Saturday, May 05, 2018

"Country Inn Warmth", 12x16, oil on panel, interior, Duling-Kurtz Inn, country inns, Bed and breakfast, Maryanne Jacobsen art, Chester County Pennsylvania, fireside

"Country Inn Warmth", 12x16, oil on panel

The Duling Kurtz Inn in Exton , Pennsylvania has a fascinating history. It is located in beautiful Chester County , Pa. and is well over a hundred years old.

Named after two woman, Edith Duling Carr drove her horse and wagon to Market in Wilmington, Delaware where she sold live chickens, eggs, and vegetables in the open market square. She married Robert H. Carr, who left farming to establish a regional milk transporting company in Frazer, and raised a family of five boys and one girl. "Aunt Edith" resided in Chester County for the most of her 85 years.

Lena E. Kurtz Knauer, one of eight children born to a miller's family, was raised in the Morgantown, Pennsylvania area. During her youth, while homesteading in North Dakota with her sister, she rode horseback through the West selling cosmetics to Indians.  In her twilight years "Aunt Lena" entertained visitors regularly at St. Peter's Village with her musical saw and made several appearances on national television, playing her unique instrument.  She was, in fact, a very colorful citizen of Chester County where she lived most of her 90 years.

Duling-Kurtz House and Country Inn is named in honor of these two fine ladies whose love, strength and character deeply touched and wonderfully influenced so many lives.

My husband and I had the occasion to stay at the Inn recently while visiting Chester County, Pa. When we entered the reception area, there was a hearty fire roaring in the the fireplace. There were flowers on the coffee table and oranges in a bowl. It felt wonderful on this chilly, rainy, spring day.

I snapped a quick photo of the reception area and painted it last week. There is also a restauranton the premises which has exceptional food.

Thanks for looking and do visit the Duling -Kurtz Inn and Restaurant if you are in the Exton, Pennsylvania area!

Friday, May 04, 2018

"Peaches and Cream", 16x20, oil on linen, Mother's Day gifts, impressionist floral, peaches, roses

"Peaches and Cream", 16x20, oil on linen

This lovely floral was painted a while back and also received an honorable mention in an exhibit.

It would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day and is also available framed. Please send me an email at if you would like purchasing information.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"This Table is Reserved", 12x16, oil on paper on panel, Paintings of table settings, drawing room, old world charm, Zorn palette, alizarin crimson, interiors

"This Table is Reserved", 12x16, oil on paper on panel

This was a study with a limited palette, using colors I don't normally use. It was basically a Zorn palette, but I added Ultramarine Blue as well. I used Yellow ochre for my yellow, and normally I rarely use ochre. I prefer Indian yellow for its vibrancy and transparency.

I also used Alizarin Crimson, which is a color I've disliked for a long time. Alizarin Crimson is preferred by most painters, to the point where it is considered almost sacred! I can definitely paint without it. It's a muddy red, quite fugitive, and as such it does not mix well with other colors. I much prefer Permanent rose.

I also used black, which I refused to use for many years. But I'm actually beginning to like it as I grow older. Maybe because I am getting lazy. It's easy to create a cold dark, but a warm dark is a bit harder. Black makes it simple.

At any rate, using a limited and rather dull palette set the stage for what I was trying to create in this study, which was basically an old world look, like stepping into a drawing room of the late 1800's.

It's good to experiment with different palettes and techniques, and I feel like I've grown a lot since the days when I refused to put earthy ochre, ugly old black and muddy alizarin on my palette!

Monday, April 23, 2018

"Miller Road Springhouse", 11x14, oil on panel, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, springhouse, forsythia, Chester County Pennsylvania, Miller Road, Foxhunt country, Dr. Don Rosato, antique carriages, red fox, plein air paintings, Maryanne JAcobsen art, country roads

"Miller Road Springhouse", plein air, 11x14, oil on panel

For many years I took ballet class on a daily basis. It wasn't a chore, it was something I absolutely loved to do. It refreshed and challenged and nourished  me. It conditioned my body and brought joy to that spiritual part of me that just wanted to soar. My favorite part of ballet class was of course the grande allegro. This is where I could soar through the air in leaps called grande jetes and attempt to move the way a bird travels across the sky!

At any rate, those days are well over, but I still recall when I would stop taking class for a week or two or even a month due to unpredictable circumstances- injury, vacation, family obligations.... whatever.

