Thursday, September 27, 2012

Big Sunflowers

Big Sunflowers

I've spent my time this past week making BIG paintings. There was the Marlin Lane piece, a big painting of an abandoned boat that I'm working on, and then there was the piece you see above - Big Sunflowers (or as I've been thinking of it, Biggie Sunflowers). 

It's really HUGE (I've included a shot of the painting leaning up against my teeny camper, so you can get an idea of how big it is) - and it is a tremendously happy, bright painting. I love the sunflowers themselves, and I love the background, too. 

And a happy note for me - and for a collector, too: The painting has already sold! Yay! 

One of these days, I am going to do a painting that's just the petal-like background painting technique I used here. It will probably be an abstract, and I might do it for the show that's coming up Oct. 12 through Nov. 21 at the Lighthouse Gallery in Groton, CT. 

But this weekend, the Neptune Festival takes place today, Saturday and Sunday in Virginia Beach. I'm pretty psyched about it! Set-up was Thursday and we got to drive on the boardwalk, which was fun. For a variety of reasons, I rented a tent, and while it is not an ideal tent, it has made me set up differently - and I think I like it. I'll post photos over the weekend.

The weather is supposed to be iffy, but I am hoping folks will come out anyways. If you do, please come and say hi. I am in Booth 2304,  near 23rd St. 

Detail from Big Sunflowers

Yikes! That's one Big Painting! 


Anonymous said...

Wow i love your painting! I have been trying to add texture to my paintings and I just love your petal technique! I was wandering if you had any tips? :3

carrie jacobson said...

Hi, Pistachio Pie! So glad you like the sunflowers. I use oil paints, and two mediums - Res-N-Gel, and Cobra Painting Paste. The mediums help stretch the paint, and also help me build up the surface.

Here are two videos of me making a sunflower painting:


For me, one of the keys is using a very flexible palette knife. Then, honestly, I just pile on the paint. I load the knife, I make some long strokes and lots of short ones, and when I find I am not building up the surface enough, I tell myself to frost it on! That reminds me of the feeling I am seeking - like frosting a cake.

Hope this helps!

Bec said...

I love this artwork. So vibrant and full of life. I'm assuming you have sold it already..? I own a small arts & music Academy for children and we have a lot of sunflowers out in our garden. I would like to use an image of this painting on our school calendar as a background image. We do not sell the calendar, it is free and just lists our upcoming community events etc. Could I have permission to do so? Thanks in advance for even considering it. Thank you.

Bec said...

I love this painting, so vibrant & full of life. I own a small non-profit arts & music academy for children and we have lots of sunflowers in our garden. I would like to use an image of your painting as a background for our school calendar. We do not sell the calendar, it is just to list our upcoming community events. May I have your permission to do so? Thanks in advance for considering it. Again, wonderful artwork. Makes me happy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info! I will give it a try and see what happens :D Your videos are really helpful to! Thanks again! :3

carrie jacobson said...

So glad the video was helpful, Pistachio!