Top Lit Pear


Pear and Silver, Lit From Above, oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Light from above is just plain cool! When I was a student at The Atelier, I was fascinated with the effect that light from the skylight in the main drawing room had on the form of whatever we were drawing. Nuances were much more pronounced. You could really see the fullness of a curve.  Things …
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Alla Prima Pear


Dual Lit Pear, 6x8, oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Let there be light More alla prima work this week, but this time I did something a little bit different. The above painting was done using 2 different light sources. One, a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb. The other, a 60-watt incandescent with a subtle blue theater-light filter. I attached the standard unfiltered lamp to the …
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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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Balsamic and Blue Bowl


I had a great time in the studio working on this little painting.  I do love painting glass.  Working on this balsamic vinegar bottle has kept that love of glass alive!   The vinegar in the bottle had some wonderful colors when seen under the north light coming in my studio windows.

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Tea Party


In an effort to push for some new ideas for still life, I decided to try an unusual perspective for this piece, and an unusual format.  I set up this still life on my large studio table, and stood so I was looking down at the grouping. I love being able to see in side …
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Green Tea Kettle


I loved this tea kettle when I saw it at the store.  This particular shade of green is so me… With this set up, I’m using a different perspective than I normally do.  I positioned the objects on my studio table which is much lower than the still life stand that I usually work from. Please …
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