Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rain Coming

 Rain Coming
Oil on canvas, 30x48,

I woke today feeling like a kid on Christmas morning. I had the whole day to paint - and the whole day tomorrow, too. No work, no errands, no demands on my time - just painting, to get ready for the all-animal show (February) and even to begin pieces for my show with Shawn Dell Joyce in March.

Of course, the day didn't work out precisely as planned, but close enough - there were a couple of errands, and a few demands on my time - but I had the extra added bonus of a day warm enough to melt some of the snow, and keep me toasty in my attic studio.

So here's the big cow painting I've been working on recently. I like it very much. I like the cows themselves, their arrangement, their colors, and I like their flower-strewn field. I had fun with this one!

Throughout this day, this happy day in safe, sunny Connecticut, my thoughts turned to Haiti and the horrors there. I have had trouble watching the news stories, at least watching them in their entirety. I've had to turn away after a while. It is too heartbreaking. I am too powerless.

The one thing I can do is donate money. For anyone else who might want to donate, here are links to some of the organizations that Peter and I trust. All of them already have people on the ground in Haiti, with the possible exception of the Clinton-Bush fund.
(This is the Catholic Relief Fund)

Thank you for reading.


L.Holm said...

Love the cows! You've so captured the way the air gets heavy and charged, and they all lie down and wait.
It is hard to listen to endless news coverage. unbelievably tragic.

Patrice said...

I love your cow painting! I clicked to enlarge it so I could check out the way you applied color in planes on the cows.

It's brilliant - and I don't just mean in color. Beautifully done, g/f.

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Patrice! I really do like it, too, I have to admit. And even big, the picture doesn't do the painting justice. My husband has been after me to get a better camera, and I think perhaps I should.

I paint with a palette knife almost exclusively these days, and cows seem to benefit from those big strokes, laden with color.

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Liz! I do have to laugh, though, every time I go by a field, and it's pouring rain, and the cows are all standing....

Art with Liz said...

This is great Carrie. Using a palette knife is such an art and you've got all that lovely juicy paint and those terrific colours.

carrie jacobson said...

Oh, thank you, Liz! I love the palette knife. I'm using it pretty much exclusively these days. It's liberating, it's bold, and I am learning to do some coool things with it, too, marbling and blending and the like - experiments all.