Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tea with Lemons, New painting at

New Painting in the Flow Blue Series
Tea with Lemons 8" x 10" Acrylic on Canvas
This is the newest addition to the Flow Blue Series of paintings. Tea with Lemons is currently available for purchase in my store for $30.00.
There will be more fruit and bowl paintings coming up. I also plan on new martini paintings for the new year.
The studio sale continues at Stop by and add to your current collection.
Thanks for stopping by.....I have to get back to painting.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Studio Sale!

Cherries Series Three $10
One of the paintings on Sale at!
It is time to start a new year, new ideas, and new paintings. I need to make room! I will be offering paintings from 2007 and 2006 at lower prices in my Etsy store:
Some of your favorites may be included in the sale. This is a good time to add to your collection.
Thanks to my collectors for such a wonderful year!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Miranda and Sadie, Courtney and Stella,

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Lemons and Red Bowl Available for Purchase at

Lemons and Red Bowl

I am still painting lemons. Lemons and Red Bowl is continuing to paint my bag of lemons with my new bowls I received for Christmas. Lemons and Blue Bowl has already found a home in Virgina. I am currently working on my Flow Blue teapot with lemons. It should be completed by the end of the week.

I am finishing up Christmas portraits and then I will be working on larger paintings because I am currently out of 8 x 10 canvas. I will have to make a trip to Cheap Joe's in Charlotte soon.

This new painting is currently listed in my store.

Well, back to the studio.....there is wet paint drying.

Thanks for stopping by...


Monday, December 17, 2007

Lemons and Blue Bowl Available on Etsy and eBay

Lemons and Blue Bowl

Available for purchase at:

I am exhausted!! Courtney is home and there is something going on all the time. I am having trouble finding time to paint. There is so much laundry! The cooking and the cleaning that I can usually avoid is definitely here for the holidays! Miranda has been taking over my art room....she gets into my stuff!!! Sure, she was in the Fine Arts Program at UNC....but it is MY STUDIO---well now, that's off my chest, I feel better now.
This is my newest painting and I am quite proud of it. I had a collector in Finland ask me to paint more I did! I bought a big bag of lemons and got busy. Ideas of what to paint for me is the hardest thing. Thanks Sari for the suggestion....I hope you enjoy the series of lemon paintings to come.
Lemons and Blue Bowl is available for purchase in my eBay store,, and
Tonight I have to finish the family Christmas cards, tomorrow we are making the gingerbread house. Hopefully, I can sneak painting in here and there...
Thanks for stopping by and your continuing support!

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Pears, New painting listed on eBay

The Pears

"The Pears" will be listed for auction on eBay today with a starting big of $29.99. This painting was done using the same muted gray-green tones in the background as was used for the Flow Blue paintings. I bought an new Flow Blue pitcher today. I will be using it another Flow Blue painting, hopefully starting it tonight. I will be doing a larger painting using these Flow Blue pieces in group together. Probably starting it by the end of the week.
Well, off to the post office. I am sending the portrait swap painting to Austria today. I hope Nic and Murphy like their new painting.
Thanks for checking in.
Link to all that is Torrie Smiley, Original Works of Art at

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sugar and Eggs, New painting on eBay

Sugar and Eggs
Available for purchase at:
This is the newest painting available for purchase on This is the second "Flow Blue" painting I have done.
My webhosting company has completed a software upgrade--- I will not be able to update may website for about 1-2 weeks ( I will be updating current paintings and news through my blog and my page until the website is again fully functional.
Here is the link to the squidoo page:
This is the most comprehensive listing of all my art and activities.
Well, today is Sadie Mae's birthday! She is three years old---21 in doggie years. She will get a cheeseburger Happy Meal to celebrate the occasion (we will not tell the vet, Dr. Nic, it will be our secret).
Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Lemons and Cream, New painting on eBay

New Painting - Lemons and Cream

Available for Purchase at:
This is a new painting to be listed today for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $29.99.
This is a Flow Blue creamer with two bright yellow lemons (8" x 10" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas).
Up next will be a new pear painting. I have not done a pear painting in a while.
Keep up to date on all the websites and news at my squidoo page:
A complete list of websites and news of Torrie Smiley Art.
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, December 02, 2007

New Puppies!

New Puppy Art!

