Friday, July 22, 2011

"September Sonata", 24x18, oil on linen by Maryanne Jacobsen

SOLD"September Sonata", 24x18, oil on linen by Maryanne Jacobsen

This is a smaller version of the scene at French Creek, Birchrunville that was the inspiration behind some of my best-loved paintings, including "God's Palette" and "Autumn's Last Hurrah". It is available for purchase through Gallerie Unique located in the beautiful Bell Tower Mall in Ft Myers, Florida. Please visit the gallery to see as well as many more beautiful pieces of original art, or contact Shelby Ward at (239) 332-2121 for purchase info.

To see more of my work, please visit my official website at Maryanne Jacobsen, Fine Art.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Backyard Bunny and Radishes", 12x16, oil on board, plein air, by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Backyard Bunny and Radishes", 12x16, oil on board, plein air, by Maryanne Jacobsen

I started this painting a few days ago, but it was so hot and humid that I didn't last very long out in the heat. Even under the shade (where I was painting) it was at least a hundred degrees and the humidity was so bad that I was soaked with sweat after about an hour. Today was a smiddgen cooler than last week, meaning it was about 95 instead of a hundred, but I dragged everything back out onto my lanai and finished the painting. The radishes had completely wilted but that didn't much matter.

My husband put his two cents in when I thought that the painting was finished, telling me I needed to "pop" the red flowers next to the pool fountain. So pop them I did.

Here is the photo of my bunny set-up:

The hummingbird feeder added some really nice reflections, though I didn't include the reflection of ME painting the bunny!

The light in Florida is very harsh in the summer, with high contrast between light and shadow. I have not done many plein air paintings this year, because the weather has not been very cooperative.

If you are interested in this painting, feel free to send me an inquiry at To visit my official website and see more of my paintings, please go here.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

"Early Morning Solitude", 36x48, oil on board, paintings of sailboats, Florida sunrises, sunsets, impressionist art

"Early Morning Solitude", 36x48, oil on board

This is one of two commissioned paintings that I did recently for The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples Florida. I had to buy a new easel in order to accommodate such a large support , so I bought a St. Remy studio easel. You can read reviews about the easel here, if you are looking for a large easel that can accommodate very large supports. The down side to this easel is that the assembly instructions were very difficult to understand and it took my husband and I two days to put it together.

The painting was done with a palette knife and took a lot of paint! Then came the drying time and the problem of shipping! I'd love to hear how other artists ship large works as I found Fed Ex very difficult to deal with when I shipped this. They did not have a box large enough to fit the painting and insisted that it be crated. Am happy this is done and am looking forward to seeing it hung!

To see more of my original paintings, please visit my official website here.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

"Purple Mountains Majesty", 8x10, oil on wrapped canvas- by Maryanne Jacobsen


"Purple Mountains Majesty", 8x10, oil on wrapped canvas

I've been working on mountains and brushstrokes a lot lately, and I've had a ball trying to refine my knowledge of both! Sometimes, I get too involved in trying to do the "correct thing", academically speaking. But I always find that when I just experiment, using common sense, I end up accumulating little pieces of knowledge that carry over into my next endeavor.

I definitely enjoyed painting this piece, and I thank God that He has given me an artistic outlet for my passions and creativity. Here is a photo of "Purple Mountain Majesty" after I framed and varnished it for the new collector. I have a feeling he is going to be very happy when he sees it in person!

Please contact me at if you wish to commission a painting for a loved one or for yourself!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

"June Gloom, Laguna Beach", 10x8, oil on wrapped canvas by Maryanne Jacobsen

"June Gloom, Laguna Beach", 10x8, oil on wrapped canvas

If you are familiar with southern California, you probably know that the residents experience a phenomenon known as May grays and June Gloom. Some people actually experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during this time. From Wiki:
June Gloom (sometimes May Gray) is a Southern California term for a weather pattern that results in overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer in the mornings and afternoons. For example, June is the cloudiest month of the year in San Diego.[1] In the early 20th century, this phenomenon was sometimes known as "high fog."
In southern California, June Gloom is caused by the Catalina eddy.
I visited Laguna Beach last year during this time, and can vouch for how gray and frankly depressing the atmosphere can make one feel. Since most people are familiar with my art as a result of my enthusiasm for color, I am sure this painting will cause some of my followers to gasp. Nonetheless, I wanted to try to capture that bleak, gray atmosphere of the day on canvas, and this was the result. Here is my reference photo for the painting:

The woman in the red shirt walking down the beach was a welcome color spot on the scene and acts as a nice focal point in my painting.