Pastel Field


Still more longing for spring…  Here in Minnesota, we have had a few days with above normal temperatures.  Then, things dipped back down into the single digits. This little painting was done a hand made pastel panel.  I started with a piece of Masonite.  I prepped it with 2 layers of acrylic gesso.  Then, I painted the surface the bright orange liquid …
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Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia


I had the best time painting this one. Hands down….the most fun I’ve had the easel in a long time!  I’m not sure what it was about this set up.  Perhaps  it made me think about spring.  Winter can get a little long here in Minnesota. Or maybe it was the blue and orange color combination;  …
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The Painted Bowl


Please click here to bid on this painting. This was a quick painting.  In addition to pushing to my artistic abilities for brushwork, speed has emerged as one of my artistic development goals on 2009.  As anyone who is familiar with the atelier method of  instruction can attest, it tends to be very methodical, but also very …
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Pastel Pines


Pastel Pines | Jeffrey Smith

When I woke up this morning, it was 10 degrees below zero.  I decided that I couldn’t dwell on how cold it was since I was nice and warm in my studio.  Instead, decided to focus on the summer yet to come with this little pastel color study.

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The Stoneware Jug


Please click here for purchase information on this painting I have had this jug in my collection of objects for years.  I don’t know why I have never painted it before.  I guess I thought it would be too difficult to try and paint the glaze, and the reflections, and make it look like it …
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Top Lit Sunflower


I tried something a little different with the lighting on this painting.  I used an artificial light, clamped up high.  I positioned it to shine down on this sunflower from above.  I actually painted it while sitting.  I think it gave an interesting point of view to this painting.

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Sunflowers and the Studio Window


 Please click here to bid on this painting. Today’s post continues my series of still life paintings featuring sunflowers.  This view takes a look out my new studio window, out onto the busy street.  It was really great using the street, the new fallen snow, and the used car dealership as a back drop.

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Sunflowers and the Studio Table


 Please click here for purchase information about  this painting. I’ve been looking a lot of still life paintings recently.  What I’m finding, is that I’m drawn much more to paintings that are about a space. Paintings that help to show an environment.  I’m trying to bring more of that idea into my current series of  still life …
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The Tea Party


 This painting has been sold. Today’s painting is a study done for a series of still lifes.  I always loved this little painting.  It was not one of the studies selected by my client for the project, so a larger painting was never created.  This painting is 11×14″ inches, and is painted on a stretched …
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