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Art Update

It’s been a little while since I’ve showed what I’ve been working on, so I thought this week (since I couldn’t find any birthdays) it’d be a perfect time to share some of the art I’ve finished lately.

Here’s a picture of my studio assistant Precious helping with one of my recent drawings. 

Purple Crocus II

Purple Crocus II, 7.5"x7.5", ink and acrylic

The first piece of artwork I’ve finished lately is “Purple Crocus II” which is a mixed media piece.  It’s a continuation of a series I started last spring as the flowers began to emerge in the spring.   

I used black and white ink to represent the dead grass and leaves of winter, and acrylic paint and gold gel pen to emphasize the rebirth of spring.  The ones from this year are a little larger than the previous three in the series.

I’m really loving how these pieces are looking, especially after they’re matted and framed.  The first two drawings of the series – Purple Crocus (I) and Yellow Daffodil – are framed and available through Vines of New York Art Gallery in Geneva New York.  The drawings themselves are 6 inches by 6 inches and are 12 inches by 12 inches framed.

Purple Crocus, 12"x12"(framed), ink and acrylic
Yellow Daffodil, 12"x12"(framed), ink and acrylic

I started a new one in this series too.  I’m just about done with the background part and then I will go in with acrylic paint to add the color parts.  

Work in progress picture of grape hyacinth drawing

Grasping at the Roots

Grasping at the Roots by Laura Jaen Smith. Black and white ink drawing of trees with tangled exposed roots near a waterfall in Ithaca New York
Grasping at the Roots, 7"X10", ink pen

I also finished a new Sketchy Tree drawing!  “Grasping at the Roots” is my fourteenth large drawing in the series and 40th total (wow that really feels like something when I put it that way).   

I recently bought some BIG paper and I’m looking forward to adding some bigger drawings to the series this year.


If you’re new to my Sketchy Tree series, it’s a series of drawings inspired by photos that I took along the trail during my 50 New York Waterfalls Project. During that project I hiked to, photographed, and then later painted 50 different waterfalls within the Finger Lakes Region of New York.  The large drawings of this series show trees with exposed root systems washed away over time by the water.  The smaller drawings in the series focus more on rocks and roots, and represent quiet moments along the trail that made me stop and pause during my hike.

I hope you enjoyed a look at what I’ve been working on!  What have you been up to?

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About the Artist

Photo of Laura Jaen Smith

Laura Jaen Smith is an artist who lives and works out of Horseheads, New York. Her inspiration comes from observing the beauty she sees around her.  After a decade living out west, she returned back to New York State and started seeing the same old places with new eyes.  She is most interested in capturing small moments in nature that might otherwise be overlooked.

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