Monday, December 16, 2013


Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge Read more at


Monday, December 09, 2013

Cock Fight

Cock Fight
Cock Fight, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Cock Fight
oil painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas
Media: oil painting
Size: 20 in X 24 in (50.8 cm X 61 cm)
Price: $960 USD
How to Purchase:


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Why do some people not create?

Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? A good question might be not why do people create, but why do people not create?" (Abraham Maslow, 1908-1970)

"God may work in light, but we mortals work in pigment. Getting the 

colour of the light through haze in front of a distant range of hills is, for 

many, the Holy Grail. It's not in the magic of some new pigment, it's a 

matter of looking, seeing, mixing, testing and adjusting.

Looking is opening your mind to your impressions.

Seeing is replacing what you know with what you see.

Mixing is the knowledgeable confluence of pigments.

Testing is comparing your preparations with the truth.

Adjusting is the will to fix your flagrant wrongs."( Robert Glenn)


Friday, November 15, 2013

Does Whiskey and Oil Painting Mix?

Art by Delilah

Morning Snow, Delilah

Morning Snow, Delilah, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: The snow has melted but we did have a nice covering for a few days. So when the snow falls it's time to put on your winter painting cloths and make foot prints in the snow. I am an oil painter for the most part but there is a group of water colorist called the whiskey painters that I am told put whiskey in their winter painting water to keep it from freezing.

Here is the real storey of Whiskey Painters of America.
Joe, traveling extensively for his firm, and longing to paint on these trips, devised a small palette out of an aspirin box, divided with plastic strips to hold his paint and devised a screw-together brush [like a pool cue] that would fit inside this small box along with strips of watercolor paper cut to about 4" X 5" so that all would fit neatly into his shirt pocket.
After business hours were completed, Joe would retire to the nearest "Watering Hole" for relaxation and friendly imbibing. He would then remove his small painting kit, and to the delight of the bartenders and patrons, produce one of his miniature masterpieces by dipping his brush into his glass of booze, which then he would give away......Needless to say, he was an instant celebrity, making many new friends and rarely having to buy a drink! His mini paintings, which he dubbed "   Whiskey Paintings",    
became a sought after commodity!
Too bad it doesn't work with oil paints because whiskey and oil just doesn't work. I do have a small 5x7 thumb box that I take with me that hold 5x7 canvas and  oil paints and I love it.

Morning Snow
oil painting on canvas that has been mounted on a museum quality panel
Media: oil painitng
Size: 8 in X 6 in (20.3 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD
How to Purchase:

Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $100 USD plus $10 USD s/h

"post your opinion in the comments" Or, send me an email
Thank You:
Art by Delilah, with a Passion for PaintingAll Images © 2006-2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to start a new art series

Let's Get Excited,  Do you have big ideas?

That is; which artworks do you love the most? Are there arts that you feel you simply couldn't live without? Is there Art that make you think that all other forms could be deleted from history and you wouldn't mind?

What's your BIG idea? What excites you? 

What takes your breath away, keeps you up at night, and makes you smile all day long?

Sometimes it's "distant and far away," vague or fuzzy, but it's in there!
 Find it, dust it off and pursue it!

 People will join you and things will unfold in amazing ways. Lift your eyes, dream your dreams, 

But  First you must take action! It's what makes life worth the living!

Make a list

1. Traditional landscapes.
2. Local views.
3. Modern or semi-abstract landscapes.
4. Abstracts.
5. Dogs.
6. Figure studies (excluding nudes).
7. Seascapes, harbour, and beach scenes.
8. Wildlife.
9. Impressionistic landscapes.
10. Nudes.

You get it's your list just start the list.

Just do it-----start!

Biker Bees Go Home
Biker Bees Go Home, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Biker Bees go Home
oil painting on stretched canvas\11x14x 1/2
Media: oil painting
Size: 14 in X 11 in (35.6 cm X 27.9 cm)
Price: $380 USD
How to Purchase:


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It.s the little things

“It's the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.” - Bob Proctor, LifeSuccess Productions, L.L.C.

I have often wondered if I would have taken a different choice when I had them where would I be today. I know little things can have such a big impact. Sending thank you cards to clients. Putting away and cleaning up at the end of the day so when you return to the studio the next day it is fresh.

