Monday, March 27, 2017

Everyone "JOIN" Monday is Artday

This is my entry for "Join" and I hope it conveys the message that all artists are welcome and will make this blog a successful platform to display our art.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My new entry for Monday Art Day!

"The Paint Mines"

Last week's theme for Monday Art Day was "desert".  I chose to do a muted drawing of the Paint Mines in Colorado that I visited years ago.  It's a beautiful place with colors of yellow ochre, pinks, purples, and red contrasted with a chalky white.  I don't know if it's possible to go there now because it was on private land back in the early 1990's.  It's definitely worth a visit.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

More progress on the Christmas painting-Yay!

More work on the Christmas painting. I'm trying to bring each vignette to the same stage. If you look closely at the one with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in the background you'll see angels. I changed the view of the kitty. Redrew Gracie. She was too big for her age in the photo I'm using. Darkened the Christmas tree scene background. Just noticed a mistake I need to fix!  Ha ha!  So much more to do!!!! It's a very dark painting right now but that will really change.
Sent from my iPhone

Monday, February 20, 2017

My post for Monday Art Day.....Finally!

So I belong to a very fun blog that's called Monday Art Day. I decided this would be a very good thing to pick back up again as I haven't posted on there for years. Each week there's a challenge. This week's was Folk Art done in a medium you aren't used to. Say what? So I decided to take a sketch that I used all my artist's skills on and turn it into Folk Art. You would think that it would be easy but it isn't! That's why I'm rotten at Pictionary. Artists can't forget what they've learned very easily. I also decided to use crayons. I had no idea how hard it would be as I forgot they have little tiny crumbs that smudge. Yuck! I almost started over with another medium but decided to make myself solve the problems. Here's my entry. I hope it looks folksy enough!

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Okay, so I know it's been way too long since my last entry but we've had so many major problems since then in our family. I don't know if I mentioned it before but our daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2015 and had a double mastectomy.  She carries the BRCA2 gene mutation like Angelina Jolie.  Then I was diagnosed with the same thing.  It means chances of having breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostrate cancer, and pancreatic cancer are greater than in a normal  population.  Note that I didn't just say female because men can get breast cancer also and there's the prostrate element in it also.   I listed chances in that order.  Gracie lives in NYC with 2 very small children and a husband that is a resident doctor at a NYC hospital.  Of course we were back there constantly to help and it was a good thing I had my job with jetBlue.  The company was wonderful about helping us and others to get on flights.

In April I had genetic counseling and they advised me that because I was older I didn't need to have a mastectomy but further screening as a precaution.  Also they advised me to get my ovaries out.  We decided that 2017 would be the year for that as we already had enough to deal with with upcoming help for Gracie.  Would you believe I started to fill bloated and when I ate I filled up too fast.  This was in September and I started to think this reminded me of my sister's ovarian cancer 17 years ago (she's still alive!).  The symptoms continued and I called my doctor to ask about it.  We were slated to go back to NYC as Gracie was having breast reconstruction.  The nurse asked if I was bleeding and I said no.  So she said I could wait until I got back to come in.  That's what I did.  In the meantime when I was in NYC I kept thinking what is the deal?!?  Why is my stomach feeling so fat?!?  I must need exercise.  So I was running up and down her apartment building stairs constantly the whole time I was there.

I came back and still had symptoms but I had an appointment for the doctor towards the end of November.  When I went in she ordered tests but the next day, as I was working, after 4 hours I thought this is ridiculous!  It will take days before the insurance is approved for the tests.  I told my husband we have to go to the ER.  So of course they discovered malignant cells in all the liquid that the cancer had produced in my abdomen.  Long story made short:  I had surgery for ovarian cancer 11/29/16.  Actually it's really Fallopian tube cancer.  They're sure it started there and usually does with BRCA2  patients.  Now I'm undergoing chemotherapy at a  great place in Salt Lake City:  the Huntsman Cancer Center.  I feel confident that, even though it's 3rd stage, I'm going to beat it just like my sister.

So, any women out there, please take note of my symptoms and don't ignore them. If I had I probably wouldn't be here.  A doctor told us that they hardly ever diagnose this type of cancer early unless the woman is in some kind of accident and they discover inadvertently that something is wrong with her ovaries.

Here it's the end of January and yesterday I felt well enough to paint, finally.  Chemo really takes it out of you.  I'll post later more about it but for now I just want to say that I'm going to try and keep up with my art.  It's hard as my hands are very shaky sometimes but I think it's very very important to have something about me besides my cancer diagnosis.

P. S. Gracie is doing so well!  So far so good!  Can you believe that this happened to a mother and daughter all within the space of a year.  Too strange for words! 

Saturday, October 17, 2015


So, here I go again.  This is a long time coming and one I've thought about for quite a while.  It's a family Christmas painting with scenes that mean something to all of us.  In a sense it's a limited audience but not really.  Most people love to see little boys walking to bed with candles and little girls standing next to a cute snowman.  Most of us have gingerbread cookies for the holidays and a Christmas tree with fun ornaments.  And who wouldn't love a purring kitty (well, not everyone, I guess).  The most important thing in the whole composition is what will go on the candle on the right towards the top:  Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. 

I'm excited for this and hope it turns out fun.  I think it will take a while but that's okay.  It's well worth waiting for.

Friday, October 9, 2015


"The Spider Box" 
original art work by Julie Jacobsen all rights reserved
constructed by Chris Jacobsen

So, tonight my son, Charlie, asked me if I had written on my blog recently and I sheepishly said, "No but I've watched a lot of kitty videos on Facebook".  Bad.  Bad.  Bad!  So, that got me off my you know what and I decided to show my most recent project.  

Chris gave me a box like this years ago and he had taped a licorice wrapper on it because he KNEW I would be a fool and fall for it.  So what happened.....I eagerly opened the box and promptly had a heart attack and died.  Well, the second part isn't true.  I'm still here but I did scream my head off.

After that we embraced the spider box and there have been many an unsuspecting victim that we have pulled it on (kind of like the fake poopy diaper that  we wore out from overuse-so so fun).  Many years went by and Chris decided to figure out how to make it.  The original spider box he bought.  Smart guy that he is (I don't know how he did it) he made one!  I've actually painted 3.  They are so much fun!   Just think.  The box is so inviting!  This particular box theme is everything licorice because the person we're giving it to loves it.  We hope they'll get many years of fun out of it.  I'm going to put a rock hard finish on it and we'll hope the spider doesn't get yanked out by grandchildren.  Hahaha.  The spider that's in one of the other boxes that we made has been played with so much by our granddaughters that it's kind of pokey coming out of his hole.  He might need a repair soon.  As we were Face Timing today we watched the 1 year old, Rinnie, open it up and give the spider a kiss.  Too funny!  It makes all the work worth it to see that.

I hope you can get a good idea of how these look.  For some reason the photos are blurry.  I may have to change the image size but not tonight!

*I did but to no avail.  So I left all but the first one small. You can click on each one to see the detail better.

**I take it back.  When you click on them they're even smaller.  I think you might be able to stretch them on a phone or IPad.  Oh well.  I should have used my regular camera but I don't think the colors are as good as with my IPhone.

Don't let the spiders get you tonight!  Hahahahaha!