JeffreySmithArt


Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia
Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia, 12x16", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

I had the best time painting this one. Hands down….the most fun I’ve had the easel in a long time!  I’m not sure what it was about this set up.  Perhaps  it made me think about spring.  Winter can get a little long here in Minnesota. Or maybe it was the blue and orange color combination;  it is one of my favorites.

What ever the reason, I am quite pleased with how this painting came out.  At 12×16″ it no small amount of canvas to cover in one afternoon.

I started this painting by toning my Raymar linen panel with transparent red oxide oil painting.  I switched to a large bristle brush and loaded it with a thinned mixture of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson, and used that to draw out the set-up on the canvas.  From there, I moved into the darks and painted them in with the same mixture.

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Yellow Flowers in a Magenta World
January 24, 2009, 9:25 pm
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Yellow Flowers in a Magenta World, 5x7",pastel by Jeffrey Smith

Yellow Flowers in a Magenta World, 5x7",pastel by Jeffrey Smith

I can’t even think of the last time I did a pastel still life.  I had this composition all set up.  I had a square oil painting panel out and ready to go.  I was about to get out the oil paints themselves, and get to work.  

As I looked back at my set up, I couldn’t help but see it as a  pastel painting;  the wonderfully vivid color of the magenta background blending with the blue objects on the table and the tablecloth itself.  All of that contrasted against the yellow floral arrangement, and green bowl. 

I worked on an Ampersand Pastelboard for this little painting.  Because of the even tooth and the ability to layer and layer pastel on the board, I would definitely recommend them to anyone working in pastel.  I can see really see how the Pastelboard would work well with a gouache or watercolor under-painting.