Charles W. Smith



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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
2 months ago 
Almost Home by Charles W. Smith
Oil 24 x 18
 
A dirt road leads you through a gap in an old, weathered fence, around a bend and disappears into the warm glow of a Spring morning. This piece stirs feelings of returning home after being away far too long. You're on the last leg of a long journey and home awaits, just around the bend.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
2 months ago 
Quiet Introspection by Charles W. Smith
Oil 16 x 12
 
The warm, spring sun peeks over the trees along a secluded trail that winds its way along a riverbank and disappears into the forest. The chill of the night releases its grasp on the land and gives way to the warmth and promise of a new day. An empty bench beckons to those who have chosen to leave the hustle-and-bustle behind and enjoy the peace and solitude that only a path through the forest can provide. It is always wise to take these opportunities to pause along our journey, in quiet introspection, to enjoy the experience and take inventory on all that we have to be thankful for. It is in these moments that we learn the most about ourselves.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
2 months ago 
Beside Still Waters by Charles W. Smith
20 x 16
 
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
6 months ago 
Renewal of Spring by Charles W. Smith
10 x 8
 
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
8 months ago 
The Old Crossing by Charles W. Smith
Oil 5 x 7
 
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
The Honeymooners by Charles W. Smith
Oil 12 x 16
 
"THE HONEYMOONERS" (Oil Painting On Panel 12 X 16) After they were married, my Mom and Dad took a drive along Skyline Drive on their honeymoon. This beautiful, scenic route winds its way through Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia, where my Mom grew up. Along their trip, my Dad pulled his 1952 Plymouth over at one of the scenic stops where they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and took several photos. One of these photos was a beautiful picture of my Mother, sitting on a rock wall, with the trees behind her. Although, I obviously wasn't there, this painting captures what I imagine the scene looked like, with the old Plymouth parked along the side of the road and my Dad taking that beautiful picture of my Mom. My Dad passed away several years ago and we all miss him dearly. I painted this memory for my beautiful Mother for Christmas.
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Paavo Oso Arts 8 months ago
Nice work!!!
Charles W. Smith 8 months ago
Thank you so much, John!
Paavo Oso Arts 8 months ago
I love your art too Charles. This platform is wonderful. Yourself, as well as all other artists extremely skilled and talented. Gifted I might add. I really kind of wish I could paint what I photograph, hence, software additions. Take care Charles, and peace and prosperity be with you, friend.
Paavo Oso Arts 8 months ago
Thank you for your service to our country, Charles. I am a former US Marine 1971-1972. I loved being a Marine. I also photographed my buddies in the Corps. Semper Fi.
Charles W. Smith 8 months ago
Thank you so much for the kind words, John! And thank you for your service to our country as well!
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
The Road Less Traveled by Charles W. Smith
Oil 7 x 5
 
"The Road Less Traveled" When those two roads diverge in that yellow wood, And you have chosen to take one over the other, Travel in wide-eyed wonder down your chosen path. For it is impossible to enjoy the journey, Or see the beauty that lies ahead, While looking back with regret at the road not taken.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
Pathway of Life by Charles W. Smith
Oil 12 x 16
 
Pathway of Life I decided to try something a little different and experiment with a bit more of an impressionistic, painterly feeling with this piece. This painting is based on a photograph that I took along Pepper Creek Trail, a hike and bike trail that winds along the banks of Pepper Creek, in West Temple, TX. "Our pathway through life leads us through many changes and around many curves. Much like this hiking trail along Pepper Creek, life's pathway takes us along the edges of forests, through open meadows, beside and over flowing streams as it winds its way through time. The seasons of life, while they change the appearance of the pathway, only add to its beauty. The Spring of life is filled with fresh newness. We learn to weather life's storms, as we grow and blossom into young adults. During the Summer of life, we gain confidence as we make our way into adulthood, filled with bright, energetic and natural beauty. The winter of our lives, while not as boisterous and colorful as Spring and Summer, is a wonderfully beautiful time of confident peace, wisdom and the unmeasurable inner strength, that comes from weathering the turbulent storms of Spring and the sweltering heat and long days of Summer. This piece finds our trail as it enters Autumn, the transition time, between Summer and Winter. The young, fresh leaves of Summer have started to dry a bit, and the vivid green colors are starting to fade away. However, this is not a somber time, devoid of beauty. On the contrary, Autumn showcases our trail with an explosion of bright, brilliant color. The orange, yellow and red colors deepen and become more vibrant as Autumn progresses and the trees seem to grow stronger and more stately as they prepare for winter. Each season along our trail has its own unique beauty. We need to take the time to fully enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of each season and embrace the coming of the next, as each one is beautiful and fills the soul more than the last." - Charles W. Smith
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Post Mountain Overlook by Charles W. Smith
Oil 9 x 12
 
