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Pine Tree Clearing, work in progress.
April 26, 2009, 9:26 pm
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Pine Tree Clearing, 20x16", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith, work in progress

Pine Tree Clearing, 20x16", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith, work in progress

To start the above painting, I pulled out a less than successful oil plein air study I did in 2007.  The nice thing about using an older, not-so- stellar paint study, is that I’ve found myself less inclined to stay very true to the plein air study, and more willing to make changes for the good of the painting.

This work in progress piece is pastel on a Gatorboard panel that I made my self.  I started by an orange toned board, and then painted on Golden Fine Pumice gel in an irregular pattern.

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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.



Forsythia and Copper Canister, update #2
Forsythia And Copper Canister, 18x24", pastel on Wallis paper, Jeffrey Smith

Forsythia And Copper Canister, 18x24", pastel on Wallis paper, Jeffrey Smith

I’ve been digging through my boxes of pastels to find colors that I can use to unify areas of the painting.  To do this, I try to find a color that can be applied to a few different objects. 

An example would be the light blue that I was able to use in the background, the table top, and the green cloth on the left side of the painting.  By repeating strokes of the same color on top of different objects, it help to create a feeling of those different objects being seen under the same light.  In this case, it is cool north light through my studio window.



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.



Alaskan Trail, a work in progress
September 1, 2008, 1:28 pm
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Alaskan Trail, 18x24" oil on linen

Alaskan Trail, 18x24

It’s Labor Day, which means summer is coming to an end.  In honor of that, I wanted to show off what’s currently on my easel.  A summery scene,  Alaskan Trail is an 18×24″ oil painting done from some field sketches and reference photos.  There is still more work to be done, but I feel like I really made some good progress on it today!



On the other hand…
May 7, 2008, 5:53 pm
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So, you may have arrived here at my blog, and are asking yourself, ” Where the heck have you been?”  Well…I’ve been hard at work on a rather extensive portrait project.  It can be seen in full detail, going all the way back to the design phase. Check out the portrait painting right here on Jeffrey Smith Art