Forsythia and Coper - a pastel painting of small yellow flowers against a blue background - Jeffrey Smtih
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, final

I do love reaching the end of a painting! I had such a wonderful time working on this piece. It has been far too long a break from pastel this time, and I’m thrilled to be getting my hands dirty and back at it again!

Work in progress updates from this painting

Forsythia and Copper, Work in progress, Jeffrey Smith

Forsythia and Copper Canister, update #2

I’ve been digging through my boxes of pastels to find colors that I can use to unify areas of the painting.  To do this, I try to find a color that can be applied to a few different objects.  An example would be the light blue that I was able to use in the background,…
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress update

I finally got back over to the studio today.  We have been moving from an apartment in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, to our first house, over in Saint Paul!  I’m thrilled to be living back in Saint Paul, but moving is a lot of work! Every time that I’ve done it, I swear…
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress.

Today I thought it would be great to have another dose of spring.  I have loved forsythia since I was a kid.  I have some great memories of a forsythia bush that we had in our backyard that you could actually crawl inside of.  It was like being surrounded by sunshine! This is a work in…
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  1. It’s beautiful! I’m starting to work with pastels in my art class, but I doubt I can make anything that pretty. ^^

  2. It’s pretty fun, messy/chalky but fun. ^^ Luckily, I have some time before my art assignment is due, so I’ll have time to play around with pastels over the march break. What would you recommend to start working on with pastels? Still life? Scenery?

    Thanks. ^^


  3. Thanks! If I get something done over the march break, I’ll send you a copy of my final. ^^ hehee, though dumping pastel work on a scanner may not be the best idea. XD


  4. Great to see you are back at pastel! It’s wonderful to see your use of color; I am impressed by how you see so many colors in everything. I also enjoyed your first little video, and look forward to seeing more!

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