"Post Mountain Overlook" On the first morning of the Burnet Art Festival's Plein Air Competition, I made my way up, what I was told was Post Mountain, on the West side of Burnet, TX. I had done some Google Earth scouting beforehand and decided that this location needed to be checked out. I turned off of State Highway 29, onto Skyline Drive and drove up the narrow, winding road to the top. I found a spot that looked like a Friday night hangout for the local young folks, as there were signs of old camp fires. The view from this spot was beautiful, so I set up and painted the view of the mountains to the West.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Enchanted Sunrise by Charles W. Smith
Oil 12 x 16
 
"Enchanted Sunrise" Dawn breaks in the Texas Hill Country and the darkness of night surrenders its grasp on the surrounding hills. We are reminded of Genesis 1:3-5 as the first rays of sunlight kiss the granite peaks of Enchanted Rock State Park. The family and I took a hiking/photography trip to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, in the Texas Hill Country, between Llano and Fredericksburg, Texas. This piece is based on one of the photos that I took of Turkey Peak, from the face of Enchanted Rock. Turkey Peak is located just to the northeast of the granite dome, known as Enchanted Rock and is one of the most prominent features that can be seen as hikers make their way along the trail to the summit.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Buchanan Sunrise by Charles W. Smith
Oil 9 x 12
 
"Buchanan Sunrise" On the third and final day of painting for the Burnet Art Festival's Plein Air Competition, I was unsure where I wanted to paint, so I just headed up toward the backroads on the North side of Lake Buchanan. I took the long way around on Park Road 4, searching for inspiration that included enough room to pull my truck off on the side of the road. I saw a lot of beautiful locations, but there was not enough room to pull of safely to paint, so I kept driving the county roads and, eventually found myself on Rural Road 2341. The drive was absolutely gorgeous, but, there still was no place to safely pull off. I finally decided that I'd had enough, so I would just turn around and head back home, so I began looking for a place to turn around. I saw that the road appeared to end at a gate up ahead of me and thought that would be a good place to loop around and head out. When I reached the gate, I saw that it said "Canyon of the Eagles" on it and that it was a park/nature preserve. I had heard the name before, but never knew where it was, so I decided to go in and check it out. I made my way to the park office and asked the lady inside about scenic places to paint. She pointed me to the overlook behind the office, so I walked over to take a look. The view of the lake from the top of the cliff was breathtaking! I had stumbled upon (or had been lead to) my painting spot for the day! I had a great time painting at Canyon of the Eagles and met a lot of really nice people who walked over to see what I was doing.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Meanwhile at the Camp Stand by Charles W. Smith
Oil 12 x 16
 
"Meanwhile at the Camp Stand" The sun rises over a South Texas ranch, bathing the brush country in the warm light of morning. A dusty ranch road fades away into the early morning fog. The silence is broken by the muffled thud of hooves hitting the ground. Moments later, a ghostly shape begins to emerge from the mist as a mature buck cautiously moves out of the thick brush and pauses to check his surroundings before crossing the road, to disappear once again into the dense cover. This is the scene that plays out in a hunter's mind when he is sitting in a stand, not seeing any deer activity. He is certain that this is what is happening at the stand that he chose not too hunt this morning! This painting is based upon the view from one of the hunting stands on my brother's hunting lease. This particular stand is only a short walk from the camp, so it has always been referred to as the "Camp Stand," and this painting captures the story of what happens at the camp stand while he is away.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Peace in the Valley by Charles W. Smith
Oil 12 x 16
 
Painted from imagination, this scene depicts a weathered barn, tucked into a secluded valley, as low, morning clouds roll in.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Dancing in the Sun by Charles W. Smith
Oil 11 x 14
 
"While making our way along the many wooded pathways that wind through the forests we must pass through in our lives, often, we are most comfortable staying on the shaded trails, deep in the interior. The cool, blue shadows offer a respite from the hot sun and a sense of security, away from the judgmental eyes of those who may see our faults. Though the shadows are indeed cool and there is comfort in obscurity, often, the most judgmental eyes are our very own, as we tend to judge ourselves most critically. On our journey, when we are presented with a path that leads to the edge of the forest, out of the shadows and into the bright sunlight, we should not simply pass it by, for fear of what may lie in that open meadow or who may see us. It may be frightening and it may take courage, but it is a path worth traveling. Each of us deserves the opportunity to feel the warmth on our faces and to dance in the sunlight with the whole world watching." - Charles W. Smith? ? For this plein air painting adventure. I decided to visit one of my favorite locations in Chalk Ridge Falls Park, which is located just below the dam for the Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, in Belton, Texas. It is a beautiful, secluded trail with an old, weathered wooden fence that creates a nice tunnel leading out of the shadow and into the light.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Tennessee Valley by Charles W. Smith
Oil 9 x 12
 
