Thursday, June 12, 2014

Buried Treasure 2014

Seth Apter, from "The Altered Page", has called on the art bloggers to help him celebrate "Buried Treasure" day!

Welcome to Buried Treasure: an online, collaborative project that invites art bloggers to go into the depths of their blogs and dig for buried treasure...

"Buried Treasure" Blog Hop
6th annual Buried Treasure - A Call for Collaborative Participants!
In his words, Seth explains:

      " Buried Treasure is about digging deep to uncover some hidden gems. The premise is simple. On Thursday, June 12th all participating bloggers will re-post one (or more) of their favorite posts that ever appeared on their blog. As you might already know, I don't like too many rules when it comes to art. So anything goes. "

Hello and a warm welcome to the Uneek Art blog, written by Martice Smith II! I'm so glad you made it this far because I have a few wonderful gems to introduce to you. Get ready to experience a soulful interpretation of my art life. I hope you enjoy! Let's get started...

Last year, November 2013, I started my blogging adventure. It was a way to "put myself out there" by becoming more transparent for those who follow my art journey. (My word for that year was ACCOUNTABILITY) and I tell you what- I studied every sense of that word! Ha!

At the beginning of this blogging adventure, I announced my very first 30 day illustration challenge, which proved to be a GREAT success!!

30 Illustrations in 30 Days: A Mixed-Media Artist's Soiree,  created by Martice Smith II

So, today, I bring you a post from November 3rd, 2013 -------- (edited to include more photos!)

From this challenge, this post and VIVA! (pictured below) were tributes to my Grand Mama V.; a woman who harnessed the most spiritually awakening peace that I've ever felt. I was compelled to share doing so, my healing process began.

This illustration was an extremely personal one, considering how private of a person I, typically, am. I really wanted to make this one shine...

DAY 3/30

Title: "Viva!"
Media: graphite, acrylic, cut paper collage, watercolor paper, white gel pen, ink pens; digital collage
Size: 8 inches by 10 inches
© 2013 by Martice Smith II.

The theme for WEEK 1 is: {Artist Discovery}


here are some close-ups...

detail of VIVA! ©2014 by Martice Smith II

detail of VIVA! ©2014 by Martice Smith II

detail of VIVA! ©2014 by Martice Smith II

creation of VIVA! ©2014 by Martice Smith II
detail pic of my maternal Grandmother's vintage shoe clip. Unique textures help build up the narrative and gives a greater, visual appeal.
-This was a very sensitive subject for me to share with the public because my emotions are still raw and I still feel vulnerable- yes, even after (nearly) 4 years of my maternal grandmother's passing.

On the brighter side of things, I can say that I've healed and have already taken action in preserving my memory of her! Please take a step closer and notice a few elements that reveal personal sentiments of our relationship:

♫ ♪ Can you see the blue music notes? ♪ ♪♫

Did you find her age embedded in the illustration?

Oh, look at the scribbles in the upper right and middle areas!! It's a hand-written note I wrote to her!  (It's illegible and mainly used to give some visual weight to the bottom of the illustration.)
the cardinal bird is a strong, personal symbolic reference of mine. It stands for the abundance of faith and peace; it also represents my prayers being heard from God.

I'm forever grateful to have such a positive and wise woman to help guide me along the right path. Her legacy will not be forgotten.
It was an honor to share my memory of her with you.

I want to leave you with this quote as you venture off to the next participating blogger's blog haven:

"Live life and love strongly." ~ Vivian Smith, aka Grand Mama V.

So...what do you think? Go ahead, leave your comment! 
Don't sit there behind the scenes. I'm here waiting for ya! Step up, Brave One, and reach out... ;)

Here I am!

photo of Artist Martice Smith II
Martice Smith II - Illustrator


  1. I got the notes. The age, two different images? I'm kinda doing something like this about mothers and daughters. Not as classy. I may have to come back and learn some things. ;)

    1. Hello Elle! You have a great eye for observation on you :) Thank you for taking the time out to read and leave a comment. I'd love to see your piece on the mothers and daughters! Do you have pics on your blog? I do hope that you are enjoying the Buried Treasure blog hop! Yes, do come back for more- we will learn from each other!

  2. So sorry for your loss, but very happy for you pursuing your blog and art!
    Accountability is a great word for the year!
    Wonderful Buried Treasure!
    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

    1. Thank you for your kind and uplifting words, dear Mary! Yes, I've kept my promise of accountability and I'm reaping the rewards! Best wishes to you as well! So glad to 'discover' you and indulge in your beautiful art. (I've admired your StencilGirl products for awhile now- hopefully, I can participate in one of your blog-hops, too!)

  3. Great piece - very vibrant and eye catching. It has a strength that shines through

    1. Stacey, thank you for visiting me! I'm so glad that you were able to feel the strength and confidence that I was trying to portray. I find it soothing and quite liberating to "work through" my emotions, utilizing my imagination combined with personal symbolism to express a subject that is so personal and sensitive. Thank you for witnessing that!

  4. There are many treasures buried, but I am glad to have you.I will and have the pleasure of sharing you, my found buried treasure a true artist for the heart.

    1. Aww :) hi Mama! Thank you so much for surprising me with your visit to my blog!! I'm honored to share my gifts and talents with others; just how you taught me to. You are my treasure as well and I'm proud to call you "MY Mama"! I love you, kisses and hugs.

  5. Martice,
    What a fabulous and stunning tribute to your Grand Mama V! She must have been an incredible woman! Your art is truly a Buried Treasure - thank you for sharing!
    Jackie ")

  6. Hello Jackie :) ! Oh how sweet your thoughts are! Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, Grand Mama V was incredibly strong; physically, mentally and spiritually. My love of embracing cultural differences and adding personal symbolism to my art a direct inspiration from her. I'm so glad you stopped by!

  7. Praying you get this and I get a return. I love you mom.

    1. Yes! Thank you Moma!! I love you, too :) So great to see you visit my blog!


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