Poplars on the Mississippi River Sandbar


Poplars on the Mississippi River Sandbar | Jeffrey Smith

A lot of people don’t like painting on gray days. I think they have an image in their heads of standing in front of their French easel in a field of beautiful grasses, the sun shining in from the left illuminating the scene before them. In reality, the sun is moving so quickly that you hardly …
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Recycling a plein air painting and a vacation


Jeffrey Smith | pastel | Lake Superior Rocks

So the rain finally stopped. Excited, I bundled up in damn near every article of clothing that I had brought with me. Slinging my bag of painting gear over my shoulder, I made my way down to the lake shore. I surveyed the scene. The blue sky and late afternoon sunshine were peaking through holes …
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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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