Landscape painting with pastels | Riverside Pastel


Riverside, pastel on paper, 18x24", Jeffrey Smith

I flip through a lot of art magazines. I look at magazines geared towards collectors and magazines geared towards other artists.  I always find it fascinating to read about how a painter begins their work. There are the lucky few.  The idea just seems to fall out of them.  Sure–maybe they do some preparatory work that didn’t make …
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Backyard Tree, the making of a painting


We just moved into a new house in a fantastic neighborhood. Every morning, when I eat breakfast, I have a great view of this tree across the alley from us.  I think this tree and its crossing branches has such a wonderful shape. I really want to try and complete a painting of  it before …
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Charcoal Compostion Study, the design takes shape.


After the design has been decided upon, a full size charcoal, or cartoon,  is produced.  This gives me a chance to really workout the composition on the actual scale and size that the final painting will be completed on.  The figure seen in the portrait are drawn at an approximate life size.  After the cartoon …
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