There was a saying amongst dancers that when you stopped taking class for three weeks, it would take you six weeks to get back into shape. So for example, if I were to try to go back to ballet class now, it would take me 30 years to get back to the condition I was in when I quit.

Lol. At 66, it's probably not worth it!

Anyhow, I experienced a little bit of the same thing recently, when I went back to plein air painting after taking about 6 months off.

It could have been a total disaster as I contemplated giving up over and over again in that first half hour as I struggled with paint mixtures and finding the right brushes.

But luckily, I happened to be in my happy place- Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, just a short mile or so from where I once lived, and I was not about to let the opportunity go to waste.

You see, I live in Florida now, and it's not often that I get to paint Spring expressing herself in bright golden forsythia bushes along a winding road with a stream and springhouse plopped along the way.

So I scraped the painting down and started again. The long afternoon tree shadows kept showing up on my canvas as I tried to paint and I had to keep turning my easel to get out of their way, which meant I had to look backwards at my scene.

As my neck got stiff from looking backwards, I finally gave up trying to avoid tree shadows and just turned the easel into the scene.

You truly never know what kind of treasures you'll see when you happen to be painting along Miller Road.

At one point, a red fox came strutting up the road, right past me, with a mouse or something tucked in his mouth. He was not in any hurry, so I had a chance to grab the camera and catch a quick shot as he headed up the hill.

Next, the storied Dr. Don Rosato and his friends came by in one of  the doctor's handsome carriages.

Dr. Rosato  is well known and respected in the fox hunt community. He lives nearby on St. Matthews Rd. and his colorful history and beautiful carriages are a permanent fixture in this tiny bucolic community. He waved as he passed my easel and I managed to get another quick shot in.

Jeez. Was I having good day or what? Imagine if I had given up, thrown my gear in the car and drove away?

So even though I was out of practice and discouraged at the outset I persevered and had an absolutely marvelous afternoon!

If you would like to purchase, "Miller Road Springhouse", just send me an email at

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

"Summer Reverie", 16x20, oil on panel, garden party, wine, flowers, garden scenes, Maryanne Jacobsen art

"Summer Reverie", 16x20, oil on panel

I was very pleased to receive a First Place award recently in the North Port Art Center's "Garden Party" exhibit.

To paint the scene, I set up  a table with some flowers and a glass of wine out on my lanai, near the pool.

I then did a 12 x16 inch plein air sketch out doors and used the sketch and the photo to create the larger painting.

If you would like purchase information about this painting, please send me an email at

Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Walk in Central Park, 9x12, oil on panel, palette knife paintings, Central Park, impasto, Maryanne Jacobsen art, sale, small studies

"A Walk in Central Park", 9x12, oil on panel

Spring is here and in spite of a dreadful winter, the trees will soon be filled with blossoms in Central Park, and couples will best rolling arm in arm.

I haven't painted with a palette knife in a long while, but yesterday I was in the mood, so I revisited a scene I had painted years ago.

It was fun.

This was a quick study, and I am offering it today for only $99, with free shipping. Just click the "Buy Now" button at this link.

Friday, March 23, 2018

"Autumn Reflections", 12x16, oil, Birchrunville Pennsylvania, autumn landscapes, Impressionism, French Creek, Sheeder Hall Bridge, Maryanne Jacobsen art

"Autumn Reflections", 12x16, oil

Another study- this time I was working on reflections. Reflections can be tricky and although I am an all prima painter typically, I had to wait until the painting dried in order to get the reflections the way that I wanted them.

This is one of those impressionist paintings that look great from across the room, and then when you get close, it's just a bunch of color notes.

I have painted this beautiful scene before. It is French Creek near the Sheeder Hall Bridge in Birchrunville, PA.

Feel free to send me an email at if you would like to have pricing information on this painting.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Misty Riverbed", 12x16, oil study, chicken coop, Clifton Tennessee, riverbed, morning mist, small studies

"Misty Riverbed", 12x16, oil study

I struggled with this piece for sometime before finally calling it quits. Although not satisfied with it, I did learn from my struggles! I don't have much occasion to paint at misty riverbeds. A friend let me use her photo of a chicken coop in Tennessee to tackle this difficult misty scene.

This study is available. Please email me at if you are interested.