Most important just stopping and really looking. So simple but so important. What little things have you done that have made such a big impact?


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

News From the Studio

"Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; 

it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire

which consumes me, but I am the fire." (Jorge Luis Borges)

Art by Delilah
With a Passion for Painting

Trick or Treat
Happy Halloween
 There's no doubt about it--Fall is in full swing. Here in the Midwest, the leaves are changing colors, and yards are becoming littered with them with every wisp of the wind. School has been back in session long enough to have lost its appeal to the children.

With summer now a distant memory and the holidays just far enough around the corner to keep full-blown panic at bay, we think it's the perfect time of year to clear the slate--or cleanse the "palette," so to speak--and become fully immersed in art, taking on new creative challenges along the way. 

If you are thinking of giving a gift of art now is the time to commission it to have it in time for Christmas giving.

News From the Studio

We have a new baby in the studio and he is quite a handful.

Hot off the Easel

The Perfect Dive
oil painting
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Chubby Birds in an Oak Tree
Oil Painting
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Rooster No. 19
Oil Painting

Thank You and Have a wonderful November


Sunday, November 03, 2013

Tips from a Painter Bum

I'm a painter bum. People ask me how do I find the time to paint so much and how do I get that painting a day done. Here are a few tips from my studio that might help you::

Keep regular habits by day and week.

Have your workplace nearby and handy.

Use a day-timer--plan your work; work your plan.

Always ask--"Is this action necessary?"( It;s easy to get distracted)

Be businesslike--discourage time-wasters and interlopers.

Be efficient and mindful of wasted motion in your space. Keep your work space neat,

Keep Supplies on hand

As far as possible, get stuff delivered order on line .Be modern--pay bills, bank, book flights, etc., online.

Have shipments Picked up

Keep your dress code practical and simple. You don't need to look good in a studio.

I wear my husbands old shirts, they work great to paint in. I am the neighborhood painter bum , every neighborhood needs one.

When you are in public dress professionally.
  1. a person who devotes a great deal of time to a specified activity.
    "a ski bum"
Yes I am an art Addict. An Art Bum, fan aficionado, yes I am the the neighborhood painter bum, there is room for

another one..

I devote all my time to my art but I like to make the most of my day.And all work and no play would make for a very dull day.

Quit your day and move to a relatively decision-free mode: Play well, laugh much, love much, sleep well.

Here are a few of the paintings that I did in Oct. Paint on my friends.


Friday, November 01, 2013

The Impossible Task

"Ars longa, vita brevis est," said Hippocrates (460-377BC) "Life is short, art is long."

What lies are holding you back as an artist? If these are are some of things that you believe rethink them and get going.

  • Artists never really make a lot of money.

  • The life of an artist 

  • is filled with sacrifice.

  • Artists are weird.

  • Artists are social misfits.

  • The artists who are rich had special advantages.

  • Success is about who you know
  • .
  • No one wants my artwork, really.

  • Being successful will prevent me from painting what I want.

  • There is no room for more "greats."Everything has been doone.

  • The only successful artists are modern artists and I'm a fill in the blank.

  • I have to put in my time and can't succeed till I'm older.

  • I'm too old to get good.

  • I don't deserve success.I haven't been at it long enough

  • My parents were right, this art thing will never amount to anything.

  • I'm an artist because it's what my parents wanted me to do.

  • I could never sell enough paintings to quit my day job.

  • There are so many artists who deserve success more than me.Heck there are just so 

  • many artist, how will I ever get noticed
Promoting yourself can be super awkward. Shilling your wares and trying to get noticed can 

leave you feeling like a husk of a human, and networking can truly be the worst. But it's a 

necessary evil if you want to be successful.

I get a little better at it as I practice. It's not what I want to do but it's what I must do to keep selling my art.

Need some inspiration? Here are few artist site to see art or to find some help.

Need a few more go to NY Arts Artists Resource

Just remember:
In order to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "you need to find a task that requires perfection, is impossible to achieve, and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."

Here's to your art career!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Harmony of art.

 "There is calm, harmony, and music inside of me." (Vincent van Gogh)

That is exactly the way that I feel when I paint. I go to my happy place and the music flows through my brush in a harmony of colors. Every day that I paint is a true blessing.

My studio space is small,the lighting is not perfect and it always need to be organized but it is still my favorite place to be.

