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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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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Portrait of My Father


Portrait of My Father | Jeffrey Smith

I was lucky enough to get to spend the time with my father to create this portrait. He came down to my studio in Northeast Minneapolis and sat for this painting.

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