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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Peaches - My Daughter's newest painting

This is my daughter's newest painting ( not sure why it load sideways sorry ).  She is becoming a incredible painter, her talent is amazing.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sherritt Fine arts Gallery - Hope Alaska

Saturday Donna and I drove to Hope Alaska, a charming little community hidden away on the south side of Turnigan Arm.  A historical site in Alaska you need to visit and see.  I took some paintings to Scott Sherritt's Gallery.  A wonderful little gallery with some incredible artwork from well known artists.  Going to Hope you need to stop in and visit his gallery, definately worth taking time to see.  Scott and Fayrene are wonderful folks who will make you right at home.   Have Halibut and Chips at the Seaview Cafe, a charming old Alaskan Cafe with YUMMY food.

This summer Hope is hosting FIRST SATURDAY SUMMER FUN IN HOPE.  June 4th, July 2nd and August 6th.  I am planning on being there for June and July and painting and enjoying the fun. It's a gathering of Alaskan Artists, artwork on location, and authors who will autograph their book for you.  Discover one-of -a-kind arts and crafts on the lawn at the library.  Visit Hope's charming historic district.  Hosted by the Hope community Library & Scott Sherritt Fine Arts Gallery.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Plein Air Painting on Friday - Hot and Fun -- Facebook pages of interest

Plein Air Painters of Alaska - painted at Chester Creek on Friday morning

We painted at Chester Creek off Lake Otis Parkway in the morning.  Awesome weather sunny and hot.  What fun my artist buddies and painting in the sun.  The painting was actually dry to touch in about a hour after I stopped working on it.  The Plein Air Painters of Alaska is a open group to anyone who wants to come, check out our Facebook Page.

I then went and had lunch at Bennys Food Wagon, one of my favorite food hangouts.  I have been eating there for over 40 years ( dating myself ).  It happens to be right across the street from Blaines Art Supply (another fav hangout spot).  So after eating I went across the street and set up on Blaine's patio and did a quick plein air painting of Bennys Food Wagon.

Some Facebook pages you may be interested in:
 -- Plein Air Painters of Alaska
-- Alaska Artists Guild
-- A painting a day
-- Kurt Jacobson Fine Art
-- Alaska Locker Hooking
-- The Brushketeers
-- The Painted Ladies
-- Blaines Art Supply
-- Oil Painters of America

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lower Summit Lake Stage 5

Stage 5 Lower Summit Lake 18 x 36 oil on canvas - 

Completed the background mid hills with all the fall colors today.  Great fun lots of small strokes of broken color to let the eye blend together and tell the story.  Next will be the midground trees in the back(dark color for the moment) then work my way forward.  Had a great weekend painting really enjoyed myself and the painting process.

Weekend of Painting

Weekend Of Painting

Friday I painted with our Plein Air group at Campbell Creek in Anchorage, had a great time.  Then out to lunch with them, good food, great friends.  Went home picked up my wife and we drove out to Palmer Alaska to pick up 3 paintings I had in a show out there.  Also stopped and saw "The Painted Ladies" paint out set up at the Palmer Museum.  They had a large tent selling their artwork and were painting outside also.   Again a wonderful group of artists and friends.

Donna and I went out to dinner on the way home.  All around a wonderful day.

Yesterday I spent the whole day in the studio painting away.  Finished off the painting of one of our cats Maple looking out the window.  Titled: WAITING FOR SPRING.  Sometimes we forget that it is not just us humans that look forward to the snow leaving and spring coming, leaves on the trees etc., but out pets also wait with anticipation.

I also pulled out the 20x30 painting of Lower Summit Lake I had started before all our guests arrived earlier this month and got back to painting on it.  Reworked the sky and then put in the distant mountains, then had fun smearing paint and just laying in some block underpainting colors of the midground area.  Will head out to the studio today again and work on the midground more today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spring Has Sprung


In the first week of May there were a few big events for our family.  In the last week of April Justin and Felicia flew up from Washington, Shaunna, Matt and our Grandson Joseph flew in from Colorado.   A family reunion for us all in Anchorage Alaska.  The weather was sunny and warm for this time of the year.  Still in the “brown” stage then, no leaves or grass yet.   Now 2 weeks later everything is popping out green now, and all the snow is gone.   We even had a Black Bear come up on our porch 2 nights ago and look in our door window.  Had to shoo him away, he was looking for food.  This is a yearly problem we have with living on the hillside in Anchorage, is bears and moose in our property.

Also on the May 1st Ryan our youngest son graduated from UAA with a degree in Computer Science.  So we all went to his Graduation and had a party at Gallos Mexican Restaurant afterwards, family and friends.  Was a great time and the weather was sunny.

The next day was our Grandson’s First Birthday!  Joseph turned 1, how cool we got to have him here in Alaska for his Birthday.   We all went out to the Zoo in the morning then met at our house for a Birthday Party!   Joseph loved his Birthday Cake, once he found out the frosting tasted good, he dug in.  Was a blast.  Lots of pictures and presents.

The day after Joseph’s Birthday was my Mom ( Ruth Jacobson ) 86th Birthday.   The whole family met at my folks place and went to the dining room for a Lunch to celebrate.

Then came Mother’s Day, a brunch at the folks again, Justin and Felicia were here still, my brother came, and Ryan also, so all the family was there to celebrate Mothers Day with Mom.

Now the family has all left and Donna and I are adjusting our life to back to our normal schedule.  We loved having everyone visit and miss them all very much.  At the same time we are so proud of how they all have created their own lives and careers and now have their own families.  They all more importantly are “Good People” can’t express how happy I am for that.  Now that they are home, Donna and I are back to our passions, Painting for me, Crafts for her.   Sure missed painting while family was in town, but it was worth it to have them all visit.

Next reunion will be in August for our daughter Christina’s wedding in Washington.  A busy family summer this year for us.

This weekend my brother Chris and I will go to the Kenai River and open up Dad’s Cabin for him.  The Salmon are starting their yearly runs, and we will be fishing soon.