Landscape Impressions
Landscape Impressions, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Landscape Impressions
oil painting on stretched canvas
Media: oil painting
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)
Price: $380 USD
How to Purchase:

Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $380 USD plus $10 USD s/h

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Who do you sell your art to?

"It would be asking too much to want to sell only to 

connoisseurs--that way starvation lies." (Claude Monet)

This quote made me wonder are there any real connoisseurs? I think all lovers of art are connisseurs, especially the children. Children really know what they like and why. Now that is the true making of an art connoisseur


Sunday, October 06, 2013

Staying Motivated

Brown Cow
Brown Cow, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: I am back on the farm again today painting away. I always wonder when I was a kid how cows could walk with such big tummies?

I still have not finished my large oil painting of a cow that I started for ArtPrize. When I found out I could  not get a venue to sponsor me I gave up on it. I will get back to painting it again soon. I just lost my motivation for awhile. 

When I went to ArtPrize this year and I saw all the empty space that some venues had I just didn't understand why so many artist were turned away?

As artist we must stay focused and motivated. I haven't stop painting, I just lost the desire to work on the big cow. I think I will finish it and take it to Ann Arbor art fair next year. I have been asked backed. Normally I would not take something that large to a street show, but what the heck it would be fun to see the reactions.Maybe iti will be the year of the cow..

Brown Cow
9x12 watercolor painting on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $50 USD
How to Purchase:

"post your opinion in the comments" Or, send me an email
Thank You:
Art by Delilah, with a Passion for PaintingAll Images © 2006-2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Marketing your art where are you now?

"The people need prosperity, pure and simple." (Lao Tzu, 6th

 Century, BC)

Have You:

1. Created a Solid Body of Signature Work.

2. Polish Your Public Persona

3. Manage a Qualified Mailing List

4. Photograph  and ; Document All of Your Work a good book keeping system

5. Generate Publicity for  Events Leverage

6. Market Your Art in Person and visited art galleries

7. Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities

8.  Improve if you keep doing what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten. One of my mentors taught me that inside every obstacle are the seeds of an opportunity.

 Just remember;

Henry Ford put it this way: "Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right." Your attitude doesn't cost time, money or energy, and is entirely in your control, so turn it on and use it in your favor.

Field of Hay
Field of Hay, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Field of Hay
oil painting on panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $200 USD
How to Purchase:


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Plien Air Painting

Deducing info from minor nuances, in the manner of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's perceptive Sherlock Holmes, is a prime skill for artists.

 "You see, but you do not observe," says Holmes to his sidekick Dr. Watson. 

Looking at the work of many artists, I'm convinced that not a few are on Dr. Watson's side of the office. Not that artists need to inflict every bit of accumulated visual info into their work, but they miss out on one of our top privileges: the art of really seeing.

 Here are three quick exercises that'll heighten your powers:

1. Take a look at that tree over there. It's spring and its foliage is new, feathery and wispy. There's an eagerness in the greens and the soft edges seem to flirt with the sky. Now note the tree is hardly solid--even though you might be inclined to paint it so. Today it's rather a flighty dream, and even though it's full of holes and avoidances, you can feel its roundness. And in spite of all this wisp, how strong the trunk and branches are.

2. Now take a look at those rocks around that small islet. Each one is in the form of an independent brick or a ball, and yet they nestle and cuddle with one another for support. Each has an upper side that reflects the sky and a mysterious dark underside. These rocks have been partners on this islet for so long they have grown toward one another and are blended by their mutual mosses and lichens.

3. Now take a look at that strongly lit nose on that guy over there. Notice how the lit side nicely gradates down into the cheek beside it and forms a fine negative shape that determines the form of his particular nose. Notice the core shadow that runs its length with the colourful penumbra on either side of the shadow. Notice how the cast shadow overruns the details of the nostrils and inner eye. Notice how that nose reddens toward the end, and is topped off with a cool, moist shine. Methinks he may like his brandy. What do you think Watson?

"Holmes serves as an ideal model of how we can learn to see and think better." (Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind; How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Outdoor painting gives artists the opportunity to paint the landscape in an immediate way--from direct observation--responding to changes in light, air quality, weather, and time of day. 

Many advocates and artists who have taken up plein air painting are committed to creating stirring landscapes that are derived solely from nature itself, in an alla prima style (which means producing a painting in one session outdoors).

