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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

Encaustic Basics-FAQ’s

Encaustic Basics-FAQ's about Encaustic PaintingEncaustic Basics Part I-FAQ’s about Encaustic Painting is now posted on Mixed Media Art blog. I’d like to help take the mystery out of “getting started” with encaustic painting and show you how to gather tools and equipment in an easy and economical way in this 3 part series. Yes, there is a lot of information to relay, but I want you to be thoroughly informed so you will have fun with this exciting medium.

Coralline by Elaine Brady Smith-Encaustic Basics-FAQ's about Encaustic Painting http://www.mixedmediaart.net/mixed-media-materials/basic-encaustic-part-1-faqs-encaustic-painting

Coralline by Elaine Brady Smith, 11 x 11 encaustic collage on board.

In Part I of this series, I explain the basic equipment and tools needed and recommended products that I use in my encaustic art. I’d love to help with any questions you might have…so feel free to comment on my Facebook page Elaine Brady Smith Art.

And stay tuned for Parts II and III:

  1. August – Encaustic Basics-Part II-Preparing Substrates, Fusing Methods, Adding Color
  2. September – Encaustic Basics-Part III-Adding Collage and Embedding Objects

Thanks for your interest!!!

Exhibit at The Gallery at LaCigale

The Gallery at LaCigale

I will be the guest artist at The Gallery at LaCigale in Mount Gretna, PA for the month of July with an opening reception on Friday, July 11, 5-9pm. The gallery is located on Rt 117 in the heart of Mount Gretna, right beside the miniature golf course. And here is the cool thing…they will be featuring Waltz Vineyards and for the first time Mount Gretna Craft Brewery! I love a good beer!!! There will also be music by Patsy Kline.

The Gallery at LaCigale Mount Gretna PA

The Gallery at LaCigale Mount Gretna PA

If you have never been to LaCigale, you are in for a treat. It is a darling shop full of wonderful things and beautiful table cloths made in France…yes, that LaCigale!!! There is a huge gallery full of awesome art by the resident artists. And you betcha…if I sell a piece of artwork…or I should say “when I sell a piece of artwork”, I will be buying a custom made LaCigale table cloth for my odd sized antique kitchen table. I have been wanting one for years!!!

I love Mount Gretna and it holds a special place in my heart. It’s where my husband and I had our first date. We took a motorcycle ride, went to the Jigger Shop for ice cream and then sat by the lake as the sun set. So cute right? I must have been smitten, because here we are almost 35 years later from that night and we’re still together!!!

So, come on out to the opening reception, look at some great art and have a beer with me! See you then!!!

Welcome Spring – A Mixed Media Art Technique

"Welcome Spring" by Elaine Brady Smith. 8" x 10" mixed media collage technique

“Welcome Spring” by Elaine Brady Smith. 8″ x 10″ mixed media collage on canvas.

Happy first day of Spring everyone!!!

Seems like we have waited forever for this day, and even though it’s still a bit cold here in South Central PA….there is no snow on the ground…finally! It’s been a long winter, but Spring is finally here!!!

My first article has been published on Mixedmediaart.net today! This is one of my favorite mixed media art techniques – Making Transparent Stamped Layers.

I love this technique!!! Making piles of stamped papers and transparent papers are great for collage and mixed media. Jeez…I could spend days making these papers! I use them in my art almost all the time!

Read the entire article here.

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