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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Front Yard Peonies | plein air painting close to home


Front Yard Peonies Oil on linen panel 8×10″ Check out Jeffrey Smith Art on Etsy for purchase inforamtion on this painting. This has been a strange spring in Minnesota.  Over all, it has been pretty cold.  Plants are blooming much later this year than they normally do.  That’s okay. It just means more time to enjoy …
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Dappled Sunlight | Sunday morning plein air painting


Dappled Sunlight, 6×8″, oil on linen panel $150.00 Free Shipping in the US Sunday is the best day of the week.  Things seem to move a bit slower… I spent my Sunday morning painting on the grounds of the St. Paul Seminary right along the Mississippi River. The weather has been perfect; not too warm,blue skies, …
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Crabapple Tree Plein Air | Outdoor painting in the neighborhood


 I love staying close to home.  I think there is something fascinating that happens when you take the time to really observe the area around your home.  I painted this little plein air piece of a flowering tree I discovered in the neighbors yard.  With all of those small petals being hit by the later morning sun, there …
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Plein Air Painitng: On the Park Lawn With My Pochade Box


Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota! I love painting outdoors this time of year.  The branches of the trees are still very visible, with just enough of the yellow-green foliage of spring to soften the edges. It’s like being able to see the support skeleton underneath. For my 30th birthday, last Sunday, my partner …
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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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