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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Oranges


Please click here to bid on this painting. I have always loved painting citrus fruits.  I saw these in the store the other day, and was immediatley drawn to the beautiful leaves.  They have a great waxy green color to them.  For this painting, I really have tried to paint stroke by stroke. If left …
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Gerbera Daisies


Please click here to bid on this painting I finally had a day off from work today.  I thought it would be fun to spend my afternoon studying something nice and colorful.  What a delight it was to have the afternoon to paint and finally start to feel all caught up during this busy holiday …
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The Stoneware Jug


Please click here for purchase information on this painting I have had this jug in my collection of objects for years.  I don’t know why I have never painted it before.  I guess I thought it would be too difficult to try and paint the glaze, and the reflections, and make it look like it …
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Pomegranates and the Silver Jar


Please click here to bid on this painting. One last look at the pomegranates before I take them home to be eaten.  That’s one of the great things about still life painting; being able to eat your props afterwards as long as you paint fast enough.

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Top Lit Sunflower


I tried something a little different with the lighting on this painting.  I used an artificial light, clamped up high.  I positioned it to shine down on this sunflower from above.  I actually painted it while sitting.  I think it gave an interesting point of view to this painting.

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Sunflowers and the Studio Window


 Please click here to bid on this painting. Today’s post continues my series of still life paintings featuring sunflowers.  This view takes a look out my new studio window, out onto the busy street.  It was really great using the street, the new fallen snow, and the used car dealership as a back drop.

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Sunflowers and the Studio Table


 Please click here for purchase information about  this painting. I’ve been looking a lot of still life paintings recently.  What I’m finding, is that I’m drawn much more to paintings that are about a space. Paintings that help to show an environment.  I’m trying to bring more of that idea into my current series of  still life …
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Silver Jar on Striped Cloth


    This painting has been sold.       Today’s post is the first painting done in my new studio!  I knew it was going to be good, but I must say that lighting in my studio is fantastic!It feels like it has been a year since I last had an opportunity to paint.  …
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