Carrie’s Painting of the Week

Springtime on the Salt Marsh

By Carrie Jacobson

For weeks now, I’ve been pushing at something – or, more accurately, something’s been pushing at me – and yesterday, with this painting, I think it pushed through.

It’s hard to explain this feeling. I wrote here, first, that I was a little dissatisfied with my paintings recently – but that’s not really right, as I have loved my recent paintings.

I think it’s more that I have had this idea, an idea of a feeling that I’ve wanted the paintings to have, and they just haven’t had that feeling, not completely. But since it’s something I haven’t really felt myself, and something I haven’t seen, all I’ve known is that the stuff I’ve been doing has not created that feeling. Not catalyzed it, at least not for me.

With this little painting, I feel that I’ve broken through. There’s something in this piece, in the colors, in the daubs and smooshes of paint, in the luscious quality of the marsh against the thinner quality of the sky, something that gives me the feeling I’ve been seeking.

Freedom? Joy? Awakening? I still don’t know what it is, exactly, but I know that this piece begins to have it.

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5 Responses to “Carrie’s Painting of the Week”

  1. Jean Webster Says:

    I love the daubs and smooches in your marsh painting. I love marshes, and can barely stand to drive on by the ones we see when we travel here in Maine. I have favorites, you see.This is an interesting way to handle the marshes of this season, and I commend you.
    Another marsh lover,

  2. Michael Kaufman Says:

    Whatever it is, I like it!


  3. carrie Says:

    Thanks for the note, Jean! I love the marshes, too – the one in Maine that I love is on the Turnpike near Yarmouth. Falmouth? Just before you get to Freeport.

    I paint lots of marshes – I am an addict! – so check out my blog, too: You can sign up to get the blog emailed to you when I have new paintings…

    I really appreciate the note!

  4. Anita Says:

    Carrie, I like the smooshes and the way the color of the sky is reflected in the marsh.

  5. Carrie Says:

    Hi, Anita and Michael – Just found your comments in my spam folder! I am so glad you like this painting. I continue to find it very interesting, and continue to feel that it’s a gateway to…. well who knows? We’ll see!

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