Friday, June 24, 2016

It's a Small World kitten

15x22 watercolor painted a few years ago of a sweet tabby kitten taking his bath, all roly-poly and fluffy as he should be. This one is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2009 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fish: Chicken of the Sea

15x22 watercolor on 300 lb cold press paper, drawn with Micron 01 pen in about 10 minutes, then painted in 1.5 hours.  I was on a previous 2 hour timed painting exercise for WetCanvas.  I laid strips of cotton gauze (the kind we used to have in surgery called 'Kling' wrap) on the ink line fish sketch then spritzed green, blue, and yellow dilute watercolor in spray bottles, let dry, pulled off, then mixed grays for the rest. Splattering was done at the end. This was a lot of fun using Daniel Smith watercolors.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mexican Redhat Blooms sketch

5.5x2.75 ink sketch on brown paper done today/Micron 01 pen. COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mexican Red Hats Fiesta

9x4 watercolor wildflower floral begun yesterday during a class and finished today using some of my Mexican red hat photos.  We did not see too many of them this spring so maybe it was too wet.  Commonly known as prairie coneflower this dark red petaled stunner can also be seen in shades of yellow and gold.  Also known as Ratibida columnaris, this perennial prefers hot, arid and dry conditions.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fruit Plate

22x15 watercolor on hot press 140 lb paper that I first coated with white gouache, then painted.  This gives a nice softness to the colors in the fruit still life of pears, strawberries and blueberry muffins on antique china plates.  Before the pear paint dried, I color-sanded colored pencil into it using fine grit sandpaper.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Rainy Sunday Church

6x8.5 watercolor, collage, and acrylics on ColorSketch blue tinted paper done today.  The little country church was drawn on thin tracing paper then cut out and collaged on.  Skies were a mix of watercolor and acrylics with vertical brushstrokes to mimic heavy downpour of rain that we saw this morning.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Murphy Shih Tzu

16.5x12.5 watercolor on Bienfang 140 lb cold press paper completed today, a pet portrait for good friends and neighbors the Mizes.
Murphy has passed away and they wanted his likeness to go with a previous Shih Tzu they lost.  He was a sweet dog who developed cancer.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pier Pelican

8.5x5.5 watercolor pencils and watercolor on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook paper done today as part of a timed WetCanvas event.  We have 2 hours to choose from 16 images the host provides then do a painting.  This one was hosted by Susan.  I liked the colors in this fellow who was perched on the pier waiting to see a fish.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tyler Rooster

17.5x13 watercolor on gessoed matboard finished today.  Drawn with charcoal pencil from a taxidermist model I found in a Tyler, TX antique store in 2009, am just getting around to painting it.  Largely brown and burnt sienna feathers covered the fellow's body.  I photographed him as he was perched on a tall furniture piece so this angle was interesting as he looks quizzical.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


11x15 watercolor on Bienfang 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago for WetCanvas weekend drawing event.  Host Li Newton provided 16 photos and we had a 2 hour time limit to choose, draw, and complete a painting.  This was finished in about 1.5 hours.  I love the one piglet in their food bowl not letting the others eat; he was 'hogging' it to pig out for lunch.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seaside Shells

6 1/8 x 6 3/4 watercolor of an assortment of seashells with foam and water splashes as they lay in the sandy beach.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pink Cosmos

11x15 watercolor painted on 140lb cold press paper a few years ago using my studio flowers. This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tripod Kitty

12x18 watercolor of one of the WetCanvas artists holding her 3 legged cat named Tripod. The only way he bathes is if she holds him.
image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2010.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Red Patio Chair and Geraniums Plein Air

9x10.25 watercolor and ink line on sketchbook paper done today on my patio.  The red wicker chair was moved outside for this plein air paint out I sponsored for all of our Watercolor Horizons Group located in Odessa, TX.  The old metal pail bucket has a crooked handle and is not this large.  The small blue birdhouse and chair cushion are from a dollar store.  Silk faux green ivy is in a black metal basket above the birdhouse.  Sketching was done with Pigma Micron 01 pen.  Splattering was added when dry at the end using Grumbacher true red pigment.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 10, 2016

'roos Sunbathing

5.5x8.5 ink and watercolor on Bienfang sketchbook for mixed media, a study for a larger work.  Using a black Tombow brush pen I only put in the darkest darks first, then blended with a rigger brush for gray areas.  Light washes of raw sienna and sepia were next while white areas remain untouched.  These kangaroos were lying in amongst other 'roos all sleeping in the sunshine, hence the extra tails seen here.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.