Two Sunflowers | bring the summer fun inside


Two Sunflowers, oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Long months of Minnesota winter, means lots of time working in the studio. For the summer months, I take my studio on the road. Armed with my pochade box, I head out to experience painting in nature. The glory days of summer… Now I’m not saying that I’m ready for another Minnesota winter, but even …
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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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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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Alla Prima Pear


Dual Lit Pear, 6x8, oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Let there be light More alla prima work this week, but this time I did something a little bit different. The above painting was done using 2 different light sources. One, a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb. The other, a 60-watt incandescent with a subtle blue theater-light filter. I attached the standard unfiltered lamp to the …
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Plein Air Sunflower | ready for my close up


Jeffrey Smith | Plein Air Sunflowers

It was one of those perfect Sunday mornings.  The sky was a beautiful shade of blue, and I was at the University of Minnesota’s Display and Trial garden. I must admit that, given the idyllic setting, I had  a hard time picking a spot to drop my gear as I circled the gardens this morning.   …
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Peonies and Pewter Vase | Peony floral still life painting


Peonies and Pewter Vase $200.00 Free Shipping   I think peonies are one of the greatest things about spring.  Every year, I look forward to painting these big, beautiful flowers.  The painting above is my first of the season.  I moved into a new house in February.  The cool thing, has been watching the gardens as …
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Green Tea Kettle


I loved this tea kettle when I saw it at the store.  This particular shade of green is so me… With this set up, I’m using a different perspective than I normally do.  I positioned the objects on my studio table which is much lower than the still life stand that I usually work from. Please …
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The Painted Bowl


Please click here to bid on this painting. This was a quick painting.  In addition to pushing to my artistic abilities for brushwork, speed has emerged as one of my artistic development goals on 2009.  As anyone who is familiar with the atelier method of  instruction can attest, it tends to be very methodical, but also very …
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