Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Mystry Thrif Off Reveal

    Thank you BetterAfter for inviting me to repurpose this crazy ceramic head for "The Mystery Thrift Off"! But oh the frustration when my plan of attack had to change when after I made a "crown" out of 2 part epoxy on the top of the head to hold a platter that I had drilled holes all around to hang jewels from and in 2 minutes, I knocked the head of the counter accidentally which cracked and broke it and then I picked up the platter at a weak spot and broke a piece off  just by picking it up. (sorry for the longest running sentence ever)
   For a minute, I had wished it had shattered :(   So I made a vase out of the head instead. Plan B worked out ok.  :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Mystery Thrift Off sponsored by

I'm so excited to have been chosen to participate in 's Mystery Thrift Off!
  I went out to my front porch on Saturday and found this box. Inside was this crazy hand made ceramic head!  I am supposed to alter/reinvent/repurpose this object from the Goodwill into something new. Oh man!!! But after a day and a half thinking about it (I'm still open to suggestions too) I'm looking forward to the challenge.
  I will be posting the progress here and on my Instagram account @kelleysmithart with the hashtag #themysterythiftoff . Check out Lindsey's blog Better After to see mine and other participant's progress with their items. Fun!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Portraits inspired by the artist Margaret Keane by Kelley Smith

I have been working on a "big eye" series inspired by Margaret Keane. Here is the start of my granddaughter Remi.
Here is the semi finished painting of my granddaughter Pepper. She is going to be holding a cupcake and giving it to the viewer to represent Good Works. I still have a bit more to do. These portraits are more "flat" than my usual portrait painting, but that is the charm of Margaret Keane's paintings.
and this portrait is of our granddaughter Goldie. She did not make it through labor, but she is in our family's hearts and minds every day. She has given us a renewed desire to strive to live so that we may all return again as an eternal family together in our Heavenly Father's presence. I am going to gold leaf her halo and the banner she is holding.
I'm so happy to be able to be painting again and I am thankful for this opportunity to share.

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm Back!!!

I'm back!
  After a 2 year hiatus, I am ready to blog again. Thank you for all the warm messages that I have received in my absence. Life took my family and I through some very happy and some very sad times which I will share as we catch up. I am excited to go back to being able to spend more of my time with the glambabies and with my art!
  Life is always good even when it is hard.
and our new family motto:
  "Family means no one left behind or forgotten"   love, Kelley

Monday, May 13, 2013

At Long Last..... A New Post

  I can not believe I have not posted since last November!!!!!! I am now working part time at a wonderful boutique called Pretty Please. I'm still working at the gallery and painting whenever I get a moment AND last week glambaby #16 was born: Summer Haggarton!
and I have started a new art website at . You can order canvas prints, prints on metal and such and greeting cards. I think this will be great and the quality is very, very good. I am going to try to catch up a little with my family photos, etc. Thanks to everyone for hanging in there with me.  XO

Friday, November 30, 2012

New Paintings: "Vintage Toy Series"

I had a blast painting these images of vintage toys! They are oil on wood panels that are 8"x8"x2" (and I guess I wouldn't be a good art marketer if I didn't mention that they are for sale at the Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Honoring Our Veterans" show and sale at The Arizona Art Alliance Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ

 Please visit The Arizona Art Alliance website at  for additional information concerning this show and future shows. We also have a list of the Outreach programs that we provide to the AZ community, and workshop information if you would like to take some art classes on the website!