 But practitioners can also find it useful to work from a variety of sources, including initial pencil sketches, photographs, and research. 

I like to work Alla Prima.

Sketches allow painters to improve an overall design and quickly capture color notes in the landscape. 

One can also use photographs to help design a painting and capture details, though they usually come into play after the artist has left the painting site for the comforts of the studio. 

However, most painters stay away from using photos for color and value indicators. I often refer back to photos to see what I might want to change when I do a larger studio painting from my small Plein Air work.

This painting was done in Glen Arbor Michigan for their plein air event in Aug.

Sail Boats on the Bay
Sail Boats on the Bay, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Sail Boats on the Bay
oil painting on panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $250 USD
How to Purchase:

Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $250 USD plus $10 USD s/h


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Get Inspired

5 Ways to Get Inspired

1. Visit an art museum alone; give yourself one or two hours to slowly browse your favorite sections, and visit the areas that include your less-than-favorite pieces. You never know what might strike a chord. 

2. Watch a documentary about an artist or specific fine art genre. "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is on my list. 

3. Grab a cup of coffee and reserve 20 or 30 minutes to browse through the visual books and magazines on your bookshelf. The coffee and time are integral because it's important to stay focused while digging for imagery that will inspire you to pick up your brush. If you don't drink coffee, I'm not sure how you function. 

4. Talk to someone. Find a friend, or better yet, a stranger, to discuss ideas with. This is often how new concepts are born. 

5.Apply for Calls;Nothing like a deadline to get you motivated so apply for juried shows and art opportunities and create new work to submit.

 Even if you don’t get accepted the exercise of assessing your work is invaluable

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

July News Art by Delilah

News From the Studio 
Art by Delilah

Bang! Pop! Pow!

Is that the sound of July 4th fireworks I hear? Or is it painting popping off the easel? Hot - Hot – Hot it’s not just the weather!
It’s the Painting on the easel as the brushes fly working every day.
It’s the time of year when we stop and thank those who fight for our freedom. I am so blessed to live in a country where I can be an artist.

Biker Bee's Fourth of July Parade

The news from the studio is the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I will be at booth 704B on Thomson Street in Ann Arbor Michigan.
The show Starts July 17 and runs through the 20, 2013.
10AM-9PM wed-Fri
10Am-6PM Sat
I hope to see you there. I am sure it will be hot so bring your sun hat.


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

What matters most to you and your art?

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least." -- Goethe

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Discourages artist from ArtPrize

I'm discouraged today. I didn't find a venue for my painting at ArtPrize. So now I will miss all the fun. As an artist we get tons of rejection it goes with the job, but what upsets me her is that many of the Venuses didn't show the artist the courtesy of a rejection, contact information was incorrect on more then one venue. When I contact one venue after send several emails this week with no response, you start to panic when it is the last week and no connections have been made only , only to find out that the person responsible for artist selection had changed. Many site didn't let anyone know when they were full. It's not the end of the world but I thought Michigan artist were suppose to be chosen first? My poor old cow will have to walk the beach a little longer.

So I will go to my happy place and play with my bug green paper clips.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Art Prize 2013

Art Prize 2013 is almost closed and I still d not have a venue for my painting. I see that their system changed the inch on my painting to feet which did not help my situation. They seem to be having more system issues this year I'm not sure why.

When Art Prize first started Michigan artist and Grand Rapids artist where suppose to have first chance at available venues but I see now that the city has taken over the process it has changed. There are many Grand Rapids artist who are still looking for a venue with only a few days until the site closes.

I have not given up hope and continue to work on my large Beach Beauty. Today I worked on the sky.

Here was the start of my color palette.

I mixed more paint as I went on a deeper cloud shadow color.

This is where I quite on the sky for the day. I will let it dry for a few days and come back to it later.Tomorrow I will work on the water putting in some nice waves. A breeze on the beach is always good.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Chaos in the Art Studio

Social media can seem overwhelming if you try to tackle too much at once. Better to focus on bite-sized information you can sink your teeth into.

As for focus have you ever heard of the Chaos Theory?

The "Chaos Theory" 
Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable.The theory states that "initial conditions" can yield widely diverging, desirable and often unpredictable outcomes. 

