Author: jackie

Why Wholesaling Brought Us More than Just Revenue.

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Which marketing channel is your best source of customers?

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What is the *highest* discount you’re prepared to offer

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How do you keep track of all your important contacts?

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What was the inspiration for starting your business?

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Do you have a morning ritual? How do you kick off your workday?

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When you started your business, how financially stable did you feel?

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What is your #1 goal for 2017 in your small business?

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How do you track your progress when you’re working toward a goal?

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Hummingbirds – Coaster – Tile Art

Coaster Tile

Hummingbird Turq

“Hummingbirds” by artist Jackie Jacobson transformed into a beautiful ceramic tile art coaster. These closeup view of everyones favorite …Hummingbirds with flowers. Painted for my wholesale line with my maiden-name signature “Medow”

Display your coasters on an easel as a fine art painting – tile art.
At dinner – move the coaster to your table for a colorful floral display.
Tile art for your kitchen back-splash is a unique display of art and color.
Coasters – Tile Art
Coasters with Cork Backing
Coaster Size: 4.25″ x 4.25″

IDEA: Mix and Match with these favorites or view the complete coaster collection. (Minimum Order 4 Coaster Tiles)

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Glossy Ceramic Tile Art Coaster
Bottom Surface: 3.75 inch x 3.75 inch cork back to protect counter tops and tables or any surface the tile sits on.
Display Tile Art Coaster on an Easel
Use as a Table Coaster or Bar Coaster
Hang as Wall Art
Kitchen Tile Back-splash – Decorative Tile
How is the Tile Art Made?

Dye sublimation is the process used to decorate the ceramic coaster, using The Tile Master™ heat press. Epson Inkjet printers and sublimation inks print the transfers used to sublimate the tile coasters with unique artwork by Jackie Jacobson. The one absolute requirement of this process is that the tiles must have a polymer coating on them. When a tile is decorated using the sublimation process the image is transferred into the polymer coating and actually becomes a part of it. The tile art coasters are manufactured in the Jackie Jacobson Studios in the Palm Springs area. Stop by the studios for a tour of the tile art production.

Are You Visiting Palm Springs Soon?

What should you do on the weekend in the Palm Springs area?

Shop and have fun at the largest Street Fair in the area?
340 Vendors
Arts – Crafts – and much more
Free Parking
Free Admission
Meet me at the College of the Desert Street Fair. I’m in booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.

Personal Studio Tour

Call ahead for an appointment to have your tour of my studio and gallery in Palm Springs. 760.831.1190. I love spending time with people who are interested in art, painting and meeting the artist. Recent visitors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Vancouver BC have all enjoyed their art studio visits.

If your vacation brings you to Palm Desert Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Banning, Yucca Valley, East Hemet, Coachella, San Jacinto, Hemet, Beaumont, Yucaipa, Twentynine Palms, or any other close by city, then definitely drop by when you are in the area.

New Dog Portraits – Peekapoo


I’ve really been painting some wonderful commissioned dog portraits.
Many have been designer dogs breeds
Today you’ll meet the Peekapoo – Zoey.
I love her fur because it moves like human hair.
And I swear she’s waiting for me to hold her, give her a treat, or something.
So…I needed to learn about her breed. Well here it is.
Enjoy, and I’ll keep you up to date on the next designer dogs breed.

MEET Peekapoo Zoey

Dog Portraits - Peekapoo

Peekapoo “Zoey” ©Jacobson 2015


Dog Portraits – Reference Photo – Peekapoo

Peekapoo - Zoey

Pet Painting reference Photo – Zoey at home

WATCH THIS VIDEO – If you don’t want to read.

For a “designer dog,” the Peekapoo dog breed has a fairly long history; with the help of responsible breeders, it’s possible that the history will get longer still.

Poodle Breed Photo

Poodle Breed Photo

Pekingese Breed Photo

Pekingese Breed Photo


A cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle, he was among the first of the recent slew of Poodle crosses to be developed, back in the 1950s and ’60s. He hasn’t gained as much recognition as some of the other designer dogs, such as the Labradoodle and the Cockapoo, but he’s won enough of a following that he’s thrived for the last five decades.

One possible reason for his success is that some designer dog breeders are trying to create a formal breed, whereas the Peekapoo folks believe that the best Peekapoo is still a cross between a purebred Pekingese and a purebred Poodle, and they don’t breed Peekapoos to Peekapoos. The Peekapoo doesn’t have a club or any organization trying to nudge him into recognition as a breed. This keeps him fairly clear of inherent diseases, although some still occur because a dog’s health depends on how well the breeder has selected the parents.


Peekapoo -  Breed Photo

Like most designer dogs, the Peekapoo was developed to be a companion forpeople with allergies. As with all designer dogs, some can still have coats that produce an average amount of shed hair and dander, setting off a person’s allergies. But even though designer “Doodle” dogs aren’t a perfect fit for those with allergies, the intelligent and affectionate Peekapoo steals many hearts and has made his way into a lot of homes and laps. He’s also begun to see success as a therapy dog.

He makes an excellent watchdog and will bark without fail whenever he sees something or someone he thinks is suspicious. If you live somewhere with noise restrictions, this may not be the breed for you. He may be small, but he has a mighty loud bark.

