A Canopy of Brilliance – A New Painting by Jed Smith

A Canopy of Brilliance © 2017 Jed Smith, Oil

I love creating. I’m very fortunate that I am able to pour myself into writing, photography and painting. Italy is bringing out the best in me in this regard. After all, when I have creative genius staring at me at every turn (particularly in a city like Venice) I can’t help but feel the universe prodding me to “get going” and to “see what happens.”

A need for something spacious

Three-and-a-half months ago I sat staring at a large blank canvas.  Jed Smith, what do you want to paint? That’s what I asked myself, and I knew the answer wouldn’t come through intellectual reasoning. Something spacious. That was the answer.

The island of Folegandros, Greece, is just a short trip from Italy, and we vacationed there last year as part of a sibling reunion. A hasty photo I took, while hanging on the back of a speeding ATV, yielded the inspiration for this painting.

Now, this is probably more information that you care to hear, or need, but it might help you understand this artist’s process and evolution. This painting was a departure for me because I let my heart tell me what would feel good to paint. I didn’t use the filter of what I thought other people would like.

Bringing this painting to life was like painting in front of a huge, open window

That was the real beauty for me. It was art therapy. It was meditation.

And, I’m learning to let life lead me – not my mind (though it still is a crafty fellow trying to steal my attention). I’m learning to trust the yearnings of my dreams. I close with yet another quote from my favorite author and mystic…

“Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.” – Kahlil Gibran


By |2019-01-21T17:39:59+01:00July 6th, 2017|Paintings Posts|14 Comments

About the Author:

I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Tom July 10, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Another masterpiece Jed! Thanks again for hanging with me last month in Venice and showing me around 🙂

    • Jed July 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tom! I loved spending time with you in Venice. Come back any time. We can do a boy’s trip somewhere new! Hope all is well back in SF!

  2. Anita July 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Howdy stranger! Now I know where you have been it looks amazing God bless chat soon caio my friend Anita

  3. Lynn Cureton July 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Love this picture and love to see Italy through your eyes!!

    • Jed July 8, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Lynn! It’s always great hearing from you! xoxox

  4. Ellen Griffith July 7, 2017 at 3:45 am - Reply

    WOW! Stunning and just love the colors and as you say the Brilliance! Indeed!!!

    • Jed July 7, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Grazie mille, Ellen! I’m so glad you like this piece!

  5. Nicole July 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Stunningly beautiful….your painting, your words….just you!! xoxo

    • Jed July 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Grazie cara! Glad you like. Hard at work on my next canvas. Miss you! xoxox

  6. Joe July 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! I love it.

  7. Stephanie July 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!! Your paintings always amaze me, friend!!

    • Jed July 6, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Coming from you, my talented friend, that is especially appreciated!!! xoxox

  8. Gloria Dinmore July 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I’d been waiting for your next work, and it pleased as all your work does. How you arrived @ the theme as pleasant as the piece. It reminded me of a stay on Hydra and the donkeys there. A breath of fresh air in that sky coupled with the changing realities of the artist make a lasting impression. Well done, Jed.

    • Jed July 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Gloria! While my love and home is Italy, Greece feels like my °mistress°! Let’s hope my next piece isn’t too long coming (hint: another Greek-inspired subject). Jed

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