Eric Jacobsen Plein Air Workshop
Three days of exciting learning experiences with nationally recognized painter Eric Jacobsen.
April 12, 13, 14, 2019 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Round Top, Texas (80 miles from Houston and Austin, Texas)
Workshop cost $385.
Students will provide own supplies
Plein-air artist Eric Jacobsen thrives on the direct link between experiencing a scene and applying paint
There’s a reason Eric Jacobsen has taken home quite a few Artists’ Choice awards, along with other top honors, from plein-air painting events and exhibitions over the years. Fellow painters appreciate and respect what they see in his work. “I know I’m not blowing other artists away with my technique,” Jacobsen muses with characteristic humility. Yet here’s what painters tell him about why they’re drawn to his art: They see something in it that is fresh, spontaneous, uninhibited, free. They see loose, broad strokes that convey an immediate sense of mood, the elements, season, and time of day, which Jacobsen believes he can capture only by setting up an easel and painting on the spot. Which works out quite well, since outdoors is exactly where he most wants to spend his time.
Jacobsen’s penchant for painting on location also reflects his admiration for a long line of artists—landscape, figurative, or still-life—whose mastery was due, at least in part, to painting directly from life. What does animate his creative flow, along with the compelling elements of composition and light, is the experience of feeling himself settle completely into the moment as he paints from life. “I want to be right there, interacting with the scene,” he says, adding that he aspires to the same approach of being present in everything he does. “I don’t want any rehearsals in my life. I want to be honest and authentic in any situation. It’s difficult, but we can train ourselves to do it,” he says. “I think you’re giving people your best possible work if you’re painting it from your heart.”