Back to School


After a great summer break, my weekly portrait class has begun again at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  After our first night, last night, I think this is going to be a really great group to work with. I’m lucky as a teacher to have several returning student.  It’s always nice to think that people take …
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Alaskan Trail, a work in progress


It’s Labor Day, which means summer is coming to an end.  In honor of that, I wanted to show off what’s currently on my easel.  A summery scene,  Alaskan Trail is an 18×24″ oil painting done from some field sketches and reference photos.  There is still more work to be done, but I feel like …
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The Portrait, Final


I love an un-veiling!  The time has finally come!! The Portrait is complete!!! I’ve included a high resolution image of it.  It gives a chance to see some detail.  Just click here to see the portrait painting up close.

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Here comes the sun


As the portrait starts to wrap up, I’ve shifted focus onto the surrounding elements.  Over the last few days I’ve spent a considerable amount of time working on the sunflowers and on the exterior landscape. Please click here to return to the home page of Jeffrey Smith Art

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Coming Together


Things are coming together, and taking shape.  I’ve recently starting using medium.  This is an additive to improve the quality of the paint surface.  Dry paint can be very difficult to move around the surface of the canvas.  Adding medium to the paint helps it blend and flow. Please click here to return to the home …
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About Face


So you’ve covered the canvas.  The portrait is done, right? Not quite.  After the lay-in is complete,  it’s time to step back and looks at the painting.  The best question that you can ask yourself at the start of each studio session is, “What is the goal of this painting?”  In this case, the goal is to produce …
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