Chena River,Fairbanks Alaska


 Today’s post continues my Alaska theme.  It’s an oil painting of a small clump of pines growing on an island in the Chena River, just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.   This painting was done on one of the panels that I make myself in the studio.  It really gives a nice surface to work on.  I …
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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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Studio prep day…making panels.


Painting panels | Jeffrey Smith Art

I spent the better part of the day today making panels. I enjoy the process of making painting panels; starting with just a blank piece of wood, and ending with something worth painting on. It does, however, get quite messy. I start by sand each raw panel to rough up the surface. I use Masonite, …
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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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Italy…still, working in progress


Italy — Southern Coast | Jeffrey Smith Art

I’ve had been struggling with the paint surface on this piece all along. I got to thinking, “Perhaps my white paint isn’t as fresh as it could or for that mater, should be.” For those of you who don’t think that paint can be old even right from the store, think again.  I headed off …
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Plein Air, Bloomington


  Another day of painting outside! Minnesota served up another gorgeous day today, and I was able to take advantage of this blue sky morning by getting a second session in on the landscape above.  After the light had shifted, I set up for my second go of the morning; a quick oil sketch of …
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