Christina Smith -  Artist

FOCUSED STUDIES OF NATURE IN A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF GOUACHE & PENCIL

PRINTS

All of the PRINTS in my GALLERY are "Giclees" produced in our studio

​​The term "giclee" refers to the printing process.  We use a large format ink-jet printer,
archival inks and100% rag, acid free paper.  The inks are light-fast
and will not fade for 100  years under normal household conditions.


Hummingbirds
The smallest bird in the world is the hummingbird – many of them weighing less than a penny!  There are about 338 species and they are found only in the Americas.  Hummingbirds can hover with wing beats at 78 per second and are the only birds that can fly backward – and upside down!  Though most species are tropical they are found as far north as Alaska and south to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America.  The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only one commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains.  It manages a migration from wherever it starts (possibly as far north as Canada) south through Mexico or across the Gulf of Mexico to winter in Central America and the West Indies – a journey of as much as 2000 miles.​​​​​​​​​​

Indian legends, songs and rituals surround the tiny bird.  My favorite legend is a Mexican one claiming the wife of the war god accompanied the spirits of ancient Mexican warriors who died in battle to the “mansion of the sun” where they were miraculously transformed into glittering hummingbirds. 

How cool is all that!!!


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  1. "Hummingbird & Azalea     Ruby-throated hummingbird and azalea             $45
    "Hummingbird & Azalea Ruby-throated hummingbird and azalea $45
  2. "Hummingbird & Fuchsia"  ruby-throated hummingbird        $45
    "Hummingbird & Fuchsia" ruby-throated hummingbird $45
  3. "Wigelia Ballet"   ruby-throated hummingbird         $45
    "Wigelia Ballet" ruby-throated hummingbird $45
  4. “A Clematis Moment”    ruby-throated hummingbird           $45
    “A Clematis Moment” ruby-throated hummingbird $45
North America's
Giant Silk Moths
 
 
If you’ve ever come across a lime green luna moth or watched a cecropia hatch and unfold in a jar on your porch - you understand their magic.  The size and color of one of these night creatures is just amazing.  The moths that I’ve painted are all large, 3 – 6 inches, but some moths in this Saturniidai family are small.   They live an average of ten to fourteen days and do not eat, living off the fat they stored as caterpillars.  Attempts to produce silk from American silkworm cocoons have been unsuccessful and only the Asian silkworm is used for textiles.  They were a wonderful subject to paint and I hope I find the time to do more of them.
 
“Many Thanks!” to an enthusiastic and generous friend, John Laskowski.  He is an entomologist in Pennsylvania, known locally as "the Moth Man", who supplied me with specimens and is a dear friend.  We get to visit with John when we do a Pennsylvania show.  One year he invited us and a granddaughter we had with us to spend Monday morning at the Ned Smith Nature Center near Harrisburg.  The elephant edition of John J Audubon's work was on loan there from the Smithsonian.  The center was actually closed but John worked there and could get us in.  We all donned white gloves and got to turn the pages of this wonderful book.  
A very special honor and memory for us and a twelve year old granddaughter!
 
 
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  1. "Luna Moth & Basswood”       LG $60  SM $45
    "Luna Moth & Basswood” LG $60 SM $45
  2. “Cecropia Moth & Sweet Gum”    LG $60  SM $45
    “Cecropia Moth & Sweet Gum” LG $60 SM $45
  3. “Imperial Moth & Sassafras”      LG $60     SM $45
    “Imperial Moth & Sassafras” LG $60 SM $45
  4. “Regal Moth & Hickory"     LG $60  SM $45
    “Regal Moth & Hickory" LG $60 SM $45
WATER RESIDENTS     BACKYARD BUDDIES
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  1. "Juicy Breakfast"     Mockingbirds & blackberry      LG $150        SM $75
    "Juicy Breakfast" Mockingbirds & blackberry LG $150 SM $75
  2. "Cold Shoulder"  Green-winged Teals & water Iris  LG $150    SM $70
    "Cold Shoulder" Green-winged Teals & water Iris LG $150 SM $70
  3. "Have I Told You I Love You Today?"   Cardinals & Dogwood         LG $85   SM $60
    "Have I Told You I Love You Today?" Cardinals & Dogwood LG $85 SM $60
  4. "Unexpected Guest"  wood ducks        LG $85     SM $45
    "Unexpected Guest" wood ducks LG $85 SM $45
  5. "Ruffled Feathers"  swan        $45
    "Ruffled Feathers" swan $45
  6.   "It's about the water"  dragonfly     LG $180      MED $85.   SM  $60
    "It's about the water" dragonfly LG $180 MED $85. SM $60
  7. "Pier Pressure"  pelicans    LG $60
    "Pier Pressure" pelicans LG $60
  8. "River Woodie"  wood duck         $60
    "River Woodie" wood duck $60
  9. "Homeward Bound"  great blue heron      LG $180    MED $85     SM $60
    "Homeward Bound" great blue heron LG $180 MED $85 SM $60
  10. "Competition at the Fishing Hole"Belted Kingfishers     LG$180  MED$85   SM. $60
    "Competition at the Fishing Hole"Belted Kingfishers LG$180 MED$85 SM. $60
  11.  "PRIVATE ROOST"     Brown Pelicans      LG $60   SM $45
    "PRIVATE ROOST" Brown Pelicans LG $60 SM $45
  12. "Lost Valley"  great blue heron      LG $85     SM $60
    "Lost Valley" great blue heron LG $85 SM $60
  13. "Patient Fisherman"  green-backed heron      $45
    "Patient Fisherman" green-backed heron $45
  14. "A Resting Place" canada geese          LG $180    SM $60
    "A Resting Place" canada geese LG $180 SM $60
  15.  "Larry Moe, & Curly Joe"   brown pelicans      LG $80   SM  $45
    "Larry Moe, & Curly Joe" brown pelicans LG $80 SM $45
  16. "Soul Searching"    white egret         LG $180      MED $85       SM $60
    "Soul Searching" white egret LG $180 MED $85 SM $60
  17. "Beehind the Scene"  honeybee     $60
    "Beehind the Scene" honeybee $60
  18. “Common Yellow-throat Warbler & Wild Grapevine”          $60
    “Common Yellow-throat Warbler & Wild Grapevine” $60
  19. "Snappy Dresser"   white-breasted nuthatch           $60
    "Snappy Dresser" white-breasted nuthatch $60
  20. "Birds, Bugs, and Berries - Chickadee"   black-capped chickadee.       $60
    "Birds, Bugs, and Berries - Chickadee" black-capped chickadee. $60
  21. "Birds, Bugs and Berries - Bluebirds" eastern bluebirds                 $60
    "Birds, Bugs and Berries - Bluebirds" eastern bluebirds $60
  22. "April Chippies"  chipmunks          $45
    "April Chippies" chipmunks $45
  23. "Waterside Portraits" great blue heron    LG $180 MED $85      SM $60
    "Waterside Portraits" great blue heron LG $180 MED $85 SM $60
  24. "Mulberry Harvest”  black-capped chickadee and mulberries              $45
    "Mulberry Harvest” black-capped chickadee and mulberries $45
  25. “Top of the Morning”   robin & morning glories       $45
    “Top of the Morning” robin & morning glories $45
  26. “Carolina Wren & Jasmine”        $60
    “Carolina Wren & Jasmine” $60
  27. “Cherry Dinner”   cedar waxwing       $45
    “Cherry Dinner” cedar waxwing $45
  28. “Night Ghost”         barn owl          LG $140      SM $60
    “Night Ghost” barn owl LG $140 SM $60
  29. "Reclaiming the old Homestead"   cottontail rabbits     LG $65       SM $45
    "Reclaiming the old Homestead" cottontail rabbits LG $65 SM $45
  30. "TOO EARLY FOR STRAWBERRIES"        white-footed mouse           $45
    "TOO EARLY FOR STRAWBERRIES" white-footed mouse $45
  31. "Early Morning Jays" bluejays       $75
    "Early Morning Jays" bluejays $75