Monday, March 31, 2014

"View from the Porch", 16x20, painting of flowers, hibiscus, red flowers, apples

"View from the Porch", 16x20

Available through Galerie du Soleil. Contact them at (239) 417-3450 for additional information about this painting.

Monday, March 24, 2014

"Spit up, Tossed about, Knocked around, and Left to Rot", 8x8, oil on gallery-wrapped gessoboard , old boats, Point Reyes National seashore, wooden boats, Pacific Ocean

"Spit up, Tossed about, Knocked around, and Left to Rot", 8x8, oil on gallery-wrapped gessoboard (No frame necessary)

I have been wanting to paint this old boat ever since I saw it almost a year ago at Point Reyes National Seashore.

The old boat has seemingly been there for ages. Grounded  by low tide and unable to escape its inevitable destiny, the boat will most likely stay there and rot until some very wealthy conservationists decide to tow it off to a maritime museum for display

My visit to California last spring was full of light and inspiration. We started in Napa, spent time in the Carmel area and finally ended up in San Diego. It was a great trip and I have great memories of it.

Here's a picture of me painting at the Point Reyes National Seashore:

Anyhow, the old boat at Point Reyes was painted today because this year my family has been thrown a couple of lemons. In the end, I know that all the lemons will be used to produce amazing recipes- the zest, the juice, even the rind.

I just wish the problems had not all happened at once.

That being said, I am looking forward to the day when everything that the canker worms and the locusts have tried to destroy, will be returned one hundredfold.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope that you enjoyed this post.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Bartlett Pears with Grapes, 12x16, oil on board

"Bartlett Pears with Grapes, 12x16, oil on board

I've enjoyed working on a couple "academic" pieces this week. Here's one of them.

I concentrated on values and edges on this one. In retrospect, this study would have looked dynamic with a white tablecloth, but I wasn't thinking about the colors of the tablecloth when I started it.

It was a good effort and I'm happy with it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Grapes and Old Treasures", 9x12, still life, brass ,bottle, milk glass, grapes

"Grapes and Old Treasures", 9x12

I haven't done an academic still life like this one in a long while, but yesterday I borrowed some family antiques from a friend and decided to have a go at painting them.

I must confess I felt very rusty! It needs more work, but I decided to put it away for now.

Here's my reference:

Friday, March 14, 2014

"West Meadow", 11x14, oil on Raymar panel, Chester Springs, Yellow Springs, pennslyvania, historic mineral springs, vibrant color, Maryanne Jacobsen Fine art., impressionism

"West Meadow", 11x14, oil on Raymar panel

This is a painting from my old home town of Chester Springs, Pa. There is a long , winding road that leads out of town into the tiny village of Yellow Springs, where the warm mineral springs flow and the historic significance of the place is best told by the website and not by me!

In the past, I have painted many scenes of this area which is an area that will always be near and dear to my heart.

This is a summer scene with black-eyed Susans and purple Coneflowers in the foreground to add to the colors of what comprises a truly a beautiful meadow!

 Contact me at if you have any interest in this painting.

Friday, March 07, 2014

"On the Way Home", 8x10, oil on panel, plein air, Florida eucalyptus, trees in Florida, small studies

"On the Way Home", 8x10, oil on panel

I have been away from painting outdoors for a few months now. Today I decided to venture out and get back into the fresh air while the weather in Florida is still beautiful.

I've passed this clump of eucalyptus trees quite a few times on my way home, but today I decided to stop and paint them. It was a very therapuetic way to spend a few hours.

Here was the scene:

The entire painting was painted on site. If you have any interest in this little study, just send me an email at

Saturday, March 01, 2014

"Morning in Umbria", 12x24, oil on canvas, vineyards, paintings of Umbria, Italy, Tuscany, rolling fields, plaette knife landscapes, maryanne jacobsen

"Morning in Umbria", 12x24, oil on canvas

On the knolls where the vineyards and fruit-gardens are
There's a beauty that even the drought cannot mar;
For I noticed it oft, in the days that are lost,
As I trod on the siding where lingered the frost,
When the shadows of night from the gullies were gone
And the hills in the background were flushed by the dawn.
-from "Above Eurunderee" by Henry Lawson
There is something lovely about a vineyard in the morning light. The earth breathes out color and abundance and the promise of the ripened vine, which will bring forth the delightful wine that helps celebrate our victories while comforting our sorrows.
This painting was done with palette knife and brush and has passages of brilliant color interspersed with the neutrals of the receding hills.
This painting is available through Gallery 444 in San Francisco. You may contact them at  for pricing information at (415) 434-4477.
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