PMS Artwork-Inspired Vow Renewal in Offbeat Bride

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My wife and I recently did a vow renewal photo shoot inspired by my artwork that was featured in Offbeat Bride!  You can check out the whole feature here:

OFFBEAT BRIDE ART-INSPIRED VOW RENEWAL

A HUGE thank you to all that were involved in making this happen:

Style and Planning: In the Clouds Events (http://inthecloudsevents.com/)
Photography: Amy Haberland Photography (http://www.amyhaberlandphotography.com/)
Hair & Makeup: C.A.S Experience (http://www.casexperience.com/)
Cake: Sugar Studio (http://sugarstudiola.com/)
Dress: Dolly Couture Bridal (https://dollycouturebridal.com/)
Bridal Bouquet: SignatureK Events & Flowers (http://signaturek.com/)
Art Work: PMS Artwork (http://www.pmsartwork.com/)
Invitation Suite: Conrad Haberland (http://conradhaberland.com/)
Vintage Rentals: DIY LA Bride (http://www.diylabride.com/)
Ring: Greg Orloff (http://www.gregorloff.com/)
Poem: Joseph Rios
Venue: Private Loft in DTLA

 

More to come good people!

Cheers,

PMS

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PMS Exclusive Interview With Artfinder!

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Hey everyone!

I wanted to share with you my brand new and exclusive interview with Artfinder!  It was a blast to do and I am honored to be one of over ten thousand artists from around the globe to be interviewed by Artfinder.  Read the full interview to get an idea about my process, the Obama commission, and miscellaneous tidbits from inside my head.  I hope you like it!

FULL INTERVIEW

Cheers!

PMS

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“Deconstructing Color & Form” Opening Next Saturday, the 25th At Beyond The Lines Gallery in Bergamot Station

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                               

 Beyond The Lines Gallery Showcases Los Angeles Artists Preston M. Smith, Marc Yellin, Brigit Ritchie, & Betsy Enzensberger In A Vibrant Four Person  Art Exhibition at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California

SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH 2017, 5-9pm

 Los Angeles artists Preston M. Smith, Marc Yellin, Brigit Ritchie, and Betsy Enzensberger will be showcasing their work in a 4 artist exhibition called “Deconstructing Color & Form” at the Beyond The Lines Gallery on March 25th at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-8, Santa Monica, CA 90404, from 5 – 9p.m, running through April 1st (Facebook Invite). The four artists’ boldly colorful works will be dazzlingly displayed along with wonderful live music, refreshments and a mob of voracious art lovers.

Preston M. Smith (PMS) is an artist who has amassed an impressive body of work, gallery exhibitions, as well as collectors worldwide. In 2009 he was commissioned to paint 12 portraits of President Barrack Obama, for the Inaugural Purple Ball, where his paintings were distributed to celebrities and collectors such as Ed Harris, Ashley Judd, Amy Madigan, Josh Lucas, Patricia Arquette, Il Divo, and so on. His work has also been showcased at the Key Club in Hollywood for an event benefitting the David Lynch Foundation. He has shown his work recently at La Luz De Jesus gallery and he has used his work to benefit the California creative community through multiple events with the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation. Preston paints “the light and dark that is within us all.” Sometimes this takes the form of thick textured, colorful abstract paintings and other times as moody and existential Pop Surrealist pieces. He is thrilled to be working with Brittany Davis and Beyond The Lines Gallery. Preston’s website: www.pmsartwork.com

Artist Marc Yellin describes his work as a journey into the unknown. Ultimately each of his abstract paintings tell a story, there is a beginning, middle and an end. It’s like a voyage with many possible destinations. He began painting in 2013 in his small apartment with a few canvases, brushes and some paint. After a few weeks of trial and error, and a bit of mess all around, he realized he liked the process and what he was creating. More importantly he learned that he was creating something others might enjoy. He prides himself on being self-taught and gets his inspiration from his travels around the world, both through his work as a cameraman in international news and his personal travels worldwide. His paintings are a collection of images and ideas, colors and shapes for the viewer to decipher and make their own. He is excited to be a part of this amazing event. Marc’s website: www.abstractartmarc.com

