Category Archives: Cityscape

Wayne Plein Air Festival

Wayne 2015

Wayne 2015

I’m headed to Wayne! The Wayne Plein Air Festival is held in wonderful Wayne PA just outside Philadelphia. Last year was an excellent exhibition with Juror Ray Roberts graciously awarding my work “Waterwheel” an Honorable Mention.

I am looking forward to seeing old painting friends and making new ones. Most of all, I plan to give my best and by God’s grace produce even better work this year.

Chad

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Wilmington Workshop Full!

Last Light 12x24" Plein Air

Last Light 12×24″ Plein Air

 

I am pleased to announce the Wilmington plein air workshop is full! I’m looking forward to a great time with an intense and fun bunch of painters.

Thanks to Ann Lees for heading everything up!

 

Chad

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Incredible Wilmington!

So, the plein air demonstration happened in Wilmington, NC on St. Patrick’s day (notice my green undershirt). Liz Hosier from the Wilmington Art Association was my helpful guide/host for the day supplying a delicious roast beef sub from one of the great downtown delis, yummy. I didn’t know what to expect as far as the turnout but the town of Wilmington blew me away. Liz counted at least 40 people! (see pic below)

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Waxing eloquent…

As you can see,  we were blocking up the entire pier. They were such a wonderful group of people with lots of intelligent questions and all very attentive. Most even laughed at my silly stories. There was one special moment when I invited a passing little girl to participate in the painting. We all had a great time. If you live near Wilmington I highly recommend joining the WAA.

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40+ blocking the pier!

 

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A team effort.

 

 

 

Chad

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Group Exhibition at the Laffer Gallery, NY!

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I will be attending the Laffer Gallery’s Third Annual Upstate Invitational  this Saturday 10/24/15 starting at 6pm. Erik has 17 new plein air  paintings from me ranging from 9×12″ to 24×20″ cityscapes, to landscapes. Joining me for the group show will be wonderful artists Mary Ellen Riell and JoAnn Axford.

Most of the paintings at the exhibition can be seen online here: Laffer Gallery .  Please join us for a fantastic opening!

Warm Regards,

 

Chad

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Nifty Durham

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As some of you may know, we’ve moved to Durham NC. The painting above is my first larger  20×24″ plein air painting in downtown. The subject is the impressive Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It has been a pleasure to meet several interesting folks while “on the street”. This image was taken by very friendly and very skilled photographer Ken Huth. Ken runs the blog Nifty Durham focusing on local happenings. You can check out Ken’s post about our meeting in downtown Durham here: Nifty Durham.

Chad

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Stanley Theater Autumn

The Stanley Autumn 24x20" plein air

The Stanley Autumn 24×20″ plein air

The Stanley is an iconic theater here in upstate NY. The interior is more amazing than the exterior shown here. This 24×20″ was painted over two sessions plein air and was joy to paint. I love watching the city come to life in the morning. In this case, capturing the employee setting up tables for the days business and watching vehicles scurry by all under the stalwart Stanley theater marquee. “The Stanley Autumn” is part of the exhibition at Gallery 3040 in Old Forge, NY.

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American Impressionist Society 2014

I am pleased to announce “Winter Pavilion #4” is on the way to the American Impressionist Society’s national juried exhibition 2014. Abend Gallery in Denver CO is the host this year. It is an honor to participate again this year with what I consider to be my favorite piece in some time.

What makes it so special to me? “Winter Pavilion #4″ is a plein air painting done over two session last winter at 24″x20” in size. I would say all of the above plus the impact of the painting in person always “gives back” the light effect of being there. That is one of my main goals with any painting and this one really shines if I say so myself.

If you can get to Abend Gallery to see it along with all the other, I am sure, spectacular work you won’t be disappointed.

Winter Pavilion #4

Winter Pavilion #4

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Street Painting Radio Interview

The funniest thing happened the other morning. While out doing some morning “street-painting” an old acquiantance stopped to say hello. Keith James is the morning personality on Oldies96 here in Utica NY. Keith and I had meet a couple times and even gone to a concert together with my brother-in-law. That was at least 3 years ago.

So when Keith stopped to see what “this guy” was doing, he had no idea we actually knew each other. After some friendly banter it was decided we should arrange a radio interview to talk about what I was up to here painting the streets of greater Utica. You see, Keith likes to feature local stories of interest. I get the idea his interviews are quite eclectic but that’s a good thing in my opinion. this is an eclectic area so why not?

Keith James and Chad Smith radio interview

Personality Extraordinaire Keith James and Chad Smith at Oldies 96 studios.

We had a blast at the Oldies 96 studios and it was great to catch up with Keith. The interview is 8 minutes of great entertainment with a slideshow of pictures and images to boot! I hope you’ll give it a listen and check out Keith’s work here in upstate NY.

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Keith James

 

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Best of Show from Lori Putnam!

I was privileged to participate in the 3rd annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival last week and was honored to receive the Best of Show award from judge Lori Putnam! I always enjoy these events awards or not, but needless to say I am honored to have my work recognized in this way. The quality of work was high and it was a highlight for me to reconnect with several talented and hard working artists friends from the plein air “circuit”.

 

Lori Putnam and Chad Smith at Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Gala Event.

Lori Putnam presents Best of Show to Your’s Truly.

Saturday night was the gala event with judging and awards from Lori Putnam. Attendance was great with catering, live music, and a setting that was so enjoyable. Best of all, Erin and Sargent were able to attend! I want to thank Lori for the award and her thoughtful approach to the impossible task of judging high quality work. Congratulations go to  Kathie Odom and Richard Thomas who also received awards for their impressive work in addition to all the honorable mention awards. Please visit the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival website for info on all the artists and award winners. Finally, I would like to congratulate my good artist friends John Caggiano and Kirk Larsen for the Quick Draw and Artist Choice awards respectively.

 

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Tracks At Sunset 14″x11″ Best of Show, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival 2014

The event was a joy and my hosts were fantastic. Canandaigua is a beautiful area which abounds in subject matter not the least of which is Sonnengberg Gardens. I participated in the inaugural event two years ago and “fell in love” with the gardens. I look forward to next year and highly recommend a visit whether you are a painter or not.

Chad

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Plein Air Cityscape

 

Street Painting Downtown Utica

Street Painting Downtown Utica

 

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Another adventure awaited me in downtown Utica. On this day I met several friendly and curious onlookers including my new friend who took this photograph. He was also kind enough to bring me a coffee on this brisk morning downtown. I learned the owners of the dinner next door in the Carlisle building had been there over 30+ years! One learns all kinds of tid bits when painting in public.

After scanning the area I settled on this extreme portrait 24″x12″ format looking down Genessee Street. This would include the traffic and pedestrians as interesting elements along the way. They would also counteract the strong perspective leading the eye down the street and buildings into the distance. I ended up altering what I think was a bus stop sign but left it pretty much as is from the street.

Cityscape plein air street painting provides wonderful opportunities for subject matter as well as meeting a variety of interesting people. If you can talk and paint at the same time.

Chad

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