The Peekapoo is an outdoorsman. He fares best in a home with a fenced yard, although he can do well in an apartment. The Peekapoo should definitely live in a home with air-conditioning, because he can succumb quickly to heat exhaustion thanks to that flat-faced pedigree. He shouldn’t live outdoors or be left unsupervised outside. Proper exercise is a must; expect at least one walk and a good play session in the yard each day. He has a high energy level and if he doesn’t get his daily activity he can become destructive.

A Peekapoo doesn’t extend his affections to strangers; he’s naturally suspicious of them, and they must earn his trust. A Peekapoo needs to be socialized to a variety of people and stimuli to be the well-rounded and affectionate dog that he can easily be.

The Peekapoo generally gets along with everyone in his family. He does well with older, more considerate children, and he must be socialized and raised with children to be accepting of them. He behaves well with other dogs and pets, but again, he needs to be raised with them and properly socialized.

Being a companion dog, the Peekapoo isn’t happy when left alone for long periods at a time. He can suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive when on his own.

Priceless Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits

Sign at the Fair

Dog Portraits

Dog Paintings by Jacobson

This sign hangs in my booth at the street fair.

And…it has definitely attracted lots of interest and commissions for dog portraits.

As you can see from the sign, I paint individual dog portraits.

My focus is on their expression and their features.

I have 2 Dogs.

“Question: Will You Do DOG PAINTINGS Of Two Dogs?”

My answer is always the same.

I really can’t capture the expression on a 20″x20″ canvas.

The dogs will be too small.

So my answer is always NO, I paint one pet portraits per canvas!

And I’ve stuck to it.

One dog paintings per canvas.

I’ve been emphatic, and still got 40 commissions for dog portraits.

And many were of two dogs in one family.


In walked wonderful collectors of my paintings.

And this was their question.

They have a great photo of their 6 dogs, and would love to have them painted on one canvas.

Out came this photo.



Dog Portraits, Dog Paintings
The Puppy Pack

I couldn’t resist this one.

My question was…how did you get them to pose for this photo.

Is it a photoshop stunt?

But nope, this is the Pack, Mom and Dad and 4 kids.

I couldn’t say No!

They agreed to a 30″ x 40″ canvas, with a Red background.

They sent individual photos of each dog that I could use for expressions and features.

They ordered one canvas and notecards.

Today I received this notecard. 

Dog Portraits

The Puppy Pack Portrait © Jacobson 2014

The message inside the notecard…

Thank you so much, We LOVE IT!

Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci  $759 million

Le Reve by Pablo Picasso – $155 million

The Puppy Pack by Jackie JacobsonPriceless 

First thing I learned in art school. There are no rules. As an artist, follow your heart. I did and I’m so happy that I did.

6 Pet Portraits

The Puppy Pack pet portraits was definitely worth every minute I spent painting.

They are priceless!

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Laughter is the Best Medicine.


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Dog Breeds -Portuguese

Breed: Portuguese Water Dog “VanGogh” 

Dog Breeds – The Water Dogs


Coffee Mug - Dog Painting by Jackie Jacobson The first dog I painted in my most recent style was a portuguese water dog. He was all black and I really couldn’t  see anything inspiring to paint. And then came my epiphany. Paint him as VanGogh would have painted. Meet “VanGogh”

Pet Portraits - Dog Painting

“Van Gogh” Breed: Portugese Waterdog

My water dog in living color. And then you get to meet “Snickers” And now for the rest of the story about water dogs.
Portuguese Water dog

Water dog breeds at a glance

Sated with swimming!

In the heat of summer, there’s nothing quite like taking a plunge into cool waters. This applies to dogs, well the ones that love water anyway! And that includes water dogs, like the name says. These canines are on everyone’s lips at the moment, not least due to Bo Obama, the USA’s “first dog”. A Portuguese water dog (cao de agua Portugues) is a real handsome lad with an attractive curly mane who sets dog lovers drooling by the score. What many who “want one just like it” don’t understand is that water dogs are not for everyone, as these pets want to be kept busy. Thrice daily round the block is in no way enough for these dogs. Most of them are just bubbling with temperament and need the right kind of action. Apart from the fiery Portuguese, there are other breeds of water dogs, all from different countries.

Porttuguese Water Dog, Dog Paintings

Breed: Portuguese Water Dog-Snickers

Cao: Portuguese water dog

This black, curly-haired quadruped from Portugal has been around since the BC’s. His breeding standard, however, was only first established at the beginning of the last century. Medium-sized and robust, he comes in two types of fur: wavy with longer fur and curly, like a poodle. This great lover of children has hardly any under coat which means his fur doesn’t moult much but must, however, be cared for and brushed regularly. High-spirited and agile in character, he needs a great deal of diversion to suit his needs and a healthy amount of exercise.

The Spanish water dog:

Water Dogs

Water Dogs • Spanish Water Dog

As well as the Portuguese, there is also the Spanish water dog (perro de agua Espanol) which is considered to be the Cao’s ancestor. This old breed comes from Andalusia. The hallmark trait is the curly coat which, when it grows long, looks like cord. This dog is bred for the water with its willingness to learn and work. He needs activity in keeping with his character and needs to be fully occupied –- including his pretty little black head! Perro: Perro is supposed to be the ancestor of the French representative of water dogs. This latter is called Barbet, which comes from the French word “barbe” meaning “beard” – a pointer to a characteristic of this breed. Barbet, originally from the Orient, was the unflappable watchdog of the middle ages who also cut quite a dash with the hunt. It’s no wonder that even nowadays he still possesses a strong hunting instinct. Properly kept busy, however, he makes a great family dog and a trusty, cheerful companion.

