JeffreySmithArt


Crabapple Tree Plein Air | Outdoor painting in the neighborhood
May 27, 2009, 8:14 pm
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Crabapple Tree PLein Air, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Crabapple Tree Plein Air, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

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 I love staying close to home.  I think there is something fascinating that happens when you take the time to really observe the area around your home.  I painted this little plein air piece of a flowering tree I discovered in the neighbors yard.  With all of those small petals being hit by the later morning sun, there was asoftness to the pink tree that contrasted wonderfully against all of the other trees and plants around it.



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



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.



Backyard Tree, studio landscape painting
March 25, 2009, 5:32 pm
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Backyard Tree, studio painting, 28x22", oil on linen, Jeffrey Smith

Backyard Tree, studio painting, 28x22", oil on linen, Jeffrey Smith

The image above is the result of  a three day studio landscape painting class that I took at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  It was taught by landscape artist and plein air enthusiast, Brian Stewart.  This painting began life as a plein air study that I did of the wonderful tree across the alley from our new St. Paul home.

I do love a good workshop.  I think it’s so fascinating to see another artist’s working process.  How do they start? What stages does a painting go through? Do they treat all subject matter the same?  Brian was an excellent teacher, and with a very small class, it really gave us an opportunity to ask a lot of questions and get some answers.



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.



Pine Trio
February 1, 2009, 9:20 pm
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Pine Trio, 24x36", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Pine Trio, 24x36", pastel on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

The painting above began life quite a bit different from how it looks today.  I painted it in the summer of 2006.  It is painted on a Gatorboard panel  that was prepped with an under-painting of magenta liquid acrylic and a layer of pumice gel, both from Golden.

I took this painting all the way to what I felt was a finish at the time.  I framed it, but was never happy with this piece.    So it just ended up sitting in my studio.  When I moved to my new space last November I pulled it into the “rework pile”.  I recently opened it up, and boldly reworked the entire painting.

I am now thrilled with the finished product.  This painting has a great presence to it.  I think it is largely due to the size of the painting.



Silver Cliff
October 10, 2008, 11:03 am
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Silver Cliff, 12x6", oil on panel

Silver Cliff, 12x6, oil on panel

 I tried something a little different with this painting.  I started the painting with my pallet knife.  I’ve seen other artists do it before, and wanted to give it a try….  It was really fun! The paint takes on a much more sculptural quality as you are working with it.  In the end, however, it felt great to get out a couple of brushes, and really move around all that paint.  As you can see from the above photo, the paint is a little thicker than normal on this one, due primarily to the pallet knife application.

For those interested in the, ‘where in the world’ aspect of  landscape painting, this scene is from Silver Cliff, on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.