Blue Pot, Orange Begonia


I had a few hours to get into the studio today, and thought this would be a great chance to revisit this wonderful potted begonia.  It has been bringing a touch of spring to my studio for the last few weeks.  I really needed it today.  The high here in Minnesota didn’t reach much above …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, update #2


I’ve been digging through my boxes of pastels to find colors that I can use to unify areas of the painting.  To do this, I try to find a color that can be applied to a few different objects.  An example would be the light blue that I was able to use in the background, …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress.


Today I thought it would be great to have another dose of spring.  I have loved forsythia since I was a kid.  I have some great memories of a forsythia bush that we had in our backyard that you could actually crawl inside of.  It was like being surrounded by sunshine! This is a work in …
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Pastel Pines


Pastel Pines | Jeffrey Smith

When I woke up this morning, it was 10 degrees below zero.  I decided that I couldn’t dwell on how cold it was since I was nice and warm in my studio.  Instead, decided to focus on the summer yet to come with this little pastel color study.

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Pine Trio


Jeffrey Smith | Pine Trio | pastel

The painting above began life quite a bit different from how it looks today.  I painted it in the summer of 2006.  It is painted on a Gatorboard panel  that was prepped with an under-painting of magenta liquid acrylic and a layer of pumice gel, both from Golden. I took this painting all the way …
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Late Afternoong Light


 Today’s post is a pastel painting done on a homemade panel.  I started with a sheet of Gatorboard.  I toned it with Golden Liquid acrylic in a Payne’s gray.  Next, a layer of  pumice gel is applied with a 2″ brush.  The great thing with these panels, is the texture left behind.  The peaks and valleys from …
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