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Backyard Tree, studio landscape painting

Backyard Tree, studio painting, 28x22", oil on linen, Jeffrey Smith
Backyard Tree, studio painting, 28x22", oil on linen, Jeffrey Smith

The image above is the result of  a three day studio landscape painting class that I took at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  It was taught by landscape artist and plein air enthusiast, Brian Stewart.  This painting began life as a plein air study that I did of the wonderful tree across the alley from our new St. Paul home.

I do love a good workshop.  I think it’s so fascinating to see another artist’s working process.  How do they start? What stages does a painting go through? Do they treat all subject matter the same?  Brian was an excellent teacher, and with a very small class, it really gave us an opportunity to ask a lot of questions and get some answers.

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  1. Looks like your workshop was very successful! I love the way this tree turned out; lots of wonderful limbs…reminds me of the old forced air furnaces in people’s basements! The use of the orange against the green really keeps your eye moving; great job!

  2. Love how this turned out! The effect of light on the branches, love the subtle oranges in the tree and on the ground and oranges in the bushes.Nice snow effects on the ground. Great job Jeff!

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