Friday, August 31, 2012

"Walking to Canyon Road", 14x11, oil on linen, southwest art, Sant Fe, New Mexico Bed and breakfast, Inn on the Alameda, adobe architecture

"Walking to Canyon Road", 14x11, oil on linen

Canyon Road in Santa Fe , New Mexico is the ultimate destination for artists and art collectors  around the country. If you want to stay close to Canyon Road, I highly recommend the Inn on the Alameda, a lovely B&B at the north end of Canyon Rd.

This is my second time painting this Inn so  I bet you can tell that I like it! This painting was painted primarily with a palette knife and has thick paint throughout.

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Humble Icon", 16x20, oil on linen, Paint America Top 100, american landscapes, Rockport Massachusetts, Cape Anne,impasto, colorful seascapes

"Humble Icon", 16x20, oil on linen

This humble little red lobster shack is a national icon. It has been painted by thousands of artists over the years and has an endearing quality to it, by virtue of its humble stance at this location on a rocky wharf jutting into the Atlantic in the lovely little town of Rockport in Cape Ann, Massachusetts.
When we were in Rockport the past two summers we stayed at The Seaward Inn, an absolutely delightful Bed and Breakfast facing the Atlantic, a few minutes drive from the center of town. We stayed in a little room on the third floor, and we were told it is Whoopi Goldberg's preferred room when she stays at the Inn. The entire cast of A Perfect Storm, including hunky George Clooney, evidently stayed at this Inn during the filming of the movie in 2000, and I can say that both Gloucester, where the movie was filmed, and Rockport are worthy of a return visit. Rockport supports an active artist colony, and I hope to return there again in a few weeks to do some fall plein air painting in that beautiful golden light!

 "Humble Icon" was chosen as one of the Top 100 in Paint America's 2010 competition of contemporary American artworks, and now I am offereing the painting for sale at a reduced price. The painting has lovely color and thick passages of impasto throughout. If you are interested in purchasing the painting , just send me an email at

Monday, August 27, 2012

"Marina View", plein air, 9x12, oil o canvas panel-Marina, harbor, St. Augustine, Camachee Marina, boats, plein air

"Marina View", plein  air, 9x12, oil o canvas panel

We had a short stay in St. Augustine this past weekend and stayed in a room that overlooked the Camachee Marina. We have stayed in many different places in St. Augustine before , but never before on Camachee Island, which is just a 5 minute drive from the historic area, and away from the traffic and crowds. Although Isaac spoiled much of Sunday and Monday for us, we did have a lovely day on Saturday. The Inn at Camachee Harbor where we stayed had a wonderful view of the marina and the sunset views over the harbor are quite lovely as well.

I started this painting on our balcony on Sunday morning and as you can see it was an absolutely perfect day.

 But although I intended to finish it today, the scene was quite different-gray, foggy and pretty dismal. Every time I tried to photograph the painting  the lens of my camera would fog up from the humidity and as fast as I wiped it, it would fog up again. I finished it anyway and might try to do a larger studio painting eventually.  I wanted to challenge myself with a complicated view and this certainly fit the bill what with all the boats and perspective involved.

To purchase this plein air painting, just send me an email at

Friday, August 24, 2012

"The Colors of Venice", 8x10, oil on Raymar panel, paintings of Venice italy, canal, gondola, boats

"The Colors of Venice", 8x10, oil on Raymar panel

Well, Chicago may be Frank Sinatra's kind of town, but I'll take Venice anyday! As an artist that loves color, what could be more heavenly than a summer day on one of Venice's many canals!

This painting is already sold, but you may also like this one!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Bellissima Morning",35x25, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

"Bellissima Morning",35x25, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

This painting was a commission for a beautiful restaurant in New Jersey. It looks much better in person! Please email me at if you have a personal request for a painting.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Catch the Wind" 8x10, oil on Raymar panel, Maryanne Jacobsen paintings, paintings of Maine, harbor, Sailboat, sunset

"Catch the Wind" 8x10, oil on Raymar panel

After I painted "Morning Whale Watch", I had a request to do another one. So here it is. This is a scene of the schooner that sails off of Frenchman's Bay in Bar Harbor , Maine. I love the burnt orange color of its sails and coordinated the rest of the palette around that. I named it after an old Donovan song, "Catch the Wind", which was popular in the 60's and which I still enjoy hearing today.


In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty
I long to be in the warm hold of your mind
To feel you all around me and to take your hand across the sand
Ah but I may as well try and catch the wind

When sundown pales the sky I want to hide a while behind your smile
And everywhere I'd look your eyes I'd find
For me to love you now would be the sweetest thing, 'twould make me sing
Ah but I might as well try and catch the wind
Dee dee dee dee etc

When rain has covered leaves with tears
I want you near to kill my fears
To help me leave all my blues behind
While standing in your heart is where I wanna be and long to be
Ah but I might as well try and catch the wind
Ah but I may as well try and catch the wind 

Monday, August 06, 2012

"Contemplation", 14x 11, oil on linen, paintings of dancers, ballerinas young dancers

"Contemplation", 14x 11, oil on linen

I have not done a figurative painting in almost a year, mainly because I have just not been inspired. So I was really, really happy to find such a beautiful photo of three young dancers in repose on Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Facebook page.

A huge thank-you to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for kindly giving me permission to use their photo as a reference for this painting!

I think I need to paint more dancers.It was so much fun!

Note: This painting is not for sale at this time.

Friday, August 03, 2012

"Acadian Morning", 9x12, oil on Raymar panel, Acadia Nat'l PArk, Cadillac Mountain, Maine landscapes

"Acadian Morning", 9x12, oil on Raymar panel

I apologize for not posting in a while. I think I've been a little distracted with other things.

Today my friends, Vicki and Samantha of Vermont sent me some gorgeous photos from their recent trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. I was so excited to see all the beautiful photos that they took, because Acadia Nat'l Park is such a beautiful place to visit!

Although we have gone up to Maine for two summers in a row, this year we were unable to fit it into our schedules. So receiving these photos this morning really cheered me up after over a whole week of not painting a danged thing!

I did this one quickly. It's a quick study and not intended to be polished but more of an impression of a place that I remember very well and love! But doing it definitely got me out of the rut I was in! To all my friends up in Maine this summer, including Samantha, Vicki, Terry, Pam, Susan, Jane, Hodges and so many others, I hope you are enjoying the cool weather , because it is stinking hot here in Florida and pretty much everywhere else in the country!

Thanks again, Samantha, for today's inspiration!