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Southern Light

Eno River Sunset 24×20″ plein air

I am thrilled to announce the opening of my one man show at Eno Gallery in Hillsborough, NC. The exhibition will include 20 new plein air works plus one bonus large studio painting of the above Eno River Sunset at 40×30″.

This body of work explores the Piedmont/Triangle area where Erin, Sargent and I live and explore. There is a wide variety of subjects from barns to boats and towns to trails.

  • Eno Gallery: 100 S. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • April 28th, 6-8pm
  • Call for details: 919-883-1415

I hope you can join us!

Chad

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Autumn in North Carolina

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Autumn Morning 20″x 16″

 

Artist friend Jeremy Samms invited me up to paint in western North Carolina for a few days. We had a great time of painting and fellowship, despite having to fix a flat tire on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Autumn Morning was painted near his folks place on a great little farm there.

 

Chad

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Blessing in Bath County

The Homestead 24x20" Plein Air

The Homestead 24×20″ Plein Air

 

“The Homestead” was painted during the Bath County Plein Air Event. This amazing resort seems the heart of the Bath County area. My gracious host introduced me to this area and in the end purchased “The Homestead”. It was a great blessing for them to invest in the painting but even more so to spend time with a wonderful christian couple.

 

Chad

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“Mr. Doherty” @ Bath County Plein Air

Mr. Doherty 20x16 Plein Air

Mr. Doherty 20×16 Plein Air

 

This 20×16″ was painted over a couple hours during the quick draw at Bath County Plein Air. Steve made a fairly good model as he was absorbed in his work and didn’t move too much. It was a lot of fun painting under cover during a rainy day paint out.

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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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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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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Corner Store

20"x16" oil on canvas

20″x16″ oil on canvas

 

Corner Store was painted in a plein air style and is 20″x16″ in oil on canvas. The warmth of the brick struck such a strong contrast to the cool light! I am truly enjoying exploring townscape painting. It provides opportunities for linear perspective and the presence of human activity.

The road stripes from the crosswalk give a  lead-in to the mid-ground focal point and subject of the painting. The coolish light and receding street on the left give a much needed sense of space leading into the background. The crossing light and green street sign provide a nice “stopper” while secondary details like the tree, snow, and vehicle add to the feel of the street scene from here in upstate NY.

Hope you enjoy,

Chad

 

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