Monday, November 23, 2015

Vintage Vealmoor TX Mailbox

15x11 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished today.  From my photo taken where Vealmoor, Texas highway intersects with caliche road to my mother's, this rusty rural route holder of mail now houses only birdnests.  Three or more other mailboxes in better condition are to its right.  Precariously bolted to wood on top of metal piping, this vintage victim of time and weather is full of interesting texture.  As this weekend's drawing event host on WetCanvas, I posted the photograph along with 15 others, and so far I'm the only one who painted it.  Across the highway looking east is pasture for cattle grazing and cotton farming.  To the south the highway connects to US 87 to Big Spring, the crossroads of west Texas.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chicken Pen

22x15 watercolor on Saunders Waterford 300 lb cold press paper painted wet in wet.  These two chickens I photographed while visiting Luckenbach, a Texas town south of here.  Remember Waylon Jennings made famous his country western hit named after the place. It is an older work that is SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Caleb in Striped Shirt

8.5x6 watercolor on ColorSketch paper drawn yesterday and painted today; he is my youngest nephew's son and just celebrated his third birthday.  In my photo he was eating and had crumbs on his lips so I omitted those.  Reference photo included in this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas! and took me the full 2 hours allotted time.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Love Stands Alone poppies

22x15 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done last week, a commission of red poppies for a couple's anniversary.  I added the lone white bloom to signify marriage between a man and a woman and/or bridal purity.  Several of my poppy photo refs were used but the picket fence that denotes the home is imaginary.  Every analogous red, orange, and pink on my palette was used. 
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.  This work is SOLD.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Flying Heron Nest Builder

9x12 watercolor on 140 cold press paper begun yesterday and completed today.  This was for the Animal & Wildlife monthly challenge on WetCanvas; photo courtesy fellow artist Robert Rongier of France.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

White Petunias

6x8 watercolor on 140 lb paper, an older floral drawn from life using a hanging basket of white petunias.  The background was painted a salmon orange and it seemed to complement and compliment the green foliage.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Horse HaHa

12x9 watercolor and ink line drawing (Micron 01) on wc paper I did today.  I had made marks on it to test new acrylic markers and had put the sheet under smaller works.  The dark blue on the halter lead is part of the marker tests and has white gel pen marks as I was testing those also.  Splattering was done when almost dry on the horse's head for the dappled coat.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Arizona Landscape

4x5.5 watercolor and ink on paper, a magazine card from Southwest Art, that was begging me to paint a scene.  So I used one of my many cactus, yucca, sagebrush, and other desert photos taken in Arizona around Tucson and Phoenix.  Pen used was Pigma Micron 01 and some opaque watercolors and gouache were also put to use today on the saguaros.  A white gel pen used for depicting old, dead branches in foreground.  It is a sunset scence hence the deep shadows and orange glow to the land and its inhabitants, those icons of lore.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done today as part of WetCanvas! Weekend Drawing Event.  Participants have 2 hours to choose and develop a painting.  Reference courtesy Joanne Nemeth.  Her photo had only two dogs and the head of a third one but no body, so I drew the far left Doberman in reverse.  The middle dog is a reddish brown color; they remind me of the ones we had thru the years of my first marriage to John Bumpers.  On the far right Doberman I cast his left eye downward.  Now there are 3 happy fellows cavorting along the water's edge.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Perfect Pink Hollyhocks

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of tall pale pink hollyhocks from my yard.  A lot of negative painting was done in the background.  I love to paint hollyhocks, those old fashioned heirloom guardians of the garden.  This work is SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Taco Belle kitty

 8.5x11 watercolor and ink on paper done yesterday.  Initial ink sketch below was with Pigma Micron 01 pen started awhile back but left unfinished.  Taco Belle was rescued by us years ago from Carlos restaurant parking lot.  With her Maine Coon markings of wide black stripes mixed with tabby long hair she was quite gorgeous.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith
Ink sketch on Masters sketchbook.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Canyon Moon

12x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a layering effect with abstract qualities to indicate a southwest landscape.
Image is imaginary using no reference.
COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Silvereye Bird

5.75x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago as part of our monthly Watermedia forum challenge on WetCanvas as hosted by Sonia.  I added more leaves and vivid background using opaques Blue Bice and Periwinklw (American Journey paints).
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Coral Red Poppies

9x12 watercolor of coral poppies done today using 3 of my photos taken across the street from our church, different blooms and colors into a new composition.  I used Daniel Smith quinacridone coral, a lovely hue I had decided was too pink so virtually had stopped using it as a stand alone color.  All my reds and oranges, even arylide yellow, were put to use.  Tomorrow I'll be working on a larger design of the fragile flowers and those will be vivid reds.  Support used:  Canson 140 lb cold press paper.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Budapest Buildings

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on sketchbook done last week.  What started as a cropped sketch using Pigma Micron 01 pen on some of our cruise ship brochures, ended up as a colored piece and an imaginary sky.  I had saved the intriguing European spires and roof buildings because of the amazing architecture to study later.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.