Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Panda Magic", panda painting, panda eating bamboo

SOLD"Panda Magic", 8x10, oil on canvas

This painting is sold, but if you would like to commission a panda painting to give as a gift for Christmas to that panda lover in your life, just send me an email at

A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without a visit to the city's world class zoo. This zoo rivals any zoo I have ever visited, and although I hate to see animals in captivity, I was assured by friends that this zoo would make me feel better about that. In truth, I was very impressed with this zoo, as it has gone to great lengths to re-create the natural environment that the animals would normally live in. The animals are very well cared for, and when one considers that man is the greatest threat to some of the most endangered of the species found here, it makes sense to try to house them in a beautiful place where they can be nurtured and cared for.

The pandas are on loan from China, and are the most popular of the exhibits at the zoo.

After viewing the pandas munching peacefully on bamboo stalks, I realized why these animals are so beloved by humans.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Self Portrait, Maryanne Jacobsen

"Self Portrait at 50", 16x20, oil on linen

I started painting this a while back for a self-portrait competition. Eventually, I gave up on the competition and put the painting away. Today I took it out and worked on it for awhile, and I think it came out as a pretty good likeness in the end.

I was wearing way too much make-up for a 50 year old, but at least I was having a good hair day. Here's the reference photo that I used, which was shot in the porch of my home in Chester Springs back in 2002:

Boy, I wish I was still 112 pounds!

Monday, November 28, 2011

"Time to Go", 14x11, oil on canvas board- by Maryanne Jacobsen, People's Choice Award winner

"Time to Go", 14x11, oil on canvas board- (aka "Just Leaving")

This painting received the People's Choice Award last week at The Venice Art Center's annual Fall Member's exhibit. This is one of the art center's most popular exhibits each year, so I was very happy to learn that the people who attended the exhibit had liked it enough to vote for it. I did not attend the opening reception so I did not know I had received the award until today.

This painting was also one of two selected for The Best Of Worldwide Oil Artists, Volume 2.

Hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Twin Pines, Venice Beach", plein air, 12x16, oil on board

"Twin Pines, Venice Beach", plein air, 12x16, oil on board

I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and went out to the beach this afternoon to paint. The Venice plein air group was meeting at Casperson Beach to paint, but as I reached the turn on Harbor Drive that leads to Casperson, I spied the twins with their graceful long trunks extending high above the rest of the scrub pines. So I turned into that beach instead, which is just north of the fishing pier and painted the twin pines for about an hour and a half. The sun was just starting to turn everything that bewitching orangey color as I packed up my gear right before sunset. I missed a beautiful sunset painting, but still enjoyed the sky on the way home.

The eagles used to build their nests in these trees, but I haven't seen them in a few years. Please send me an email if you are interested in this painting. It's probably my last painting for a while, since the family is coming in next week for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Another first place ribbon!


I was very honored to receive a first place award last night for my painting of the Monterey "treasure" coast . The painting can be seen at the North Port Art Center's "Treasures" exhibit through December. I featured the leaning cypress trees and ice plants in the painting of Monterey's beautiful coastline and used a palette knife only. The painting has bold color and thick impasto.

To read more about the painting, please go here.

Monday, November 07, 2011

"Three Butterflies", each painting measures 5x7, oil on board

"Three butterflies", each are 5x7, oil on board (Note: You can click on the image to see the paintings in more detail.)

My daughter-in-law absolutely loves butterflies. She talks to them and doesn't seem to notice that they're bugs. A while back she asked me to paint her three different butterflies on small supports. I have been working on these and finally finished the last one today. I am going to frame them all in pretty gold plein air frames, and give them to her for her birthday next week.

Ssssshhhhh! Don't tell her!

It was the first time that I ever attempted to paint butterflies, and I found them rather intricate. The one in the middle is the first one that I did, and the one I am least happy with. I do think I improved as I went along, however.

I hope that she likes them!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"Tall Trees, Spanish Point plein air study" 12x16, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen, plein air, alla prima, Florida art, Tall trees, Florida arbor

"Tall Trees, Spanish Point plein air study" 12x16, oil on board

I painted this morning with the Sun Coast plein air group again. It was a gorgeous day but the mosquitoes were very nasty. I think I have about 25 bites on me! I was not as pleased with this one as I was with last week's plein air attempt, but practice makes perfect and I am going to keep at it while the weather in Florida is beautiful and the temperature is bearable enough to paint outside.

This was the tree mass that I was painting:
I loved the contrast of light and shadow masses, but as the painting progressed, I'm afraid I lost some of the original intent. I may need to add something darker to my palette other than ultramarine blue and violet. It just doesn't seem to do the job on a painting with this much contrast. Would love to hear anyone else's suggestions on this one. I have indigo in my paint box, but I'm afraid to use it! So dark!

Historic Spanish Point is a very lovely place. It is a horticulturist's amd environmentalist's delight, and has a very long history. The grounds border Sarasota Bay, and include a sunken garden, a butterfly garden, old boats and a boat house, a few historic cottages, a shell museum, a chapel, and an Indian burial mound. I wanted to paint at the chapel, but the bugs were too nasty. Next time I'll bring Deet! I hope we get to paint there again soon! Thank-you Lord for such a lovely day!

This painting will be included in the upcoming show of the Venice Plein air painters in January.

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