Friday, March 09, 2018

"The Dream House", 16x20, oil, California impressionism, Santa Barbara homes, dream house, road trips, palette knife paintings, MAryanne Jacobsen art

"The Dream House", 16x20, oil (Note: click on the image to see the detail)

This was painted over ten years ago, after I had visited California for the first time. We took a road trip up the coast , starting in San Diego and ending in San Francisco, and oh what a road trip it was!

One of my best memories was a short stop at Santa Barbara for lunch overlooking a harbor and then a ride up into the mountains where the vistas were beautiful and the homes were opulent.

A brief stop at a tiny monastery, found us staring at this statue and engraving which read,

"I am a man. No men are foreigners to me. Of one blood are all nations."

Further up the mountain , the roads became steeper and more narrow and the scenery even more dramatic. I stopped and snatched a photo of this lovely home, nestled under the shadow of the mountains :

So that home became the subject of my painting, "The Dream House".

I love the scenery of California and paint it often. This painting was painted with a palette knife in the palette of the early California impressionists. Since it is an older work, I would be willing to sell it at a reduced price. If interested in collecting my earlier work, this is a great opportunity!

Please send me an email at for more information.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

"Windows to the Past", 16x20, oil on panel, historic yellow springs, art school road, Washington Building, The Inn at Yellow Springs, Pennsylvania Impressionism, Maryanne Jacobsen Fine Art, mineral springs, Philadelphia area art, dappled light, weddings at The Washington, Wedding venues

"Windows to the Past", 16x20, oil on panel

This is a side view of the Washington Building in the historic village of Yellow Springs, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Although once called Yellow Springs, the village is located in what is now known as Chester Springs, Pa.- an area of rolling hills and underground springs and beautiful gentlemen's farms. I once lived in this gentle area, and it holds many beautiful memories for me, which is why I often come back and paint here whenever I am visiting Pennsylvania.

In times past, wealthy Philadelphians would travel by coach or train to vacation in the village of Yellow Springs, where they could bathe in the iron springs that still permeate much of the area, and from which the village derived its name. Supposedly the iron springs were a boon to one's health, and so the village became a spa of sorts. But the spa era was long after the Revolutionary war, when General Washington used the old tavern as a temporary headquarters for his troops.

Originally a tavern, the Washington Building has gone through numerous transitions and additions over the centuries. When I lived in Chester Springs, the Washington Building was known as The Inn at Yellow Springs, and it was a favorite haunt of the locals for fine food and great wine. Speaking of haunts, the building was also reputed to house a few ghosts left over from the years when the grounds supported a hospital for the wounded troops. My son worked as a weekend waiter at the Inn when he was in high school, and he would come home with firsthand stories of the ghostly noises that were heard by the staff on any particular evening.

Front view of the Washington Building

Spooky, yes. Old and historic- yes as well. But the architectural beauty of the building is what enchants me most and brings me back time after time for a new painting session. The view I captured on this particular occasion is a side view at late afternoon, showing the long porch that connects the Washington Building to its neighbor, the Lincoln Building. The little courtyard  has a bench for musing, and  a sculpture of a blue heron, which I've also painted before. Directly up the path from this view is a small herbal medicinal garden, dating from the days when it provided medicine of sorts for the sick and wounded. Just beyond that is the ruins of the old hospital, and directly across the street is the gazebo that housed the iron springs where the wealthy and healthy bathed.

View of gazebo that housed the iron springs

View of steps leading from courtyard to the old hospital ruins

Quixotic as the springs were, I suppose it was their dark, orangey-colored waters that attracted the attention of General Washington in the first place! I can attest to the fact that in the 14 years that I lived directly up the road in Chester Springs, my hair was orange from the well water that I bathed in!

Up the road a short distance is the art school, where famous painters and students from the Academy of Fine Arts would travel in the summertime to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and paint en plein air. Indeed, the tiny road that houses all this history is called Art School Road, and residents have worked hard to preserve the quaint beauty and historic significance of the tiny village.

Well, if you enjoyed learning about the historic village of Yellow Springs, do visit the village's website here where you can learn about tours and art lessons and much more history!

This painting is available for purchase for $1500. Please send me an email at, if interested in purchasing this window to the past.

Monday, March 05, 2018

"Gibson Girl",16x16, oil, first place, award-winning paintings, figurative, portrait, Gibson Girl, Maryanne Jacobsen art, paintings of women, Venice Art Center

"Gibson Girl",16x16, oil

I was so very delighted to receive a first place award last week for my painting, "Gibson Girl", 16x16, oil on wrapped linen. Out of over a hundred entries, mine was chosen for the top award at the Venice Art Center's Spring Member's show in Venice, Florida.

