Thursday, March 08, 2012

"Portland Head Light", 12x9, oil on canvas, palette knife, impressionism, Maryanne Jacobsen award-winning painting, impasto


"Portland Head Light", 12x9, oil on canvas

This painting just came back to me after being in the Paint America Top 100 tour. I painted it well over a year ago and it has thick impasto throughout. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please send me an email at

This beautiful light house off the coast of Portland , Maine has been immortalized on canvas, in photography, as well as in poetry for many centuries. It is truly a magnificent site to behold what with the beautiful lighthouse perched atop the rocky cliffs overlooking a wild Atlantic Ocean crashing frenetically at its feet.Historian Edward Rowe Snow wrote, "Portland Head and its light seem to symbolize the state of Maine -- rocky coast, breaking waves, sparkling water and clear, pure salt air."

The hundreds of thousands of people who visit Portland Head each year would agree; this is one of the most strikingly beautiful lighthouse locations in New England.

My hubby and I took at least a hundred pictures of this lighthouse. This one, with the foliage in the foreground, was the inspiration of today's painting.

I painted it with palette knife and tried to feel the motion of the waves as I attempted to interpret the scene on the canvas.

If you would like to read more about the lighthouse, please go here.

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