JeffreySmithArt


Balsamic and Blue Bowl
Balsamic and Blue Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Balsamic and Blue Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith


I had a great time in the studio working on this little painting.  I do love painting glass.  Working on this balsamic vinegar bottle has kept that love of glass alive!   The vinegar in the bottle had some wonderful colors when seen under the north light coming in my studio windows.



Backyard Tree, studio landscape painting
March 25, 2009, 5:32 pm
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Backyard Tree, studio painting, 28x22", oil on linen, Jeffrey Smith

Backyard Tree, studio painting, 28x22", oil on linen, Jeffrey Smith

The image above is the result of  a three day studio landscape painting class that I took at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  It was taught by landscape artist and plein air enthusiast, Brian Stewart.  This painting began life as a plein air study that I did of the wonderful tree across the alley from our new St. Paul home.

I do love a good workshop.  I think it’s so fascinating to see another artist’s working process.  How do they start? What stages does a painting go through? Do they treat all subject matter the same?  Brian was an excellent teacher, and with a very small class, it really gave us an opportunity to ask a lot of questions and get some answers.



Tea Party
March 18, 2009, 10:04 am
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Tea Part, 6x12", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Tea Part, 6x12", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

In an effort to push for some new ideas for still life, I decided to try an unusual perspective for this piece, and an unusual format. 

I set up this still life on my large studio table, and stood so I was looking down at the grouping. I love being able to see in side of the teacup, and seeing more of the pattern on the saucer.

Next, I selected a 6×12″ panel.  This is one of my handmade panels.  It proved to be a great shape to work on, giving some very interesting patterns between the objects.



Backyard Tree Painting| Plein Air Oil Sketch in Your Own Backyard
March 17, 2009, 11:21 am
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Backyard Tree, oil on panel, 8x10, by Jeffrey Smith

Backyard Tree, oil on panel, 8x10, by Jeffrey Smith

The weather was great this morning in St. Paul, so I spent part of this St. Patrick’s day outside painting. 

This is a plein air sketch that I did for part of an upcoming painting.  The rest of the project will be posted as it comes together.



Backyard Tree, the making of a painting
March 15, 2009, 5:18 pm
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Backyard Tree, pencil on grey Sennelier paper, 6x9.5", Jeffrey Smith

Backyard Tree, pencil on grey Sennelier paper, 6x9.5", Jeffrey Smith

We just moved into a new house in a fantastic neighborhood. Every morning, when I eat breakfast, I have a great view of this tree across the alley from us.  I think this tree and its crossing branches has such a wonderful shape. I really want to try and complete a painting of  it before the leaves come out for the spring.

The above image is a plein air preparatory drawing for an upcoming painting.  I used a simple pencil and a white pastel pencil to sketch it out in my spiral bound, grey Sennelier pad.



Green Tea Kettle
Green Tea Kettle, oil on panel, 6x6" jeffrey Smith

Green Tea Kettle, oil on panel, 6x6" jeffrey Smith

I loved this tea kettle when I saw it at the store.  This particular shade of green is so me…

With this set up, I’m using a different perspective than I normally do.  I positioned the objects on my studio table which is much lower than the still life stand that I usually work from.

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Blue Pot, Orange Begonia
March 11, 2009, 7:40 pm
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Blue Pot, Oange Begonia, 9x12", pastel on panel, Jeffrey Smith

Blue Pot, Oange Begonia, 9x12", pastel on panel, Jeffrey Smith

I had a few hours to get into the studio today, and thought this would be a great chance to revisit this wonderful potted begonia.  It has been bringing a touch of spring to my studio for the last few weeks.  I really needed it today.  The high here in Minnesota didn’t reach much above zero, and with the wind, it felt much colder.  I can’t wait for the spring thaw!

This piece was painted on a Jack Richeson pastel panel.  This is a new surface for me.  It doesn’t have quite as much tooth as the Wallis pastel paper does.  That means that it probably wouldn’t hold as many layers of pastel.  I do a lot of layering in my work as I play with color, so this one is important to me.  The panel is on Gator board which is very rigid, and very light weight.  Because of  that, I could see these panels being very useful for plein air landscape work. Lightweight makes it easier when you have to haul everything with you, and due to limited painting time, you probably wouldn’t do as much layering.