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Leah Saulnier awarded the FAA Artistic Merit Award!

August 1st, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Drum roll please… It is my great privilege to announce the next winner of the FAA Artistic Merit Award, Leah Saulnier the Painting Maniac!

Leah’s artwork is wonderfully imaginative, masterfully executed, frequently laugh-out-loud humorous, and always thought provoking. As a surrealist and humorist painter, Leah is an accomplished story teller in oil with a truly distinctive style.

Koi Art by FAA Artistic Merit Award winner Leah SalnierPlaytime 2050 Fine Art PrintsArt PrintsArt PrintsArt PrintsPhotography PrintsPhotography Prints

For those of you unfamiliar with the FAA Artistic Merit Award, fondly referred to as the “Tony Award”, you can read about the history and view the official list of past Tony Award recipients here.

Congratulations to the very talented Leah!

Love Leah’s art? You can connect with Leah and view more of her incredible artwork at the links below:

Website: http://leah-saulnier.artistwebsites.com
Blog: http://paintingmaniac.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Saulnier-The-Painting-Maniac/121695561212465
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/104693612959275466592/posts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paintingmaniac
Tumblr: http://leahsaulnierpaintingmaniac.tumblr.com/

Artists Give Back – Supporting breast cancer research with ART

October 1st, 2012 by Nikki Smith

This fall, over thirty artists donated original artwork in support of breast cancer research and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  While some of these pieces (including mine) have already found new homes, there is still time to support this great cause and check out the amazing artwork for sale in the Artists Give Back shop!

Here was my artwork donated for this fundraiser:
(SOLD) My Guitar SINGS by Nikki Smith for Artists Give Back
My Guitar SINGS by Nikki Smith
(Original SOLD; similar fine art prints available)

And here are just a few of my favorite pieces still up for grabs:

If a small piece of original artwork isn’t in your budget this year, consider the Exclusive Cloth Paper Scissors Pretty In Pink Peerless Watercolor DrySheet set, formulated just for this event.

What are you waiting for?  Go snag yourself an amazing original piece of artwork in support of a great cause today!

Music Painting

July 23rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Sharing something beautiful…

Music Painting” by Alice Ninni is a charming animation of the song “Lacrime de Giulietta” by Matteo Negrin in which the musical notation is the basis for a scrolling illustrated story about humanity and nature.

Go Paint Something!

March 3rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Go Paint Something!OK:  Total, unabashed, mommy brag-book moment…Go Paint Something!

My inspiring artist this week is none other than my daughter, Celeste.  Her delightful drawings grace my kitchen walls, windows, fridge and floors (in washable crayola).  And she does inspire me, each and every day.  Here’s to boundless curiosity, endless energy, experimentation and coloring outside the lines!

What are you still doing online?  Go make some art already!  And then drop by and share your inspired creations with me!

CraftGawker.com Addict

March 11th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

OK, I’m officially hooked.  I’ve managed to gawk at over a hundred pages (so far) of delicious, artistic, fabulous, yummy items from some amazing artists.  I’ve also had two projects of my own published on CraftGawker to-date: a close-up of my copper tree collage, and a mini-booklace with sheet music pages.  It’s neat to see my mini-book on the “most gawked” page!  (Thank-you, visitors!)

CraftGawker.com - Mini-booklace

One thing that I appreciate about this site is that it is making me pay more attention to my creative photography skills as well.  My first submission was declined for photo/craft composition (it was a direct shot of a book isolated on a white background.)  Rather than being discouraged, I took this as a challenge!  This led to the great top-down shot of my mini-booklace (above, far right) which has been gawked 49 times and favorited 5 times so far this week.  (Cool!)  Of course, as “daring” as my photo was, someone out-dared me a few days later.  I’ll let you check out the CraftGawker.com site and see if you can spot the photo I’m talking about!  =)  You can see my two submissions here.  Happy gawking!