White Dog

Available for Purchase at:

Brown Dog

Available for Purchase at:
I recently painted Murphy and Nik for the Portrait Swap on and I had such a wonderful time painting Murphy (hound-collie mix), I decided to try some more pet pictures in oil this time. These are small oil paintings on 6" x 6" canvas panels you can either frame or put on a small display easel.
These were supposed to be a West Highland Terrier puppy and a Yorkshire Terrier puppy, but the Yorkshire terrier ended up looking like a Cairn Terrier instead....well, guess I will just practice some more. I still have not painted my Stella (black and tan dachshund wiener) or my sweet Sadie (pound puppy mix).
Today, I will be starting a small acrylic painting (8 x 10) on gallery wrapped canvas. This will be of a blue and white creamer with a yellow lemon. You will see it listed on eBay soon!
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Portrait Swap at

Murphy and Nik

This is the completed portrait for the 2007 Portrait Swap at Here is a link to the complete show:

Nicloe Helbig painted me and I just love it! She is a very talented artist.

Now off to the studio for more painting. I am thinking about starting the daily painting thing....I will try and see if I can keep up the pace for a while before making a commitment. It will definitely be after all the leaves have fallen in the yard and there is no more messy yard to clean up!

Thanks for stopping by and check out the portraits at EBSQart!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New to

I have joined I love the website. I don't know why I have not joined before. I am going to call it quits on any more websites. I am starting to spend more time on the computer than in the studio. My art is now available for purchase on the following websites just search by my name:

or you can purchase directly from me with your paypal account.

I will be back in the studio tomorrow painting something new! I will be posting my "Art Swap" portrait tomorrow.

Thanks to all my collectors for your support and I hope making my art available at these websites will make purchasing more convenient.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New to Squidoo

Lost Marbles Series Seven

So many websites, so little time. I have a new "lens" at I really do like this site. It gives links to current paintings on eBay of mine and some of my favorite artists too. There is also a spot for blog updates and other fun stuff. I will continue to blog and you can also visit my new Squidoo site:

I am almost done with the portrait of Nik and Murphy. It should be done on time for the portrait swap on but just barely. I hope she likes it. She did a wonderful job on my portrait with my two girls in the background. I love it!

I am almost recovered from my cold and I did manage to spread it to at least one other person...even though I stayed in, Courtney's friend visited over the Thanksgiving Holiday and she did catch it. Sorry Lindsay.

We had a wonderful fun and food-filled Thanksgiving Holiday. I should have just enough time to lose the Thanksgiving pounds before Christmas.

New artwork on the way....something new and different, to be listed in December.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Under the Weather

California Poppies III

Available for Purchase at:

Sorry, I have not been around. Miranda came down with pneumonia and I took really good care of her, until she passed it on to me. I am not the stay-in-the-bed kind of person, but this time I really had no choice. I had Sadie (Miranda's dog) and Stella (my dog) on each side of me in the bed with a huge box of kleenex and we slept and coughed and sneezed for days! I did get my flu shot earlier this month and was quite proud of myself, being proactive to stay healthy and busy this is not even cold yet! Needless to say, I am off to a slow start to the busiest time of the year.

I have begun the portrait in the "Portrait Swap" contest at but I do not like it and I have started over. Hopefully, this new start will be better.

I will try to get new art posted soon, but bear with me. This is the time of year for commissions for Christmas gifts and free painting time is hard to come by.

Courtney is coming home for Thanksgiving, so I am off to buy tons of food for the Holidays!

Thanks for checking in!


Friday, November 09, 2007

EBSQ Juried Artist

EBSQ-Plus Juried Artist

I am very pleased to have been selected an EBSQ Juried Artist. I would like to thank the Jury Committee for recognizing my work. I would most like to thank my collectors who support my work and continue to purchase my art.

Thank you!


To view a complete listing of my work, please see my complete EBSQ Art Gallery at:

Sunday, November 04, 2007

New Watercolors, Marbles and Low Country

New Watercolor Paintings

Low Country Series Five, Fishing
Available for purchase at:

Sunset at the Beach

Available for Purchase at:

Lost Marbles Series Six

Available for Purchase at:

Lost Marbles Series Seven

Available for Purchase at:

These are the new watercolors from the studio. There will be more marbles coming up. These take more time than you would think.