Brigit Ritchie is a Los Angeles based artist who works in distinct style of paintings that are both abstract and hyper detailed using unexpected media. After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied Visual and Critical Studies, she made her way to Los Angeles. She creates drawings of dreamy nebulae and obsessive intricate line sketches which appear digital but are created from common “street” art materials—spray paint, ink, pencil, acrylic paint— on surfaces such as mylar encased in wood and steel. In 2016, a large body of her work was exhibited in a solo show in the arts district of Los Angeles, followed by a group show at Brick Lane Gallery in Shoreditch, London. Her work can also be seen in latest winter edition of Darling Magazine. Brigit teaches creative workshops, retreats, and women circles in DTLA, and could not be more excited to showcase some of her latest work at Beyond the Lines Gallery. Brigit’s website: www.brigitbellritchie.com

As a professionally trained painter, Betsy gravitates towards abstraction as a way to define a 2 dimensional space. “I have no desire to create reality. Instead, I’m interested in connecting the viewer with my subconscious,” she explains. Translating emotion through color, she employs a variety of mixed media such as acrylics, inks, glass, and resin. “The greatest joy is to allow people to emotionally react and connect with my work.” Betsy’s website: www.betsyenzensberger.com

For more information visit: www.beyondthelinesgallery.com, or call 714.369.9869     Beyond The Lines Gallery | 2525 Michigan Ave., G-8, Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Exhibition runs March 25th – April 1st

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20% OFF Holiday Art Sale!

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In appreciation of my art collectors (old, new, and yet to be) I am offering 20% OFF ALL of my artworks when purchasing through my website from now until January 1st, 2017!  This means that you can purchase Figurative works, Abstracts, Landscapes, Micro Paintings, and even Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Prints for 20% OFF! All you have to do is navigate to the gallery page on my website , find a piece that you like, punch in the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS and then click redeem.  Once you add this piece of artwork to your cart, the discount will have been applied.  Note:  Any problems with this process, just leave me a note via paypal and I will refund the 20% immediately.

Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or comments about the sale or any individual piece.  Other than that, Happy Holidays to everyone and happy art buying!

Cheers,

Preston M. Smith (PMS)

BUY NOW

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A Tribute To The Late Robert Gilmore

My professor and mentor Robert Gilmore passed away recently leaving a void in the art world and the art department of my Alma mater.  He was a truly amazing artist, human being and my friend.  He will be missed.

I wrote this to be included in his memorial service, but think that more people should also know about him.  Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Robert Gilmore was my professor, but was also a friend and a mentor to me. I had the privilege of taking numerous painting and drawing classes with him while attending Gonzaga University, and though I ended my schooling one tiny credit shy of being a double major in Theatre Arts and Fine Art, he saw my dedication to the craft and allowed me to participate in the senior exhibit. I then was even more fortunate to receive the Kreielsheimer Assistantship and spent the next year working as his assistant with painting and drawing classes and even had my own office/studio next to his. It was one of the best and most productive years in my young life. I am now an artist living and working in Los Angeles and I owe much of my process and the decision to do so to the late great Robert Gilmore.

Gilmore (as I called him) has been in my thoughts constantly over this past year and I was therefore shocked to learn that he had passed away two weeks prior to receiving a phone call from Laurie Hitchcock. The truth is that he had never really left my thoughts since I moved to the city of angels. I had always planned on taking my wife on a trip back to Spokane and seeing Bob face to face one more time and letting him know how much his thoughts, words and encouragement had meant to me and more importantly how seeing his amazing paintings and strong work ethic had inspired me to become the best artist I can be. Sadly, I will never get a chance to realize this trip, just as I regretfully was not be able to attend this memorial due to my mother’s recent surgery.

What I wanted to share with you today was not just a story, but some fragments, Bob-isms and thoughts that I often reflect on with heavy nostalgia. As an artist navigating his way in the tempestuous art world of Los Angeles, Gilmore became the voice inside my head. Many of his aphorisms and art practices still guide me to this day.   In fact, he taught me what it meant to be an artist and how to take it seriously as a craft.   He shared his wisdom with much humor and depth and I will forever be grateful.