The Irish water dog:

A little more difficult in this respect is the curly-head from Ireland – the Irish water spaniel. His keen sense of vigilance makes him unsuitable for the average beginner. This chestnut-brown Irishman is thought to have originated from a liaison between Irish setter and giant poodle and was the water hunting dog of choice on the emerald Isle, where he made his mark showing courage and stamina. He still possesses both these qualities today and is bursting with energy.

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Stubborn Dogs


10 Most Stubborn Dogs

Dog Breeds that are Stubborn Dogs

artist Jackie Jacobson

‘I owned several of these dog breeds. It would have been good to know about them before I struggled. Today you get to see some of my paintings of the stubborn but great looking dogs that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. No I don’t meet them in person but I feel like I know them. Enjoy today’s info. 

Pigheaded, headstrong, determined and willful

are words that easily apply to these 10 dog breeds. These dogs are all very independent. But independence in dogs is not always ideal. In fact, a dog with a mind of his own can be stubborn and hard to train.

Many dog breeds were developed to do work that required them to act independently. Those dogs tend to be smart, but as family pets, they may need more leadership and training than others. Ultimately, though, they’re worth it.

Chinese Shar-Pei

Dog Portraits - Stubborn Dogs - Dog Breeds

Breed: Shar-Pei – Dolly

The Chinese Shar-Pei’s wrinkly face may make you want to give him a squeeze, but that’s probably not what he wants. The strong-willed guard dogs are highly territorial and can be distrustful of strangers, making them a poor choice for first-time dog owners who haven’t had experience in firm, steadfast training.

Jack Russell Terrier

If you look up the word “tenacious” in the dictionary, you may see a picture of the Jack Russell Terrier. Bred to eradicate pesky vermin from farms, the breed has an impressive drive to work and dig. She can be difficult to live with if you’re not able to channel that energy and single-mindedness into dog sports that she enjoys, like earthdog trials, agility or terrier races.


Stubborn Dogs - Dog Breeds -  Chihuahua

Breed:Chihuahua Princess Red

Don’t let the Chihuahua’s teeny frame fool you. If the little dogs have a reputation for being spoiled and untrainable, it’s probably because their owners have let them get away with things that wouldn’t be tolerated in larger dogs. The good news is that Chihuahuas are intelligent, and many respond well to consistent rules and structure – if you’re smart enough to give that to them.

Miniature Pinscher

There’s a good reason people call the Miniature Pinscher the King of the Toys. This willful canine enjoys hobbies such as digging, barking and chasing anything that moves – and he doesn’t particularly care if you don’t share his interests. With the Min Pin, it’s important not to let him get away with bad behaviors or they could become habits that are almost impossible to break.

Subborn Dogs - Dog Breed Minature Pinscher

Breed:MinPin – Spike

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog has worked as a herding and flock-guarding dog since the 15th century, and like many of her herding dog cousins, she needs activities to keep her physically and mentally occupied. She sometimes has a possessive temperament and is prone to stealing and stashing household items that you’ll probably spend hours searching for.

Tibetan Mastiff

Stubborn Dogs - Stubborn Dog Breeds

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As a breed that’s guarded people for more than 2,000 years, the Tibetan Mastiff can come across as strong-willed and overprotective. His protective nature combined with his independent mindset mean his attitude is “my way or the highway” – especially if he thinks it’s for your safety. Early and frequent training helps this breed be better-behaved and less wary of strangers.


Stubborn Dogs - Dog Breeds - Beagle

AKC photo © Beagle

If there’s one thing you need to know about Beagles, it’s this: They are ruled by their noses. The breed’s powerful sense of smell can lead them to escape from the yard or break into the dog food bag. Another thing you should know: They have selective hearing. Beagles are skilled at ignoring commands and wandering off. They are highly motivated by food. So if you want your Beagle to listen to you (and not his nose), command his attention with treats
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
The personality of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is said to be somewhere between a Golden Retriever’s and a terrier’s – meaning that the breed is smart,  and easy to train, but he likes to do things his own way. Keep him in check by establishing firm rules and challenging him mentally.

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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are smart dogs, but they can be manipulative, mischievous and stubborn. They were bred by Tibetan monks to protect people, not to please them. The keys to training the breed are consistency, firmness and short, fun training sessions.


Collies are eager to please and love people, but they can be a bit stubborn. As a herding breed, they learned to make decisions without human input. They also are known for trying to herd humans by nipping at their heels. It’s up to you to train and socialize your Collie so his independence works for you – not against you.

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Meet the Breed – Chihuahuas


Why am I writing about Chihuahuas today? Well last week I painted Princess.

I painted Princess in Red and  was really happy with my painting. I couldn’t wait to hear from the family. And then the phone rang. For the first time since I started painting portraits of peoples pets I made a mistake. I painted Princess on a Red Background. It was supposed to be on a Blue Background. I was devastated. Imagine me making a mistake 🙂  It was  back to the drawing boards, and today I’m showing off Princess in Red and in Blue.  

One of my favorite restaurants is in Lafayette LA – The Blue Dog Cafe. I ate there surrounded by George Rodrigue’s paintings. 

Blue Dog - George Rodrigue 2007

The Blue Dog It was a myth, the loup-garou which inspired Rodrigue to paint his most famous series. Painted for a book on Cajun Ghost Stories (Bayou, Inkwell. 1984) this werewolf-type dog was already a familiar legend to Rodrigue, who often heard the stories as a boy.

