Saturday, October 31, 2015


Cruel fate, I laugh at you!
I have survived to live another day.
Damn the consequence.
Let our throats ache, screaming huzzah!
Savor the sweet nectar of survival.
Taste the reward of cavorting to excess.
I laugh in the face of peril,
the wind in my hair
Victory is mine!

This one day
I will survive the tragedy.
I will happily navigate these waters.

Will this craftsmanship fail?
Certainly. It will all unravel.
But not this day.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hey, You Were on TV! — And “The Tent-O’-Surrealism”

A local news crew was kind enough to interview me on camera at the Historic West End ARTSFest about my surrealist art. Check me out in this video from 2:20-4:55 (the first interview is with another artist):

Thanks, WFMY and Jessica for covering this event and chatting with me!
And for this mention on Twitter, too:

Many folks stopped by my setup and said, “hey, I saw you on tv!” I usually responded with “And you came anyway? Wow!” WAKA WAKA. One couple mentioned to me it was the above news segment that brought them to the show in search of unique art, which of course was very cool.

The weather was a drizzling soup, but not enough to keep visitors away altogether, so I was especially appreciative to have played a part in the PR that day. The visitors present were definitely the most interested, and I like to think if the sun were shining, there would have been even more of an already positive thing.

My takeaway: I had a great time, met many other cool artists, and sold several pieces to happy customers. And for me, that’s what it’s all about.

Behold, my Tent-O’-Surrealism:

Richard Smith - RSMITHINGS surreal art Richard Smith - RSMITHINGS surreal art

What do you think? Ever participated in an art or craft fair? Ever seen or discovered something happening locally that day then made the effort to visit in person? How do you enjoy local art? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

International Literacy Day

Can you read this? Not everyone can. My own father was an educator for over three decades, many of which specifically involved helping grade school students improve their reading skills. He positively affected many lives this way, something I’m proud to have a tradition of myself, having tutored English as a second language and grammar in college. In that spirit, check out this infographic on international literacy from Grammarly:

Literacy Day

What do you think? Ever worked or volunteered in a reading program? Do you read to your children, or remember being read to as a child? Is there a teacher who impacted your literary/reading interests? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Monday, July 20, 2015

National Moth Week: Selected Artworks

It’s National Moth Week right now, and in honor of the event, I’m posting two works of art I’ve made this year featuring photos of moths I’ve taken from around my house. I’ve been documenting and creating art with these creatures for a few years now. Enjoy!


Vacationers - Richard Smith

Oceanus Rubigo

Oceanus Rubigo - Richard SmithAnd say hello to our models: