a day in my life…

a day in my life…

A day in my life (or at least the first few hours) and finding a way to fit in doing what I love… Some days I am so blessed to have a painting sell before I even have time to list it for sale. This just happens to be one of them. Here’s how my day usually...
finding time to do what you love

finding time to do what you love

Time Finding time in life to do what you love it so challenging. So overwhelming. So crucial. I think I must be crazy to get up early every day to paint when I could be doing more important things…like working out…or doing laundry. Right? Getting things...

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I am so happy that my artwork will be on display at Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Tap Room in downtown Lancaster, Pa for the next several months. I will be there tonight, Friday, February 3, from 7-8. My artwork is beautifully hung and looks great in...
Nothing better than starting the year off right!

Nothing better than starting the year off right!

Starting the year off right! I feel so very fortunate that I will have my work hanging in not one, but two places this spring. Willow Valley I just finished hanging work at Willow Valley Communities Clubhouse. It’s a super posh retirement community south of...
calendar sale!

calendar sale!

Special sale! I have a few calendars remaining with my colorful and whimsical birds paintings. They need a new home so they are now marked down 30% to make room for more fun art! Get yours before they are gone forever! You can purchase in my Etsy shop for $22.40 here....
Yes

Yes

Yes. It’s one of my words for 2017. I’m choosing 4 words and making a list of goals. Scares me. Not sure why. I usually have no trouble sticking with something, seeing it through to the end. Having enough time is usually my biggest challenge. So I’m...
my gift to you

my gift to you

As my gift to you, and to show my gratitude for supporting my art I created a screensaver/wallpaper image of my chickadee painting to brighten your day. Just download the image and make it your screensaver or wallpaper on your desktop. If you enjoy it, please send me...
thank you from the bottom of my heart

thank you from the bottom of my heart

With gratitude I want to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to all of you who support and follow my ever-evolving art career. All of the positive words and all of you who collect and have my art hanging in your world every day give me the inspiration...
birds of a feather

birds of a feather

Birds of a feather flock together, and there twelve cute birds are a fun flock indeed! I have a few more bird calendars available for purchase in my Etsy shop. It’s filled with twelve whimsical birds that are full of personality. Something to brighten your year,...
christmas magic wins top award

christmas magic wins top award

I’m super excited that my painting “something magical” received the top award in the Daily Paintworks monthly contest. Which means I get a free month as a featured artist on their website (that means no slowing down for me!) and I get $500 to boot!...
prints for sale

prints for sale

I now have prints of some of my very favorite paintings available in my Etsy shop. They are 8″x8″ quality giclee prints all ready for framing. These are whimsical and fun pieces of art would brighten your day or would be great as a gift for someone you...

Here are some great gift ideas that I think are super fun! I put some of my favorite artwork on some really fun things like phone cases, pillows, cards and prints. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special on your list, look here! If you do go...
christmas nostalgia

christmas nostalgia

Magical memories of Christmas past. I am having an absolute ball painting vintage ornaments. What a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. Not simple to paint, but the colors are so much fun! I also painted some individual ornaments, you can see them here and here,...
ornaments galore

ornaments galore

I had a request from a college friend who commissioned me to do an ornament painting for her newly renovated kitchen and dining room in Arts & Crafts style. Fun, right? I’d painted several last year and wondered if they would be any easier to paint after...
style and branding

style and branding

Style and branding is one of my favorite parts of what I do in my day job. And I love being my own client! Little by little I’ve been working on my look for Kim Smith Fine Art. I wish I had known years ago to buy the domain Kim Smith, or Kim Smith Fine Art, Kim Smith...
a perfect match

a perfect match

Some things are just magical together, like peanut butter & jelly, like chocolate and wine, like complementary colors. They have such great energy as a team. I took this photo at Lancaster Central Market (which is worth a visit of you are ever in the area). Of...
full heart and a blue bird

full heart and a blue bird

Full Heart is a painting from a live demonstration I did recently, along with being filmed live on Facebook (you can see it on my Facebook page here) at the same time. It was a bit nerve-racking to concentrate on painting while paying attention to everything going on...
brighter day

brighter day

This painting is being donated to the Brighter Day Foundation for a fundraiser they are hosting tonight (11.3.16) at the Gypsy Kitchen in Lancaster, PA. Brighter Day provides complimentary services for low-income adults in Lancaster. Their services are solely provided...
demuth auction

demuth auction

My painting “tangled up in blue” was accepted into the prestigious Demuth Auction on November 10th, in downtown Lancaster. I’m excited to be among many distinguished local artists, as well as some national and international figures. Little ole’...
oliver

oliver

Meet Oliver, one of the best cats in the world, Oliver. After a weekend away from the easel, I felt a bit tired, and not full of confidence when I woke up this morning. When I paint I try to keep all the voices out of my head telling me why I’m much too tired...
macaroons

macaroons

I went out for lunch with a friend yesterday. A treat for me. Sometimes I feel like I never leave my desk, or easel, or stove, or washing machine…life gets too busy to stop and enjoy. I needed to drop of a painting at Demuth Museum yesterday in downtown...
plum loco

plum loco

I’m crazy about blues. Blues are such a magical color. I don’t like to say I have a favorite colors. It’s like children, you should never, ever have a favorite, but love each one equally for their unique qualities. Shhh…don’t tell, but I...
pretty package

pretty package

I just love getting a fun package in the mail. And that’s how I want you to feel when one of my calendars arrives on your doorstep. Like it’s something special, just for you. Here’s a quote from someone who ordered one for herself and one for a...
eastern phoebe

eastern phoebe

Meet Phoebe. A sweet and thoughtful little eastern phoebe. This morning I was listening to another Art Pro Podcast. The interview was with an artist named Bianca Bello (her website is wildhumm). Her art is super fun and she’s an inspiration because she became an...
colorful morning

colorful morning

What a colorful morning it was, to wake up and paint this handsome rooster. I must admit I don’t blog as often as I would like to because I feel like I don’t have anything to say. Actually, I have a lot to share about my painting journey (and life, because...
rise & shine

rise & shine

This morning I was reading brain pickings, a blog that I always enjoy. This one is called “The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Arist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life.” She identifies three primary selves...
honor the ebb

honor the ebb

I was listening to a podcast I recently found called Art Pro. It was an interview with Carol Marine who is someone I admire and credit with being an integral part of beginning my daily painting practice. In the interview she mentioned honoring the ebb, which is...
2017 wall calendar is here!

2017 wall calendar is here!

I’m so happy that my calendar is here! It’s 8x10.25 inches, printed on 80 pound white paper and bound with a bulldog clip with ribbon for easy display. These calendars are limited edition. Only 60 are for sale. You can purchase it in my Etsy shop, or...
goldfinch and what’s next

goldfinch and what’s next

I am so happy to have so many friends, both old and new, stop by to see me and my artwork at my art show this past weekend. I really enjoyed both the opening as well as doing a painting demonstration on Saturday. I thought I might be nervous about doing a demo, but I...
big magic

big magic

Each morning choosing a title for my painting is much, much more challenging than creating the painting itself. They are usually pretty random. I actually keep a list of words and phrases that either sound fun, like I want to roll them around in my mind for a while,...