My lesson learned. Mistakes often lead me to new adventures. I’m asking for your choice- red or blue? Tell me in the comments below. Meanwhile…today’s post is about Chihuahuas…the breed. Enjoy!


AKC Meet the Breeds® -Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas - artist Jackie Jacobson

Princess Red © Jacobson 2014

Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated even though small in size. The breed can be any color – solid, marked or splashed and the coat may be long or short. These sassy little dogs are well known as “purse dogs” like the famous Bruiser in the movie Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon.

Learn about the lifestyle of a Chihuahua, its grooming needs, and more, here.


Drink Coasters

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In The Pet Friendly Doghouse

‘Talk about Pet Friendly. Today’s article is about pet friendly homes that have ‘pet suites’ for owners who want to splurge. Pet owners now think of their furry friends as children, experts say. So like we make our home child-safe…these pet owners thing of their homes as pet friendly. For me…it’s another look into what’s up today with people and their pets. It makes painting their furry friends more fun. Enjoy this one. 



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Boo, Olivia, Buzz and Buddy . (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Developers are building a new breed of homes that offer optional ‘pet suites’

Upstairs, the master bathroom has a spa built for him and her modeled after a five-star resort, with dual showers and porcelain tile. Downstairs, there’s another spa, but this one is strictly for paws and fur.

Each floor plan for the new homes being built in Brea, in a development known as Avignon at Blackstone, includes an optional 170-square-foot “pet suite.” The suite includes a tiled washing station with leash tie-downs and a hand-held sprayer, a pet dryer, a cabinet with built-in bedding, a stackable washer/dryer combo (separate from the human laundry room), a flat-screen TV and a patio door that opens to a dog run.

The developer, Irvine-based Standard Pacific Homes, says it’s building homes with the lap dog of luxury in mind.

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Dogs explore an optional 170-square-foot pet suite at Standard Pacific Homes’ Avignon at Blackstone development in Brea. The suite includes a tiled washing station with a hand-held sprayer. Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

“It comes back to enhancing the lives of our homeowners who are pet owners,” said Danielle Tocco, a spokeswoman for Standard Pacific.

Pet-friendly residential design is gaining popularity

as owners become more sensitive to their pets’ needs, said Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

“Such inclusive designs range from apartment complexes with dog-washing facilities, cat-friendly interior design, dog runs, trails and parks, and entire communities oriented toward living with companion and other animals,” Wolch said.

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Boo, Olivia, Buzz and Buddy, all dogs belonging to a Standard Pacific Homes employee, check out the pet suite option. Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times


But Michael Bianchi, managing broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, said that after polling his network of 150 agents about the pet suites, he thinks Standard Pacific has taken pet-friendly offerings to a new level.

“Standard Pacific is the only builder offering it as a package,” Bianchi said. “The reality is, the amount of money people are spending on their pets is going through the roof. So why wouldn’t they?”

The home builder is just one of many responding to a surge in pet ownership — nearly 70% of American households have pets — and spending, according to a pet industry survey. The companies are also capitalizing on a trend that experts call “pet humanization.” Owners now think of their furry friends as children, and have begun to redefine what they consider necessary supplies, services and treatments, economists and pet industry experts say.

Pet friendly

Buddy stands by as a Standard Pacific employee gives the shower a test run. Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

“Some dogs, you know, they’re just born into luxury.”– Kelly Stern, owner of Beverly Hills Caviar

Wealthy pet owners have long splurged on high-end offerings that in many ways mirror what’s available for humans — hotel-style kennel accommodations, fitness programs, expensive veterinary treatments and organic, gluten-free foods, some even prepared by private chefs.

Dogs at D Pet Hotels in Hollywood are boarded in “suites,” including some outfitted like human bedrooms. Grooming options include full-body massages and detoxifying thermal wraps, and a chauffeur service will pick up lucky dogs in a Bentley, Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini Gallardo. Owner Alissa Cruz said her clients want to provide such creature comforts for dogs that love them unconditionally, like children who never talk back.

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Shop for Furniture

I chose today’s article because of one sentence in the piece. “Pick something because you like it,” she says. “Don’t worry about why and where it’s going to go.” And this is true when selecting Art also. 

Decorating 101:

