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Artwork on the cover of Flair Magazine!

February 21st, 2014 by Nikki Smith

I am soooo excited to share this news! My artwork is on the cover of Flair Magazine!
Flair Magazine Spring/Summe 2014This Spring/Summer 2014 issue is devoted to music, and I am thrilled that my Music Lovers’ series of artwork is featured! Julie LaFargue Giles interviewed me for the article and we talked about my artistic journey and how music inspires my artwork. If you are local to the Brazos Valley or surrounding communities, you can pick up a copy of the magazine at many local establishments (it will be delivered over the next few days).  The cover artwork is “Sweet Jenny Bursting with Music” and the back cover features “Guitar Siren.”  There are several other music fine art pieces from this series in the magazine, too.

Artwork from my Music Lovers’ series will be on display at First Fridays in Bryan, Texas later this summer (details to be announced soon).  If you would like to be informed of the gallery show opening, please sign-up for my newsletter and I’ll keep you posted.  No spam (I promise), just amazing art and a bit of personality.  🙂

To check out the complete series or to purchase artwork featured in the magazine, head over to the gallery for my Music Lovers’ artwork series where you will find these images plus many more.  Fine art prints are available on canvas, specialty fine art papers, acrylic, and metal in sizes up to 45″ x 60″.

If you would like to commission a one-of-a-kind, exclusive portrait, just get in touch with me.  And if you love art and music as much as I do, we really should connect!  You can connect with me on Google Plus, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, About.Me and, of course, in person.  I love meeting fellow art and music enthusiasts!

(Pardon me while I do a little happy dance!)

Ground Control to Major Tom – Out of this world artwork!

January 26th, 2014 by Nikki Smith
Ground Control to Major Tom; artwork copyright Nikki Smith 2013; All Rights Reserved
Ground Control to Major Tom, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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“Ground Control to Major Tom” is a digital painting created stroke by stroke by Nikki Smith. This piece was inspired by the song “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, recently recorded *in space* by astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station in a captivating video:

(Thanks, NASA, for the reference photos!)

I love the lyrics of the song, too:

“Ground control to major Tom
Ground control to major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
(Ten) Ground control (Nine) to major Tom (Eight)
(Seven, six) Commencing countdown (Five), engines on (Four)
(Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may gods (Blastoff) love be with you

This is ground control to major Tom, you’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is major Tom to ground control, I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
Here am I sitting in a tin can far above the world
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows
Ground control to major Tom, your circuits dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you…
Here am I sitting in my tin can far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do”

(Lyrics by David Bowie)

After a recent trip to NASA with the kiddos I discovered that I hadn’t yet shared this artwork on my blog. Shame on me! NASA was a great experience for our kids, who especially loved the “Angry Birds In Space” area. Way to make learning fun, NASA! Here is one of my little astronauts now:

One of my little astronauts at NASA

Sunflower Breezes, I’m breathless…

December 24th, 2013 by Nikki Smith


Sunflower Breezes, copyright Nikki Smith

Sunflower Breezes, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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This sunflower has me breathless. Blowing in the wind, a delicate and determined spirit, I can almost feel the warm breeze and smell the scent of sunflowers in the air….

Continuing my collaboration with wildflower photographer Steven Schwartzman: his photographic portrait of a sunflower in the wind (with permission) inspired this piece.  If you fall in love, both the original photograph and the artistic rendition are available as fine art prints.  I hope you enjoy the fruits of this collaboration as much as I do!  Happy Holidays, everyone!

Silverpuff Dandelion Wishes

December 14th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Silverpuff Dandelion Wish, copyright Nikki Smith (prints available)
Silverpuff Dandelion Wish, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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Do you remember the childhood magic of blowing dandelion puffs and making a wish? I suspect my mother would secretly cringe at the thought of more dandelions springing up in our yard. It was pure bliss for me, however; a few moments full of peace and wonder as the seeds drifted away on the wind and the sunshine warmed my skin. I was delighted to be able to recapture that feeling in this artwork, part of my collaboration with wildflower photographer Steven Schwartzman. You can see his original photo which inspired this artwork below:

Silverpuff Seed Head copyright Steven Scwartzman
Silverpuff Seed Head, Copyright by Steven Scwartzman, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)

Both the original photograph and my artistic interpretation are available as fine art prints by clicking on the images above. Or as a custom phone cover, too, if you are like my good friend who snapped one up as a Christmas present the moment I posted it to Facebook yesterday!

NSmith_SilverpuffDandelionWish_iphone

Speaking of which, I’ve finally joined the rest of the civilized world and now own a smart phone for the very first time. It arrived yesterday (yay!) and I’m still learning how to use it. I can’t wait to personalize it with a custom phone case and artwork that reflects my personality.  Now I just have to decide which artwork to choose.  Wish me luck!  🙂

Electric Firewheel Flower Artwork

December 13th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

What happens when you mix two talented artists with unique visions?  Pure MAGIC.

Electric Firewheel by Nikki Smith
Electric Firewheel Artwork, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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With an electric vibe, this firewheel flower comes to life in vivid technicolor and neon lights. Springing from the name “firewheel” I envisioned a flower made of fire with electricity coursing through the very fiber of the petals. The hot pinks, reds and yellows give this artwork an energy that almosts bursts off the canvas. There is a sense of motion, fire and flames, of charged energy and the spark of creation.

I’m thrilled to collaborate with renowned wildflower photographer Steven Schwartzman on this project. His photographic portrait of a firewheel flower, also known as an Indian blanket and by the scientific name Gaillardia pulchella, inspired this piece. You can see the original photograph (used with permission) that inspired this artwork below:

Firewheel by Steven Schwartman
Firewheel, Copyright by Steven Schwartzman, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)

Read more about this wildflower on Steven’s blog post about the firewheel here.

Steven and I will be collaborating on more floral artwork soon, so stay tuned to see how one photographer’s stunning wildflower portraits inspire another artist’s abstract flower fine artwork.

About the Photographer:
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Steven Schwartzman has been involved with photography since the late 1960s, and specializing in wildflower portraiture since 1999. Over the last decade his photographs have appeared in various magazines, particularly Wildflower and Texas Highways. He maintains a daily nature photography blog at:
http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

Fine art prints of Steven Schwartzman’s photography may be purchased here:
http://steven-schwartzman.artistwebsites.com

About the Artist:
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Nikki Smith believes that artwork has the power to move and inspire; to change the way we see the world. Winner of the FAA Artistic Merit “Tony” Award for art in 2013, her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Cloth Paper Scissors, PAGES, Somerset Digital Studio and The Houston Chronicle. Keep up with her latest adventures in art via social media or on her blog at:
http://BookSmithStudio.com

Fine art prints of Nikki Smith’s artwork are available here:
http://nikkimarie-smith.artistwebsites.com