JeffreySmithArt


Trail Under the Pine Trees | gouachhe painting
June 19, 2009, 9:35 pm
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Trail Under the Pine Trees, gouache on paper, by Jeffrey Smith

Trail Under the Pine Trees, gouache on paper, by Jeffrey Smith

Trail Under the Pine Trees
gouache on paper
$30.00

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I got out the gouache paints the other day, and did a little demo for my mother.  She has a dream of learning to use her paints. 

She has worked with watercolors in the past, but has always found them difficult to use because you have to plan ahead, and use the white of the paper for the whites in the final painting…  That’s part of the beauty of using gouache as a medium.  Just like with oil paint, gouache is an additive process.  The whites or light colors that you see in a final painting can be added  on top of other colors or layers of paint.  This allows for more flexibility as the painting progresses.  I love using gouache when I’m sketching or trying to work out an idea, or plan a painting.

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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.



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.



Backyard Plein Air Painting: Birch Tree Landscape Painting
May 5, 2009, 8:21 pm
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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

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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
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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
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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



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.