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Archive for the ‘Inspiring Artists’ Category

Artwork by my sister, Cheri Long (1980-2009)

January 9th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

I’m finding out that I have more in common with my sister, Cheri Long.  She passed away this past fall.  Below is a sampling of some artwork created by my sister:

Watercolor by Cheri Long

Watercolor by Cheri Long - her travels

Self Portrait, Cheri Long Hiking

Self Portrait, Cheri Long Hiking

Portrait of Joseph Smith by Cheri Long

Portrait of Joseph Smith by Cheri Long

Enliven by Cheri Long

Enliven by Cheri Long

Knowing my for creating one-of-a-kind artist books, my sister made one for me:

Handmade book by Cheri Long, Cover

Handmade book by Cheri Long, Cover: Three sisters

Handmade book by Cheri Long, Interior

Handmade book by Cheri Long, Interior Pages

Handmade book by Cheri Long, Hidden Pocket

Handmade book by Cheri Long, Hidden Pocket

Thank-you, Cheri.  I love you!

Fun mail day…Artwork by Marsha Jorgensen!

November 10th, 2009 by Nikki Smith

It’s so nice to get fun stuff in the mail rather than just bills and junk! And what could be better than art?  Check out my new Tumble Fish Studio prints by Marsha Jorgensen:

Tumble Fish Studio Limited Ediiton Prints
I was introduced to Marsha’s artwork (a.k.a. Tumble Fish Studio) through a fund raiser for a mutual friend, Tina Wright.  I was the top bidder on a piece of her artwork and a gift certificate to her shop for another print and she was kind enough to send me three!  (Thank-you, I love them!!) Marsha makes these delightful collages the old-fashioned way — by hand.  You can see more at her blog or her etsy shop.

Last week I also received my order of art goodies from The Shoppe at Sommerset.  I now have a set of test tubes, some watch findings (tiny, tiny gears and parts), unusual paper flowers and a cool collage sheet.  Still no time to play with them – maybe this weekend…?  I hope so — I’m going through art withdrawl and my hands are itching to CREATE!

Featured Artist: Vanessa Valencia

January 22nd, 2008 by Nikki Smith

vanessavalencia_blissI spent a relaxing day at the book store with a friend today, chatting while pouring over art books and magazines. It’s good for the soul to have a regular dose of art, friendship and inspiration.

One of the gems I stumbled upon in a Somerset Studios magazine was the artwork of Vanessa Valencia (at left). She makes the most beautiful art pieces with raised clothing from torn and crumpled paper.

Check out her site for more inspiring art pieces at: http://VanessaValencia.com

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

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.