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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Sunflowers and Silver Pitcher | plein air still life


Sunflowers and Silver Pitcher| plein air still life, by Jeffrey Smith

We have had a cold, rainy spring here in Minnesota.  You have to take advantage of the sun where you can find it! This painting was done on a day that started out with dreary grey skies and falling rain. All morning long, I heard from the weather guy on the radio that it was …
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Plein Air Painting in the Park


Plein Air in the Park | Jeffrey Smith

We have finally had some sun here in Minnesota!  Spring is slowly starting to reveal itself. Not weeks of sunny days mind you, and very few May flowers, but the change is underway. Let the fair-weather plein air painting season begin I lucked out with a day off during the week. I couldn’t wait another …
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Sunflowers Plein Air | outdoor still life painting


sunflower still life | Jeffrey Smith

I remember how much I loved sunflowers when I was a kid.  We had a patch of them growing alongside the house, next to the kitchen window.  As I recall, the height of those sunflowers was pretty incredible especially to a kid of 7 or 8 year. These  sunflowers were painted from life right in my own …
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Plein Air Plan | 5 tips for better outdoor painting


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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