JeffreySmithArt


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.



Green Tea Kettle
Green Tea Kettle, oil on panel, 6x6" jeffrey Smith

Green Tea Kettle, oil on panel, 6x6" jeffrey Smith

I loved this tea kettle when I saw it at the store.  This particular shade of green is so me…

With this set up, I’m using a different perspective than I normally do.  I positioned the objects on my studio table which is much lower than the still life stand that I usually work from.

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The Painted Bowl
February 4, 2009, 8:36 pm
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The Painted Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

The Painted Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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This was a quick painting.  In addition to pushing to my artistic abilities for brushwork, speed has emerged as one of my artistic development goals on 2009. 

As anyone who is familiar with the atelier method of  instruction can attest, it tends to be very methodical, but also very slow.  My challenge to myself is to try and keep and improve my drawing and accuracy while I’m painting, but also add an element of time.  I am attempting to walk the line between rushing, and working with a sense of urgency and drive.



Oranges
December 30, 2008, 3:44 pm
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Oranges, 8x6", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Oranges, 8x6", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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I have always loved painting citrus fruits.  I saw these in the store the other day, and was immediatley drawn to the beautiful leaves.  They have a great waxy green color to them. 

For this painting, I really have tried to paint stroke by stroke. If left to it, I really do love getting in the surface of the painting, and moving things around.  Although if I do that, I find that I’m not nearly as happy with it, and it looses some of the freshness that it may have had before.



Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera, 9x12", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Gerbera, 9x12", oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

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I finally had a day off from work today.  I thought it would be fun to spend my afternoon studying something nice and colorful.  What a delight it was to have the afternoon to paint and finally start to feel all caught up during this busy holiday season!



The Stoneware Jug
December 18, 2008, 8:19 pm
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The Stoneware Jug, 11x14", oil on linen panel by Jeffrey Smith

The Stoneware Jug, 11x14", oil on linen panel by Jeffrey Smith

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I have had this jug in my collection of objects for years.  I don’t know why I have never painted it before.  I guess I thought it would be too difficult to try and paint the glaze, and the reflections, and make it look like it had light shinning on it.

In the end, I realized it was the same thing that I tell my students in my own classes; just paint what it is that you see.  Have you ever noticed that it’s always easy to see those kind of  lessons illustrated when you are looking at another person’s work?



Pomegranates and the Silver Jar
December 11, 2008, 12:05 pm
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Pomegranates and the Silver Jar, 12x6", by Jeffrey Smith

Pomegranates and the Silver Jar, 12x6", by Jeffrey Smith

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One last look at the pomegranates before I take them home to be eaten.  That’s one of the great things about still life painting; being able to eat your props afterwards as long as you paint fast enough.