Silver Jar and Green Vase


Green Vase, Silver Jar, still life oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Another alla prima painting today! I’m sure that I’ve said it before, but I love painting this little silver jar! There is just something about the round, super-reflective surface that I just find fascinating. This 6×8″ painting is all about atmosphere. What does atmosphere have to do with a still life? An atmospheric painting is about looking …
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Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry


I really wanted to try out a yellow background.  I not sure why. That was my over riding thought as I was heading to the studio this morning.  I have had a couple of ideas for larger still life paintings recently using yellow, black, and white.  Upon arriving at the studio, I opened up the cabinet that holds …
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Silver Bowl and Green Vase


Please click here to bid on this painting. I had such a great time painting this little silver bowl on Sunday, I decided to paint it again.  I think what draws me to painting the silver bowl against a light background, is all of the lost edges.  That means that there isn’t a lot of contrast between …
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The Stoneware Jug


Please click here for purchase information on this painting I have had this jug in my collection of objects for years.  I don’t know why I have never painted it before.  I guess I thought it would be too difficult to try and paint the glaze, and the reflections, and make it look like it …
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Pomegranates and the Silver Jar


Please click here to bid on this painting. One last look at the pomegranates before I take them home to be eaten.  That’s one of the great things about still life painting; being able to eat your props afterwards as long as you paint fast enough.

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Silver Jar on Striped Cloth


    This painting has been sold.       Today’s post is the first painting done in my new studio!  I knew it was going to be good, but I must say that lighting in my studio is fantastic!It feels like it has been a year since I last had an opportunity to paint.  …
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