Carrie’s Painting of the Week

Dawn Over the Ocean

By Carrie Jacobson

I had my first show outside of New England this weekend, and though it was brutally, brutally hot in Annapolis, the show was fun and financially successful.

I am realizing some things about these shows, and where they bring me and the people who visit. Inside the tent, the atmosphere is intimate. We stand close because we have to, in this 10-foot by 10-foot space. My paintings are on the walls, pieces of my heart and my soul, in color, unhidden.

I love being in this place and talking with people about art, and life – I especially love listening to their stories, and their remembrances. Nearly everyone has an aunt or a mother or a grandfather who painted, or who is a painter – and so my paintings evoke memories in them. Their faces soften, they smile, they share, and we all learn something about each other.

Any day that there’s an exchange like that, I think, it’s a good day.

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