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.