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Archive for August, 2011

Artwork published! Cloth Paper Scissors Sept/Oct 2011 magazine

August 31st, 2011 by Nikki Smith

My “Wee Planet” photography and digital artwork of historic downtown Bryan, Texas has been published in the September / October 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine!  I just received my copy in the mail this weekend.

The great thing about my Wee Planet series is that any direction can be “up” as the planet is rotated — it’s just a matter of your perspective and what catches your eye or your imagination.  It still surprised me a bit to see that someone’s “up” was my “sideways” when I saw it in print!  😉

I fell in love with wee planets as an art form last year and haven’t looked back since.  You can escape reality and imagine yourself exploring a little planet of your very own!  For this wee planet, I took advantage of waking up *way too early* with a toddler to go to historic downtown at the crack of dawn when the streets were quiet.  I love the old facades of these buildings!

If you would like to learn more about my creative process for Wee Planets, please stay tuned.  I have a “the making of” blog post planned!  UPDATE:  My Wee Planet tutorial is now available!

We each create our own worlds… (Self Portrait)

August 27th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

This Cloth Paper Scissors reader challenge was a journey of self-discovery for me.  I tossed around a dozen different ideas before I realized that the portraits I truly love are those that reflect both the individual and their passions.  Particularly, the artist at work in their medium.  At that point, I knew that my self-portrait needed to include my passion for book arts and wee planet photography.  And me too, of course…somehow.  I chose to include several mini-me figures creating the artwork, because that is how I see myself: creating.  From there, the project took on a life of it’s own!

What began as a tunnel book morphed into more of an open diorama for the feeling of space and light which always lifts my spirits.  With one of my wee planet creations and a panoramic cloudy sky as a stage, I set to work.  Torn paper clouds are layered across the bottom.  One mini-me is painting the sky while another me is wielding scissors (with my eyes closed – well, why not?)

 

Every cloud has a silver lining – mine is strung with tissue paper birds!  I loved the idea of a mini-me “auditioning” birds for the sky, so my basket is also full of birds and I’m holding one end of the silver thread.

The line of birds is continued on the back of the piece where another mini-me holds a business card with my contact info, and a second card with many of my roles in life: Artist, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Mom, Optimist, Multi-Tasker, Avid Reader, Dreamer, Power-Tool Girl, I’ll Sleep Tomorrow…

I’m not sure what this piece says about me.  Do I have my head in the clouds?  Do I dream big?  Perhaps that I know we each create our own worlds and, despite obstacles and obligations, mine will be filled with art, creativity and a love of life!

Thanks to Flickr users John Benson and Shutter41 for kindly sharing their bird photos copyright-free with a Creative Commons attribution license.  All other photography and images are my own.  Big thanks to my husband Joseph for the great idea of photographing my self-portrait against a backdrop of cotton “clouds.”  The perfect finishing touch!

And for a little more eye candy, check out these fabulous portraits by other artists:


Nicole Caulfield, Self-Portrait with Still Life.  (Colored pencils)


Self Portrait, Nicole Parrish (Above & Below)


Self Portrait, Rachel Hammond

Self Portrait, Marybeth Rothman (encaustic and mixed media painting)

Typography Portrait; Artist? Found on ImageSpark.com

Mixed-media Portrait; Artist? Found Here

Did you enjoy these?  More amazing portraits can be seen at this link. Preview below: