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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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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Sunflower sprouts | Grow your own spring


Sunflower Sprouts

Minnesota has had an incredibly cold spring. Super cold. As in–we had snow flurries in the last week of April. Given the chilly weather, I think I’m not alone in dreaming for warmer days.  Plein air painting out in the sun. Not bundling up. Leaves on the trees. Sunflower, sunflower Then, of course, there are the sunflowers. …
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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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Sunflowers and the Studio Window


 Please click here to bid on this painting. Today’s post continues my series of still life paintings featuring sunflowers.  This view takes a look out my new studio window, out onto the busy street.  It was really great using the street, the new fallen snow, and the used car dealership as a back drop.

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The Portrait, Final


I love an un-veiling!  The time has finally come!! The Portrait is complete!!! I’ve included a high resolution image of it.  It gives a chance to see some detail.  Just click here to see the portrait painting up close.

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