Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WIP Glads

22x15 watercolor of a pot of gladioli painted this far today as a work in progress (on the back of a really terrible sunflower piece). Glads always make me feel cheerful or glad; bottom half of the pot is cropped here in this iPhone photo.  Stay tuned to see the rest.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith

Monday, February 8, 2016

Three Fat Pandas

9x10.25 watercolor and ink (Staedtler Calligraphic Duo pen) on paper sketched today from WetCanvas weekend drawing event hosted by Ros.  Her family visited China so she had references from that country.  These fat panda bears eating bamboo sticks was too cute to pass up.  Participants have only 2 hours to choose a photo and paint it and this one was about 1 hour 10 minutes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pug Party

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on new Bienfang sketchbook for mixed media done yesterday.  It was time to begin pet portraits again so this pair of cute pugs was first.  I have painted several more for a new line through CheckAdvantage that are not available yet.  Some new ones to be featured are owls, outdoor scenes, Spring, mixed media birds, kitchen, cardinals, crazy cows, canines in cars, cat capers, and pigeons.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hurricane Lamp still life

11x8.5 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Strathmore art journal for mixed media completed today.  For several days I've been working on a still life of items suggesting the rugged outdoors from work gloves, old hurricane lamp, wood, and a plaid woolen textile.  Winter will soon be but a memory.Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Just Orchids

22x15 watercolor of several pale green and pink orchid blooms on their tall and curvy stems.  This was painted a few years ago and was SOLD at its first exhibition.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rush Hour - abstract on Yupo

30x22 watermedia on Yupo synthetic paper, an abstract set of colorful forms that was painted over other shapes then scraped through with a flat card.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2016.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fat Cop

5.5x8 ink sketch on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media done today.  A Sketchbook Skool assignment from Expressing, Sabine Wisman gave us this second homework assignment which was adding text and telling a story.  She finds very old photos of people online then sketches them and makes up a story.  This Victorian policeman was really this large in the photo I saw so quickly got his likeness using a black Tombow brush pen.  Donuts seemed to be the theme and went with his round size perfectly.
Image COPYRIGT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Studio Pots and Plants ink sketch

8.5x11 ink sketch on Bienfang sketchbook finished today.  This was Friday's homework assignment on Sketchbook Skool in which we were instructed to do an "infographics", similar to illustrated journaling and storyboards.  I walked around my studio and began drawing from life using a black Uniball pen.  From a tiny mint green antique vase to hanging window fern and on around I came up with enough pots and plants to fill the page.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 1, 2016


15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper of an old Nepalese man decked out in his various colorful garb. I painted him on my birthday a week ago Saturday and first sketched him using Koh-i-Noor Magic multi colored pencil.  Photo courtesy Connie of WetCanvas and was featured in that weekend's drawing event.  We learned a lot about the culture of Nepal and its amazing people.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wheelbarrow Whispers

11x15 watercolor done today on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary garden scene except for my old wooden wheelbarrow.  Flowering geranium pots are inside it while towering hollyhocks, poppies, hibiscus, petunias, and marigolds surround it all.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Old Homestead with Owl

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted today for the weekend drawing event on WetCanvas in which participants have 2 hours to choose then complete their art.  I used a portion of an old rundown abandoned structure then tried to make a vignette by losing at least three edges.  The owl was added to the roof as if he was surveying what tree or old window opening to use for a nest. For the darks I used neutral tint and ultramarine blue.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Purple Mountain Majesty

12x6 watercolor on 140 lb Strathmore cold press paper, brush only, done this afternoon of an imaginary mountain scene.  Orange and pink skies dominate the landscape while evergreens and pink wildflowers guard the purple snowcapped range in the distance.  Splatters were done when dry over foreground for varied dots indicating blooming meadow plants.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Granny Smith Apple

4.5x6.5 acrylic markers on brown sketchbook paper done today from life.  I did not eat the Granny Smith green apple this morning so sketched it instead with Micron 01 pen then added Montana markers of various acrylic colors of green, yellow, blue, dark blue, white and red.  Lettering is using the Curlz font that I'm practicing doing with illustrated journaling.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Early Blooms in a Coffee Cup

6.5x4.5 watercolor, gouache, and ink line on brown paper journal done today.  I used Pigma Micron 01 pen to draw my small blue and white china cup that has spring bulbs in it.  A pink doily sits underneath this still life of early paperwhite blooms on a green patterned table.  I am learning to use the Curlz font when printing letters for illustrated journaling, a mixed upper and lower case assortment.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Trees and Clouds

11x15 watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper completed today from one of the landscape photos I posted on WetCanvas.  In the Landscape forum participants have all month to choose their favorite reference and to do a painting in any size or media, then post the results.  In this mountain scene, I especially liked the whispering pines behind the taller foreground bare trees.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.