How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes when buying furniture

Houzz Editorial Staff.
Once you’ve decided what you want your home to look like, picked your colors, and figured out how much you can afford to spend, it’s time to turn your attention to furniture.
Whether you’re fresh out of college or entering your golden years, chances are, you’ve already accumulated some pieces. But should you keep them or start from scratch? Where should you go to buy the rest of the stuff you need? And how do you avoid making a mistake when buying furniture?
First, take a look at the furniture you already have. If a piece is cheap, get rid of it. If the style is dated, let it go — unless it has sentimental value, in which case you might consider refreshing it with new upholstery or a new finish.If you’re still uncertain about whether to keep things, consider hiring an interior designer, even on just an hourly basis, to help you sift through your possessions and tell you what’s worth saving.“The decorator will see things through a different lens,” says Allison Caccoma of Caccoma Interiors.
Once you’ve vetted your collection, you have one more step to complete before you hit the stores. “Don’t purchase anything until you have the entire room worked out — the rug, furniture, window treatments and lighting,” says Caccoma. While it’s not necessary to identify the precise pieces, you should have a sense of what you want each piece to look like. In fact, you might even want to assemble a project board, with clippings of the kinds of pieces you’re looking for.“People often make the mistake of buying an item, and then are locked into decorating the room around that one item,” Caccoma says.
But how can you know what pieces you want until you get a sense of what’s available? This is the time to do a little reconnaissance. Visit your local to-the-trade design center (most allow consumers to look, though not necessarily to buy) and get a sense of current styles, what’s available and what you like. Spend some time on Houzz, pick up a bunch of design magazines and visit stores and antiques shops. “People need to broaden their horizons and just see what’s out there,” says designer Claudia Juestel of Adeeni Design Group.
Some designers advocate buying big pieces first. Whether you buy them first or last, it’s usually a good idea to keep those furnishings understated.“Keep your fabrics a little on the neutral side, and then bring the color in on your walls and your throw pillows,” advises Caccoma.Comfort is critical. Don’t be afraid to sink your money into seating.“Buy the best sofa you can afford,” advises Juestel. Try to sit or lie on the piece before you buy, and if you can afford it, upgrade your cushions from solid foam to foam wrapped in down. If you do most of your sitting in the family room rather than the living room, spend the money on those pieces, instead of on pieces that’ll never get used.
Upholstered pieces are a relatively large investment, so you’ll want things that will last through changes in your lifestyle and taste. As a rule, it’s best to go with simple, clean lines. And don’t fret too much about whether furnishings will go together, Caccoma says. Generally speaking, if you like the pieces, they’ll work together.“Pick something because you like it,” she says. “Don’t worry about why and where it’s going to go.”

Stanford – The Cantor

Stanford University

The Cantor Art Center 

I’m back from my vacation in Northern California. And what a treat to visit Stanford University campus in Palo Alto. 

Leland Stanford Junior University, or more commonly Stanford University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

My favorite, among the many attractions around Stanford University, was the The Cantor Arts Center. Known for its collection of Rodin Sculptures, I became involved with a sculpture in the museums more contemporary exhibit hall of painting and sculpture.

Pictured here with my favorite from the The Cantor Art Center Collection… I bring you a little history of sculptor Duane Hanson.

Duane Hanson Sculpture - artist Jackie Jacobson

Jackie Jacobson – The Cantor Art Center



Duane Hanson, in full Duane Elwood Hanson   (born Jan. 17, 1925, Alexandria, Minn., U.S.—died Jan. 6, 1996, Boca Raton, Fla.), American figurative sculptor whose lifelike figures made of cast fibreglass and polyester resin and dressed in everyday clothes often fooled the public into believing that they were viewing real people.Because of its faithfulness to reality, Hanson’s work is often categorized with that of the Photo-realist painters of the same era, who based their paintings on photographic images.

Unlike the two-dimensional paintings, however, Hanson’s three-dimensional objects, life-size and realistic down to the hair on their arms, are uncanny in that they are simultaneously familiar in their lifelike appearance and yet strange as static works of art.

Duane Hanson - Sculptor

Hanson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1946. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota and in 1951 completed an M.F.A. in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Hanson taught for several years in Germany, where he met the German artist George Grygo, whose work in polyester resin and fibreglass had a great influence on his sculptures. Hanson returned to the United States and settled in Atlanta and in 1963 began his own experiments with the material. In 1967 he produced his first life-size work.

Like George Segal, an American sculptor whom Hanson greatly admired, he cast his figures from life. Hanson chose his model carefully and then posed him or her in a manner that would best capture his basic theme.

Duane Hanson, Old Couple on a Bench

Duane Hanson, Old Couple on a Bench, 1995, Palm Spring Art Museum

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(His earliest work showed figures in midmotion, but he preferred the effect he obtained with static poses.) Hanson then painted the cast figures, adding such precise details as mosquito bites or varicose veins. Finally, he clothed and accessorized his sculptures, using props as necessary. Often he created veritable tableaux or mini-installations with figures situated in real contexts with real things.

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Young Shopper, Duane Hanson

“I’m not duplicating life, I’m making a statement about human values,” Hanson said. “I show the empty-headedness, the fatigue, the aging, the frustration. These people can’t keep up with the competition. They’re left out, psychologically handicapped.”

Hanson’s subjects of the late 1960s were political, including war, gang victims, and the homeless. Though he later tempered his political message, he continued to address the largely thankless roles of the working class—housewives, repairmen, office cleaners, dishwashers, museum guards, and janitors, whose bowed heads and vacant gazes reveal boredom and exhaustion.

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Well there you have it. Inspired by my trip to Stanford University and The Cantor Art Center…a pleasant run in with this official looking man standing against the wall, and waiting to meet me. If you haven’t met one of Duane Hanson’s people, make sure you find a museum that has a Duane Hanson sculpture, and spend some time with him, her of them. It’s really fun.

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Van Gogh – Famous Art & Paintings

Two video lessons on the art of Vincent van Gogh.

We learn about van Gogh’s famous Bedroom painting and the van Gogh self portrait.

Enjoy both videos. It’s an opportunity to learn the hows, whys and whats of Vincent van Gogh.


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Speakers: Dr. Beth HarrisDr. Steven Zucker

Van Gogh

van Gogh “The Bedroom”


Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889, oil on canvas, 29 x 36-5/8 inches / 73.6 x 92.3 cm (Art Institute of Chicago)

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853-1890

The Bedroom, 1889

Oil on canvas
29 x 36 5/8 in. (73.6 x 92.3 cm)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.417

Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture Gallery 241

Art Institute Chicago — Permanent collection label

 vanGogh – About “The Bedroom”

van Gogh’s The Bedroom, which is usually on view in gallery 241, has been removed so that it could be included in the exhibition van Gogh at Work at the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, from September 1, 2013, to January 12, 2014. The painting will be reinstalled in this location following the close of the exhibition.

