Wednesday, December 22, 2010

On the Way to Warwick

On the Way to Warwick
Oil on canvas, 36x48
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What a year this has been! What gifts I have received!

So often, I am on the way to one place, on the way to one destination, when something comes to me, out of the blue - and it is beautiful, or gentle, or thought-provoking - and it was nothing like what I was setting out to do, nothing like the destination I was setting out to find.

This is what happened with this painting. It was a crisp October day, and I was on my way to Warwick. This scene was so beautiful, I nearly drove off the road. I'd have given something precious to be able to paint it in plein air, but the road was narrow, and the shoulder even narrower. A photograph was my only bet.

Back home, I painted in the studio, and much in the way that I'd found this scene I had not been seeking, I found views and colors and resonances in the photograph that I hadn't known were there.

In my mind, that makes it even more of a gift - because it's something I wasn't expecting, wasn't seeking.

I hope that you all stumble on treasures in this new year. I hope that you seek, and that you find - and I hope that on the way, you find something else. Something wonderful that you weren't seeking at all.


Mark Sheeky said...

Such a strange ethereal painting. It does really come across like a journey that starts at the bottom and crawls up to the heavenly sky!

carrie jacobson said...

Thank you so much, Mark - It is a pretty cool painting, and it's really a lot better in real life than in the picture. It is quite strange, I agree.

carrie jacobson said...

Wow. Thank you, Shea.

I like yours pretty well, too, I have to say - I love the faces you've been doing, and I am usually never a fan of portraits, but yours are wonderful. I'm glad you got to my blog, partly because it's great to have someone there who likes my work so much, but also because I like yours so much and might never have found it.