Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Afternoon Light-Mission Capistrano", 16x12, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Afternoon Light-Mission Capistrano", 16x12, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen

This is the newest of my Mission San Juan Capistrano paintings. I just love that old mission! You can click on the image to see the painting better. I painted it with both brush and palette knife. It was a complex scene for a couple reasons. The old adobe part of the mission where the bells are located is definitely unusual in terms of architecture. So I always feel challenged when I try to capture the colors and the shape of the structure. The wall of the courtyard was more straightforward, but the combination of contrasting colors and perspective of the three adjoining buildings challenged me a bit. I had fun with the bougainvillea and the aloe plant in the foreground though.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located in southern California in Orange County, about an hour north of San Diego and just south of Laguna Beach. I have visited it three or four times and never grow tired of that beautiful place. It is a national treasure and historic monument, and most people have heard the beautiful legend about the swallows that return there every year to nest. To read more about the mission and the swallows , please go here.

If you would like to see more of my Mission San Juan Capistrano paintings, just insert the word Capistrano into the search box located in the left hand sidebar.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Old Springhouse, 16x12, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen, paintings of old buildings, light and shadow, springhouse paintings

"The Old Springhouse", 16x12, oil on board

I have been so busy lately that I have found it hard to post regularly on my blog. I actually have quite a few new paintings that I have not had time to even post! Hopefully things are getting a bit calmer and I'll get back into a more regular routine soon!

This is a painting of an old springhouse that was up the road from my last house in Chester Springs, Pa. The building may be old but it has a tremendous amount of character, and with the dappled light cascading over it, I knew immediately that I wanted to paint it. I have painted a smaller study of it before, but this one I took my time on. Here's the smaller study that I did a while back:

In case you are not familiar with what a springhouse is, here's a definition from Wikipedia: A spring house, or springhouse, is a small building used for refrigeration once commonly found in rural areas before the advent of electric refrigeration. It is usually a one-room building constructed over the source of a spring. The water of the spring maintains a constant cool temperature inside the spring house throughout the year. In settings where no natural spring is available, another source of natural running water, such as a small creek or diverted portion of a larger creek, may be used. The main use of a spring house is for the long-term storage of food that would otherwise spoil, such as meat, fruit or dairy products.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Time to Go", 14x11, oil on canvas board, by Maryanne Jacobsen

SOLD"Time to Go", 14x11, oil on canvas board

Today I officially put the final touches on the second commissioned painting for the Ritz Carlton.

Yay! I'm officially done! (Save retouch varnish in a week or so...)

Once the work was done, I wanted to just painting something simple, beautiful and fun. (and smallish!) Since I've been working on beach paintings of late, it was natural for me to want to use the left over paint on my palette to continue in the same vein I'd been in for the past week or so. So I decided upon a scene I was well familiar with-(Venice Beach, Florida) and a bird that I am also well familiar with (Great Blue Heron) and voila! I had a new painting in no time at all!

This one exudes freedom, just like the bird taking flight.

I hope that you like it, too.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Path through the Sea Oats, 16x12, oil on board, by Maryanne Jacobsen

Path through the Sea Oats, 16x12, oil on board

I have been working on two large paintings, which were commissioned for the Ritz Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida, and I needed to take a break from all the concentration that a commissioned piece requires. So this was the result. It's a happy little piece that I did with a palette knife last evening and I just let go with all the color that I recalled from painting the scene en plein air at Siesta Key Beach a while back. In autumn the sea oats turn a beautiful shade of warm magenta and the effect is glorious.

If you are interested in this piece, please send me an email at, or visit my website at Maryanne Jacobsen Fine Art if you wish to see more of my original oil paintings.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

"Sleepyheads with fruit", 12x24, oil on hardwood- in beautiful wood frame with linen liner, paintings of sunflowers, fruit, grapes

"Sleepyheads with fruit", 12x24, oil on hardwood-in beautiful wood frame with linen liner
Note: Please click on the photo for a better view of the brush strokes and impasto

I am very pleased to announce that I am now represented by Gallerie Unique, located in the upscale Bell Tower Shopping Mall in Ft. Myers, Florida.

This painting is available for purchase through the gallery. Please stop by and see Shelby if you are in the area. Her gallery is just plain gorgeous and I am honored to be hanging with so many incredible artists! You can visit Gallerie Unique's website here.

The painting was done from life with both a brush and palette knife and has playful impasto throughout!