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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 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!

We each create our own worlds… (Self Portrait)

August 27th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

This Cloth Paper Scissors reader challenge was a journey of self-discovery for me.  I tossed around a dozen different ideas before I realized that the portraits I truly love are those that reflect both the individual and their passions.  Particularly, the artist at work in their medium.  At that point, I knew that my self-portrait needed to include my passion for book arts and wee planet photography.  And me too, of course…somehow.  I chose to include several mini-me figures creating the artwork, because that is how I see myself: creating.  From there, the project took on a life of it’s own!

What began as a tunnel book morphed into more of an open diorama for the feeling of space and light which always lifts my spirits.  With one of my wee planet creations and a panoramic cloudy sky as a stage, I set to work.  Torn paper clouds are layered across the bottom.  One mini-me is painting the sky while another me is wielding scissors (with my eyes closed – well, why not?)

 

Every cloud has a silver lining – mine is strung with tissue paper birds!  I loved the idea of a mini-me “auditioning” birds for the sky, so my basket is also full of birds and I’m holding one end of the silver thread.

The line of birds is continued on the back of the piece where another mini-me holds a business card with my contact info, and a second card with many of my roles in life: Artist, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Mom, Optimist, Multi-Tasker, Avid Reader, Dreamer, Power-Tool Girl, I’ll Sleep Tomorrow…

I’m not sure what this piece says about me.  Do I have my head in the clouds?  Do I dream big?  Perhaps that I know we each create our own worlds and, despite obstacles and obligations, mine will be filled with art, creativity and a love of life!

Thanks to Flickr users John Benson and Shutter41 for kindly sharing their bird photos copyright-free with a Creative Commons attribution license.  All other photography and images are my own.  Big thanks to my husband Joseph for the great idea of photographing my self-portrait against a backdrop of cotton “clouds.”  The perfect finishing touch!

And for a little more eye candy, check out these fabulous portraits by other artists:


Nicole Caulfield, Self-Portrait with Still Life.  (Colored pencils)


Self Portrait, Nicole Parrish (Above & Below)


Self Portrait, Rachel Hammond

Self Portrait, Marybeth Rothman (encaustic and mixed media painting)

Typography Portrait; Artist? Found on ImageSpark.com

Mixed-media Portrait; Artist? Found Here

Did you enjoy these?  More amazing portraits can be seen at this link. Preview below: