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Old News is Still Good News

Old news is still good news. I’ve not done so hot in keeping up with the blog here…but I’ll try harder. Here are some recent daily paintings that I have completed within the past few months.

"Sunflower" by Elaine Brady Smith, 6" x 6" oil on panel.

“Sunflower” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel.

I labored a bit long over this sunflower, especially for it’s small size, but I am very happy with the way it turned out. The two tomato paintings below are dedicated to my dear cousin Jane.  Jane gave me a bunch of heritage seedlings for my garden this past spring. It was great fun, because although she had them carefully marked, I just planted them in somewhat of a random order.  It turned into a “mystery garden” as the tomatoes and peppers grew and I waited to see what would pop out on each plant. It was especially exciting when the chocolate peppers appeared. Now if they only tasted like chocolate…that would have been the real surprise.  I highly recommend this form of gardening. The suspense is thrilling!!! None the less, a few of the ripe tomatoes served as models for my still life daily paintings.

"Jane's Tomatoes" by Elaine Brady Smith, 6" x 6" oil on panel.

“Jane’s Tomatoes” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel.

"Who's the Better Boy" by Elaine Brady Smith, 6" x 6" oil on panel

“Who’s the Better Boy” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

Some other news of note…

elaine brady smith collageI now have Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Prints available of selected collage works. The prints are available in three sizes and are printed on acid free matt finish paper. Additional new prints will be available in December.

You can view and purchase on my website elainebradysmith.com

Upcoming Dates to remember…

The Odd Ones Bizarre at The Millworks – Saturday, November 28th, 11am-5pm
The Odd Ones Bizarre is an alternative arts and craft event that has been happening in Harrisburg for 10 years, and we’re pleased to be hosting it at The Millworks this year! Join us as we celebrate the festive season with a collection of over 25 crafters, artists and creators who will be selling their handcrafted wares in addition to the 35 artists in The Millworks’ 23 artist studios! Support local artisans this season while buying handcrafted and thoughtfully made items for you and your loved ones.

Elaine Brady Smith – Featured Artist at The Millworks, Small Gallery – Dec 1-Jan10 – New work in Collage and Oil Paintings. Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Prints of many pieces will be available.

The Millworks, 340 Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

As always, thank you for your interest in my art.



Summer Daily Paintings


Summer Daily Paintings by Elaine Brady Smith. Here are a few of my recent daily’s…a Nectarine, a Pear, a Green Apple, and Enamelware Cups and Saucers available at The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St, Harrisburg PA 17102.

Nectarine by Elaine Brady Smith

“Nectarine” 6″ x 6″ oil on panel by Elaine Brady Smith

It’s been a very busy summer so far! Lots of work to do yet and and I am thoroughly enjoying the daily painting in oils. Feels like I have finally come home! I’ve also started to collage in a more realistic style and I’ll be offering my latest Geranium piece in a few days as a Giclee print…so stay tuned.


"Pear" 6" x 6" oil on panel by Elaine Brady Smith

“Pear” 6″ x 6″ oil on panel by Elaine Brady Smith

Meanwhile, these paintings are on display at The Millworks. Come visit! I am usually there most evenings Tuesday through Sundays. If I’m not there, my studio mates usually are! Millworks open hours are Tues-Fri 4-10pm and Sat-Sun 10-10pm.

Green Apple by Elaine Brady Smith

“Green Apple” 6″ x 6″ oil on panel by Elaine Brady Smith

These small paintings will be framed in lovely plein aire frames and can be shipped easily. Please inquire to see photos of them in the frames. Frames are available in Gold, Silver, Black, and Walnut.

Enamelware Cups and Saucers by Elaine Brady Smith

Enamelware Cups and Saucers 6″ x 6″ oil on panel by Elaine Brady Smith SOLD

Have a great day and thanks for your interest in my work!!!