I hiked into Miller Springs Nature Center and found this spot on one of the cliffs overlooking the site of what was once part of the old Tennessee Valley settlement. I had a great time painting, met some really nice people that were spending the day hiking and, as always, it was great to be out in this beautiful park, enjoying the beautiful scenery!
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Heavens Mirror by Charles W. Smith
Oil 12 x 16
 
"There is really something special about this place. The way the river winds, lazily through the wooded banks on its way to the East, where it will, eventually join the Leon, to form the Little River. The variety of lush, green plants growing along the water's edge. The fish that, randomly break the water's surface, as they feed on minnows and insects. The many species of birds that glide, effortlessly along the river, inches above the water's surface. The colorful trees growing along the river banks, that seem to explode with shades of red, orange and yellow in late fall. The way the calm surface of the water reflects the sunlit clouds in the early morning. The stillness of the air and the laughter of children making new discoveries along the hiking trail above. Yes, this is a magical place and it seems as though Heaven has created a mirror along this unassuming section of the Lampasas River, to reflect the beauty of nature back to the eyes of those who will look for it." Charles W. Smith? ? This piece was inspired by a photograph that I had taken along the Lampasas River, just below the dam for the Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, in Central Texas. This area is known as Chalk Ridge Falls Park, and according to the address, is in Belton, TX, but it is actually located just west of there, toward Killeen.
 

 
Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Prickly Pear Portrait by Charles W. Smith
Oil 5 x 7
 
I hiked into Miller Springs Nature Center to do some painting and decided that this interesting pear bush needed to be painted. I got the basic shapes and blocking in done, but a thunderstorm rolled in, so I had to evacuate before I could finish on location. I added the finishing touches after I got back home and dried off.
 

 
Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Turkey Peak by Charles W. Smith
Oil 5 x 7
 
This is the view of Turkey Peak from the face of Enchanted Rock. Turkey Peak is one of the more prominent granite mountains that make up Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, in the Texas Hill Country.
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Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Nostalgic Memories by Charles W. Smith
18 x 24
 
 

 
Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Morning Meadow by Charles W. Smith
Acrylic 11 x 14
 
Painted from imagination, back in 1992. This was my first attempt at using acrylics with an oil painting technique and my first work on a material other than paper. If memory serves, this was my 5th painting.
 

 
Charles W. Smith Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
A Late Snow by Charles W. Smith
Acrylic 18 x 24
 
This is a scene depicting a late snowfall along a country road. The old barn, though weathered, stands majestically beside the road, bearing witness to the passage of time over the years.
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Aleta Gudelski 10 months ago
Charles, I love this. Love love love barns
Charles Smith 10 months ago
Thanks very much, Aleta! 😊
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Biography
Charles grew up in the small South Texas town of Tuleta, and like many artists, he started drawing at a very young age.  When Charles was around the age of 4, after dinner, he would sit with his father and have him draw animals, asking his dad to “draw what bites and what doesn’t bite.”  His dad would proceed to draw all sorts of “biting” and “non-biting” animals for Charles, such as rabbits, squirrels, deer and snakes, each with a story of where they lived and whether they would bite or not.  These quiet evenings planted the seeds of art and telling a visual story into young Charles’ heart.  Charles would spend his time practicing and trying to draw the animals that his father had shown him.  After a short time, when they sat together, Charles’ father would have him draw the animals and tell the story of where each lived and whether they would bite or not.  This early encouragement started young Charles down an artistic path.  While in elementary school, Charles would fill his school notebooks and book covers with drawings, much to some of his teachers’ dismay!  But, then there were also some that offered praise and encouragement.
Charles would continue drawing and improving throughout elementary and middle school.  Like most young boys at that age, most of his drawings featured comic book superheroes, such as his favorite character, Spiderman, and various animals.  Upon reaching high school, Charles found a couple of books about the realistic drawing of still life and animals, and his artwork began to change and mature.  Charles still remembers the first drawing he did that looked “real” to him.  It was a drawing he did, from one of his books, of an old, weathered wagon wheel hub, with a very rough, wood grained texture.  From [...]

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