Work in Progress…the Progress continues.


Work has continued on the portrait.  I’ve tried to balance the desire to focus on the faces of the subject with the need to keep the painting moving forward as one whole piece.  The environment is starting to come together which is always an exciting part of the process. I’ve spent a lot of time …
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Italy…wrapping things up.


So things are finally starting to come together…I’m feeling like I’m rounding a corner on this painting.  I’ve grown to really enjoy using a limited number of pigments…Decision making is certainly alot simpler with only 6 colors!

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Italy…still, working in progress


Italy — Southern Coast | Jeffrey Smith Art

I’ve had been struggling with the paint surface on this piece all along. I got to thinking, “Perhaps my white paint isn’t as fresh as it could or for that mater, should be.” For those of you who don’t think that paint can be old even right from the store, think again.  I headed off …
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Work in Progress: Italy


Today’s post is a work in progress shot of an on going commision painting.  The painting has gone through more than it’s fair share of changes over the years since I was approached to do it.  I’m very pleased with the direction that the painting is taking.  I feel like I still have miles to go …
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Plein Air sketches


I finally made it back to the studio today.  I’m with out air conditioning, and it was really hot again today in Minneapolis.  I decided to grab my brushes, and head out to do some plein air work.  Today is a double post.  The first one, Stream, took about an hour and a half, and …
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Leeks, final


Today marks the end of  he road for another still life.  I’ve been working on this one for the better part of a month now in preparation for a birthday gift.  I’m very plaesed with the outcome.  This painting has allowed me the opportunity to paint a number of different textures, as well as objects …
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Leeks,…..another work in progress update.


Work on Leeks continues.  I only have a couple more opportunities to work on this painting.  My focus has been on pushing the onions and leeks, as they are the things that are going to change the most.  I’m happy with those now, and I’m thinking it’s time to really push the crystal vase and …
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Leeks, a work in progress update


Today was one of those days that really signals a turning point in a painting.  You can see where I started today in my previous post, and then where I finished.  I still have miles to go on all of the pattern work, but things are really starting to take shape.  I’m really enjoying the …
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The Painted Gift


This painting is a work in progress that I’m doing as a gift.  I’ve tried to assemble what I’m hoping are some of the future owners favorite things together in a way that still feels like some thing that I might have set up completely on my own

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