Emerging From the Shadows


Emerging from the Shadows | Jeffrey Smith

When thinking about what I wanted to paint today, I got the idea that it might be fun to play with an object emerging from the shadows. I had just taken my dog for his evening walk along the river front. As we walked, we so other people emerge from the darkness as we passed …
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Orange Reflections


Oranges | Jeffrey Smith

How loose and free can your paint application be at the start? That was the question that I asked myself for this painting. I was curious if I could start a painting with some loose blobs of color and pull the image together gradually. I have spent this last year experimenting with different water-media. This picture …
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An interesting thing happens when you get a dog…


Albert, watercolor with pen and ink on toned paper, Jeffrey Smith

You find yourself painting pictures of your dog… I remember very distinctly sitting with some classmate when I was in art school. I’m sure it all started we were looking through an art magazine and came across an ad from an artist who did portraits of pets. As I recall, we all, being the mature …
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Sunflowers and Silver Pitcher | plein air still life


Sunflowers and Silver Pitcher| plein air still life, by Jeffrey Smith

We have had a cold, rainy spring here in Minnesota.  You have to take advantage of the sun where you can find it! This painting was done on a day that started out with dreary grey skies and falling rain. All morning long, I heard from the weather guy on the radio that it was …
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Plein Air Painting in the Park


Plein Air in the Park | Jeffrey Smith

We have finally had some sun here in Minnesota!  Spring is slowly starting to reveal itself. Not weeks of sunny days mind you, and very few May flowers, but the change is underway. Let the fair-weather plein air painting season begin I lucked out with a day off during the week. I couldn’t wait another …
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Recycling a plein air painting and a vacation


Jeffrey Smith | pastel | Lake Superior Rocks

So the rain finally stopped. Excited, I bundled up in damn near every article of clothing that I had brought with me. Slinging my bag of painting gear over my shoulder, I made my way down to the lake shore. I surveyed the scene. The blue sky and late afternoon sunshine were peaking through holes …
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Dappled Sunlight | Sunday morning plein air painting


Dappled Sunlight, 6×8″, oil on linen panel $150.00 Free Shipping in the US Sunday is the best day of the week.  Things seem to move a bit slower… I spent my Sunday morning painting on the grounds of the St. Paul Seminary right along the Mississippi River. The weather has been perfect; not too warm,blue skies, …
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Plein Air Painitng: On the Park Lawn With My Pochade Box


Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota! I love painting outdoors this time of year.  The branches of the trees are still very visible, with just enough of the yellow-green foliage of spring to soften the edges. It’s like being able to see the support skeleton underneath. For my 30th birthday, last Sunday, my partner …
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