The Millworks in Harrisburg PA

Daily Paintings by Elaine Brady Smith

Just in time for Mother’s Day…New daily paintings available at The Millworks this week! Each is framed in either gold or silver. I’ve been exploring the lemons, limes and these beautiful jewel colored bottles! I just love these colors!

Come visit this weekend! I’ll be in Studio 104 for First Saturday.

"Three Bottles" 6" x 6" on panel

“Three Bottles” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

Lime and Purple Glass Vase

“Purple Glass with Limes” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

Two Lemons II

“Two Lemons” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

Two Limes and A Lemon

“Two Limes and a Lemon” by Elaine Brady Smith, 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

Frame choices are either Gold (shown) or Silver.

Frame choices are either Gold (shown) or Silver.

The Millworks is located at 340 Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, adjacent to The Broad Street Market. Hours: Tues-Fri 4-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10-10pm.

Contact me with any questions: elainebradysmith@comcast.net

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It’s About Time

Elaine Brady Smith

Elaine Brady Smith, photo by Paul V Studios

I thought it was about time I write a blog post! I haven’t sat down to write one for quite a while now and it has been nagging at my brain. So here I am, breaking the ice with a post just to get me back into the swing of things. Not that I lack something to say…by no means…there is a lot to say!

We have settled into a new life at The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St, Studio 104, Harrisburg, PA 17102 since December 1, 2014. Joan Maguire and Christine Goldbeck and I are sharing the space and we are loving it!!! The Millworks officially opened on March 12, 2015 and we haven’t had time to look back since. Patrons of the arts and all walks of life have been flocking in to see the artist studios, sample the excellent homemade sustainable menu and have a nice cold craft beer.

The Millworks by Paul V Studios

The Millworks by Paul V Studios

If you come, the best time to visit the studios is First Saturday of every month, 10am-10pm, and Third in the Burg, 4pm-10pm (third Friday of the month). Other times are hit or miss to see the artists, as they come and go as their schedules permit.

As for myself, I try to be in the studio working at least 5-6 days per week. I am fortunate to be there during the day, and I am in most Saturdays too. I am finding my way back to being a still life oil painter recently. I’ll keep the mixed media and encaustic in the home studio for now. But I am having a great time working on my small series of still life oils. It’s been a wonderful fresh start for me and I feel content and happy!

I hope to see you at The Millworks soon!!!

View my new Still Life Oil Painting Gallery

Four Green Bowls

Green Bowls by Elaine Brady Smith

“Four Green Bowls” by Elaine Brady Smith, 9 x 12 oil on panel

Sometimes life requires us to take a totally different road than the one we were planning to take. Sometimes life sneaks up behind us and whacks us off our feet and makes us wonder what the hell happened. Sometimes life becomes so unfamiliar and strange.

I am in that strange and unfamiliar place in life right now. I have lost four beloved family members in the past 3 years, 3 in the past 4 months. I know that I am mourning all 4 of them at the same time and it will take some time to move through this darkness. Nothing feels normal right now and I don’t know when normal is coming back.

After my mother passed away two weeks ago, I needed to do something to take my mind away from my grief. I had these 4 green bowls sitting in the basement, ready to go to the thrift shop. They are simple bowls, Cheap ceramic from the dollar store. I stacked them up and slid a doily underneath, got my oil paints out and started painting. Now what is weird is that I have not painted with oils or painted realistically for many years, but this felt normal and it flowed easily out of me and onto the canvas. It felt good and positive.

After doing abstract art for so many years, I don’t know if doing this one realistic painting can be called a shift in my work. I don’t know what the next painting will be. I only know that there will be a next painting and another one after that. Painting is good and it is helping me to heal, so I will keep on painting. What comes out remains to be seen.

So right now, I offer up these four green bowls. Each a vessel to hold my love. Love for my father, my mother, my mother-in-law, and my dear younger brother. May they all rest in peace and may they all be with me and the rest of my family as we struggle to find normal again.