Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Contemplative Moment, Autumn landscape


"A Contemplative Moment", 16x12, oil on canvas

This study of trees and their reflections came out better than I would have expected. It has a soft , dreamy quality about it that I never could have obtained with a palette knife. I am continuing to try to hone my skills with a brush so that I can achieve the soft effects like what you see above. Please let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Lake of the Woods, Autumn vista", 16x12, oil on masonite

"Lake of the Woods, Autumn vista", 16x12, oil on masonite

I took yesterday's quick plein air study and applied it to today's more refined piece in the studio. I was very happy with the result. This painting is definitely moving in the direction that I wish to go- which is after my true love-Classic Impressionism. Here is the scene that I painted which is in my very own Florida neighborhood. You can read about the study here.

I'll be headed off to Denver to the American Impressionist Society's 10th annual juried show at the Saks Gallery this Friday the 23rd. The reception is 5 to 8PM, and I do hope that my Denver collectors will join me there for a special evening of gorgeous art! In addition to looking forward to being inspired by the magnificent works of the top Impressionists of today's world, I also am planning a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park for more inspiration! I can't wait! Jeez.

Life is good. Amen and thank you Lord!

If you wish to purchase the above painting, please send me an email. Thanks!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

"French Creek at Birchrunville, Pa", 16x12, oil, by Maryanne Jacobsen

"French Creek at Birchrunville, Pa", 16x12, oil on canvas

This is a smaller version of a painting I did a few years ago which I titled "God's Palette". It depicts a tributary of the French Creek in Chester County, Pa. right off Hollow Rd. at the Sheeder Hall Bridge in Birchrunville. A favorite fishing and picnic spot of my husband and I in the days when we lived in Chester Springs, (see photo below) I invariably grow home sick for the place around October when the fall colors appear in all of their bewitchment. Birchrunville was an easy bike ride from my old home and is home to a fabulous post office/ gourmet restaurant, gorgeous gentlemen's farms, and of course the French Creek's babbling waters. It has an annual fourth of July parade that is second to none for its quaintness and quirkyness.

This painting was done with palette knife only and contains thick impasto strokes of vibrant color.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Go Smell the flowers- paintings of children, daffodils, flowers

"Go Smell the Flowers", 9x7, oil on canvas panel

I have been so busy lately that it's been hard for me to find time to either paint, dance, or smell the flowers!

Today, I worked all morning on things I don't like to do, made a dinner that could cook all day, turned on Whisperings solo piano music, and made up my mind to finish this painting which I started two weeks ago! The title for the painting was easy, and as it turns out, there is also a book by the same name, "Go Smell the Flowers". The book is by a couple who resigned from corporate to see the places they’d always wanted to see.

I can totally relate. It is so important to take a break from the rat race in order to connect or re-connect with all that's important in life, which for me has always been God, family and health.

I'm glad I took a break today and finished this painting!
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Svinkloev Badehotel- Denmark, oil painting

"The Svinkloev Hotel- Denmark"- 24x18, oil on linen

Nestled among sand dunes overlooking the Baltic Sea in Northern Denmark, The Svinklov Badehotel is a popular destination for travelers , as well as Danish locals. The reference photo depicted the hotel in what I am guessing was a late afternoon setting, and the hotel was bathed in a warm light, as were the dunes that were not in shadow. I pushed the color quite a bit and worked the sky to add drama to the quiet, picturesque setting. Here is the reference photo where you can see the warm colors that have infused the scene:

This painting was a commissioned piece, and is sold. If you would like me to paint a special scene for you, please send me an email at

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Simple Gifts, fruit basket, still life with fruit, wine, orchid , eggs

"Simple Gifts"- 16x 20, oil on linen
I was delighted to find out today that I have won a merit award for "Simple Gifts", at Art Center Sarasota's new exhibit, "Show us what you've got!" This is the first time I have received a ribbon at Art Center Sarasota, and I hope it won't be the last. This is the third ribbon that "Simple Gifts" has won!

If you would like to purchase this painting, please contact, Art Center Sarasota at (941)365-2032.

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