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Dappled Sunlight | Sunday morning plein air painting
May 31, 2009, 5:02 pm
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Dappled Sunlight, 6x8" oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Dappled Sunlight, 6x8" oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

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Sunday is the best day of the week.  Things seem to move a bit slower… I spent my Sunday morning painting on the grounds of the St. Paul Seminary right along the Mississippi River. 

The weather has been perfect; not too warm,blue skies, and sunshine!  That sunlight and trees created an amazing dappled pattern across the grass..  I was fascinated by the number of different greens  I saw in the shadows as the lawn rolled down to the river.

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Sunflower Bouquet, Cloudy Day | Floral painting en plein air painting
May 29, 2009, 8:05 pm
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Sunflower Bouquet, Cloudy Day, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Sunflower Bouquet, Cloudy Day, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

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Sunflowers are my favorite flowers.  I love them, I do.  This painting may seem a bit oxymoronic, sunflowers on cloudy day.  The great part about painting on an bright overcast day, is the quality of the light.  There is a softness, but the color of everything is very saturated.  You also get a longer window to paint, because the angle on the light is not changing as quickly as it would on a sunny day.



Crabapple Tree Plein Air | Outdoor painting in the neighborhood
May 27, 2009, 8:14 pm
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Crabapple Tree PLein Air, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Crabapple Tree Plein Air, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

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 I love staying close to home.  I think there is something fascinating that happens when you take the time to really observe the area around your home.  I painted this little plein air piece of a flowering tree I discovered in the neighbors yard.  With all of those small petals being hit by the later morning sun, there was asoftness to the pink tree that contrasted wonderfully against all of the other trees and plants around it.



Birch Clump | Backyard plein air painting of birch trees
May 23, 2009, 10:22 am
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Birch Clump, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Birch Clump, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

What a beautiful day for plein air painting in Minnesota!   At 74 degrees a nice gentle breeze I don’t think you could ask for anything more.  Armed with this sunny disposition, I grabbed my pochade box and headed out side to paint.  I got in about 6 hours of painting time, and walked away with 3 little paintings.

The image above the clump of birch trees from the neighbors front lawn.  I painting the same group of trees a few weeks ago.  What I love about revisiting a subject, especially at this time of year, is taking the time to see how things have changed.  In what seems like no time at all, a ring of hostas has circled the birch trees.  The leaves on the trees themselves have come out, adding a wonderfully intense green note against the blues of the spruce tree behind  them.



Peonies and Pewter Vase | Peony floral still life painting
May 17, 2009, 8:55 pm
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Peonies and Pewter Vase, 6x12" oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Peonies and Pewter Vase, 6x12" oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith


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 plants are comingup.  You can imagine my delight when I discovered that we have 7 peony bushes right in our own backyard.  I guarantee that I will be out back with my pochade box and paints in hands during the coming weeks.

I started this floral painting, by toning the homemade painting panel with transparent red oxide.  I then built up the paint surface using only the other transparent pigments on my palette; alizarine crimson, Prussian green, and ultramarine blue.   Once the shadows where layed in, I added back the opaque pigments to my palette of  colors to work the middle tone and light areas.



Renunculas and Apples| Still Life Painting on a Mission
May 14, 2009, 9:21 pm
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Renunculas and Apples, 20x16", oil on canva, by Jeffrey Smith

Renunculas and Apples, 20x16", oil on canvas, by Jeffrey Smith

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 event, I had never even been to a live auction.  I must say, that it is rather exciting!  As I recall, my painting last year went for more than the estimated retail value.  For the sake of the school, I’m hoping for the same this year.



Fallen Tree and the Forest Floor|Plein Air Painting in the Park
May 8, 2009, 4:56 pm
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Fallen Tree, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Fallen Tree, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

The landscape painting above was painted in a park just over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.  One of the great things about the neighborhood that we live in now, is the closeness to the Mississippi River.  I thing there is something really great about being able to see a scene like this, and know that I’m about 2 miles away from a major downtown area.

We had some very unusual weather the morning that I created this little painting.  It started off raining, then the sun came out. Then rain and sun, both at the same time.  It finally looked like things were going to clear up, or at least stop raining.  I made my move.  With pochade box in hand, I made my way down to the  river.  I came across this spot, and set up my paints.   About an hour, I heard what I thought was a loud truck, or a train.  It turns out, it was thunder.  I didn’t realize that until I got smacked in the face with the first of many huge drops of rain.  I quickly tucked my painting into it’s carrier, and made my way for the car.

Looking back on it, I figure that getting rained on while painting just ups my credibility as a plein air painter.