tried and true training method for ballet dancers and to this day it serves me well in Zumba class!! I am proud to say that one of my young dancers, Taylor Stanley, went on the become a principal with the New York City Ballet!

The little dancer in my painting was painted in the impressionistic style, but although her face is vague, I did want to show her Vaganova training in both her attire and her carriage. Dancers familiar with the pedagogue will recognize it.

Email me at maryannejacobsen@aol.com if you are interested in this painting.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"The Gift Basket", 16x20, orchids, fruit, fruit basket, still life, eggs, wine, Leonard Cohen, MAryanne JAcobsen art

"The Gift Basket", 16x20

This is a re-do of a painting that I did awhile back. Not sure if I'm happy with it but I did enjoy painting it. Listened to the Essential Leonard Cohen CD while I painted. Now that man was a true artist!

If you are interested in this work, please contact me at maryannejacobsen@aol.com.