Mud Puddles | plein air painting after the rain


Mud Puddles | Jeffrey Smith

There is nothing better than a bright morning after a big rain storm. I guess that’s not entirely accurate — I suppose there are better things, but a great morning is certainly right up there. Last Sunday I made my way back over to the Trial and Display Gardens on the grounds of the University …
read more

Learn More

Sunflowers Plein Air | outdoor still life painting


sunflower still life | Jeffrey Smith

I remember how much I loved sunflowers when I was a kid.  We had a patch of them growing alongside the house, next to the kitchen window.  As I recall, the height of those sunflowers was pretty incredible especially to a kid of 7 or 8 year. These  sunflowers were painted from life right in my own …
read more

Learn More

Plein Air Plan | 5 tips for better outdoor painting


Gibb's Farm | plein air | Jeffrey Smith

I just finished a fantastic plein air painting workshop sponsored by The Atelier here in Minneapolis. The workshop was taught by plein air artist, Brian Stewart. Go ahead. Click on over to his site and take a look at his work. I can wait. Welcome back. I geared myself up mentally before the workshop even …
read more

Learn More

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, …
read more

Learn More