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


SLR said...

You fared much better than a boyfriend in law did at the Mystic show-he sold nothing. Guess I can't tell him the public wasn't buying that day. Have also been wondering where you've been as I look forward to reading your notes and seeing your latest inspirations.

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, SLR... It is so great to know that people look forward to my blog and my paintings. One friend said it was like having a window full of sunshine in her inbox. Geez, that makes me feel good!

I am starting to think that there are particular buyers for particular paintings. If they come by, they will buy the painting no matter what the price (as long as it is realistic). If it's the wrong person, you can offer to sell the painting for $25 and they will say they don't have the wall space...

SLR said...

I notice that these sunflowers have a bit of the moonflower colors. Now,does that mean you are seeing things more loosely? Like the color mix of the petals, by the way.

carrie jacobson said...

Hi, SLR - maybe it does... after so many sunflower paintings, I think I might be able to let go of some of those brilliant yellows. Interesting. Is a color shift, or loosening, something you think you'd like to see in my paintings? I am curious.

SLR said...

Oh no! merely making an observation. You keep on creating as you see it and feel it.

carrie jacobson said...

It's no problem, SLR! I love it when people suggest ideas to me, I really do - especially people who have been on the blog for a while. I've tried things I might not have tried otherwise, because of suggestion from folks who follow the blog.

I've been on your website, and I like your esthetic, so I'd be very much inclined to take any suggestions from you - so please don't hesitate.