Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rusty Tractor

6x8 watercolor on Stillman & Birn Zeta series done recently of an abandoned old tractor relic, slowly rusting its way into oblivion.  I sketched this with Micron 01 pen.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Wino Chef

9x12 mixed media collage on Canson XL watercolor paper done this afternoon.  Sketched with Micron 05 pen on a backing sheet for smaller works, the face and scarf was what I concentrated on, as the figurine I used to photograph him had him on a little bicycle.  It was one of the refs I put in WetCanvas weekend drawing event currently in progress.  I first painted him in watercolor, then used a black and white Montana acrylic marker, then white acrylic on his chef jacket.  Collage is bar and restaurant ad texts adhered with Liquitex matte medium.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017


6x4 alcohol ink abstract on professional photo paper done this afternoon using only 3 colors:  Willow, Cloudy Blue, and Eggplant.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017


9x9 alcohol inks on paper done today as part of all day class on inks.  Beginning with an eye, its outline was sketched in with a cotton tip applicator, then color applied, removed, or changed.  A chopstick was used to add line.  The beard color is Eggplant.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Zebra in Grass

 5.5 x 7.5 mixed media on foamcore done today from my zebra photo I featured on current WetCanvas weekend drawing event challenge.  Participants have 2 hours to do a painting from 10 images the host furnishes.  The challenge was to rework or redo another one with one of the 10, so I chose yesterday's alcohol ink that I didn't really like.  Using a Staedtler Lumocolor permanent ink pen, the animal's stripes were put in on top of the ink.  Next I cut blades of grass and collaged them onto the foreground with matte medium.  Total time was 1 hour.

Images COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Abstract for Autumn

4.5x6.5 watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper done recently using a real elm tree leaf for a stamp/stencil.  Cradled by vivid red orange and thio violet, it is surrounded by neutrals including raw sienna, mint green, and Coastal Fog.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Windtorn Tulip

9.5x15 alcohol inks on paper done this afternoon.  Working in layers, I first applied alcohol 91% sprayed on paper, thenWillow followed by Sunbright Yellow.  Watermelon was next with more yellow, blowing air to make petal shapes.  For the stem I put down Willow then Lettuce on top of that.  Overall mixing done with canned air and a large drinking straw.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


8.5x5.5 Montana acrylic markers and Uniball Vision Elite pen on Bienfang sketchbook done today as a timed exercise on WetCanvas.  There were two clownfish in the ref Connie provided but I eliminated one due to space, and did not sketch in all the coral noodles.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bee on White Cosmos

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday and finished today. The busy bee was hard to get its transparent wings to look paper thin so I did use a tiny amount of white gouache on the left wing tip. I put together a combo from my cosmos and insects refs for this garden and nature painting.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


10.5 x 7.5 alcohol inks on freezer paper done yesterday, my third in a series of men with beards.  No pencil used with this.  Taking a cotton swab that already had a bit of ink on it, I moistened with 91% alcohol and made an oval right eye shape, then added blue, then black.  The left eye followed.  Marks were made with ink drops on the tip of a chopstick.  Ginger and Tangerine were the gold and orange accents.  Mantilla Black was last for the bottom half of his beard.  Inks mixed using canned air and blending solution for this abstract portrait.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gaillardia Garden

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary scene of red Texas wildflowers known as gaillardias.  In this complementary color scheme I've paired reds with greens for a vibrant visual feast.
This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Inspirations Bottles & Branches

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, an earlier still life work consisting of antique bottles outside and a colorful branch with rusty and green leaves, setting the scene for fall or autumn to arrive on 22 September.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Unfurled Rose

4x6 alcohol inks done last week on white foamcore board, another abstract floral piece made by using only a few colors and canned air.  Since it reminded me of a rose opening I titled it as that.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

French Party

10x8 mixed media on canvas.  I did a photo transfer over acrylic background then added a vase and other abstract shapes on the left and top and bottom.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

San Patricio Church

14x11 watercolor of the tiny Catholic church located in San Patricio, New Mexico, where we went to do some on location, or plein air painting.  This is off main Highway 70  from Roswell to Ruidoso and is reputed to be the oldest Catholic building in the country.  Its white and green are lush against the September sky and landscape as it sits watching over the small cemetery in front.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.