Monday, July 28, 2014

Colors of Our Town - and Sam, Nearing the End

Colors of Our Town
Oil on canvas, 10x10
OK, so after the thinking and the ranting and the sifting of ideas in my most recent post, here's one of the paintings I've come up with. 

It's our salt marsh, the one at the end of Bayview Avenue, our road.  I paint it often, and spend an inordinate amount of time looking at it and photographing it. It's beautiful. 

I am very much liking this painting, though it is a landscape. I really like the abstract quality I was able to achieve, while still maintaining the look and feel of the landscape I know so very well. I think this is different. I think this stands out. I don't think this is your run-of-the-mill landscape. I know I would go into a booth to see this one. 

What do you think? 

Dog of the Day

This is Sam, our oldest dog. He is on his last legs these days. He can't get up by himself, though when he is up, he seems to enjoy stomping around. He's fairly incontinent, and he sleeps a lot, but he seems to be pretty happy most days. 

He can be maddeningly demanding and difficult, and I some days, I find myself yelling at him, out of sheer frustration. He's fairly blind and pretty deaf, but I still feel bad about getting mad at him, and I apologize and hug him, and then work not to yell when he turns over the water bowl for the fifth time today. 

Sam has never been the smartest of dogs, but he has always been the sweetest, and  makes me very sad to see him nearing the end. 


Jill said...

My gosh, this one is beautiful. And I agree, it's not about giving up landscapes entirely, it's about making sure that every landscape is uniquely yours, as this one is.
Love love love

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks so much, Jilly! I love painting landscapes and am not going to stop, ever. But I am working hard to understand what is good, and what sells, and to make them the same thing...

Sara said...

I think you have great plans for revamping your booth and the type of paintings to feature. Love this landscape (but then I love everything you do!)
So sorry to hear about Sam...we have been through the difficult end of life stages many times and it always hurts terribly. I completely understand about the frustration/guilt cycle! Hugs.