Thursday, March 17, 2016

Safe at Anchor

Safe at Anchor
Oil on canvas, 10x10, $125

For a New Englander like me, it is still a thrill to have a 70-degree day in March. Yes, the wind blew briskly off the water, but as long as we stayed in the sun, the day was warm enough to make a plein-air painting. The gulls squawked, people walked by, and but for the lack of boats and cars, it could have been summer.                                                                                                                                  My friends Pat and Carol run an antiques store in town. A couple years ago, a guy going very fast in a truck smashed into the building, knocked it off its foundation, broke most everything inside, and ended up destroying more than half of the store. Pat and Carol have had it rebuilt, and it's smaller but very cute, and will soon be open. 
I'm making a 2017 calendar of Wachapreague, which will be available through me, of course, and in their store. So this is Painting No. 1 for the calendar. Yay! 

I WAS THRILLED this week to find that I've been lifted off the waiting list, and will participate in the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which has been named the No. 1 show in the country by Sunshine Artists, the major group that lists and ranks festivals. So that is very exciting! 

The festival is July 14-17, in State College, PA, on the grounds of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Meantime, I've been rejected by the Boardwalk show in Virginia Beach, and wait-listed for Stockley Gardens in Norfolk. Sigh. 

Please check out my website,, to see my show schedule. 

Dog of the Day 

Well, DOGS of the Day... Meet our new additions, Dr. Cooper (brown eyes) and Lulubelle (blue eyes). Less formally, Doc and Lulu. They're about 10 weeks old, at least part Catahoula leopard dog, and part who knows what. They weigh about 7 pounds. 

The big dogs were wary at first, but now they're loving having New Friends! And Peter and I are loving the enthusiasm and joy with which the pups address life. Everything is new, everything is exciting - and maybe, everything is edible. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Yes, it's madness to have six dogs, but it's fun, too. 

A Final Thought

"The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live." 

- Auguste Rodin


Unknown said...

Fantastic! What marvelous, ebullient colors - I love it!

Congrats on the shows, and best of luck!

And congrats on the new pups - they are gorgeous as well - what a great addition!

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Unknown! I like the painting, too, and the pups are indeed a great addition. I wake up every morning wondering what they will do today!