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Music in my veins and art in my soul…

May 5th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

My Guitar can *SING* by Nikki Smith

Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.  Fine art prints available up to 45″ x 60″!

Recently, I’ve been so busy creating art (and, I admit, getting distracted by life in general) that I realize I’ve neglected to blog about so many things!  Even big things like getting published – twice!  So I decided to correct that today (at least a little) by sharing my latest artwork series, inspired by music.

The below piece just tied for 1st place in a competition on Fine Art America this morning, which made my day!

Guitar Lover’s Embrace by Nikki Smith

 Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.  Fine art prints available up to 45″ x 60″!
A kind thank-you to the beautiful model and photographer, Lina Tsu

I’ve decided that I love to create a body of work in a cohesive series whenever possible.  So, naturally, I couldn’t stop with just two.  Here are the next two in this series:

Sexy Saxophone by Nikki Smith

Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.  Fine art prints available up to 45″ x 60″!

Guitar Siren by Nikki Smith

Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.  Fine art prints available up to 45″ x 60″!
A kind thank-you to the beautiful and talented model Sarah Fleming.

I am very tempted to do one of these guitar art poses as a self-portrait, too.  I’m just short a guitar at the moment…

In keeping with the music theme, below is a great resource list of Public Domain and Creative Commons music and sounds.  If you have ever wanted to add (legal!) background music to a YouTube video, needed a stray sound effect or just love to explore new music this list is just what you need:

  1. IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library – over 67,000 music scores
  2. The Freesound Project – A variety of sounds such as: birdsong, thunderstorms, voice snippets
  3. ccMixter – Creative commons licensed music, perfect for backgrounds
  4. Wikipedia Soundlist – Thank-you again, Wikipedia!
  5. Digital History Project – From the University of Houston, this is an incredibly interesting collection of historical, public domain music divided by type and historical period. Jazz, the Gilded Age, the Civil War, World War 1, etc.
  6. Dewey Music – An organized way to search Archive.org’s public domain music
  7. Musopen – Plus, they also have a great collection of public domain sheet music

(Please double-check the license before downloading music files.)

I hope this list helps someone!  I know there are a ton of interesting resources out there.  What are your favorites?

Now, I mentioned that I’ve had a lot going on in my artistic life recently that I haven’t blogged about.  I didn’t want to cram everything into one post, so expect another post in the next week or so on my Steampunk collage mixed-media series (those are so fun to make!), or my patent artwork series, or my recently published artwork and articles…  Hmmm, what to share first?  In the meantime, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little taste of music.

I’ll leave you with a question — what do you enjoy listening to when you create?  What music moves and inspires you?

Selective Color Competition Results

March 30th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

I recently hosted a competition on Selective Color Photos.  There were some amazing entries and very talented photographers!  Votes were open to the public.  Below are the contest winners, honorable mentions and host’s choice awards:

Photography Prints
1st place – Red Rollers by Shane Bechler

Photography Prints2nd place – Puma by Miso Jovicic

Art Prints
3rd place – Giant Fern in the Stairs by Daniel Furon

Honorable Mentions:

Photography Prints4th place – Jill by Jerry Cordeiro

Orange Dinghy by Dale Ford5th place – Orange Dinghy by Dale Ford


Host’s Choice Awards:

Behind Blue Eyes by Mo T
Hard Luck by Elizabeth Hart
Art PrintsPhotography Prints
Photography Prints
Sell Art Online
Photography Prints

These are just a sampling of some of the amazing images in the contest.  You can see the top finishers here and all of the entries here.  Congratulations everyone!

Planet “Wee Viking Football” (and a Giveaway)

November 3rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

It’s ready!  Below is my latest Wee Planet creation: Wee Viking Football!

This planet joins my ongoing series of local Bryan/College Station Wee Planets.  The Bryan High School’s stadium turned into a very cool (and very athletic) planet.  I like to work on a large scale, so this planet is over three feet square, too!  If you would like to learn more about how I create Wee Planets from 360 degree panoramas, check out my Wee Planet tutorial here.

If you live near Bryan/College Station, Texas, be sure to check out the November 6th Sunday edition of The Eagle.  I am honored that they will be featuring my Wee Planet artwork.  So to celebrate, I’m giving away an 8″ x 8″ glossy print of a local Wee Planet!  (See my Wee Planet gallery here.)  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post or on the Wee Planet tutorial post.  (Or Share, Digg, Tweet or Like it 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…)


One World One Heart 2011 Winners!

February 18th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

I’ll be honest, I’ve visited less than 50 of the 800+ blogs so far this year.  I was tempted to do one final mad dash through OWOH yesterday, but I decided to spend some quality mommy-daughter time instead and visit your blogs in a more leisurely fashion over the coming weeks.   So thank-you to everyone who stopped in to say “hello,” and especially to those who took a moment to get to know me a little better.  It’s been a great ride and I’ve discovered some inspiring artists and thought-provoking bloggers along the way.  I look forward to meeting more in the weeks (and months) to come!

Congratulations to the following lovely folks!  I’ve included an image from each of their blogs to give you a teaser and encourage you to visit them as well if you get a chance.   Drum-roll please:

Carmen who said:

“Oh wow thank you Nikki, yours was one of the blogs that really stood out on the tour, your creations are so unusual. Please could I have Wee Planet Swanage? It makes me think of fantasy/folk stories and the edge of the world.”

Planet Swanage
Here is an image from Carmen’s blog.  Do check it out, she has such a fun writing style!
Shelly Massey who said:
“Hi Nikki!  YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!  I LOVE your wee planets!

Sorry you didn’t make the CPS calendar… I hope you’ll keep trying just like I plan to.  🙂
It is SO hard to pick from all your awesome planets, but I finally decided on Planet Path that you made for Tina.  It only seems right that since I’m lucky enough to be teaching at PC that I should have a wonderful reminder of her.
Thank you SOOOOO much!!”
Planet Path, rural Bryan, Texas
Shelly and I have something in common – we both submitted art to the Cloth Paper Scissors calendar contest this year.  Below is her delightful entry, painted on license plates!  I LOVE it!  Please do check out her blog!
And finally Kim Rae Nugent who said:
“I enjoyed your blog including the book structures. I would love to win one of your prints. Please add me to your drawing. Stop by for a visit if you have the change.
Have a lovely day!”

I’m still waiting to hear back from Kim about her favorite planet…  Please do check out her lovely blog, RAEvN’s Nest:
Thank you to everyone who participated!  I so enjoyed meeting new friends and visiting so many wonderful blogs!
Have a wonderful day!

Wee Planet Historic Downtown Bryan – Cloth Paper Scissors Finalist!

February 11th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

UPDATE: I just found out that my wee planet will be published in the Sept/Oct issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!  Yippee!  Happy Dance!

I was thrilled to hear that my latest “Wee Planet” creation was named a finalist in the 2012 Cloth Paper Scissors calendar contest, “On the Street Where You Live”!

Wee Planet Historic Downtown Bryan by Nikki Smith

Wee Planet Historic Bryan: Detail

Although I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t win (I’ll be honest), this has inspired me to create more artwork for competitions and challenges throughout this year. Congrats to the winners!

Since I always love seeing the “before, during and after” of how artists create their lovelies, I’ll add a “The Making Of…” post soon, so stay tuned!