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Sunflowers Plein Air | backyard outdoor painting
July 19, 2009, 8:46 pm
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Sunflowers Plein Air, 8x10", oil on gessoed panel, by Jeffrey Smith

Sunflowers Plein Air, 8x10", oil on gessoed panel, by Jeffrey Smith

I remember how much I loved sunflowers when I was a kid. We had a patch of them growing along side the house, next to the kitchen window. As I recall, the height of those sunflowers was pretty incredible. When it came to arranging these sunflowers, I had to cut off about 12 to 18 inches off the stems.

I painted these sunflowers from life in my backyard. Of course I’d love to say that I grew these sunflowers in my own backyard, but I have to admit I bought this fabulous bunch at Whole Foods.

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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.



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.



Sunflowers and the Studio Window
Sunflowers and the Studio Window, 6x6, oil on panel

Sunflowers and the Studio Window, 6x6, oil on panel

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Today’s post continues my series of still life paintings featuring sunflowers.  This view takes a look out my new studio window, out onto the busy street.  It was really great using the street, the new fallen snow, and the used car dealership as a back drop.