Hello Hello!

Welcome friends! 

Artist and Owner of Phigment Design Studio Meg Smiley here! I am SO excited to be sharing my very first blog post with you. The past couple years have been an exciting journey of developing my book and my business, so I felt it was about time to start sharing more of myself with all of you: my (beyond) amazing customers and supporters! I'd like to start by telling you what you can expect from this blog! 

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Here are a couple of things you will see here:



Several of you have asked me about my painting and self-publishing process! I'm very excited to share my knowledge with you all and help anyone else who would like to self-publish a book. :) P.S. I may also be currently working on a digital self-publishing guide for those of you who are interested! STAY TUNED!


"Art inspiration" has a double-meaning for me. I'd like to share what inspires my artwork AND encourage and inspire you through my artwork! We all need some grace, encouragement, and a little pick-me-up sometimes and I decided a long time ago that the whole point of my art and my business is to serve and encourage you! 


This can be difficult in a world where social media and perfect pictures rule the Internet, but my goal is to be a small light on your screen (no pun intended LOL) that values truth and "#realtalk" over appearances and perfection.


My life is a bit of an adventure! I'll get to more of that in a later blog post, but for starters, my husband and I have moved 3 times in the past six years! I grew up in Southern California, we got married in small town Iowa, lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a little while, and now reside in a tiny studio that is about 250 ft.² in the middle of Long Island, New York! Just this year, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It makes my daily life interesting and challenging at times. However, it also prompted me to quit my day job and, finish self-publishing "Animals Under the Bed!" and start my own business in 2017! It has been a wild but blessed adventure and I would love to share as much as you'd like to hear.

This leads me to number 5...


Is there something you're dying to know about me, my business, or my book-making process that's not on this list? Don't hesitate to respond in the comments below or send me an e-mail here! I'd love to explore other topics related to my business, my artwork, or just life.

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My goal is for this blog to be a place where you can grab some coffee, connect, be encouraged, and maybe learn a few self-publishing/art tips along the way!

What are your thoughts about this? Let me know in the comments below! :)

- Meg