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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!

Serendipity, my good friend…

October 27th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Never under-estimate the magic of Serendipity…

Music In My Soul, copyright Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.Music in My Soul, © 2012 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved. Fine Art Prints Available.
Thinking back, I recall a party that I almost didn’t attend back in 1997 because I was feeling rotten.  I went anyway, to please an ex-boyfriend.  If I hadn’t gone to that party, I wouldn’t have had a conversation with a young woman entrepreneur I met.  She wouldn’t have planted an idea in my head during that conversation we didn’t have.  Without that idea in my head, I would have dismissed a brief conversation with a door-to-door salesman the next week, and likely ordered a pizza rather than inviting him in to talk.  I wouldn’t have gone into a doomed Internet business venture with him and dropped out of college.  Somewhere along that doomed venture, we wouldn’t have had a particular casual conversation, and I wouldn’t therefore have decided to take a hang-gliding lesson on a lark as a birthday treat.  I wouldn’t have met a different fellow also taking a first hang-gliding lesson as a treat from his wife.  That fellow I didn’t meet (who happened to like supporting small, women-owned businesses over big mega firms) wouldn’t have hired my fledgling little web development business for a long-term project.  A talented graphic designer, who worked at another small company also retained by that fellow I didn’t meet, wouldn’t have heard about me, and wouldn’t have recommended me to her brother who happened to need help that my little company could provide.

Of course, I turned down the business.  Fortunately, he tried to hire me again six months later when my work load wasn’t so heavy and this time I said yes.

That man?  He’s the father of my children and the reason I’ve taken so many leaps into the unknown; the reason I decided to give my artistic inclinations room to grow.  If I had stayed home from that lousy party years ago my life would have taken so many different turns that I’d probably be a corporate wage-slave somewhere rather than a successful entrepreneur, a mother and an artist.

Thank-you, Serendipity, for weaving your music into the story of my life…

Artwork: “Music In My Soul” by Nikki Smith
Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved.
A kind thank-you to the lovely model Johanna Taiger, and her photographer.
Fine Art Prints available on Metal, Acrylic, Canvas and Specialty Papers in sizes up to 45″ x 60″

Music Was My First Love…Self Portait

May 15th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

OK, I was feeling a bit brave and daring!  I loved my guitar series so much that I just had to do a self-portrait… So, what do you think?

Music Was My First Love, Self Portrait by Nikki Smith (Digital Art Watercolor)
Copyright 2012 Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com; All Rights Reserved. Model is Nikki Smith – me, myself and I. Fine art prints available up to 45″ x 60″

My husband likes the photography version, but I’m not quite *that* brave!  Seriously, though, I love the positive energy vibes that I get when listening to great music.  I feel like it is racing through my veins and I can do anything.  Nothing is impossible with the right sound track!

P.S.  ~ if I ever do get a tattoo, this would probably be it ~

UPDATE:  This was just voted the Coolest Image in Music on FineArtAmerica.com!

Artwork featured on FineArtAmerica.com home page!

May 9th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Wow, I’m honored!  My “Guitar Siren” has been featured on the home page of FineArtAmerica.com!

I unveiled this series of digital watercolor pieces last week.  Since then, three pieces in the series have won top awards in five fine art competitions.   “Guitar Lover’s Embrace” has won 1st place in the Life Is What Happens – Lost And Found competition and tied for 1st place in the Digital Manipulated Nude Photography contest; “My Guitar can SING” won 2nd in the Digital Mixed Media contest and 2nd in the Musical Instrument Abstracts competition, and  “Guitar Siren” (pictured above – model: Sarah Fleming) has tied for 2nd in the Altered Digital Photography competition.

Then this evening I was thrilled to learn that Fine Art America staff have chosen to feature Guitar Siren on their home page!  If you aren’t familiar with Fine Art America, they have over 2.7 million pieces of artwork by over 100,000 artists.  To be singled out for a feature on the home page is truly staggering.  I don’t know what to say — I’m so honored!  (Understatement!)  This to me is a real validation of my artwork and my drive to create.  My art is connecting and resonating with the people who view it.  What more can any artist ask?

I have been hard at work (OK, hard at play) creating more pieces in this musical series.  There are several more in my Music Lovers gallery , and I will leave you now with a glimpse of one new piece:

Violin Fine Art Prints

Good night!
~ Nikki