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Red Pears and Cobalt Glass
Red Pears and Cobalt Glass, 6x6, by Jeffrey Smith

Red Pears and Cobalt Glass, 6x6, by Jeffrey Smith

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Today’s post was a quick painting.  I had this great, little, stretched canvas.  I haven’t painted this glass jar for quite a while, and decided the time had come to revisit an old friend.  It was wonderful to just play with lighting, color, and composition on a small scale.

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Oranges
December 30, 2008, 3:44 pm
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Oranges, 8x6", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Oranges, 8x6", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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I have always loved painting citrus fruits.  I saw these in the store the other day, and was immediatley drawn to the beautiful leaves.  They have a great waxy green color to them. 

For this painting, I really have tried to paint stroke by stroke. If left to it, I really do love getting in the surface of the painting, and moving things around.  Although if I do that, I find that I’m not nearly as happy with it, and it looses some of the freshness that it may have had before.



Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera, 9x12", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Gerbera, 9x12", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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I finally had a day off from work today.  I thought it would be fun to spend my afternoon studying something nice and colorful.  What a delight it was to have the afternoon to paint and finally start to feel all caught up during this busy holiday season!



The Stoneware Jug
December 18, 2008, 8:19 pm
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The Stoneware Jug, 11x14", oil on linen panel by Jeffrey Smith

The Stoneware Jug, 11x14", oil on linen panel by Jeffrey Smith

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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 had light shinning on it.

In the end, I realized it was the same thing that I tell my students in my own classes; just paint what it is that you see.  Have you ever noticed that it’s always easy to see those kind of  lessons illustrated when you are looking at another person’s work?



Pomegranates and the Silver Jar
December 11, 2008, 12:05 pm
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Pomegranates and the Silver Jar, 12x6", by Jeffrey Smith

Pomegranates and the Silver Jar, 12x6", by Jeffrey Smith

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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.



The Pomegranate
December 10, 2008, 3:54 pm
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The Pomogranate

The Pomogranate, 6x8", by Jeffrey Smith

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Pomegranates are a wonderful fruit.  In addition to being delicious, they seem to make a great subject to paint.  I thing my attraction resides in all the  wonderful texture that you find on the fruits skin. 

A wonderful texture translated this time, to a lot of brush strokes, and a lot of paint.

I again used an artificial light to paint this daily painting.



FM 100 Hue Test
December 5, 2008, 8:21 pm
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screen shot from xrite.com
screen shot from xrite.com

I discovered this site from Charley Parker over at Lines and Colors.   It’s fascinating,  It’s basically a color IQ test.  You rearrange the colored squares so that the colors gradate from the starting color on one end of the spectrum,  to the color found on the other end.  The whole thing seems easy enough until you get to those squares in the middle where things are a bit more neutral, and a there isn’t a lot of variation from one color to the next.  I think the trick is to try moving the square left or right and looking at the line as a whole.  It really shows the importance of looking at, and selecting colors that are relative to one another.

This little test is provided by x-rite, a company that makes Munsell-based color measurement products.

Once you think you have it, you hit ‘submit’, and  your test is scored.  A score of ‘0’ is perfect, and it goes up to ’99’ from there. For those who are interested, I scored a ‘4’ on mine.

Give it a try, and see what you come up with.