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Plein Air Sunflowers | backyard still life painting
June 14, 2009, 3:59 pm
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Plein Air Sunflowers, 9x12", oil on linen, by Jeffrey Smith

Plein Air Sunflowers, 9x12", oil on linen, by Jeffrey Smith

Plein Air Sunflowers
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I painted the above still life on a sunny Sunday in my back yard. I love the idea of taking a still life outside. The colors are so much more intense, and I think flowers look fantastic when they are lit form above. I also think there is something to be said for the shifting light that you get when you paint a still life set up in the full sun; it really forces you to make decisions quickly to capture what you see before it’s changes.

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Dappled Sunlight | Sunday morning plein air painting
May 31, 2009, 5:02 pm
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Dappled Sunlight, 6x8" oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Dappled Sunlight, 6x8" oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

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Sunday is the best day of the week.  Things seem to move a bit slower… I spent my Sunday morning painting on the grounds of the St. Paul Seminary right along the Mississippi River. 

The weather has been perfect; not too warm,blue skies, and sunshine!  That sunlight and trees created an amazing dappled pattern across the grass..  I was fascinated by the number of different greens  I saw in the shadows as the lawn rolled down to the river.



Sunflower Bouquet, Cloudy Day | Floral painting en plein air painting
May 29, 2009, 8:05 pm
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Sunflower Bouquet, Cloudy Day, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Sunflower Bouquet, Cloudy Day, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

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Sunflowers are my favorite flowers.  I love them, I do.  This painting may seem a bit oxymoronic, sunflowers on cloudy day.  The great part about painting on an bright overcast day, is the quality of the light.  There is a softness, but the color of everything is very saturated.  You also get a longer window to paint, because the angle on the light is not changing as quickly as it would on a sunny day.



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.



Fallen Tree and the Forest Floor|Plein Air Painting in the Park
May 8, 2009, 4:56 pm
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Fallen Tree, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Fallen Tree, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

The landscape painting above was painted in a park just over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.  One of the great things about the neighborhood that we live in now, is the closeness to the Mississippi River.  I thing there is something really great about being able to see a scene like this, and know that I’m about 2 miles away from a major downtown area.

We had some very unusual weather the morning that I created this little painting.  It started off raining, then the sun came out. Then rain and sun, both at the same time.  It finally looked like things were going to clear up, or at least stop raining.  I made my move.  With pochade box in hand, I made my way down to the  river.  I came across this spot, and set up my paints.   About an hour, I heard what I thought was a loud truck, or a train.  It turns out, it was thunder.  I didn’t realize that until I got smacked in the face with the first of many huge drops of rain.  I quickly tucked my painting into it’s carrier, and made my way for the car.

Looking back on it, I figure that getting rained on while painting just ups my credibility as a plein air painter.



Backyard Plein Air Painting: Birch Tree Landscape Painting
May 5, 2009, 8:21 pm
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Birch Clump, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Birch Clump, 6x8", oil on linen panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Birch Clump

8×6″ original oil on linen panel

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I kept my landscape painting close to home tonight.  I took my pochade box out to the backyard.  The neighbors have a great clump of birch trees.  Perfect for one last plein air painting though I had to paint fast to capture the evening light before it changed as the sun went down.

After finishing up with the birch trees outside, I brought my painting in.  Walking through the living room, I couldn’t help but notice a similarity to a small watercolor painted by my grandmother.

Birch Clump, 5x7", watercolor on paper, by Vi Olson

Birch Clump, 5x7", watercolor on paper, by Vi Olson



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