Two Sunflowers | bring the summer fun inside


Two Sunflowers, oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Long months of Minnesota winter, means lots of time working in the studio. For the summer months, I take my studio on the road. Armed with my pochade box, I head out to experience painting in nature. The glory days of summer… Now I’m not saying that I’m ready for another Minnesota winter, but even …
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Top Lit Pear


Pear and Silver, Lit From Above, oil painting, Jeffrey Smith

Light from above is just plain cool! When I was a student at The Atelier, I was fascinated with the effect that light from the skylight in the main drawing room had on the form of whatever we were drawing. Nuances were much more pronounced. You could really see the fullness of a curve.  Things …
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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 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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Peonies and Pewter Vase | Peony floral still life painting


Peonies and Pewter Vase $200.00 Free Shipping   I think peonies are one of the greatest things about spring.  Every year, I look forward to painting these big, beautiful flowers.  The painting above is my first of the season.  I moved into a new house in February.  The cool thing, has been watching the gardens as …
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Ranunculus and Apples| Still Life Painting on a Mission


I have been out exploring the world the last few weeks, armed only with my pochade box and paints.  Today, however, I returned to the studio to complete the above floral painting that will be part of a live auction to benefit a local school.  This will mark my second year working with the organization.  Prior to last year’s …
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Pears and Flowers, work in progress.


The image above is a work in progress shot of the still life that I’ve been working on in my studio.  In setting up this painting, my plan was to create an arrangement that would allow me to really push some of the visual textures.  We have the rough wood of my studio table, the glass pitcher, …
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