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Gibb's Farm | plein air | Jeffrey Smith

I just finished a fantastic plein air painting workshop sponsored by The Atelier here in Minneapolis. The workshop was taught by plein air artist, Brian Stewart. Go ahead. Click on over to his site and take a look at his work. I can wait. Welcome back. I geared myself up mentally before the workshop even …
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Plein Air Sunflowers | backyard still life painting


Plein Air Sunflowers $250.00 Please click here to check out Jeffrey Smith Art on Etsy for purchase information. I painted the above still life on a sunny Sunday in my back yard. I love the idea of taking a still life outside. The colors are so much more intense, and I think flowers look fantastic …
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Ranunculus and Apples| Still Life Painting on a Mission


I have been out exploring the world the last few weeks, armed only with my pochade box and paints.  Today, however, I returned to the studio to complete the above floral painting that will be part of a live auction to benefit a local school.  This will mark my second year working with the organization.  Prior to last year’s …
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Pears and Flowers, work in progress.


The image above is a work in progress shot of the still life that I’ve been working on in my studio.  In setting up this painting, my plan was to create an arrangement that would allow me to really push some of the visual textures.  We have the rough wood of my studio table, the glass pitcher, …
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Balsamic and Blue Bowl


I had a great time in the studio working on this little painting.  I do love painting glass.  Working on this balsamic vinegar bottle has kept that love of glass alive!   The vinegar in the bottle had some wonderful colors when seen under the north light coming in my studio windows.

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Backyard Tree, studio landscape painting


The image above is the result of  a three day studio landscape painting class that I took at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  It was taught by landscape artist and plein air enthusiast, Brian Stewart.  This painting began life as a plein air study that I did of the wonderful tree across the alley from our …
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Tea Party


In an effort to push for some new ideas for still life, I decided to try an unusual perspective for this piece, and an unusual format.  I set up this still life on my large studio table, and stood so I was looking down at the grouping. I love being able to see in side …
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