Jefferson Memorial, oil on stretched canvas, 6x12
A while ago, I stumbled on a cool blog, "Different Strokes from Different Folks," (http://differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.blogspot.com). In it, a woman named Karin Jurick posts a photograph every two weeks. Painters of all sorts paint the photograph and send jpgs of their paintings to Karin, and she uploads them onto her blog.
I'm just enchanted by this idea. And it's such fun to see all these paintings, by people of wildly different points of view, skill levels, ages, backgrounds.
This painting of the Jefferson Memorial is my first participation. I've wanted to try it for a while, but over the Christmas holidays, Karin did something different: She had participants email headshots to her, then she paired up people and had each make a painting of the other. I was too late for this. It's a fascinating experiment, though, and you can see the paintings on Karin's blog.
I was tremendously moved by the inauguration of Barack Obama yesterday. It's been a long time since I've been proud to be an American. A long time since I've felt there was any hope for this country. Now, today, I do. That's why I imbued this painting with stars and also with stripes.
For more, see jacobson-arts.com