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Craftgawker Feature – Wee Planet Tutorial

January 7th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Just a little something fun – my Wee Planet tutorial was featured in CraftGawker!
CraftGawker.com features Wee Planet Tutorial by Nikki Smith

If you subscribe to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine (and I recommend it highly!), then please check out the upcoming March/April 2012 issue.  I’ll be giving a step-by-step Wee Planet tutorial for PhotoShop Elements.  And if you create your own Wee Planet, drop me a link – I’d love to see it!  🙂

Sweet! My Pink Cactus photo won 1st place!

December 16th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Photography PrintsI was honored to find out that my “Pink Cactus” macro photograph won 1st place (which comes with bragging rights) in the PINK competition on Fine Art America today.  Thank-you to everyone who voted or participated in this contest!

This is a beautiful close-up photograph of a native Texas pink cactus.  I love the texture and color of in this macro shot – nature is amazing! This photo was taken in Kyle, TX near Austin.

P.S.  My mother-in-law will be pleased – it is in her garden!  😉

Shrinking Our World – My artwork in The Eagle newspaper!

November 6th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

That’s me in the photo.  And that’s a two page article about my artwork in The Eagle newspaper!  You can read the article (text-only, without the five planet photos) at The Eagle, here.  Or check it out at the bottom of this post.

If you are looking for the Wee Planet Tutorial mentioned in the article, you can find it here.

As a reminder, to celebrate I’m giving away an 8″ x 8″ glossy print of a local Wee Planet!

Here’s the Scoop:

  • To enter, leave a comment on this post or on the Wee Planet tutorial post.
  • Alternatively, you can Share, Digg, Tweet or Like it on Facebook and let me know!
  • Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
  • I’ll announce the winner at the end of the month.  (And if there are a lot of entries, I’ll add an extra planet print or two…)
  • For inspiration, see my Wee Planet gallery here and start thinking about which planet you would like to win!
  • The winner will receive a signed 8″ x 8″ glossy print of the local Wee Planet of their choice.

And now, here’s the article from today’s paper.  Cool, huh?

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!