Friday, September 30, 2011

Marsh, Clinton

Marsh, Clinton
Oil on canvas, 10x10
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I am going to sell the 100 10-inch-by-10-inch paintings by subscription and lottery.

Here's how it will work. You pay me $100, and that entitles you one painting from the 100.

The first 40 people who subscribe will have their choice of any of the 100 paintings, when the group is completed. Those 40 get their choices according to their place in the list. The first one to subscribe gets the first choice of all the 100 paintings. The second to subscribe chooses second, etc.

After the first 40 subscribers have made their choices, the remaining 60 will be entered into a lottery to determine their selection order.

I will put these up on a special page on my website, or here, or both. 

What do you think? Is this a good way to do it?

According to my pricing structure, these 10 by 10s, at $100, are 30 percent to 50 percent below what they would be at a show, and even more below what they would be at a gallery. The $100 includes tax, which makes them an even better deal.

While I can't promise that the 100 will be finished by Christmas - they probably won't - if anyone wants to give one as a Christmas present, I'll supply you with a nice gift certificate card that says what number the recipient is in the order...

Comments? Ideas? Refinements? Interest? Let me know!

Here's  my painting in front of the marsh in Clinton.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Oil on canvas, 36x40

On my first painting trip, I was driving through Wyoming and decided to get off at every exit. And why not? There aren't that many exits, I had no one with me, and I was looking for stuff to paint.

I headed into the prairie on a dirt road off one exit and encountered this group of cows and calves. They stared at me, and frankly, a couple of them were staring pretty threateningly. I took some photos and left. They had horns!

I was showing Lori, the owner of Center Framing and Art in West Hartford, my iPad, and she saw an earlier version of this painting and begged me to go at it again.

I was happy to. It's one of my favorite photos, and I like re-addressing the same scene, and doing it differently. It's fun, and it seems to provoke creativity. And I really like this painting. I will say that the photo I've taken doesn't do it justice. I'll try again - but I have noticed that the larger the painting, the less well the internet pictures handle it.

If you click here, you can see more paintings from my trip to Wyoming.


Going to New York state this weekend? I will be doing the demonstration at the Wallkill River School's plein-air group on Sunday. I'd love to have you there! The group is just wonderful, and doing a demo is fun. Check out the Wallkill River School's website for details.


And if you're looking for something fun to do on Columbus Day weekend, I'd like to suggest the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Mass. This is the fall version of the show I did in the spring. I've never gotten into the fall show before, but it is supposedly bigger and better than the spring show. And that one is pretty spectacular!

I will be in Booth 407, in the Morgan Barn II. If you go to the show, please stop in. And you can see this painting in real life!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Our Old House

Our Old House
Oil on canvas, 10x10, $100

This peaceful-looking little stream ran through a culvert below our driveway at our house in New York. The driveway dipped from the level of the house, down to cross the culvert, and then up again to meet the street.

Behind our house, the Neversink River ran, its water tea-colored and clean. Birds flew up and down it regularly, and ducks swam on its surface. Great blue herons fished nearly daily, and from time to time, you could see and hear eagles.

And then there were the floods. The river would rise quickly, pushing its way up toward our house. And at a certain point, the river would split and come around in front, turning this usually quiet creek into a raging torrent that would tear up our driveway, breaking concrete into chunks, throwing boulders downstream and, potentially, trapping us in our home.

Most of the time, this was a beautiful, lovely place to live. In the floods, it was a terrifying, horrible, frightening spot.

I've gotten over my fear of heavy rain, and now, I can think of our house in New York with pleasure, remembering how beautiful it was, how much fun it was to listen to the river, and see its wildlife, and live along its banks.

jacobson arts is located in gales ferry, CT

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dead-End Road, Salem

Dead-End Road, Salem
Oil on canvas, 10x10, $100

I was as lost as a person can be, 15 miles from where they live. I don't think I could find this place on a map today, but that's OK. That was the point, really.

It was getting on toward dusk, and rain was threatening when I found this little autumn lane and pulled over to paint. I doused myself with bug spray, but as evening drew closer, the mosquitoes thickened.

About an hour after I'd started painting, a big official-looking truck turned down the little road and pulled up beside me. The official-looking guys inside dropped their serious expressions when they saw me and started smiling.

They were state conservation cops, out to find people poaching deer and hunting without licenses and otherwise marauding in the wilderness. But they turned to me and said... "You know, you're supposed to have a permit for that!"

"I knew it!" I said, "I knew the art police would track me down sooner or later!"

At any rate, they were happy to see someone out innocently enjoying the woods, and we talked about painting, and Salem, and their jobs and mine, and then they turned their giant truck around and headed out.

Not 10 minutes later, the mosquitoes got so bad, I had to pick up and leave. I am still scratching today.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Northampton Field

 Northampton Field
Oil on canvas, 30x40
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Deep in my soul, I've come to realize, there is a thing that needs discovery, needs to go to new places and see new things. Deep in my soul, there's a rambler, a hobo, a rootless wanderer who would be as happy being a drifter as being anything else.

This has had some results in my life, including an inability - or unwillingness - to stay in the same place or the same job for more than a few years. In my 24 years with Peter, we've moved nine times, and each of them - except for this last one - has been because I wanted to go. Go, go, go.

It seems only fair that we stay put now.

So I've taken painting trips, and they have satisfied my needs. But this year, the demands of my day job and the long and painful demise of our dear dog Kaja made a trip impossible. Now, she is gone, but the job remains, for better or worse. I am looking forward with all my soul to going somewhere in the last week of October - and I don't even care where, as long as it's someplace I haven't been.

Saturday, seized with desire, I threw off my plans, packed the van and headed to the Northampton, Mass., area. I'd painted up there during the Paradise City shows, but always doing early-morning plein-air pieces, always rushed, always hurrying.

Saturday, I took my time, got myself lost, and made the largest plein-air piece I've ever made, 30 inches by 40 inches, and every inch of it luscious and rich and free. I love this painting. I love the place where the shadows of the trees meet the brilliance of the yellow field. I love the swirly, thick sky. I love the curve of the road and the hint of autumn in the foliage, and most of all, I loved going away, being alone, seeing something new. It restored me.

Here's my painting, in the field. Not one person passed in the hours I painted.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Oil on canvas, 12x12

Sometimes, the dogs really drive me crazy, and there's been a stretch of that this week. With the cool weather, they've been rambunctious, loud, and just too much on the alert. They're racing around the house at top speed, leaping onto each other and the furniture, sending all sorts of things flying - and when they're not playing like lunatics, they're arguing and growling at each other, barking for no apparent reason.

Usually, I find all this amusing. This week, no.

I think this is more a comment on me than on them.

I need to relax a little. I need to get away. I need to stop working so many insane hours every day. I need to give a little more, and worry a little less.

The dogs are my friends, and my comforts. I am looking forward to the day when I wake up and laugh at them again. I hope it comes soon.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Griswold Farm

Griswold Farm
Oil on canvas, 10x10

I love to go places I've never been, and drive down roads I've never driven down.

In July, as I drove to paint sunflowers, day after day at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, I saw a couple roads that looked inviting. But I was always in a hurry, always with a destination in mind, and so I stayed on my course.

Last week, I took a drive down one of them, and found myself in a place that just didn't feel like Connecticut.

And I was hungry for that. For a place that felt like another state, another country.

I toodled all over the place this afternoon, before and after making this painting. And I returned home feeling refreshed - and once again glad to be coming home to a place I know.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunset, Charlestown Breachway

Sunset, Charlestown Breachway
Oil on canvas, 10 inches by 10 inches

I am still dilly-dallying with notions about this 100-painting project I'm on the brink of starting. 

For anyone who missed it, I am embarking on a project to make 100 10-inch-by-10-inch paintings. On the advice of Chris Rose, curator of the Lighthouse Gallery, and an artist and teacher whose insights I trust, I am working to limit the scope of the project - and it is tough! 

Instead of 100 random paintings, Chris is encouraging me to make some choices before I set out. Subject matter is the major choice, but there are others, too, including palette and tools/brushes. 

My brother Rand says he loves the idea of doing 100 dog paintings and then putting them together using to make a giant image of a cat. I like that, too, but wonder if it seems too obvious, too easy. 

Of course, if I am going to do something like this, maybe obvious and easy is the smart way to go? 

At any rate, I tried a couple 10x10s the other day, and this is one. It did make me wonder if "Reflections" would be a theme, a focus. It is pretty broad, though, perhaps broad enough to get me in trouble. 

One of the followers of the blog here said that I will probably wake up one morning and find the idea full-blown in my consciousness, and I do like that thought. Meantime, I'll make one more call here for ideas. Got one? Please let me know! 

Jacobson Arts is located in beautiful downtown Gales Ferry, CT

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Inlet, Old Lyme

Inlet, Old Lyme
Oil on canvas, 18x24
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I've been itching to get to the boat launch ramp in Old Lyme, a place I love to paint, and I finally made it out there yesterday, and did it feel great!

I've painted this place often before, and have usually used a panoramic-type of canvas in a one by three ratio - 8x24, 10x30, etc. This time I tried including more sky, and it gives a totally different feel to the scene.

I painted fast, I tried to paint with sure strokes, I tried to make the canvas feel as open and sun-soaked and brilliant as the day. It was what my soul needed.

