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Archive for September, 2007

New Artwork: One-inch square ‘inchies’

September 24th, 2007 by Nikki Smith

inchiesk_fullset_300I’ve just finished 26 letter “k” inchies for an alphabet swap.  Each inchie is a one-inch square piece of art.  The outer shell has a cut-out “K” window to give a glimpse at the pull-out art piece inside.

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See more photos in the Swaps Gallery, or jump directly to the first image in this set.

Featured Artist: Wanda Hibbs

September 16th, 2007 by Nikki Smith

Pet Portrait in Oil by Wanda HibbsWanda Hibbs is an artist in Austin, Texas who paints primarily in oils and has a passion for color.  At left is one of her most recent paintings, a portrait of a couple’s beloved pet dog.

Below are two commissioned oil portraits, “Youngest Daughter” and “Oldest Daughter.”  All three are in private collections.

'Youngest Daughter' by Wanda Hibbs'Oldest Daughter' by Wanda Hibbs

Mailbox Treasures: Goodies from Tina

September 12th, 2007 by Nikki Smith

mailbox091207_tina1Bills, junk mail, more bills, more junk mail, TREASURE!  Just look at the fabulous goodies Tina sent me today…a collaged tin, two collaged fridge magnets, and a beautiful pendant.  Wow, what fun!  Thanks, Tina!

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New Artist Link: Thomas Allen

September 5th, 2007 by Nikki Smith

Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen combines altered book arts with photography.  He carefully cuts and folds images from pulp paperback covers to create 3D scenes that pop-out against a backdrop of books.  Fascinating photographs!

His book of photography, “Uncovered,” is coming out in September of 2007.

To see more artists websites, along with resources for Book Artists and links to helpful techniques, visit the “Links” section above.

Advice on Teaching Art Classes

September 2nd, 2007 by Nikki Smith

Last year I conducted an informal survey, asking fellow artists about their experiences teaching (and taking) art-related classes. I received dozens of responses, full of valuable advice. The results are compiled here, in the hopes that this information will be of help to other artist-teachers and those just taking the plunge for the first time. This article can be found in the “Articles” section, or by following this link: Read more…