Vincent van Gogh’s three versions of this composition are the only record he made of the interior of the Yellow House, where he lived while he was in Arles in the south of France.

The house embodied the artist’s dream of a “Studio of the South,” a community of like-minded artists working in harmony to create art for the future.

The first version of The Bedroom (van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) was one of the paintings van Gogh made to decorate the house in anticipation of the arrival of his first guest, Paul Gauguin.

“It’s just simply my bedroom,” he wrote, “only here color is to do everything … to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general.In a word, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination.”

Gauguin’s stay at the Yellow House would be fraught with tension: after two months, van Gogh’s self-mutilation and Gauguin’s flight back to Paris ended the Studio of the South.

van Gogh made this second version of The Bedroom about a year after the first, while he was living at an asylum in Saint-Rémy.



The work of van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Seurat together constitute Post-Impressionism and yet their work is so varied and unrelated, we might never otherwise think of these four artists as a group. Certainly van Gogh and Gauguin were friends and they briefly painted together, but each of these artists was concerned with solving particular issues that had to do with their own individual sensibility. Ironically, if anything ties these artists together it is this focus on subjectivity.

Forgotten Words

16 Weird Forgotten English Words

We Should Bring Back

I found this idea interesting. My question … Do you find it interesting? Let me know in the comments below | Jackie

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The Word Museum – Jeffrey Kacirk


By: Erin McCarthy

English changes all the time, often in subtle ways—so it’s not surprising that we’ve lost many delightful words and phrases along the way. In his wonderful book Forgotten English, Jeffrey Kacirk takes a closer look at the origins and histories of these language relics. Here are a few of our favorite words from the book; for more, check out Kacirk’s website.


The medieval era’s Miss Cleos, these so-called wise men made predictions based on what was happening in the sky.


This word, from the Latin root crapula, arose in the 18th century. According to Kacirk, it “denoted intestinal and cranial distress … arising from intemperance and debauchery.” Put another way: If you get crunk, expect crapulence.


A term describing a servant who who did his duty only lazily except when within sight of his master, “a form of insincerity known as ‘eye-service,'” Kacirk notes. Replace servant with employee and master with boss, and you could probably know a few people to whom this term would apply.


This expression is Old English for “fleeting weeks,” and refers to what we today call a honeymoon. Flitterwochen is, obviously, a much better word.


Though this term comes from the 18th century, chances are you know a fribbler. He says he’s really a lady, but just won’t commit. The behavior of a fribbler was called fribbledom, by the way.


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Groaning Cheese

Back in the day, husbands didn’t just hold their wives’ hands during childbirth—they gave them the medieval version of an epidural: Cheese. Groaning-cheese was said to soothe a lady in labor, and so husbands paired it with groaning-cake and groaning-drink.


A word from the 18th century for the dilation of blood vessels—caused by long-term overconsumption of the drink—in an alcoholic’s nose.



Lettice Cap

A medical device (which Kacirk says resembles a hair net) that was used in the 16th and 17th centuries. After the patient’s head was shaved, the cap was filled with herbs and placed on his head, supposedly curing him of ailments like headaches and insomnia.


This Middle English word originally meant “an incorrigible, dogmatic old pedant,” but eventually came to refer to an incorrect opinion that someone clung to. According to Kacirk, the word originated with an illiterate 15th century clergyman, who incorrectly copied the Latin word sumpsimus and read it in mass.


If people living from medieval times up until the 19th century had a bad dream, they could blame it on a night-hag. This female demon’s M.O. was to kidnap people at night on horseback, and give them nightmares by “producing a feeling of suffocation,” according to Kacirk. There were a number of strategies for keeping a night-hag at bay, including: placing bread blessed at the local parish under a child’s pillow; arranging shoes under the bed with the toes pointing out; and hanging flint chips—aka hag-stones—around the bedposts.


A 17th century term for a surgeon who specialized in curing pox or the clap.


This Anglo-Saxon word, taken from Old French, refers to animal intestines and internal organs, which were eaten by peasants in a dish called garbage pye. Yum!


From the the 16th to 19th centuries, people would have called lawyers like Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman petty-foggers. “For a fee, these attorneys were willing to quibble over insignificant legal points … or use unethical practices in order to win a case,” Kacirk writes.


Chaucer coined this term (which, according to Kacirk, comes from the phrase “pig’s eye”) for a sweetheart. Use it next Valentine’s Day and see what happens.


A 16th century word for a bald head, which apparently resembled peeled garlic.


Nobody wants to say that the exterminator is coming over. Use this 14th century term—taken from the Old French word raton and the Medieval Latin word ratonis, which both refer to rats, according to Kacirk—instead.

May 21, 2014 – 7:00pm


Erin McCarthy

Erin is the Managing Editor of Previously, she covered everything from natural disasters to bridge engineering to the science behind sci-fi movies for Popular Mechanics magazine. When she’s not editing or writing, you can find her karaoking, watching Investigation Discovery and hockey (go NYR!), or hanging out with her cats, Oliver and Pearl.

