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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

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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.



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.



Blue Pot, Orange Begonia
March 11, 2009, 7:40 pm
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Blue Pot, Oange Begonia, 9x12", pastel on panel, Jeffrey Smith

Blue Pot, Oange Begonia, 9x12", pastel on panel, Jeffrey Smith

I had a few hours to get into the studio today, and thought this would be a great chance to revisit this wonderful potted begonia.  It has been bringing a touch of spring to my studio for the last few weeks.  I really needed it today.  The high here in Minnesota didn’t reach much above zero, and with the wind, it felt much colder.  I can’t wait for the spring thaw!

This piece was painted on a Jack Richeson pastel panel.  This is a new surface for me.  It doesn’t have quite as much tooth as the Wallis pastel paper does.  That means that it probably wouldn’t hold as many layers of pastel.  I do a lot of layering in my work as I play with color, so this one is important to me.  The panel is on Gator board which is very rigid, and very light weight.  Because of  that, I could see these panels being very useful for plein air landscape work. Lightweight makes it easier when you have to haul everything with you, and due to limited painting time, you probably wouldn’t do as much layering.



Forsythia and Copper Canister, final
March 8, 2009, 7:24 pm
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, 18x24", pastel on Wallis paper, Jeffrey Smith

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

I do love reaching the end of a painting! I had such a wonderful working on this piece.  I has been far too long a break from pastel this time, and I’m thrilled to be back at it.

To celebrate my last day in the studio with my forsythia painting up on the easel, I put together a little video.



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.