According to Wikipedia, "The Gibson Girl was the personification of the feminine ideal of physical attractiveness as portrayed by the pen-and-ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibson during a 20-year period that spanned the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States and Canada.[1] The artist saw his creation as representing the composite of "thousands of American girls."

Here is a picture of Gibson's pen and ink sketch, "Gibson Girls at the Beach".

I was happy with the way the  painting turned out, but it is always a special thrill when another artist recognizes its merit as well. A special thank-you to artist Ron Goulet , who is a wonderful artist in his own right, and who was the juror for the event. His comments about the painting were the following: “Remarkable handling of color and composition calls you across the room and does not disappoint up close; excellent collectible piece of art.”

Here is a better photo of the painting:

This painting is available for purchase for $1600, framed as shown above. Please send me an email at, if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

"The Scent of Summer", 12x16, oil, palette knife florals, MAryanne Jacobsen art, roses, impressionistic florals, contemporary art, Palm Avenue Fine art, Sarasota Florida art

"The Scent of Summer", 12x16, oil

Worn down by winter? This painting will get you in the mood for warmer weather!

It is available through Palm Avenue Fine Art gallery in Sarasota, Florida. Please call the gallery at 941-388-7526 for pricing information, and add some warmth to your home!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Peach Blush", 12x24, oil on birch panel, paintings of eucalyptus trees, California eucalyptus, sunset blush, Maryanne Jacobsen art, California landscapes, impressionism

"Peach Blush", 12x24, oil on birch panel

My love affair with eucalyptus trees continues with "Peach Blush". These trees remind me of ballet dancers- willowy and graceful. Their limbs are evocative of the épaulement of a ballet dancer, demonstrating style and mystery as they bend from their twisting, bending trunks in much the same way a dancer uses her shoulders, neck and head to create different illusions of carriage.

This was painted with palette knife only, and has beautiful passages of impasto throughout.

To see more of my paintings of eucalyptus trees, please visit my website at Maryanne Jacobsen Fine Art.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Venetian Light", 12x16, oil on masonite, gondolier, Venice canal, canal reflections, Maryanne Jacobsen art, paintings of Venice

"Venetian Light", 12x16, oil on masonite

This was a quick study of a complex scene, painted a few years ago. I wanted to simplify the scene so that the light at the back of the canal was the dominant centerpiece of the scene, rather than getting bogged down in a lot of details. I also experimented with  some earth colors like raw sienna and terra rosa, and found it advantageous to have earth colors on the palette when painting the ochres of Venice. It was a quick study of a complex scene, and taking it out today and refining it a bit was helpful, I think.

If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please send me an email at

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Along Flowing Springs Road", 12x16, oil on copper, Chester Springs, Birchrunville, Birchrunville Store Cafe, bucolic scenes, fall landscapes, Pennsylvania impressionism, paintings on copper, Maryanne Jacobsen art

"Along Flowing Springs Road", 12x16, oil on copper

This is my second attempt to paint on copper, and it went well this time around because I already had one painting under my belt!

Flowing Springs Rd. is a little winding road that weaves along Chester Springs near the border of Birchrunville where the old township building used to be located. It is quite scenic along there and I recall happy days riding my bike along there when I once lived in Chester Springs. I would bike from St. Matthews Road all the way up to the Sheeder-Hall Bridge at French Creek, passing the fabulous Birchrunville Store Cafe along the way.

There are very few homes along there, it is truly pristine rural countryside, and happily the residents of West Vincent Township have been able to maintain the bucolic countryside through their efforts to impede mass development.

I painted this scene en plein air two years ago when I was visiting the area for the annual Plein Air Brandywine Valley event. I stayed at a lovely little AirB&B right on Flowing Springs Road, which I painted recently and you can read about here.

I used the photo I had taken as well as the plein air sketch to create this new painting. Fall was in fall bloom and there is no better place to see the fall foliage than in Pennsylvania! Here was my view as I looked up the road:

If you are ever in the area, do make reservations at the Cafe.  It has been years since I was there, but I understand that the standards of culinary excellence have not changed!

If you are interested in this painting, please feel free to send me an email at Thanks for visiting!