JeffreySmithArt


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.



Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry
Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry,6x6", oil by Jeffrey Smith

Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry,6x6", oil by Jeffrey Smith

I really wanted to try out a yellow background.  I not sure why. That was my over riding thought as I was heading to the studio this morning.  I have had a couple of ideas for larger still life paintings recently using yellow, black, and white. 

Upon arriving at the studio, I opened up the cabinet that holds all of my fabric backdrops.  It turns out, the only yellow that I had was a blue and yellow Swedish table runner.  “No problem.” I thought. “I’ll just repeat the pattern and use it as a wall treatment.”  I’m very pleased with the result.  It gives a wonderful feeling to the space that exists behind the yellow roses and footed silver bowl.



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.



FM 100 Hue Test
December 5, 2008, 8:21 pm
Filed under: color | Tags: ,
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.