A good way to understand chaos theory is what psychologists call "the butterfly effect." 

From an unlikely chrysalis a magnificent butterfly emerges. The all-too-common human instinct to tame chaos may also be key to creative flight. 

The messy artist puts her need for order into her art. Beauty, uniqueness, and personal joy are the result. That is my story and I am sticking to it, maybe I will clean the studio next week.

Three Pots of Pansies
Three Pots of Pansies, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Three Pots of Pansies
painted on stretched canvas
Media: oil painitng
Size: 14 in X 11 in (35.6 cm X 27.9 cm)
Price: $380 USD
How to Purchase:

Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $380 USD plus $15 USD s/h


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Are You Bored with your art?

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) figured the main problem for painters was boredom. Apart from appearing never to stop painting, he contrived to fill his life with a menagerie of birds and animals and the constant coming and going of models, students and admiring friends.

I wonder if cat count? I am never bored maybe it's the cat, or the music, or just the wondering of my mind.


Sunday, June 09, 2013

How to travel with Art Supplies

I love to travel and I like painting on location.
A few years ago, I was able to bring all of my painting supplies onto the airplane. I could bring 2 bags for free. Who would have thought that you would have to pay to bring cloths when you travel.
 Those days are gone. But with some common sense and a little pre-planning, traveling with paint supplies isn’t a big hassle at all. Here are some things to keep in mind.

You must put your paints in checked luggage (unless you have dry watercolor cakes). I am currently using more and more watercolors and watercolor pencils when I travel. I use them for studies take lots of photo and do the oil when I get home.

I have started doing watercolor journal when I travel and I love. You can use both sides of the heavy journal pages to paint and write on.

You must put all palette knives and other tools that may look suspicious in your checked luggage along with any paint in tubes oil or watercolor.

If you are an oil painting RarMar now makes a feather lite panel that is great for travel.

Mediums are a maybe. Check the manufacturer’s website for the Materials Safety Data Sheet or MSDS to determine the flashpoint (the temperature at which the paint will reach combustion). Most all art supply manufacturers have this info on their website. If the flashpoint is higher than 140°F, you can bring it on an airplane. This is a good time to think aboout water- soluble oils for plein air and travel.

Do not bring any solvent of any kind. Either plan to purchase it once you arrive at your destination or ship it ahead of time. This is the most difficult item if traveling to a third world country. I had to buy cheap quality (and very strong smelling) solvent in Guatemala. However, I recently learned that Gamsol has a flashpoint of 146°F, so you can bring it if you make sure to bring the MSDS to prove that it is allowable. I have yet to try this.

Bring all paints and mediums in their original containers. and then put the boxes in zip lock bags.

Bring a printed copy of the MSDS for your supplies in case you need to prove the flashpoint. Keep it with your supplies.

I also include a brief typed paper explaining the following points (it is best to use simple bullet points like this example or else they might not read it):
  • These are Artists’ Colors (never use the word “paint”)
  • They are made with vegetable oil (unless they are acrylic or watercolor in which case indicate that they are water based artists’ colors)
  • They are not hazardous for travel
  • They contain no solvent
  • Indicate the flashpoint
  • Refer them to the MSDS for more complete, detailed information
Be prepared to have your bags opened and inspected. Your art supplies will almost always get a closer inspection.

Doing these simple things will make it much more likely that your travels will be hassle free (at least when it comes to the art supplies).

So go ahead, make those travel plans. Take your paints and enjoy capturing your trip in paint.


Friday, June 07, 2013

Things to think about

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." (Lao Tzu, 6th centutry BCE)

So just maybe if I keep it up I really will get there huummm.


Updates on ArtPrize Painting 2013

Sunflowers in a Vase
Sunflowers in a Vase, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: As I work on my daily paintings I am also getting ready for the Ann Arboe Michigan Art Fair and Art Prize. I will be showing updates to my painting for Art Prize daily on my blog Art by Delilah.
Here is the latest  update on my painting Beach Beauty

Sunflowers in a Vase
14x11x1.5 oil painting on stretched gallery wrapped canvas.
Media: oil painting
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)
Price: $380 USD
How to Purchase:

Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $380 USD plus $10 USD s/h

"post your opinion in the comments" Or, send me an email
Thank You:
Art by Delilah, with a Passion for PaintingAll Images © 2006-2013