 

I remember stepping into his office before classes started for the day to get the coffee brewing. No work without coffee! I can still smell the coffee percolating and the musky smell of paint drying in the classrooms. Gilmore would eventually burst into the office and startle me with an emphatic, “PRESTON!” I would whip around to see his mischievous smile and a little chuckle. “Ah! Coffee.. Good.” He would then grab a fresh cup and sit down and ask me to do the same. Over the next hour, we would chat about art, music, sports and most of all, books. For all of his quirky, playful behavior, he could quote you the first paragraph of Tolstoy, Dickens, or you name the author. I was always impressed by this gift, being an avid reader myself. He taught me in these moments, the importance of getting into the creative mood and being inspired constantly by the other masters of all artistic genres. You had to feed the creative beast. Maybe this was how he was able to work every single morning and day as a painter! This left a distinctive mark on me.

The first time I was ever lucky enough to be invited into his dark and mysterious studio, I was floored to see the amount of work and materials piled up in this space as well as a canvas with fresh paint glimmering with shards of color and marvelous light. His work was breathtaking, and still inspires me to this day. At one moment he became very serious and said, “Never let anyone just walk into your studio. No, no… You have to INVITE them in.” It was a valuable lesson. Art to him, and now to me, is a serious and sacred pursuit not to be taken lightly. He would also say, “I don’t think you can even begin to call yourself an artist until you have painted at least 30 pictures.” Upon hearing this, I remember thinking to myself, “Man, I can’t wait until I have 30 paintings under my belt, so I can consider myself a real artist.” Of course I now know that it wasn’t the exact number, but the verve and tenacity that he was talking about. I was beginning to get a glimpse of what it meant to be a true artist. It was exciting and almost magical. He had that effect.

I remember wanting to branch out and start making my own works at some point in my education. I had an itch to create some semi-abstract pieces who’s images where rattling around in my head at the time. Gilmore would say to me with a dramatic gesture of bringing his two hands, thumbs and index fingers together, “If you want to abstract anything, just zero in on it to blow it up”. Very simple wisdom that I still use to this day.

Perhaps the best lesson that I ever learned from him, and that is a testament to the type of man and artist that he was, was how he walked the walk. He was true to himself and his art. Bob never sugarcoated anything, or pretended to be something that he was not. He was one of the most authentic artists and human beings that I have ever met to this day. His candor was sometimes disarming, many times hilarious, and always appreciated by me. He had his own unique style and moxie. If you saw him as a speck from a distance walking across campus, you could tell immediately that it was him. He didn’t hide his passion or excitement. He was like a kid in that way. We should all hope to be so passionate and genuine in our childlike wonder. It was infectious.

Finally, I would like to share a quick story about the last time I ever saw Gilmore. He knew that the assistantship had come to an end and that I was about to set off for Los Angeles with the lofty dreams of breaking onto the scene as a painter and an actor. He insisted upon taking me out to dinner. I didn’t want to impose, but eventually accepted. We hopped into his pickup truck and set off for one of his favorite diners. I can’t remember the name of this establishment, but that wasn’t what was important. We sat there munching on our respective meals and slurping down some coffee. We were laughing and sharing inspirational books and films, when the conversation turned toward me abruptly. He asked about my plans for Los Angeles. I launched into my “well researched” plan to move down with my girlfriend, break my way into the acting world and simultaneously be an aspiring painter. I told him how my girlfriend and I were going to keep each other “honest” so we would not let Hollywood change us too much. He listened between gulps of coffee and then the conversation fell silent, while I awaited his response. After some time, he looked up at me, cocked his head to the side and said, “You are going to be a painter…” and then fell silent. I did not want to hear this and politely launched into how I had it all planned out and researched how I could do both. He listened nicely for a few moments and then assuredly pronounced, “Naw, you are going to be a painter.” I remember not wanting to hear this at all, but was shaken by the conviction in his voice. We finished up, he paid the bill and then drove me back to campus, where we said our goodbyes and I shook his hand. It was everything saying goodbye to your mentor should be.

Fast forward fifteen years later and here I sit writing this in my loft apartment in west Los Angles, a painter through and through. I will save you all of the gory details of the time in-between, but suffice it to say that it was as if Gilmore knew me better in that moment than I knew myself. His predictions came true, completely.

I owe much of the tools of my craft and the shaping of my early art career to Robert Gilmore. I have and will always consider him to be my mentor and friend and I am grateful for him being in my life and a powerful voice inside of my head. He was above all a wonderfully talented artist and a kind and honest human being. We were all lucky to have him. Here’s to you Bob. The coffee is on. Let’s create that masterpiece.