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Painting Revisits


How to Keep Coming up with New Ideas for Paintings

“Jackie I need two new paintings for my upstairs guest room.
Oh… And I need them soon…like next week
Oh…and I have almost every flower painting of yours, so I want something new
Oh…and I’d really like some blue…and maybe teal…and yellow…and white and….YIKES”



Georgia O’keefe did it many times. Revisit an old painting.

How do I keep coming up with new ideas?

I revisit older paintings

So here I go…

I started with 2 tea stain Gardenias that I painted in 2007.

Last year I repainted gardenia I.
And then Gardenia III.

Painting - Gardenia

Gardenia V Red – © Jacobson 2014

Last month I painted Gardenia Red …yes it’s a revisit of Gardenia III

AND then I did Gardenia Blue…not my favorite so back to the drawing board.

Well here they are Gardenia I and Gardenia III Teal.

I’ll paint her’s in Teal. It’s my favorite accent color, but now it will be my main color.

Here you go… you get a closer look.

Gardenia Teal

Painting - Gardenia

Gardenia I Teal © Jacobson 2014

Gardenia I Teal has a dark blue ground at the bottom and a teal at the top.

The flower petals are mostly white. This version is based on strong contrasts.

Painting - Gardenia

Gardenia III Teal © Jacobson 2014

Gardenia III Teal has a mid-toned bottom with the same teal at the top.

The flower petals are varied in colors and the entire piece is more mid-tones than strong contrast.

Time to Vote for your Favorite

So now you get to play collector and critic.

Which one do you prefer?

It’s Time to vote for your favorite.

Just type Gardenia I or Gardenia III

The voting place is in the comment area below.

I really appreciate your vote and your thoughts. It helps with future projects.

Again thanks so much for being here. I’ll be back again next week with more art ideas and thoughts. Til then…have a good one.

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Painting and Cooking






Last week I talked about my two passions; Painting and Cooking.
So why cooking?
Here’s my story. It became apparent that my health would improve if I lost weight.
The truth is that I’ve been on every diet plan in America.
5 pounds is all that I could ever lose.
And then the doctors ordered me to lose the weight.
Specifically I needed to lose 24 pounds First time that has ever happened.
So I decided to meet the challenge.
Here’s what I did.
I’ve been doing the painting, and Al has been doing the cooking and shopping.

My First change…I decided on the Mayo Clinic Diet Plan, a diet designed by medical professionals from a reputable health institute. I bought the meal plan book, the journal and the New Mayo Clinic Cookbook.
My Second big time change…No restaurant eating for the first 16 weeks of my new eating plans.
And here’s the third really big change…
I took over the meal planning, the grocery shopping and all of the cooking.
I plan one week of meals every Friday…grocery shop on Mondays, and cook meals daily (except for Saturday and Sunday)
You got it…those are street fair days. So I plan Thursday and Friday meals for 4, leftovers for Saturday and Sunday.

How is Cooking like Painting?

My thrill is all of the prep that goes into a meal (just like painting) and then voila…
onto the range and into the oven.
These are James Beard inspired recipes and many include around 20 ingredients.
I am inspired and successful. I’m eating lots of food, and actually losing weight.

16 Weeks of the Diet

16 weeks diet results…I lost 16 pounds.
And the food…gourmet. And it is like painting, only I substitute food for paint.
The plating and presentation is my signature to the nightly piece of food art.
Yep, I love it and I actually never feel like I’m doing this to lose weight.
I’ve learned to shop for and eat vegetables that I never used before. I’m in love with mushrooms, leeks and fennel.
Oh and the meal plans must include 3 days of fish. That’s new for me…for sure. I was a red meat lady.
Now I’m a salmon, a cod and a shrimp kind of woman.
So today I’m sharing my favorite recipe.

Provencal Fish Stew Recipe

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Photo : Oxmoor House

Serve with a Caesar Salad and a crusty French Baguette.

A meal just like one served in any fine restaurant in New Orleans.

 Wait until the last 3 minutes to add the shrimp and fish; they don’t need to cook long.  If you don’t want to use the wine, you can replace it with 1/4 cup of fish stock, chicken broth, or water. Oxmoor House MARCH 2010

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
  • Cook time:11 Minutes
  • Prep time:4 Minutes


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped leek
  • 1/2 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 6 ounces grouper or other firm white fish, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • Parsley sprigs (optional)


  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add leek, fennel, and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in tomatoes, broth, wine, and 1 tablespoon parsley; bring to a boil.
  • Add fish and shrimp; cook 3 minutes or until done.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, and garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

There you have it…painting and cooking, my two passions.

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I’m back



Pet Portrait - Painting

“Dufy” Breed:Tibetan Terrier

It’s Jackie and I’m back from a very long time away from The Art Blog.

I’ll make the story really short.

Last September I had some health issues, which led me to question…

What am I doing with my time?

How do I stop the stress I’ve created in my life?

So I made a short list of the most important things.

Of course they were Al (my soulmate), my health, and painting.

So what did I have to give up, so that I can focus on these three important things?

My time on the Art Blog

Educating and inspiring others on the art blog 2-3 times a week.

Creating art blog videos and writing scripts 2-3 times a week.

Posting articles to Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter daily.

Got the picture? I had no time to spend with Al, no time for a social evening with friends, no time to focus on healthy eating and meal planning and definitely no time to paint.

So I stopped posting to the blog and all of the social stuff and focused on healthy living and eating. And of course I found that cooking all of my meals instead of buying them frozen could lead to better health. (That’s a story for another blog post)

And most of all, I took the time to start to really focus on painting.

