Pastel Field


Still more longing for spring…  Here in Minnesota, we have had a few days with above normal temperatures.  Then, things dipped back down into the single digits. This little painting was done a hand made pastel panel.  I started with a piece of Masonite.  I prepped it with 2 layers of acrylic gesso.  Then, I painted the surface the bright orange liquid …
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Pastel Pines


Pastel Pines | Jeffrey Smith

When I woke up this morning, it was 10 degrees below zero.  I decided that I couldn’t dwell on how cold it was since I was nice and warm in my studio.  Instead, decided to focus on the summer yet to come with this little pastel color study.

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Pine Trio


Jeffrey Smith | Pine Trio | pastel

The painting above began life quite a bit different from how it looks today.  I painted it in the summer of 2006.  It is painted on a Gatorboard panel  that was prepped with an under-painting of magenta liquid acrylic and a layer of pumice gel, both from Golden. I took this painting all the way …
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Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry


I really wanted to try out a yellow background.  I not sure why. That was my over riding thought as I was heading to the studio this morning.  I have had a couple of ideas for larger still life paintings recently using yellow, black, and white.  Upon arriving at the studio, I opened up the cabinet that holds …
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Yellow Flowers in a Magenta World


I can’t even think of the last time I did a pastel still life.  I had this composition all set up.  I had a square oil painting panel out and ready to go.  I was about to get out the oil paints themselves, and get to work. As I looked back at my set up, …
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Portrait Class at The Atelier Minneapolis


Jill | oil on panel | Jeffrey Smith

The fall term of my portrait class at The Atelier has come to an end — It was a great session!  I felt truly blessed to have the chance to work with such a wonderful group of people! I was also fortunate enough to spend the final night of the class working on the portrait sketch you …
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Silver Bowl and Green Vase


Please click here to bid on this painting. I had such a great time painting this little silver bowl on Sunday, I decided to paint it again.  I think what draws me to painting the silver bowl against a light background, is all of the lost edges.  That means that there isn’t a lot of contrast between …
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Stargazer Lily and Silver Bowl


Please click here to bid on this painting. Today’s painting is another look at the stargazer lily. This time, I placed it against a light background.  It is interesting to note how refreshing it feels to paint the same subject against two very different background.  I also pulled my easel way back for this little painting.  I’m …
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Stargazer Lilly


Please click here to bid on this painting I was amazed by the amount of fragrance that one lone lilly produced in my studio today.  The cold snap here in Minnesota has finally lifted. Today was seemed almost tropical at 20 degrees  after living below zero for the last couple of days.

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