An interesting thing happens when you get a dog…


Albert, watercolor with pen and ink on toned paper, Jeffrey Smith

You find yourself painting pictures of your dog… I remember very distinctly sitting with some classmate when I was in art school. I’m sure it all started we were looking through an art magazine and came across an ad from an artist who did portraits of pets. As I recall, we all, being the mature …
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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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Mud Puddles | plein air painting after the rain


Mud Puddles | Jeffrey Smith

There is nothing better than a bright morning after a big rain storm. I guess that’s not entirely accurate — I suppose there are better things, but a great morning is certainly right up there. Last Sunday I made my way back over to the Trial and Display Gardens on the grounds of the University …
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Plein Air Plan | 5 tips for better outdoor painting


Gibb's Farm | plein air | Jeffrey Smith

I just finished a fantastic plein air painting workshop sponsored by The Atelier here in Minneapolis. The workshop was taught by plein air artist, Brian Stewart. Go ahead. Click on over to his site and take a look at his work. I can wait. Welcome back. I geared myself up mentally before the workshop even …
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