Rue Galande, Paris by Jeff Smith in South Shields, England

  • Artist: Jeff Smith
  • Location: South Shields, England
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Rue Galande, Paris by Jeff Smith in South Shields, England

Jeff Smith is a retired art teacher. The grasp he has on his craft is noticeable immediately when you look at any one of his paintings. His technique is impeccable, lines flawless, and perspective is dead on. The above piece almost looks chiseled into the canvas.

Here are a few things to glean from this piece for your own paintings: look at how the colors of the buildings, signage, awnings, etc. show up in the reflection on the wet cobblestone street. Notice how accurately the windows are framed and their angles. They nearly look traced. Also, the details like the chains, the gutters, and the lettering. With all of these things combined this piece resembles a photograph more than a painting. I love it.

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