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Contest Finalists – Swirls & Twirls

January 15th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Sweet!  It’s nice to check my inbox and see an uplifting message amidst all of my junk mail.  This morning I learned that two of my images tied for third place in a competition at Fine Art America.  How cool!  Without further ado, here they are:

Fine Art Competition Finalist
Fine Art Competition Finalist

The theme of the competition was “Swirls and Twirls.” My favorite piece by a different artist in the competition is this one:

Art Prints

Here is what the contest administrator had to say: “Congrats to you all! Beautiful images! We had 16 pages of entries…AMAZING! Everythig, and I am so serious, everything…was so neat and beautiful and different. What a talanted group of artists! Thank you all so much of taking part in it!”

This is a good way to start the day… 🙂

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!

Wee Chapel Ruins with native wildlife – the latest Wee Planet

November 30th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

And now for something a wee bit different…

My latest wee planet seamlessly blends reality and imagination into a vision of what-might-be.  A giraffazelle roams the meadow near the ruins of the Chapel of Saint Birgitta on this peaceful morning…

Here is a close-up of the little fella:

Giraffazelle Close-up by Nikki Smith, BookSmithStudio.com

Like it?  Love it?  This wee planet is now available for purchase as a stretched canvas, framed print or a fun and unusual greeting card.  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Wee Chapel Ruins from the imagination of artist Nikki Smith, BookSmithStudio.com
Includes source images from Alex Nordstrom (Chapel of Saint Birgitta), Erik A. Drabløs (Gazelle horns), Hans Hillewaert (giraffe) and Nikki Smith (sky)