Tulips


Tulips | gouache | Jeffrey Smith

This painting began with a dinner party. I had just moved into a new apartment in downtown Minneapolis. As I was unpacking, I rediscovered a table runner that picked up several years ago. It’s a multicolor stripe woven cloth — red, green, yellow, blue orange. I knew that I wanted to have that cloth on …
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Asparagus


Asparagus | gouache on paper | Jeffrey Smtih

There is just something about asparagus — I love everything about it! I love how it taste, the feel of it, the color, but especially how it’s sold. I’m fascinated in the store how it’s standing up on end, bound with a beautiful, colorful rubber band. When I happened across asparagus on sale at Whole …
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Vessels


Vessels | Jeffrey Smith

Setting up this painting, I thought of a city skyline. Some of the vases extended up, towering above the others. The shadow of some cast a shadow on to those behind them. I started with large, broad strokes for this painting. After blocking in the initial big shapes, I used a rag and my fingers …
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Sunflowers


Sunflowers | Jeffrey Smith

Sunflowers are my favorite flowers — I’ve always found them to be so cheerful and have such personality! Setting up for this painting, I really wanted to focus on just one flower. I decided to push the level of detail on the bloom in the upper right section of the painting. I also cropped in …
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