JeffreySmithArt


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.



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.



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.



Silver Bowl and Green Vase
January 20, 2009, 9:02 pm
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Silver Bowl and Green Vase, 6x6", by Jeffrey Smith

Silver Bowl and Green Vase, 6x6", by Jeffrey Smith

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I had such a great time painting this little silver bowl on Sunday, I decided to paint it again. 

I think what draws me to painting the silver bowl against a light background, is all of the lost edges.  That means that there isn’t a lot of contrast between the object itself the background behind it.  When handled correctly, it’s these edges that give a painting it’s sense of atmosphere and gives a painted object a feeling of volume.