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Posts Tagged ‘Fine Art’

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

Pink Lotus Flower artwork … and an upcoming collaboration!

December 9th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Pink Lotus Flower Abstract Artwork, copyright Nikki Smith; fine art prints available.

I was in the mood to create something beautiful and feminine recently, and this pink lotus flower artwork is what emerged.  To me it is both delicate and bold, warm and inviting with a barely contained energy and such an uplifting feel to it.

This was such a fun piece of artwork to create that I wanted to expand the series.  I am thrilled to announce that renowned flower photographer Steven Schwartzman has agreed to allow me to turn a few of his amazing flower portraits into works of art.  His photographs are works of art in their own right, too!  I can’t wait to put my own artistic spin on his wildflowers and see what happens.  As I complete each piece, I’ll post the finished artwork along with the inspiring wildflower photograph here so you can follow along on this unique artistic collaboration.  Stay tuned!

P.S.  I also learn something every time I create a new piece.  Did you know that in Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire?  Now you do!  🙂 

P.P.S.  If you fall in love with this artwork, fine art prints are available.  I think it would look perfect in a little girl’s room!  (My own daughter prefers Pokemon at the moment – lol!)

The Noble Swede Gallery presents
The Art of Invention
by International Art Award Winner Nikki Smith

November 2nd, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Nikki Smith presents The Art of Invention at The Noble Swede Gallery. Meet the Artist Friday, Nov. 15th, 5-8pm

“This series gives tribute to the adventurous, inventive spirit
of the American people.” ~Nikki Smith

Nikki Smith transforms vintage patent drawings into modern art in this series which explores the arts of transportation and invention. Featuring Harley-Davidsons from the 1920’s, turn of the century horse patents, human-powered flight and more.

Winner of the prestigious International FAA “Tony” Award for Artistic Merit in 2013, local Bryan, TX artist Nikki Smith’s artwork and articles have been featured in numerous issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, PAGES, and Somerset Digital Studios magazines as well as a full page article in The Houston Chronicle and as the featured artist in an upcoming issue of Flair magazine. Her artwork has traveled to collectors in twelve countries and across the USA.

Details at http://www.booksmithstudio.com/nobleswede. You can view more of the artist’s award winning works at http://nikkimarie-smith.artistwebsites.com/galleries.html


I’m please to announce that The Noble Swede Gallery in La Grange, Texas will be featuring artwork from my series “The Art of Invention” beginning November 1st, including several vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles, inspired human-powered flight, vintage horse patents and more.

The opening reception is Friday, November 15th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm where you can meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and explore artwork that celebrates the inventive spirit of the American people.


Copyright Nikki Smith; Vintage Harley-Davidson Motorcycle 1919 Patent Artwork (Fine Art Prints Available)

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle 1919 Patent Artwork (Vintage)
Copyright 2013 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved.
Fine Art Prints Available here in Vintage and Blueprint styles.

Copyright Nikki Smith - 1900 Horse Patent Artwork (Fine Art Prints Available)

1900 Horse Patent Artwork
Copyright 2013 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved.
Fine Art Prints Available here in Blueprint and Vintage styles.

Copyright Nikki Smith; 1928 Harley-Davidson Patent Artwork (Fine Art Prints Available)

1928 Harley-Davidson Patent Artwork
Copyright 2013 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved.
Fine Art Prints Available in Blueprint and Vintage styles.

Copyright Nikki Smith; Icarus Human Flight Patent Artwork (Fine Art Prints in Vintage and Blueprint Styles available)

Icarus Human Flight Patent Artwork
Copyright 2013 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved.
Fine Art Prints Available.

Copyright Nikki Smith; 1924 Harley-Davidson Patent Artwork (Fine Art Prints Available)

1924 Harley-Davidson Patent Artwork
Copyright 2013 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved.
Fine Art Prints Available.

Copyright Nikki Smith; 1901 Motor Cycle Patent Blueprint Artwork (Fine Art Prints Available)

1901 Motor Cycle Patent Blueprint Artwork
Copyright 2013 by Nikki Smith; All Rights Reserved.
Fine Art Prints Available.

Signed metal wall art and fine art giclée prints will be available at the gallery through the the start of next year.

Fine art prints in other sizes and materials are available upon request, including canvas, metal, acrylic and fine art papers. Explore the growing patent-inspired series including sports themes (golf, football, etc), trades/professions (medical, dental, sciences, fireman, etc.), and hobbies ( cameras, novelties, guns, musical instruments, etc.)

Artist Reception: November 15th, 5 to 8pm @ The Noble Swede Gallery, 107 Colorado St., La Grange, TXIf you are in La Grange, Texas or surrounding communities, please join me on Friday, November 15th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at The Noble Swede Gallery for refreshments and to meet the artist!

If you can’t make the reception, you can still see and purchase the artwork at The Noble Swede Gallery over the next few months. Their holiday hours are 10am to 6pm Fridays and Saturdays. Additional sizes and patent artwork topics are available through my website, http://nikkimarie-smith.artstwebsites.com.


Map / Directions to The Noble Swede Gallery @ 107 West Colorado Street, La Grange, Texas:


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Interview by the Houston Chronicle

August 22nd, 2013 by Nikki Smith

After receiving the FAA Artistic Merit “Tony” Award earlier this summer, I was contacted for an interview by Megan Mattingly-Arthur, writer for the Houston Chronicle. The full-page interview was published yesterday in Houston Chronicle’s “Faces in the Crowd” special feature. You can read the full article online here.

Houston Chronicle interview, 08/21/13 (preview)

The artwork featured at the top of the article is “Sweet Jenny Bursting with Music” (below) with fine art prints available here. This is one of my favorite pieces!

Also mentioned in the article is my award winning “Guitar Siren” (below) with fine art prints available here.

Finally, my “Wee Planet” photography of downtown Bryan (below; fine art prints here) was the photo that first launched me on this path and led me to consider myself seriously as an artist.

Looking back, it is amazing to see just how much my artwork has grown over the years.

I’m walking on sunshine this morning! 😀 I’m also really craving some art studio time so I can get busy and create some new artwork!

Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars…

May 31st, 2013 by Nikki Smith

I love music.  I love how it can sweep me away, create a mood, give me energy and lift my spirits.  More and more, I’m seeing my artwork reflect the music that inspires me to create.  This piece is no exception:


Copyright Nikki Smith, 2013; All Rights Reserved.
Model: Jenna Kellen as photographed by: Marcus Ranum

Can you hear the music?  That’s Frank Sinatra singing:

“Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, darling, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

(Lyrics written by Bart Howard in 1954)

In the interest of introducing you to a new musical artist you can’t live without, here is a beautiful cover of this song by musician Daniela Andrade:

And here is a classic performance by Frank Sinatra in 1969, dedicated to the astronauts who had just landed on the moon:

Now, can you hear the music?  Life is full of song and beauty, everywhere you turn.  You just need to listen…