I am still working with the Low Country Series. I am struggling with the size. I may have to go bigger. I will let you know. The new ones may be 11" x 14".

Well, I had better get busy! So little time, so much to paint.

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, November 02, 2007

Big Bird 2007-- 2008 Calendar

May 20, 2008 Calendar

I am very excited about Big Bird 2007 being included in the 2008 Animal Calendar from Big Bird 2007 will be the May 20, 2008 page.


Calendars may be purchased through at:

To PRE-ORDER your calendar(s), please go to:

We expect to start shipping out the calendars towards the end of November.

Sunday, November 4, 2007, I will be included in the front page Showcase. I will be working this weekend to get some new paintings ready by Sunday. Stop by and check out the showcase.

New Low Country Watercolors will be available soon. After the overwhelming requests for new Low Country Art, I have set everything aside to concentrate the series. The paintings will be posted as they are finished.

Well, off to the studio.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Paintings!

New Paintings Available

Bosc Pear

Red Martini

California Poppies III

These paintings will be listed for auction on eBay tonight. I have a small (8" x 10") oil painting of a red wine bottle and wine glass that is half finished. It will be listed soon. I have a ton of cleaning I have neglected to do around the house, so that will keep me busy for a while. Next up will be Low Country watercolors and watercolors of the Tall Ships Festival from Charleston.

The Cheap Joe's Sale was wonderful! That is where I bought the great green oil color that I used on the Bosc Pear Painting. I also picked up a 36" x 60" canvas--it was on sale, I had to---I also had to leave it in Charlotte because it did not fit in the car.....It will be coming home soon.

Well, off to Gaffney. I promised to help Bobbie pick out a rug.

Check back again soon. I am going to update my blog with links to Paypal if you would like to purchase paintings directly from my blog.

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, October 20, 2007

New Cherries Series

New Watercolor Cherries

Cherries Series Nine

Cherries Series Ten

Cherries Series Eleven
The new cherries series will be listed later today on eBay with a beginning bid of $14.99. They are 5" x 7" on 300 lb Arches watercolor paper.
I have spent the day shopping in Charlotte for fun new art stuff with Miranda. We had a blast. I have never laughed to hard... it started with getting lost; then I bought the biggest canvas 36" x 60"--it did not fit in the car.....Bobbie will be bringing it home from Charlotte later this week in the truck......I could not help myself--the canvas was on sale! I have no clue what will be painted, but it will be big!
The vacation is going great! I am exhausted and ready to go back to work so I can rest. I did not get half done that I wanted to do, but the list did get shorter.
I will be going to Chapel Hill tomorrow to take Courtney back to school. It was nice to have her home. After that, I will have one vacation day left.... to work on the "to do" list.
Well, I am off to the art studio to put away my new treasures.

Martini, Stirred V

Martini, Stirred V
Martini, Stirred V will be listed this evening on eBay. This is the newest Martini in the 2007 series. I will also be listing three new cherry watercolors.
I am off to Charlotte to Cheap Joe's Art Sale!
Have a wonderful Saturday!

Friday, October 19, 2007

In Progress, New Big Bird!

New Big Bird 2007

There is a new Big Bird painting on the way. It is 18" x 24", acrylic on a gallery wrapped canvas.

Big Bird will be listed on eBay after it is finished. I have finished Martini, Stirred V that will be listed on eBay this weekend. There will be a new California Poppies painting available soon, it is on the easel.

Also, there will be more Cherries in the watercolor series.

I will be going to Cheap Joe's sidewalk sale in Charlotte tomorrow. I can't wait. There is nothing better than shopping at the art supply store.

Still waiting for it to rain....

Check back again soon.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

New Pear Watercolors available on

New Pear Watercolors
Available for Purchase at:

Pear Series Ten

Pear Series Eleven

Pear Series Twelve

Pear Series Thirteen

Pear Series Fourteen

These small watercolors (5" x 7" on 300 lb Arches Paper) are available for purchase in my store:

They are $20.00 a piece including postage within the United States and Canada.

My apologies to anyone trying to visit my website the past few days. It is back up and running. iPower has been a pain!

Time to get back to work! I am on vacation from the "real job" for a while and I am trying to make the most of it!

Thanks for checking in.


New Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo II

Pink Flamingo II will be listed on eBay for auction today.
I am on "VACATION" from the real job until October 23, 2007. Here is my vacation list of things to no certain order.
Clean out the storage shed
Put up summer clothes, get out winter clothes
Cover the attic vents on the roof
Paint the outside of the house....a nice cream color
Clean out the flower beds and trim the hedges
I will have to definitely do the summer/winter clothes thing....but the rest, who knows.
I may just paint pictures the whole time!
I will be listing watercolors later today... check back soon.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

New Watercolor Paintings

New Watercolor Series: Cats

Cat Series One

Low Country Series Four - Old Red Boat

Cherries Series Six

Cherries Series Seven

Cherries Series Eight

Here are the newest additions to the Watercolor Series
all paintings are currently on Auction in my eBay store at:

Working at the Cleveland County Fair at the Art Exhibit was so much fun...but I am tired. I have added a few new watercolors for sale on eBay. Now for a few days off from painting to clean house, yard work, and get the winter clothes out of the attic.

There will be more art to come. Next up is large paintings in acrylic. --I am getting behind on my list of things to do!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the art.


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cleveland County Fair

New Pear Painting on eBay

For Sale in eBay Store:
Two Pears sold almost immediately after being posted on Etsy (it was not even dry yet), so others were painted by request of the slow shoppers who missed out.
I said I was finished for a while with the watercolors, but I seem to can't get away.
I will be at the Cleveland County Fair tonight at the Art Exhibit. I will be painting watercolors while I am there. I will post some of them tomorrow.
Thoughts for the upcoming painting week: Something different, something large, and something in oil. I do complain about oil---but it is fun!
Have a wonderful day! See you at the water wheel! : ) ......(It's a County fair thing)


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Old Red Boat

Old Red Boat

eBay store auction:

I don't know what it is with me and oil paint, but I get it all over me. There is more paint on me than on this small 8" x 10" canvas panel.
I have finished the much talked about and slowly painted red boat. I hope you like it.
Time for a break.

New Pear Painting

New Pear Painting

Two Pears
eBay store auction:
I have not painted pears in a while. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out. There are days where things just come together and you don't want to stop to sleep or eat, because the ideas and ability may not be there when you come back.

Two Pears - Pear painting in progress.

This is the photo reference that was used to paint Two Pears. I really don't know how my brain took the two green and red pears above and turned it into this.......but, I hope it remembers how... I do believe art comes from both skill, god-given talent, and dumb luck.

Thanks for stopping by... I am working on the old red boat in oil, so I am covered in paint....


Saturday, September 22, 2007

More Martinis and Marbles

Marbles and Martini

Lost Marbles Series Five

Martini, Stirred IV

eBay store auction:

Just off the easel and newly listed to eBay. Lost Marbles Series Five will be the last marble series painting for a while. There are other things to do and I have really run out of inspiration for marbles. If a new idea for marbles hits me, they will be back. But, it may be a while.

I have not painted Martini, Stirred for a while and I am really happy the way this one turned out.

I am going to the studio to work on the boat painting. I will post it as soon as it is done.

I have not done a large landscape in a while, I think it is time....

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Watercolors and Big Bird 2007

More Big Bird - 2007!

It seems that "look" is hypnotic and saying "take my I'm yours". There has been quite a response to Big Bird, so there will be another....sometime soon. I will post the painting in stages--I always do the eyes first, so you can see the expression take shape.

Watercolor Pear Series Eight

Watercolor Pear Series Nine

These two pears are my absolute favorites so far of the series. I still cannot get a picture of the paintings that I am happy with, they are much prettier and softer in person.

Lost Marbles Series Three

Lost Marbles Series Four

I am still painting Marbles. I have one more drawn but not painted.

Watercolor paintings are available for purchase at:


Currently on the easel and almost finished is another martini painting - 16" x 20" on gallery wrapped canvas. Hopefully to be finished and listed for sale by the weekend.

I have yet to start the boat painting currently titled, Dad's Old Red Boat. It is drawn on a small 8" x 10" canvas panel - but still waiting for paint. I am still pondering ---acrylic or oil?

I have not given up the Low Country art, I am just taking a short break, catching up on requests.

I will be "painting live" at the Cleveland County Fair Art Exhibit, Sunday, September 30, 2007. You may see works from the fair available for sale in early October - complete with Fair dust and funnel cake grease.

Well, I had better get busy. Thanks for stopping by!