Silver Jar and Green Vase


Green Vase, Silver Jar, still life oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Another alla prima painting today! I’m sure that I’ve said it before, but I love painting this little silver jar! There is just something about the round, super-reflective surface that I just find fascinating. This 6×8″ painting is all about atmosphere. What does atmosphere have to do with a still life? An atmospheric painting is about looking …
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Top Lit Pear


Pear and Silver, Lit From Above, oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Light from above is just plain cool! When I was a student at The Atelier, I was fascinated with the effect that light from the skylight in the main drawing room had on the form of whatever we were drawing. Nuances were much more pronounced. You could really see the fullness of a curve.  Things …
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Alla Prima Pear


Dual Lit Pear, 6x8, oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Let there be light More alla prima work this week, but this time I did something a little bit different. The above painting was done using 2 different light sources. One, a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb. The other, a 60-watt incandescent with a subtle blue theater-light filter. I attached the standard unfiltered lamp to the …
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The Red Cloth


The Red Cloth | oil paint | Jeffrey Smith

I’m taking a break from the Vessels still life to play around with some alla prima painting. Alla prima is a method of painting where the image is completed while the paint is still wet. An alla prima painting is typically started and finished in one painting session. I have also seen the term applied …
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