Here comes the sun


As the portrait starts to wrap up, I’ve shifted focus onto the surrounding elements.  Over the last few days I’ve spent a considerable amount of time working on the sunflowers and on the exterior landscape. Please click here to return to the home page of Jeffrey Smith Art

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Coming Together


Things are coming together, and taking shape.  I’ve recently starting using medium.  This is an additive to improve the quality of the paint surface.  Dry paint can be very difficult to move around the surface of the canvas.  Adding medium to the paint helps it blend and flow. Please click here to return to the home …
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Work in Progress…the Progress continues.


Work has continued on the portrait.  I’ve tried to balance the desire to focus on the faces of the subject with the need to keep the painting moving forward as one whole piece.  The environment is starting to come together which is always an exciting part of the process. I’ve spent a lot of time …
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About Face


So you’ve covered the canvas.  The portrait is done, right? Not quite.  After the lay-in is complete,  it’s time to step back and looks at the painting.  The best question that you can ask yourself at the start of each studio session is, “What is the goal of this painting?”  In this case, the goal is to produce …
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The Lay-in


So the canvas is ready.  You put out your paint. Now what? How and where do you begin?  It’s time for the lay-in, or block in. It’s the term used for the first round of paint to go on the canvas I try simplify the image as best I can to start with.  No amount …
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Preparing to Paint


I think that it’s important for an artist to prepare there own canvas.  Most commercially produced canvases are cotton.  I don’t find cotton to be the best surface to paint on.  It can be effected by the weather, and is often very coarse.  Linen is my preferred surface.  I will be painting on a very fine quality linen for …
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Charcoal Compostion Study, the design takes shape.


After the design has been decided upon, a full size charcoal, or cartoon,  is produced.  This gives me a chance to really workout the composition on the actual scale and size that the final painting will be completed on.  The figure seen in the portrait are drawn at an approximate life size.  After the cartoon …
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