'This summer, I was able to have a long visit—six weeks!—with my family and friends in Canada. The reunion was fantastic especially given the length of time between this visit and our last (pre-pandemic). Because of the length of this stay, I tried to balance visiting and traveling with a little working. My parents generously made a bright room in their home available to me for my painting practice during the summer.'
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"When I am not in the studio, I like to be outside. During the last year especially, it has become clear that getting out, even for a short walk, is crucial for my physical, mental, and creative health. In the three weeks that I have been back in the Canadian Maritimes, I’ve visited and revisited some great spots in the provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. In this post, I outline the hiking trails and beaches I’ve visited so far and connect these trips to my painting practice."
"The other day, I was making a quick sketch of the maple tree outside of my window. Recently I’ve been sketching more. With pencil crayons in hand, I was getting the impression of this large tree down on paper. “Draw what you see, not what you know”, was the foundational lesson I learned in drawing class. This means to register the shapes, colours, and tonal values of the object(s) in space (a scene). The difficult thing is to do so without getting caught up in your thoughts, judgements and assumptions about the object(s) or scene."
Full blog post available here: Trusting Your Eye: Lessons from Drawing Class - Laura K. Smith Paintings (lauraksmithpaintings.com)
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"I had admired Laura’s art on Instagram for a while, and when I had a special occasion to celebrate, I couldn’t think of a more perfect gift than one of her beautiful paintings. Laura immediately responded when I reached out, and the communication was friendly, clear and professional. She kept me updated about her progress, and she shipped the painting meticulously wrapped and protected. Most importantly, the end result was, as you can see from the photo, gorgeous! The colours are so vibrant, and the loose brushstrokes creating a layered, multi-dimensional experience, capturing the energy of the sunset over the surf, as well as its sense of peace. I highly recommend anyone to purchase one of Laura’s works!!"
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"I’ve always preferred paint to pencil. With paint, I feel that I have more freedom. I can put down my wash—a first indication of the image to emerge—with little commitment. By building layer upon layer, I continue to make decisions throughout the entire painting process. In contrast, the fine tip of the pencil can feel intimidating. If I put down these lines now, can I change my mind later?"
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"I’ve got some news to share… In a just couple of days, I will be taking a plane headed for the U.S.! I’m trying to mentally prepare for the shock of not only venturing further than my front door, or the much-walked streets of my neighbourhood, but crossing the Atlantic and setting up house for a year in Michigan! While this is only a temporary move, spending a year in another country certainly entails sorting out a whole lot of life things!"
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My latest painting, a commissioned seascape, is packed and ready to be shipped to its new home in the Netherlands!
Check out my latest blog post for more information on my packing process: The Process of Packaging Paintings - Laura K. Smith Paintings (lauraksmithpaintings.com)
"Whether I’m in my element or trying something new, I’m very rarely nervous in the studio. While painting, I get into the flow. I’m usually energized and curious, open to experimentation and/or peacefully plugging along. When it comes to shipping my paintings, however, it has taken some practice to get comfortable. Shipping artwork entails various steps, all with the main goal of ensuring that the work reaches the collector in a safe and timely fashion. In this blog post, I share my process of packaging paintings from the logistical steps to the emotional rollercoaster of letting a painting go!"
Full blog post available here: The Process of Packaging Paintings - Laura K. Smith Paintings (lauraksmithpaintings.com)
"No matter what I’m painting—whether it’s a forest scene, a seascape, or a portrait—I’m always building layers of paint. Moreover, no matter the style I am working in, from more impressionistic to semi-abstract, layering is the foundation of my painting technique. In what follows, I’ll share my technique of building layers using acrylic paints."
Full blog post available here: Building Layers Using Acrylic Paints - Laura K. Smith Paintings (lauraksmithpaintings.com).
"Thus far, The Studio Companion Series has focused on the podcasts that inspire me in my studio practice. This week, for the final installment of The Studio Companion Series, I focus on the music that gets me started in the studio, keeps me going through challenges, and helps me over the finish line!"
Full blog post available here: Studio Companion Series: My Go-To Music - Laura K. Smith Paintings (lauraksmithpaintings.com)
"In today’s post, I cover my go-to self-care podcasts! This is the last post in my Studio Companion Series focused on podcasts. If you’ve missed them, be sure to check out my previous posts in this series: My Go-To “Bigger Questions” Podcasts and My Go-To “Everything Art” Podcasts. In these previous posts, I selected my top two favourite podcasts in the category, and it’s the same this week! After a brief description, I share when I listen, what I love, what I’ve learned, and how the podcasts help me with my studio practice. Enjoy!"
Full blog post available here: Studio Companion Series: My Go-To “Self-care” Podcasts - Laura K. Smith Paintings (lauraksmithpaintings.com)
"While painting, I usually have a podcast or music on in the background. I’ve noticed that the podcasts I listen to can generally be categorized in the following three ways: Everything Art, Bigger Questions, and Self Care. Last week, I wrote about two of my favourite podcasts in the Everything Art category. This week continues with Bigger Questions. Like last week, I’ve selected my top two favourite podcasts in this category. After a brief description, I share what I love about the shows, what I’ve learned, and how the podcasts help me in my studio practice. Enjoy!"
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"Silence is rare when I’m working in the studio: I like to either have music or a podcast keeping me company. What I choose to play in the background always depends on a variety of factors: my mood, energy level, what I’m working on, the time of day, the weather, and probably other factors of which I am not aware.
The first decision I make is: will it be music or a podcast? I’ve noticed that I usually listen to music at the very beginning of a painting—when I am concentrating on the sketch and am making more conscious scale and drawing decisions—and at the very end of the painting process when I’m often adding finishing touches: intuitive highlights here and there, when the energy is high.
When I’m working away, in the flow of painting, I like to have comforting voices in the background. Looking through my favourite podcast list, I can divide my podcasts of choice into three main themes: Everything Art, Bigger Questions, and Self-Care. Because there are three categories of podcasts that I want to delve into respectively, I’m introducing the Studio Companion Series. I’ve selected two of my favourite podcasts from each theme to write about in separate blog posts. The podcasts and music I listen to are not “only” company; they help me think through process issues and they inspire me. Hopefully, they may also be a new discovery for someone reading! In this first blog post of the series, I’m focussing on the first category: Everything Art. After a brief introduction to the podcasts, I’ll share what I love and what I’ve learned from them.
Category 1: Everything Art."
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"Excitement built as we rounded the corner at the Sablon, the gallery district of Brussels, and walked along Rue Ernest Allard. The afternoon excursion marked the first time my husband and I had been out in the city center with the purpose of visiting art for a long while. Masked, and with plenty of hand sanitizer, we arrived at number 25: a recently renovated historic townhouse and home of the newest branch of Nino Mier Gallery in Brussels."
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