Plein Air Sunflowers | backyard still life painting


Plein Air Sunflowers $250.00 Please click here to check out Jeffrey Smith Art on Etsy for purchase information. I painted the above still life on a sunny Sunday in my back yard. I love the idea of taking a still life outside. The colors are so much more intense, and I think flowers look fantastic …
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Front Yard Peonies | plein air painting close to home


Front Yard Peonies Oil on linen panel 8×10″ Check out Jeffrey Smith Art on Etsy for purchase inforamtion on this painting. This has been a strange spring in Minnesota.  Over all, it has been pretty cold.  Plants are blooming much later this year than they normally do.  That’s okay. It just means more time to enjoy …
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Peonies and Pewter Vase | Peony floral still life painting


Peonies and Pewter Vase $200.00 Free Shipping   I think peonies are one of the greatest things about spring.  Every year, I look forward to painting these big, beautiful flowers.  The painting above is my first of the season.  I moved into a new house in February.  The cool thing, has been watching the gardens as …
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Ranunculus and Apples| Still Life Painting on a Mission


I have been out exploring the world the last few weeks, armed only with my pochade box and paints.  Today, however, I returned to the studio to complete the above floral painting that will be part of a live auction to benefit a local school.  This will mark my second year working with the organization.  Prior to last year’s …
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Pears and Flowers, work in progress.


The image above is a work in progress shot of the still life that I’ve been working on in my studio.  In setting up this painting, my plan was to create an arrangement that would allow me to really push some of the visual textures.  We have the rough wood of my studio table, the glass pitcher, …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, final


I do love reaching the end of a painting! I had such a wonderful working on this piece.  I has been far too long a break from pastel this time, and I’m thrilled to be back at it. To celebrate my last day in the studio with my forsythia painting up on the easel, I …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, update #2


I’ve been digging through my boxes of pastels to find colors that I can use to unify areas of the painting.  To do this, I try to find a color that can be applied to a few different objects.  An example would be the light blue that I was able to use in the background, …
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