I want to welcome you to my blog. I will share my art, creative process and a little of myself with you. My life as a Artist has been interesting and full of adventures. Come along with me as we explore the world and how the artist sees it.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bringing Light Into Your Landscape Video

Bringing Light Into Your Landscape

Bringing Light Into Your Landscape - Demo

Videos Taken By Teresa Ascone (Artist and wonderful friend I am blessed to know).

This Demo was at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center in Anchorage Alaska this morning.

Each First Saturday Arctic Rose Gallery will be hosting FREE DEMOS.  How cool is that?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shifting Gears

Summer is now half over more or less, our long daylight hours here in Alaska have started their shift to heading the other way. Still light till after 11pm though, got to love it.  Has been a busy hectic summer with all the different Art events I have been involved with.  Summary: getting a Gallery renovated and opened with a group of fantastic Artists, we all worked so hard on that; 2 First Friday shows, 2 Art In Alaska Parks with the State of Alaska's Dept of Natural Resources, a workshop with Michelle Usibelli and a 5 day Great Alaska Plein Air Retreat put on by the Painted Ladies of Alaska.  Well only 2 events left in my art event calendar for the summer:
1. Sixth Annual Plein Air Weekend July 28th & 29th - Put on by the Plein Air Painters of Alaska
2. Art For Alaska Parks Art Competition - Sept 7th - A Alaska Artist Guild Event

August I am reserving for Home Repairs and I have a bunch of them to get done.  Our old home has reached a stage in its life where it needs some series repair and renovation.  Winter is coming so have to get some things done before the snow flies.  Also want to spend some time with my lovely wife, just us time, she has been so supportive of my artistic life and has put up with all the events without complaining.  I love my wife dearly, she is fantastic.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Artistic Goals

MATANUSKA GLACIER PLEIN AIR PAINTING - 6"X12" OIL ON PANEL available on my website: http://www.kurtjacobson.com/

As I am aging (approaching the big 60 soon).  I find my goals and desires as an Artist and painter are changing.  When I first started out my goals besides to constantly improve as a artist and painter (that goal will never change), was to someday earn enough money so that when I ever retired from my "real" job, I could survive on my earnings from my art sales.   Well that is less and less important to me now.  To actually accomplish that goal I would constantly have to paint "what sells" in other words what I know the buying public would expect from me, to stay in "format" of my prior successes.  I can always paint Mt McKinley here in Alaska and it will sell ( I do a good job of it also ).  But that is not what I find myself really wanting to do now.  Instead I want to paint "Good Paintings" creations that push my abilities and force me to grow and improve as an Artist.  Besides landscapes, I want to paint figures, portraits, still lives and paintings that have "meaning" to me the artist.  Is this selfish, I don't know, just know that more and more it is becoming more important to me.

Artistically great paintings are not always the ones that appeal to the general public per sae.  Colorful, sometimes "Cutsey" cottages, cabins, animals etc. appeal to the public more then high quality art.  I guess maybe I am feeling the "time crunch" of only so many years of painting left in my life.  Although I am in good health and happy in my life.  I want to leave the world "high art" when I finally pass onto the after life and paint along with Sorrola, Frederick Church, and Edgar Payne.  Me and all the masters in heaven painting away, not a bad afterlife I think.  I am in no hurry though....lots more for me to accomplish yet in life.

"The conveying of lofty feelings and high ideals is art's greatest gift. To avoid these is to omit the spirit in the work and put the art at peril of mediocrity" - Robert Henri

" We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." - Max DePree

Tuesday, June 26, 2012



Thursday, June 14, 2012

“Plein Air Weekend”
5801 Barry Ave., Anchorage, AK 99507 (907-333-0793)
E. on Abbott Rd. Right turn on Birch, 1st left Barry Ave.

Saturday, July 28, 2012: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, 2012: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artists painting on location, Art for Sale,
Prizes and Games!!!  Free Fun for All Ages!!!
Prizes donated by artists and Blaine's Art Supply.
A Portion of the Proceeds
To Benefit Clare House.

Artists Include:
Betty Atkinson, James Belcher, Diane Block,
Lynn Brautigam Boots, Becky Crawford,
Nancy Angelini Crawford, Romie Deschamps, Louann Feldman,
Christine Fortner, Libby Hattan, Kurt Jacobson,
Talya Johnson, Don Kolstad, Cynthia Calder Kolstad,
Mark McDermott, Pat Munz, Earl Rider,
Dot Tideman, Karen Whitworth, Jeanne Young,
Chris Zafron, Vladimir Zhikhartsev,
and special guest artists.

Cover: (Clockwise from upper left) Artist Lynn Brautigam Boots,
Artist Earl Rider, Liu-Hsiu Kuo playing harp, and
Painting of the New Clare House by Patricia Gillin.