-PMS

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Thank You Sale!

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I Am Thrilled To Announce And Grateful For The Sale Of 16 Original PMS Artworks So Far This Year.

As a big THANK YOU to all of my collectors old and new, use coupon code TAKE10 on my website to buy any artwork of any genre, including my new Limited Edition Signed Art Prints for the month of August and get 10% off.

Also for the month of August, refer a collector to me and I will pay you a 10% FINDERS FEE! For example, refer me a collector that buys a painting valued at $1000.00 and I will pay you $100.00 (10%) as a token of my gratitude.

Just visit my website:

PMS Artwork

Cheers!

PMS

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Why PMS? And, Other News…

From time to time, I will get a bizarre look, question or an eyebrow raise when people see that my website/web presence says, or that I many times refer to myself asPMS“.  Sometimes people will give a condescending smirk, or even get downright angry!

So, why PMS?

The most simple answer of course is that it is my initials and that I sign my work with them in a quick and visually pleasing way.  The truth is however, that it is much more than that.  The best answer is that it is about embracing who you are.

I remember vividly sitting in class in 6th grade in Laramie, Wyoming listening to a ho hum lecture on sexual education.  On this brisk day, the teacher was covering the topic of Premenstrual syndrome to our little confused minds.  She was in the middle of pointing at the chalkboard when one of the kids suddenly yelled, “Hey, Preston’s initials are PMS!”.  The class, including the teacher, fell dead silent for a moment as this information sunk in.  Suddenly the room erupted in laughter, as all of the kids turned to find my shocked and beet red face frozen near the back of the class.  I began to squirm in horror as I hoped the moment would pass quickly, but it seemed frozen in time somehow.  I slid down in my chair as I attempted to become the invisible boy, or now the invisible PMS.

That night after my sheer embarrassment and the echoes of laughter faded and I was safe at home, I made the decision to never be embarrassed by this again.  So I made a pact with myself to adopt PMS as mine.  It would become part of my persona.  I learned early on that if you made fun of yourself first, it was a lot harder for others to make fun of you. Plus, it was a wonderful lesson in simply not taking yourself too seriously in life.  It started out as a survival technique, but quickly became something that I enjoyed and some of my friends in high school would even called me PMS affectionately.  Over time, I had successfully reclaimed the power of the initials and made them my own.  It was somehow liberating.

I like to think of it as embracing who I am.  We all have to work with what we have and embrace who we are, and therefore I am proud to call myself PMS. I like that it now makes some people uncomfortable and not me.  It is funny to watch others squirm sometimes as they try to understand why I would be labelled on all social media as PMS Artwork.  Where as I Preston M. Smith can be labelled or shoved into any number of simple boxes, PMS on the other hand is gender-less, faceless, and genre-less.  PMS is devoid of any political or religious party and social preference.  PMS is allowed to just be and in fact symbolizes a boundlessness that I hope to achieve in my art and life.  Therefore, I am happy to embrace this one label. And if it helps you to remember my art a little easier, I will take that too. 🙂

Cheers,

PMS

P.S. (no pun intended) – Here are some recent works and sales that I am proud to announce.  Enjoy!

“Changes” – For Sale (click on image to purchase)

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“Audrey: Larger Than Life” – SOLD!

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“Gridlocked” – For Sale (click on image to purchase)

 

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“Don’t F#?k With My City” – For Sale (Click on image to purchase)

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New Micros & Beyond

I have been working on new PMS Micros consistently, however took a quick break to do a new edition to the “Little Bear” series entitled, “The Little Bear Has A Nervous Breakdown”.  My newest Micro is the biggest of the series, which is 11″ x 11″ in actual painting surface, but with the antique patterned frame, it checks in at 24″ x 24″!

I hope you enjoy them all and click on each image for purchasing information.

Cheers,

PMS

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My Newest Six Micros!

Here are my latest PMS Micro Paintings for your perusal.  If you like something, feel free to click on the image to buy it (note: “The Last Tree” is already SOLD).  I hope that you enjoy them!

