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Wee Rossnowlagh Beach

December 22nd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

A luxury vacation planet, Wee Rossnowlagh Beach offers private sandy beaches perfect for getting away from it all. Go on, relax with the family on the seaside and then write that novel you’ve always planned. There’s no time like today and there’s no place quite like this anywhere else in the known galaxy.

Based on a photo of Rossnowlagh in County Donegal, Ireland

A huge thank-you to photographer Matt Mason for providing the source panorama of Rossnowlagh in County Donegal, Ireland. I was so excited when Matt answered my Open Call for Panoramas!  He shared several interesting photos that may end up as newly discovered planets soon, so stay tuned!

Wee Rossnowlagh Beach Planet is available as a framed Fine Art print on archival paper or canvas in my shop.

Far from home: Planet Mars, Phoenix Mars Lander (Educator discount!)

December 5th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Without further ado, here is my latest fine art planet print (educators and home school parents – read on for an educational discount):

This was a fascinating project to work on!  This view of Mars from the Phoenix Mars Lander combines hundreds of images taken during the first several weeks after NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on an arctic plain at 68.22 degrees north latitude, 234.25 degrees east longitude on Mars. The landing was on May 25, 2008. These images were first combined into a 360 degree panorama and then converted to a “planet view” (stereographic projection) by artist Nikki Smith.

Note that there is a vanishing point (pinch) in the center of the image where the robotic arm could not photograph itself.

Shown in approximately true color, this shows the polygonal patterning of ground at the landing area, similar to patterns in permafrost areas on Earth. Trenches where Phoenix’s robotic arm has been exposing subsurface material are visible. The spacecraft’s meteorology mast, topped by the telltale wind gauge, extends into the sky.

I am offering a 25% discount on the print price to the first 100 educators or home school parents who wish to purchase a fine art print or stretched canvas of Planet Mars, Phoenix Mars Lander.  Just click here to view and customize your fine art or canvas print, add it to your cart, and enter code “TPYESZ” to obtain the discount.  (Note that the discount applies to the print price only, not to materials, shipping or labor which go to FAA.)

I hope you enjoy this most unusual view of the Martian landscape – it is out of this world, literally!

Giveaway Winner – Lynn of Envision It Glass in Bryan, Texas

December 3rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Congratulations to winner Lynn of Envision It Glass in Bryan, Texas!  Lynn won an 8″ x 8″ glossy print of a Wee Planet from my gallery as a thank-you for helping me celebrate the recent publication of my artwork in The Eagle.  Lynn chose Wee Planet Historic Downtown Bryan (shown below):

This artwork was a finalist in the 2011 International “On the Street Where You Live” competition sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and was subsequently published in the Sept/Oct issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.

This planet is also available for purchase as a framed fine art print or stretched canvas in sizes up to 40″ x 40″ on my new shop, http://nikkimarie-smith.fineartamerica.com

The close-up below also makes for striking wall art:

Congratulations again to Lynn!  I hope you get as much enjoyment from this artwork as I did in creating it!

Open call for Panoramas!

October 13th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Do you travel to interesting places, camera in hand? Do you have some wonderful panoramas you think would make an awesome wee planet? I’m interested!

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • 360 degree panoramas (i.e. all the way around) are ideal.  Sometimes a shorter panorama will work, too, depending on the setting and edges.
  • Your panorama should include sky above any buildings, trees or mountains. Don’t cut-off the tops!
    (Tip: you can take a second layer of photos or snap an extra picture to capture the top of a tall element if needed.)
  • High resolution, large size photos are preferred.
  • Creative Commons Attribution license (or similar) for the panorama is required. (What’s this? – Example)

By submitting your panorama, you are confirming that it is your own work (or that you have permission) and are sharing it with a Creative Commons Attribution license(This means that I can use your photo to make a wee planet!)

If I use your panorama photo I will mail you a free 8″ x 8″ glossy print of our wee world!

And, if I ever venture into selling prints of my Wee Planet creations (which I may someday) you can always purchase additional prints of the planet (think gifts for family and friends!) with a significant discount.

Ready to get started? Please send your panorama to:

P.S. A BIG thank-you for sharing your panoramas! With two small kiddos, I don’t get to travel as much as I would like. You are helping my art greatly with your generosity, and I really appreciate you!