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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.



Stargazer Lily and Silver Bowl
Stargazer and Silver Bowl, 6x6", by Jeffrey Smith

Stargazer and Silver Bowl, 6x6", by Jeffrey Smith

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Today’s painting is another look at the stargazer lily. This time, I placed it against a light background.  It is interesting to note how refreshing it feels to paint the same subject against two very different background.  I also pulled my easel way back for this little painting.  I’m very happy with how the small silver bowl came out!  I ended up scrapping it off a few times, and repainting it, trying to capture the illusion and feeling of silver with just a few strokes of paint.



Tulips in Blue and White Jar
Tulips in Blue and white Jar, 12x16", Jeffrey Smith

Tulips in Blue and white Jar, 12x16", Jeffrey Smith

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It truly is a wonderful time to be alive when I can be painting fresh tulips in my Minneapolis, Minnesota studio during the coldest stretch of weather that we have had in 5 years.  Today, the high temperature is expected to stay below zero.  The blue and white jar is another favorite object of mine.  I love the combination of cobalt blue and bright red tulips.



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.