-PMS

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Build A Fort, Set That On Fire

“Pay For Soup/Build A Fort/Set That On Fire” – Jean Michel Basquiat

The act of creating art and then giving that creation away is a very bizarre concept.  Let’s be honest, selling your work is the thing you are striving for as an artist and you put your blood, sweat, tears, years and decades into doing just that. But a funny thing happens once you actually sell a work.  You are grateful and feel a sense of strong pride and accomplishment, followed immediately by a profound sense of loss.  It is like you are giving away one of your children.  You created it.  You have cared, loved and breathed life into it and it is suddenly gone, never to return.  You can only hope that the person who has purchased your work is going to love it and take care of it as much as you have.

After a recent sale a friend replied to my concerns with, “What do you care? They paid for it and it is theirs now..”.   And while I know that this friend is correct to a degree, I can’t help but wonder if the painting is being taken care of, or if has been damaged, forgotten, or even hung in a place where nobody will see it.  I am sure this sounds ludicrous and even a bit whiny, but these are the things that I worry about.  I am almost positive that most artists do. Then again, what is the alternative?  Is it to keep all my work to myself and build a shrine to it in my apartment for my eyes only?  Of course not.  When it comes down to it, all artists long for their work to be purchased and loved by someone outside of themselves and they are grateful when it happens.

I have had my work damaged in the past.  I have even had a piece lost/stolen in London for a show I had submitted to.  It was one of my most realistic and best self-portraits that I have ever created and to this day I have no idea where it is, or if it was even destroyed or thrown in the garbage.  It burns. It kills.  And then you move on.  You have no choice.  It is an exercise in resilience and impermanence.  It is actually something that all artists must go through in order to grow and evolve.  Buddhist monks have been known to create meticulous works of art out sand that have taken days, weeks, or even months on end to create, only to wipe it all away in one destructive swipe!  This is the ultimate example of acceptance to the impermanence of art in life. Build a fort, set it on fire…

It reminds me of a story my friend told me about his recent trip to Costa Rica.  He had decided to go on a two week backpacking trek through the beautiful country, stopping at hostels and camping out along the way.  The whole time he had kept a journal with him, which he wrote in religiously.  He had been experiencing a rough patch in his life prior to this trip and he used the journal as a medium to exorcise past demons.  No doubt it was a cathartic process in a beautiful new land.  When he had successfully finished this process and his amazing journey,  it was time to come back home. He grabbed his few belongings and hopped on a plane for Los Angeles.  When he arrived and walked out of the airport into the Los Angeles air, he paused.  After one final thought, he reached into his backpack, found his journal and then chucked it into the nearby trashcan before promptly hailing a cab back home.  He had literally left the past behind.  His writing or “art” had functioned as an instrument to work through his own personal drama, and was no longer necessary.  Yet another example of the impermanence of art, life, and personal attachments.

I recently sold a painting to a private collector on the East Coast.  I was shipping it out and ran into a whole slew of complications.  Without making the story too long or overly dramatic, suffice it to say that I left shipping center unsure of the future of the piece and afraid of potential damage.  The old anxiety, worry and doubt set in again and began to take hold.  I tossed and turned at night and woke up early consumed with negative thoughts.  With the help of my wife I finally came to terms with the situation and realized that I must simply let go.  Give up control.  A step further even is that control is an illusion.  Art and life are finally impermanent and you must simply enjoy the process.  Besides, I have had paintings lost, damaged, or stolen before.  That is the worst that could happen and I have already been there.  Take it as a simple reminder to live in the present moment and strive for radical acceptance.  This is a better way to live your life in the end.  Certainly a more enjoyable way.

I am happy to say, that in the last few days I have received confirmation that my painting arrived on time and was intact!  The buyer was happy and so am I.  All of this needless suffering and anxiety for nothing.  How had I let this control my life?  Maybe I need to practice more regularly the art of the Buddhist creative process to purge myself of an egoistic sense of control?  Free myself from the trappings of an intense attachment to my work.  Maybe I should be more like my friend who wrote in the journal, only to trash it upon its completion?  This could be a powerful reminder in everybody’s life.  What are you grasping too strongly to in your own life?  Find something that you fear deeply and make a practice of living through that fear on your own terms as to immunize yourself from the real thing.  It is a good practice, and a Stoic one at that. Thank you Marcus Aurelius

On that note, I know what I have to do:

“Make A Painting, Set It On Fire…” – PMS

 

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