Dog Portrait


Pet Portraits - Dog Painting

“Van Gogh” Breed: Portugese Waterdog

First thing…was to complete a dog portrait that was commissioned about a year earlier. It was a success and has led me on a new path. Expressive dog portrait paintings. Here’s that painting, which I call VanGogh, and the original photo that inspired the dog portrait. Once I hung the print at the street fair, I’ve been commissioned to do 26 paintings of my wonderful collector’s pets. Yes I have some commissions for cats also.

There it is…where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. I hope to hear from you soon. Leave a comment below, and I’ll be back with you in about a week. For now…I’m cooking up a wonderful fish stew.

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Art Speak


Internatonal Art English

When I Lived in Chicago, I went to art gallery openings every month. They were extremely crowded and you could not see the art. The guests were all talking in a language I did not understand. They talked about what the artist meant in their work, and it all sounded foreign to me. But it was a must attend, if you wanted to be part of the art scene. Today’s article clears it all up for me. There is an International Art English. So I found a website that writes your About Me. You’ll find my art and me translated into this International Art English. I don’t understand a word of it, do you… Please comment your thoughts below. Thanks and enjoy.

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A user’s guide to artspeak


Why do so many galleries use such pompous, overblown prose to describe their exhibits?
Well, there’s now a name for it: International Art English.
And you have to speak it to get on. Andy Beckett enters the world of waffle
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‘ Art Speak – Anyone know what “transversal” means?’

The Simon Lee Gallery in Mayfair is currently showing work by the veteran American artist Sherrie Levine. A dozen small pink skulls in glass cases face the door. A dozen small bronze mirrors, blandly framed but precisely arranged, wink from the walls.In the deep, quiet space of the London gallery, shut away from Mayfair’s millionaire traffic jams, all is minimal, tasteful and oddly calming.

Until you read the exhibition hand-out – “Art Speak”


Art Speak - Internation Art English


“The artist brings the viewer face to face with their own preconceived hierarchy of cultural values and assumptions of artistic worth,” it says. “Each mirror imaginatively propels its viewer forward into the seemingly infinite progression of possible reproductions that the artist’s practice engenders, whilst simultaneously pulling them backwards in a quest for the ‘original’ source or referent that underlines Levine’s oeuvre.”

If you’ve been to see contemporary art in the last three decades, you will probably be familiar with the feelings of bafflement, exhaustion or irritation that such gallery prose provokes. You may well have got used to ignoring it. As Polly Staple, art writer and director of the Chisenhale Gallery in London, puts it: “There are so many people who come to our shows who don’t even look at the programme sheet. They don’t want to look at anywriting about art.”

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Dahia IX •Tile Art Mural ©Jacobson

Art Speak –  About Artist Jackie Jacobson

Here’s an example of my information translated into Art Speak.

These are the questions I answered, followed by the Art Speak about me and my painting

1. Personal Data

Gender: Male Female
First name:
Date of birth:

2. Media

Painting and Drawing

3. My main themes are . . .

Form and Representation

The “ART SPEAK VERSION” of artist…Jackie Jacobson 

Her paintings are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. By choosing mainly formal solutions, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. Jackie Jacobson currently lives and works in Indio, CA.

Is this the artist Jackie Jacobson that you know?

Art Speak ??? Exclusive or gibberish.

And here’s the rest of the article…

With its pompous paradoxes and its plagues of adverbs, its endless sentences and its strained rebellious poses, much of this promotional writing serves mainly, it seems, as ammunition for those who still insist contemporary art is a fraud. Surely no one sensible takes this jargon seriously?

David Levine and Alix Rule do. “Art English is something that everyone in the art world bitches about all the time,” says Levine, a 42-year-old American artist based in New York and Berlin. “But we all use it.” Three years ago, Levine and his friend Rule, a 29-year-old critic and sociology PhD student at Columbia university in New York, decided to try to anatomise it. “We wanted to map it out,” says Levine, “to describe its contours, rather than just complain about it.”

They christened it International Art English, or IAE, and concluded that its purest form was the gallery press release, which – in today’s increasingly globalised, internet-widened art world – has a greater audience than ever. “We spent hours just printing them out and reading them to each other,” says Levine. “We’d find some super-outrageous sentence and crack up about it. Then we’d try to understand the reality conveyed by that sentence.”

Next, they collated thousands of exhibition announcements published since 1999 by e-flux, a powerful New York-based subscriber network for art-world professionals. Then they used some language-analysing software called Sketch Engine, developed by a company in Brighton, to discover what, if anything, lay behind IAE’s great clouds of verbiage.

Their findings were published last year as an essay in the voguish American art journal Triple Canopy; it has since become one of the most widely and excitedly circulated pieces of online cultural criticism. It is easy to see why. Levine and Rule write about IAE in a droll, largely jargon-free style. They call it “a unique language” that has “everything to do with English, but is emphatically not English. [It] is oddly pornographic: we know it when we see it.”

IAE always uses “more rather than fewer words”. Sometimes it uses them with absurd looseness: “Ordinary words take on non-specific alien functions. ‘Reality,’ writes artist Tania Bruguera, ‘functions as my field of action.'” And sometimes it deploys words with faddish precision: “Usage of the word speculative spiked unaccountably in 2009; 2011 saw a sudden rage for rupture; transversal now seems poised to have its best year ever.”