JeffreySmithArt


My new home page | Where the painting party is at.
October 4, 2009, 9:50 am
Filed under: Painting | Tags: , , , ,

I finally launched the new online home for me, Minnesota painter, Jeffrey Smith! So what does the mean for you?  It means that there is a whole slue of new posts to read over at the Jeffrey Smith Art.    I promise lots of posts focusing on the artistic process and what I paint.

Jeffrey Smith's pochade box set-up

Jeffrey Smith's pochade box set-up. Don't you just love photos where you can see the painting and the actual environment?

I have spent the entire summer plein air painting, and working on my farmer tan.  I have lots and lots that I’d love to share about the process of painting, and the practice of setting artist goals.   Check it out.  If you like what you find, consider joining my mailing list.

Sunday morning plein air with my Mom

Sunday morning plein air. In the garden with my Mom

Advertisements


Backyard Plein Air Painting: Birch Tree Landscape Painting
May 5, 2009, 8:21 pm
Filed under: landscape, Painting, Plein Air, tree | Tags: , , , ,
Birch Clump, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Birch Clump, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Birch Clump

8×6″ original oil on linen panel

$150.00

BUy This Painting!

I kept my landscape painting close to home tonight.  I took my pochade box out to the backyard.  The neighbors have a great clump of birch trees.  Perfect for one last plein air painting though I had to paint fast to capture the evening light before it changed as the sun went down.

After finishing up with the birch trees outside, I brought my painting in.  Walking through the living room, I couldn’t help but notice a similarity to a small watercolor painted by my grandmother.

Birch Clump, 5x7", watercolor on paper, by Vi Olson

Birch Clump, 5x7", watercolor on paper, by Vi Olson



Park Lawn Pochade
May 3, 2009, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Painting, Plein Air, supplies | Tags: , , , ,
Park Lawn Pochade, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Park Lawn Pochade, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota! I love painting outdoors this time of year.  The branches of the trees are still very visible, with just enough of the yellow-green foliage of spring to soften the edges. It’s like being able to see the support skeleton underneath.

For my 30th birthday, last Sunday, my partner gave me the gift of a new pochade box.  I couldn’t be happier with it.  It’s something that I’ve wanted for a number of years.  This year, I finally put in the time, and did some reading online.  There are  lot of options out there, and I must say that I love mine.  I have the Blackfootbox from Alla Prima Pochade.  My box is very well constructed and very thoughtfully designed.  Who knew that you could fit almost everything you need to complete a painting in one little box?

pochade box set up

pochade box set up



Flowers and Pears, final
April 28, 2009, 6:52 pm
Filed under: floral, Painting, Still life | Tags: , , , ,
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
Filed under: floral, Painting, Still life | Tags: , , , ,
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.



Backyard Tree, studio landscape painting
March 25, 2009, 5:32 pm
Filed under: landscape, Painting, studio, tree | Tags: , , , , ,
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
Filed under: daily painting, Painting, Still life | Tags: , , , , , ,
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.