Sunday in the Park


Sunday in the Park, pastel, by Jeffrey Smith

This painting began as plein air on a sunny Sunday morning. I had made my way to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending a couple hours working, my light had begun to change and I was reaching the point of saturation — I need to wrap up and take a break from the …
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Shade Your Eye from the Sun


Close Up Sunflowers, by Jeffrey Smith

This painting was done a super, super sunny, Sunday morning. I was tucked away in a tiny spot of shade on the edge of the path through the Display and Sampler garden on the University of Minnesota campus.

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Fallen Tree in the Mississippi River


Fallen Tree in the Mississippi River | Jeffrey Smith

I love painting the morning after a big rain storm. The air smells clean. The sound of rushing water is intoxicating. The Mississippi River swells and things that would normally be on dry land are submerged. That was the case with these trees.

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Poplars on the Mississippi River Sandbar


Mississippi River Sand Bar | Jeffrey Smith

This painting was created on a cloudy Sunday morning en plein air (a fancy French way of saying outside, bugs and all) near the shore of the Mississippi River, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.   I love gray day. Gray days are wonderful for plein air painting — the light doesn’t change nearly as quickly as …
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