Friday, August 29, 2014


11x15 watercolor and India ink on 140 lb cold press paper, done last week in Florida workshop; photo courtesy Stephie Butler. She taught us how to cut a drinking straw at an angle, dip in ink, then apply to black areas.  When dry, apply paint to dry paper.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

White Cosmos finished

12x9 watercolor of white cosmos finished today by adding stems, leaves and background to a WIP.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

White Cosmos WIP

12x9 watercolor work in progress or WIP, on 140 lb cold press paper, a new support I bought last week in Florida at Michael's arts and crafts store.  These three freehanded cosmos blooms are from my own studio flowerbeds that were so lovely before the drought.  Now all that I can get are a few roses and hollyhocks.  The fun in rendering white subjects is all the unexplored color nuances within each shape that the artist can hunt for then paint.  Stay tuned for the finish!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Portrait Little Girl in Plaid Shirt

15x11 watercolor from last Tuesday's portrait workshop as instructed by Stephie Butler; photo ref courtesy PMP.  We were to put down clean water first on dry paper then add light values of cerulean blue, permanent rose, and aureolin, let dry, then go around the little girl's face then hair.  Mixes of the primaries created the mauve tones and other secondary colors as seen throughout in this vignette.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everybody Loves Geraniums

15x22 watercolor of clay pots of geraniums, which was my demo last Thursday teaching at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center in Florida.  It is a variation of garden still life I've done a couple of times, and was trying to finish it in 1 hour and think actual time was 1.5 due to late start and answering questions.  Color sanding was done into wet areas with watersoluble colored pencil and fine grit sandpaper for textural effects.  This work is SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 25, 2014


9x12 watercolor and ink on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted today, using the techniques taught to us last week during our Splash workshop in Florida (photo courtesy Stephie Butler).
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Indian Rocks Beach

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink, using Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, a beach scene adapted from a local brochure painted last week.
Image is (C) Kay Smith 2014.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Main Chef

11x11 watercolor of a chef smiling I drew from life from a small kitchen figure.  Painted in a direct manner this fellow will cheer up anyone.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 22, 2014


15x22 watercolor wet in wet of a marina scene complete with boats, fishermen, docks and bait houses.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dragonfly with Poppies

13.5x16.25 mixed watermedia on matboard, a large dragonfly superimposed upon mature red poppy image with smaller blooms below.  Its wings were done with silver spray webbing available in fabric stores; image is on matboard that was gessoed.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2010.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Burst of Flowers

18x11.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, another experiment of different techniques:  Wet in wet on upper loose flowers with stamping of real leaves when dry, then dark pink cosmos with lace stencil lower right overlapping top part.  White paper is left blocked. This would make a great greeting card design.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Strawberry Jam Time

15x22 watercolor still life of fresh strawberries spilling out of bucket and containers, a wet in wet demo done awhile ago for one of my all day Saturday workshops.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chickadee - torn paper collage

10x13.25 collage of torn paper on acid free matboard begun last Thursday and finished Friday before leaving on my Florida trip.  This chickadee was a demo for a private art lesson and will be yet another in my series of those sweet birds.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coconuts Crazy - redone

20x22 watercolor of bunch of coconuts in lovely palm which was way too high key when I painted it a couple years ago...took it out of its frame and repainted the background, several of the nuts and part of the trunk.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Red Barns Scene - ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor done a few days ago on cold press paper of a farm with red barn and buildings from one of my old photos.  Wish our grass was this green! This miniature art can also be an artist trading card or ACEO (art cards editions & originals).
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.