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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Overlooking Provincetown

Overlooking Provincetown
Oil on canvas, 16x20

It was a cold, gray day when I painted in Cape Cod a couple weeks ago - but the lack of direct sun made for an interestingly harmonious landscape. The houses strung along this neck of road looked tiny and regimented from the bluff where I painted, and the water was the color of steel.

I am a sucker for salt marshes and the weedy reeds that grow in them. When there's sun, I love how warm they become, how golden. Even on a gray day like this, though, they were lovely.

There's a different challenge to painting something like this, full of corners and a million small things. I'm more comfortable with a few big things, with a painting that's really of nothing - but I do like this one, and the challenges and opportunities it presented.

Hope to see you at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Mass., this weekend! I'll be in the Morgan Barn, Booth 317. Please come and say hello!

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Ann Gorbett said...

What an interesting looking painting. I can so feel what the weather was like. Wonderful Carrie.

Sheila said...

Like I "wow"d on FB. This is amazing Carrie! Your skills with the palette knife have evolved stratospheres!

Carrie Jacobson said...

Thanks, Sheila, I sure appreciate the comment! The knife feels more and more like an extension of my hand, you know? It's wonderful. We are making leaps, my friend.

Carrie Jacobson said...

Thanks, Ann. I am so glad the feeling of that low, gray day comes through. And a day just on the edge of winter and summer, too, somehow. It is a more complicated painting than I usually try, but I think the complexity of the land and the grayness of the sky sort of balance -