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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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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Stargazer Lily and Silver Bowl


Please click here to bid on this painting. Today’s painting is another look at the stargazer lily. This time, I placed it against a light background.  It is interesting to note how refreshing it feels to paint the same subject against two very different background.  I also pulled my easel way back for this little painting.  I’m …
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Tulips in Blue and White Jar


Please click here to bid on this painting It truly is a wonderful time to be alive when I can be painting fresh tulips in my Minneapolis, Minnesota studio during the coldest stretch of weather that we have had in 5 years.  Today, the high temperature is expected to stay below zero.  The blue and …
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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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