I have encountered an absolutely great idea, and am about to embark on it, and would love input from you all. I saw a story about a guy who is planning on painting 100 10-inch by 10-inch paintings, and selling them each for $100 - and the notion just captivated me.

I can't completely explain my fascination with this idea, but the minute I heard about it, I knew I had to do it.

I spoke with Chris Rose, who runs the Lighthouse Gallery, about the idea, and he pushed me to take it a step further. Maybe do 100 paintings as linear pieces, a road, a beach, a journey. Maybe get 100 dog photographs and use a mosaic program to arrange them so that when they are all together, they make an image of a big dog - or a cat. Maybe use one large palette knife only, on all the pieces, or limit myself to one or two colors.

At any rate, I have a lot of ideas going around in my head - and I'd love to hear from any of you, if you all have ideas, about subjects or approaches or limits - or any other part of it. I think this is such a fun project!

Start planning now, why don't you, to go to the Paradise City show in Northampton, MA, over Columbus Day weekend! 

This will be my first fall Paradise City show, and I am pretty excited about it. It's in the same place as the spring show, Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road (that's for GPS purposes), Northampton, MA. I will be in Booth 407, in Morgan Building No. 2... You can get more information on the show by clicking here to go to the Paradise City website.

Jacobson Arts is located in beautiful Gales Ferry, CT.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Way Home

The Way Home
Oil on canvas, 16x20
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Every time I drove to Griswold to paint sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm, I passed this - road? driveway? - that curved off into the distance, and always had puddles in it. No matter what time of day I drove by, the puddles always were reflecting something interesting, and the whole scene had the most inviting look.

I set out yesterday afternoon to find something else, but saw this and stopped and set up.

I believe I met the entire family, while I painted. I don't think I've ever seen a busier driveway! There are four kids, and the three I saw all had their own cars... as did their mother, who was charming and sweet, and invited me to paint the maples in her back yard, when the color comes.

At any rate, I felt a little rusty... but I like the painting a lot, and look forward to returning, and painting again.

Here's my painting in their driveway

jacobson arts has its world headquarters in gales ferry, CT

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Oil on canvas, 18x24
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As the non-hurricane swept out of our area, I saw Herb Plotnik sitting in his little country store (a medium-sized shed, really), looking dejected.

The power was out, the ice cream in his freezer had turned to soup, streets were blocked because trees were down, and nobody was shopping. Heck, nobody could get out, let alone think of buying anything.

And so he was putting his stuff on sale. Local tomatoes, native corn, sunflowers and zinnias, all were on sale for half price or less.

So I bought some. The flowers had suffered, I will say that. They didn't last long, but they were gorgeous while they did last. And it made me happy to help Herb out a little.

Here's Herb, and here are the flowers I painted:

Jacobson Arts is located in Gales Ferry, CT

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunflowers After the Storm

Sunflowers After the Storm
Oil on canvas, 36x48
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It's been a long, long stretch of not posting, and I apologize! Thanks to all who wrote to make sure I was OK.

I am! It's just been busy here beyond imagining.

I spent a lot of time getting ready for the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, and then, of course, working hard at the festival. The first day, a brilliant and sunny day, one painting sold. It was bought by a couple from Rhode Island, delightful people who are collecting my work, and I could not be happier that they came to the show and bought another painting! I love knowing that as they walk through their house, they see my paintings, day in and day out. I know my paintings make them happy, and knowing that makes me happy.

The second day, it poured. Poured and poured and poured, and all around me, artists packed up and left. But I had committed for two days - that's what you do when you get into these shows - and so I stayed. And much to my delighted surprise, six more paintings sold. I had a lovely, if wet, day, met a bunch of very, very nice people, and again, several pieces were bought by one delightful collector. What a thrill!

After shows, I rest a little. There's a letdown - and true, bone deep fatigue. So I laid low for a day or two, then started painting, this large and bright sunflower piece, one that I hope will be part of a display soon at Center Framing and Art in West Hartford Center.

And then, the hurricane hit. And I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote, filling the Montville Patch with news and stories and photos and videos. I believe I wrote 53 stories between the Friday before the hurricane hit and the following Friday, when the power (mostly) came back on.

And then - surprise! - I had another show. I got into it just before it began, and honestly, up until about a day before it started, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get the garage door up to get my stuff out, because of the power situation here.

But the power came on, the door opened and the show went well. Three paintings sold, I worked hard, I met incredibly nice people who were so happy to be away from tropical storms and hurricanes and power outages that they were overjoyed to look at art.

So I am back, and painting, and looking forward to whatever's coming next!

Jacobson Arts is located in windswept Gales Ferry, CT