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Balsamic and Blue Bowl
Balsamic and Blue Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith

Balsamic and Blue Bowl, 6x6, oil on panel by Jeffrey Smith


I had a great time in the studio working on this little painting.  I do love painting glass.  Working on this balsamic vinegar bottle has kept that love of glass alive!   The vinegar in the bottle had some wonderful colors when seen under the north light coming in my studio windows.



Tea Party
March 18, 2009, 10:04 am
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Tea Part, 6x12", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Tea Part, 6x12", oil on panel, by Jeffrey Smith

In an effort to push for some new ideas for still life, I decided to try an unusual perspective for this piece, and an unusual format. 

I set up this still life on my large studio table, and stood so I was looking down at the grouping. I love being able to see in side of the teacup, and seeing more of the pattern on the saucer.

Next, I selected a 6×12″ panel.  This is one of my handmade panels.  It proved to be a great shape to work on, giving some very interesting patterns between the objects.



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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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.



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.



Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry
Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry,6x6", oil by Jeffrey Smith

Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry,6x6", oil by Jeffrey Smith

I really wanted to try out a yellow background.  I not sure why. That was my over riding thought as I was heading to the studio this morning.  I have had a couple of ideas for larger still life paintings recently using yellow, black, and white. 

Upon arriving at the studio, I opened up the cabinet that holds all of my fabric backdrops.  It turns out, the only yellow that I had was a blue and yellow Swedish table runner.  “No problem.” I thought. “I’ll just repeat the pattern and use it as a wall treatment.”  I’m very pleased with the result.  It gives a wonderful feeling to the space that exists behind the yellow roses and footed silver bowl.



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.