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Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Chase Your Dreams

February 20th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Chase Your Dreams“Chase Your Dreams” copyright Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved.  (Fine art prints available here.)
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For any girl who is chasing a big dream, this artwork is an inspirational reminder that you can achieve anything you set your mind and heart to. Just put one skate in front of the other and breathe…

A kind thank you to my very talented niece, figure skater Isabelle (one of the most hard working and talented young ladies I know!) depicted above doing a spiral while ice skating.  Thanks also to photographer Hank An who was able to capture this fleeting moment during her performance on film, which later served as the inspiration for my artwork.

Finally, a huge thank you to all of my patrons, fans, and fellow art lovers who are so supportive and encouraging to me as I chase my own artistic dreams.  THANK YOU!  Your support means the world to me.

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?

And so begins the practice…

March 6th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

The Practice by Lisa Wilson of LifeunityThis lovely painting, “The Practice” is by Lisa Wilson of Lifeunity.  This was her generous door prize in the One World One Heart blog event this year.  Lisa says:

“The Practice” is a reminder that every moment of our lives is another opportunity to practice – practice being open, mindful, and aware of everything that is going on (around us, our body, our thoughts, our breath).

I love  art that incorporates the written word — and what a great message this is!  Thank-you, Lisa!

P.S.  If you missed OWOH this year, don’t fret.  There will be a similar event next year geared specifically to artists who blog – Our World, Our Art!

Go Paint Something!

March 3rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Go Paint Something!OK:  Total, unabashed, mommy brag-book moment…Go Paint Something!

My inspiring artist this week is none other than my daughter, Celeste.  Her delightful drawings grace my kitchen walls, windows, fridge and floors (in washable crayola).  And she does inspire me, each and every day.  Here’s to boundless curiosity, endless energy, experimentation and coloring outside the lines!

What are you still doing online?  Go make some art already!  And then drop by and share your inspired creations with me!

New Year’s Creative Resolutions 2011

December 27th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

With a full-time business, a toddler and a new baby due any day, it can be hard to envision finding any time for myself and my creative life.  No excuses!  Where there is a will, there is a way.  I WILL make art!  I will submit my art to at least two magazines/challenges this year (beginning today).  I will carve out some art/creative time every two weeks, minimum.  I will post some new art on my blog at least once a month.  I will be more organized and efficient in my business so that my creative goals are achievable time-wise.  And I will be present in the moment – enjoying my art, enjoying my children and my family, enjoying my life – not just worrying about the next thing on my to-do list.

Time, action, and next direction: I made a goals journal last year – this year I will USE it.  Once a month (be specific – the first Sunday of each month) I will review past goals and write down new ones so that I can keep my goals in focus.  My husband and I will do this together so we can keep each other honest, accountable and motivated (it helps to have a partner!)  I will set some short-term goals that I can achieve each month and some long-term, big-dream goals which I will then break down into practical steps and actually tackle.  This will help me convert my dreams into realities.

I will DO.  I will ACT.  I will CREATE.