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Plein Air Sunflowers | backyard still life painting
June 14, 2009, 3:59 pm
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Plein Air Sunflowers, 9x12", oil on linen, by Jeffrey Smith

Plein Air Sunflowers, 9x12", oil on linen, by Jeffrey Smith

Plein Air Sunflowers
$250.00
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I painted the above still life on a sunny Sunday in my back yard. I love the idea of taking a still life outside. The colors are so much more intense, and I think flowers look fantastic when they are lit form above. I also think there is something to be said for the shifting light that you get when you paint a still life set up in the full sun; it really forces you to make decisions quickly to capture what you see before it’s changes.

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Front Yard Peonies | plein air painting close to home
June 11, 2009, 7:08 pm
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Front Yard Peonies, 8x10", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Front Yard Peonies, 8x10", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Front Yard Peonies
Oil on linen panel
8×10″
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This has been a strange spring in Minnesota.  Over all, it has been pretty cold.  Plants are blooming much later this year than they normally do.  That’s okay. It just means more time to enjoy the flowers of spring.  I still have peonies in the front yard that are just starting, or are yet to bloom. 

I can’t tell you how great it is to be able to stay in your own front yard while painting.  I love going out painting in the deep woods and all, but there’s a great comfort that comes from knowing that you are only steps away from anything you might need



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.



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.



Flowers and Pears, final
April 28, 2009, 6:52 pm
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Flowers an Pears, 16x16", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Flowers an Pears, 16x16", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Flowers and Pearsis done! I am quite happy with how this painting ended up.  From a distance, this still life feels very tight, very detailed. When you get close to it, there is a lot of broken color, strokes of colors placed next to one another on the surface and left unmixed allowing your eye to do the mixing.

My goal was to push some of the visual textures.  I really had a wonderful time working the rough wood of the table against the smooth finish of the glazed and glass objects. 

Flowers and Pears, detail

Flowers and Pears, detail



Pears and Flowers, work in progress.
April 25, 2009, 6:23 pm
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Pears and Flowers, work in progress, 16x16", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Pears and Flowers, work in progress, 16x16", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

The image above is a work in progress shot of the still life that I’ve been working on in my studio.  In setting up this painting, my plan was to create an arrangement that would allow me to really push some of the visual textures.  We have the rough wood of my studio table, the glass pitcher, the slubbed brown linen used  the background, and the flowers and pears. 

I have one good round of paint across the entire panel.  Now it’s time to really start pushing the colors, and playing up the atmosphere and texture.