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Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress update
Forsythia and Copper Canister, pastel on Wallis paper, 18x24", Jeffrey Smith

Forsythia and Copper Canister, pastel on Wallis paper, 18x24", Jeffrey Smith

I finally got back over to the studio today.  We have been moving from an apartment in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, to our first house, over in Saint Paul!  I’m thrilled to be living back in Saint Paul, but moving is a lot of work! Every time that I’ve done it, I swear that this is going to be it for a long time, but I think this time, it is going to be it for a long time.

I worked across the whole painting today.  My goals were to

  1. Develop and  correct the drawing, or shapes through out the painting 
  2. Push for a more accurate value relationship. Basically how light or dark is one thing or shape in comparison to the things or shapes that surround it. 

With pastel, I usually add in some “pushed” or exaggerated colors at this stage.  These colors with get subdued as the painting develops further, but the colors influence can be felt.  You can see an example of this with the strong red on the right side of the bowl, or the orange on the folds of the cloth  just to the left of the copper canister.



Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress.
February 25, 2009, 7:42 pm
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, pastel on Wallis paper, by Jeffrey Smith

Forsythia and Copper Canister, pastel on Wallis paper, by Jeffrey Smith

Today I thought it would be great to have another dose of spring.  I have loved forsythia since I was a kid.  I have some great memories of a forsythia bush that we had in our backyard that you could actually crawl inside of.  It was like being surrounded by sunshine!

This is a work in progress shot of a pastel still life that I started today.  I began with a 18×24″ sheet of museum grade Wallis paper mounted on to a sheet of 4 ply mat board.  I used a large round bistel brush and toned the paper with a very, very thin wash of oil paint.  If you are going to use oil paint as an underpainting, it is important to use a good quality thinner, I use Gamsol by Gamblin. Another must for oil underpainting sucess is to keep the oil paint thin.  It should look and feel a little like tea.  Think watercolor as you are painting.  Let the white of the paper show through for anything white in your set-up

Once the paint had dried, which took very little time because of all the Gamsol, I blocked  in the pastel painting with Nupastels and Rembrants.  Jumping in with pastels, I did a couple rounds just looking at the big pattern of shapes and values to refine the image left by the oil underpainting.  I always like to start with the darks and build up to the lights.



Upcoming Show
February 17, 2009, 10:26 pm
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Fall Colors, 6x8", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Fall Colors, 6x8", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

I am thrilled to announce an upcoming show!  I will have my work hanging along side two other painters at Three takes on Realism, at the Kelly Gallery in Hudson, Wisconsin.  The show opens with a reception on Friday, March 6th from 5pm-9pm.  I will have a huge variety of painting size available. Everything from some of my 6×6″ daily paintings on up to some larger 18×24″ still lifes. 

If you are in the area, I would love to have you stop over and say hello.



Pastel Field
February 16, 2009, 8:41 pm
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Pastel Field, 8x10", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Pastel Field, 8x10", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Still more longing for spring…  Here in Minnesota, we have had a few days with above normal temperatures.  Then, things dipped back down into the single digits.

This little painting was done a hand made pastel panel.  I started with a piece of Masonite.  I prepped it with 2 layers of acrylic gesso.  Then, I painted the surface the bright orange liquid acrylics. That’s what you see in the lower right hand corner of the painting.  Finally, I painted on a layer of Golden Acrylic fine pumice gel.  You need to thin it with a bit of water to expose the pumice particles.  If it’s done with a bristle brush, it gives a wonderful, random, surface to paint into.



Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia
Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

I had the best time painting this one. Hands down….the most fun I’ve had the easel in a long time!  I’m not sure what it was about this set up.  Perhaps  it made me think about spring.  Winter can get a little long here in Minnesota. Or maybe it was the blue and orange color combination;  it is one of my favorites.

What ever the reason, I am quite pleased with how this painting came out.  At 12×16″ it no small amount of canvas to cover in one afternoon.

I started this painting by toning my Raymar linen panel with transparent red oxide oil painting.  I switched to a large bristle brush and loaded it with a thinned mixture of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson, and used that to draw out the set-up on the canvas.  From there, I moved into the darks and painted them in with the same mixture.



The Painted Bowl
February 4, 2009, 8:36 pm
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The Painted Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

The Painted Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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This was a quick painting.  In addition to pushing to my artistic abilities for brushwork, speed has emerged as one of my artistic development goals on 2009. 

As anyone who is familiar with the atelier method of  instruction can attest, it tends to be very methodical, but also very slow.  My challenge to myself is to try and keep and improve my drawing and accuracy while I’m painting, but also add an element of time.  I am attempting to walk the line between rushing, and working with a sense of urgency and drive.



Pastel Pines
February 3, 2009, 9:54 pm
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Pastel Pines, 5x7", pastel on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Pastel Pines, 5x7", pastel on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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When I woke up this morning, it was 10 degrees below zero.  I decided that I couldn’t dwell on how cold it was since I was nice and warm in my studio.  Instead, decided to focus on the summer yet to come with this little pastel color study.