Introducing The Net – A New Painting by Jed Smith

Jed Smith, Italywise

The Net, oil on canvas, by Jed Smith ©2016

I’m excited to unveil my recent labor of love, with the current working title of The Net. This is my second oil painting to-date, previously having focused most of my painting career on watercolors. I love both mediums, but working in oil is expanding my horizons, and my ability to work on a much larger scale. This painting is approximately 40″ x 60″, and took at least a year and four months to complete. Mind you, if I had been working on this non-stop I would have completed it much sooner. I decided to live and paint by the Italian credo of “piano, piano” – which means “slowly, slowly”. In other words, be patient!

This new Jed Smith work of art was inspired by a scene of everyday life in the rich and colorful fishing village of Burano, Italy. If you’re not familiar with Burano, it’s a 30 minute vaporetto ride from the Fondamenta Nuove stop in Venice. It’s well worth your attentions if you find yourself in Venice.

I’ve made a promise to myself to not explain or intellectualize why I choose a particular subject matter. I believe that would only get in the way of the viewer experiencing the work without being unduly influenced. With that said, I’ll leave you to contemplate this latest work. Meanwhile, I am moving a new, large, blank canvas to my easel. A new subject has been chosen – one that will provide a dramatically different perspective. Stay tuned….

To see this and other paintings, be sure to visit my online gallery.

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By |2016-12-06T13:15:55+01:00December 6th, 2016|Exploring the Veneto, Paintings Posts, Uncategorized|20 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Tom Fong December 8, 2016 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Another masterpiece Jed! Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see your next work of art.

    • Jed December 8, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I always love hearing from you Tom! And, I’m so glad you like the painting. Now the pressure is on for the next one….

  2. Nancy December 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Love this new painting. The colors you use so well remind me of the ones that struck me in my much too short time in Italy.

    • Jed December 8, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Thanks Nancy! You’ll have to come back and refresh your memories!

  3. Karen December 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Wow! Truly a gem. No artist’s explanation? No problem! I’ve spent the best part of my morning coffee meandering through this gentleman’s life. From his bronzed skin to his bare feet to the rosemary in the window boxes. But, that little cup on the flagstone….dare I even venture to think we’ve shared a morning brew? Keep them coming, Jed.

    • Jed December 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Grazie Karen, I love that you’ve been “swimming around” in the scene and enjoying yourself! I hope you and Tom are doing well. Jed

  4. Linda Dini Jenkins December 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, Jed! You are a man of so many talents! I look forward to seeing Burano for myself in October — and perhaps to seeing you in our beloved Sulmona some time in May? Buon Natale! Linda & Tim

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda! I’m so glad you like the new work. You’ll fall in love with Burano – maybe I can see you and Tim there in October! Buon Natale! Jed

  5. David collins December 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Sharyn and I love this painting Jed. A landscape of the Abruzzo mountains with Castello would be a great subject!
    Have a wonderful Natale and look forward to seeing you next year.

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      Grazie! I’m so happy you and Sharyn like the painting. Yes, a landscape, or two, of the magnificent Abruzzo mountains would be worthy subjects! Buon Natale! Stay in touch from Australia! Jed

  6. Tony December 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Incredible how you always capture everyday moments in ways that force us to wake up and stop taking them for granted. Love the work with oils.

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your encouragement Tony! After so many years working almost solely in watercolor, the journey with oils will be quite an adventure. I love putting the spotlight on the beauty of what we consider the “ordinary”.

  7. SUSAN December 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Fantastic. I love the colors, the man and the net itself. Vibrant!

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Grazie Susan, I’m so happy you like the painting. Now to see how the next one goes!

  8. Deedee Baddeley December 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    The Net Painting is beautiful!
    Hope all is well with you!

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deedee! All is good here in Italy. Hope all is well with you in California!

  9. Steph Coombes December 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Jed what a marvellous picture. Oils clearly suit your technique. Such a long time to complete though. Patience is surely one of your virtues. Love it ?

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Grazie Steph…I’m feeling more and more comfortable with oil as a medium. It’s a good thing since I have loads of blank canvases waiting for some “love”!

  10. Anita December 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Ciao Jed! I really love this painting in one of my favorite places in the world..Burano Italy..the choice of vibrant colors ..the village fisherman making or mending his net..his skin weathered from the sun..his white hair ,glasses..amazing..thank you for sharing this beauty..lace makers / net makers island!! A presto Anita

    • Jed December 6, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Grazie Anita! The painting material in Burano is limitless!

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