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Posts Tagged ‘portrait’

Found Poetry Self-Portrait

January 9th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

My Found Poetry self-portrait is published in the current Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine!

Found Poetry Self-Portrait

To create this mixed-media self-portrait I rescued a severely damaged and abandoned book and upcycled it into fine artwork, selecting a word here and there and piecing them into unique, original poems and stories. Here are a few samples (but not all) of my poetry in this piece:

“one raindrop fell,
and then many,
a perfect circle expanded
perhaps a little breathless
you chose this moment
to kiss me”

“she licked
some rain
from her lips
in slow-motion arcs
a sudden thought
a kiss. a smile.
memory”

“just dance.
crazed like fire-flies.
it was like a vision
it made me feel
sexy as hell.”

“I was deeply in love with
my own idea of love.”

And, surrounded by my swirling breath in gold paint: “I imagine no more words were necessary”

I highly recommend viewing the piece close-up to read further poetry hidden within the artwork.  You can do so by visiting this link and clicking anywhere on the artwork for a detail view.

Music Lovers’ Artwork Series – Video

August 2nd, 2012 by Nikki Smith


Mmmm…I’m in love with the sound track! It is a perfect compliment to my artwork, slow like honey and full of longing and depth of feeling.

Music Credits:
Falling by unreal_dm (Creative Commons Attribution music)

All artwork copyright Nikki Smith of http://BookSmithStudio.com, All Rights Reserved. (Fine Art prints and commissions available.)

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!

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?

Stardust Portraits

March 3rd, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s quote, “We are all made of stardust,” and by the beautiful work of photographer Marissa Katarina Bergmann, I decided to try my hand at creating a “stardust portrait.”  The concept for this style of portrait is to emphasize the natural beauty of freckled skin and its similarities to a field of stars.  After all, we truly are all born of stardust.


Star Freckles by Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com

This lovely young lady has a dusting of freckled stars across her skin, complimenting the starry sky beyond her shoulder.  Inspired by Carl Sagan’s quote, “We are all made of stardust,” I created a portrait seamlessly blending the stellar beauty of a freckle-faced girl with the infinite beauty of a field of stars.

A big thank-you to Tracie T (Tracie76Stock) for providing the beautiful source photograph of her daughter, as well as NASA for the Summer Triangle star field, which formed the basis for this photo manipulation fine art portrait.

I am looking forward to making more of these stardust portraits in the future!