• Art Event,  Artwork,  Local History

    Clemens and the Pen

    Clemens and the Pen blog cover

    This year was the fifth year I participated in the Clemens and the Pen artist retreat at Quarry Farm hosted by Community Arts of Elmira and the Center for Mark Twain Studies.  The event was the beginning of August and the weeks have gotten away from me, but I still…

  • About Artist,  Life

    Inspiring Spring Flowers

    Inspiring Spring Flowers blog cover

    Each spring I love to watch the different flowers take their turns blooming.  It’s always a fun and slightly magical to see what comes up from the year before and how well the new seeds will do.   I always find myself inspired to create when the first flowers emerge.  I…

  • About Artist,  Artwork

    My Favorite Pieces

    My Favorite Pieces blog cover

    I was asked this past week what I thought was my best piece of art or my favorite that I’ve done.  At first I joked that it was like being asked to pick my favorite children.  I spend so much time with each piece that it really is hard to…

  • About Artist,  Artwork

    Art Update

    Art Update blog cover

    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…

  • Art Tip

    Shading Techniques for Ink & Pencil

    4 shading techniques for ink and pencil blog cover

    We’re headed into October soon and there are a bunch of drawing challenges going on.  I thought it would be a good time to reshare last year’s blog with some shading techniques for anyone who is new to drawing or would like a quick refresher.  I also have a free template…

  • Art History

    Mark Rothko

    Mark Rothko blog cover

    In honor of Mark Rothko’s birthday today, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share more about him and his work.  This artist may be most known for his large abstract paintings featuring gradations of color.  To be fully honest, his work hasn’t really spoken to me in…

  • Artwork

    Stepping Stones

    Stepping Stones by Laura Jaen Smith. Framed ink painting of river rocks in creek hanging on barn wood wall.

    This week on the blog, I’m featuring one of my favorite ink drawings – Stepping Stones.  Ink is a new medium that I’ve learned to love in the past year beginning with the Inktober challenge that I took part in last October.  The challenge pushed me outside of my comfort…

  • Art Tip

    Art Tip: Low Cost Art Hanging

    Art Tip: Low Cost Art Hanging. Materials shown painting, gorilla glue, triangle ruler, pencil, bumpers, and sawtooth hook.

    I was recently asked by one of my buyers to attach a hook on a canvas panel painting that they purchased (I try to accommodate small special requests like this if I can).  This type of substrate doesn’t generally lend itself well for immediate hanging, so I had to brainstorm…

  • Art History

    Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol blog cover

    In honor of Andy Warhol’s birthday earlier this month, I thought I would take the opportunity to share about him on this week’s blog.  Andy Warhol was a prolific artist, successful commercial illustrator, and pop icon.  It’s hard to talk about the pop art movement of the 1960’s without mentioning…

  • About Artist,  Life

    Rest

    Quote graphic. "Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work." by Ralph Marston

    I decided on a last minute change for this week’s blog post.  I had originally planned an art history topic, but this week has gotten away from me and I didn’t feel like I would be able to give it the full attention that I wanted to give it.   That…