Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pear No. 2 - torn paper collage

9x6 torn paper collage on matboard drawn and begun yesterday then finished up a few hours ago.  Since it is only my second pear collage and I stuck the numeral 2 in its midsection, it had to have that designation.  A furniture leg is its stem and I really like the sneaky way a tater tot appeared below the numeral, food is food, right? I've posted the first pear below here.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Here is Happy Pear 8.5x7 torn paper collage on matboard done in October 2012 that is now gone to a collector.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2012 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wild Cat Eyes

6x18 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Arches paper of a wild leopard's piercing eyes.  This work is SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2014.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sophie - Yorkie Puppy

5.5x8 watercolor with Micron 01 pen sketch on Strathmore Visual Journal for watercolor 140 lb cold press. I drew this Yorkshire terrier puppy of Cheryl Joy's yesterday while we drove to Midland, then painted her today quickly.  When I photographed her, she tilted her head back and I thought it was a cute pose.  She is the main watchdog at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring, TX.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shy Thai Girl

8.5x5.75 gouache, ink, Caran D'Ache on Color Sketch paper done yesterday as part of a weekend drawing event on  Host Joel Loren provided 16 photo references to use and we had only 2 hours to select, draw and paint our choice then post it on the All Media Art Events forum there.  Joel is from the Phillipines and took many photos from a trip to Thailand.  This little girl was trying to hide behind ribbon streamers during a church event.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Two Apples

12x9 watercolor with colored pencil color sanded into the wet washes, a simple still life of fruit I wanted to paint before they got too ripe.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pink Anemones Windflowers

9x12 watercolor drawn with my brush (no pencil) of fresh anemone blooms, commonly known as windflowers.  This grouping was painted with Daniel Smith pigments on 140 lb Canson cold press paper and finished yesterday.  A new color, Blue Bice, by American Journey and sold by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, is the soft turquoise seen in the background of this imaginary garden scene.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mr. Stripes kitty

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash on Masters paper painted last week while in the mountains.  Mr. Stripes had the Siamese blue eyes but the alley cat's lined fur, a really handsome fellow, always ready for mischief.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seagull - First Art Abandonment

 4 x 5.25 mixed media collage on matboard done yesterday in preparation for abandoning it today.  Media used:  Watercolor, gouache, oil pastels, cocktail napkins, acrylic white paint on tissue, India ink and drawn with Pigma Micron 01 pen.  After reading The Art Abandonment Project (NorthLight Books) by Michael deMeng this past week, I just had to join the hundreds of thousands of artists who make an item then leave it in a public place, photograph it, and hope the artwork will cheer some soul.  Just after leaving the seagull in clear plastic ziplock bag in this Big Spring store, I saw one of the cashiers whom I recognized from our country club's kitchen.  She said she had to take a second job as the club cut her hours.  So I'm hoping she walks to the back chip section and sees the tag saying A Gift for You and opens the little present from me.  See below. Also known as "guerilla art", this project is worldwide, even in Antarctica, and has its own Facebook page of same name, Art Abandonment.  Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rabbit Watch - Happy Easter!

6x6 watercolor and ink on Masters paper done a few days ago while in the mountains of New Mexico.  This bunny is saying to all of you "Happy Easter!"
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pansies, Violas and Spade

5x7.5 watercolor floral still life vignette featuring a tiny clay pot of violas and/or pansies and an old gardening standby tool, the spade.  I painted this a few days ago while in the mountains on my Moleskine wc book, wishing warmer weather and rain would come for planting.  My old spade has seen brighter days but still gives its all while repotting or dividing plants.  The new plastic coated spade is just not the same.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


5.5x8 watercolor of fresh spring daffodils painted yesterday while in the mountains of New Mexico.  The bottom leaves are negatively painted by first applying a light value wash, letting dry, then using darker values, paint around stems and leaf shapes.  This was a challenge on for the Weekend Drawing Event.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


30x22 watercolor of a large toucan bird happily sitting on his tree branch, painted on 140 lb cold press paper.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith

Friday, April 11, 2014

Juicy Pears

15x22.5 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper painted without any references in a loose, colorful, splashy style, three pears lined up, ripe for eating or cooking.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feline Friends Feasting

6x6 watercolor and ink of two long haired tabby Maine coons, two friends eating catfood side by side till it is all gone.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April Anemones

12x18 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper of multicolored imaginary anemones swaying in the April breeze. I completed this new work yesterday after starting as a Monday class demo.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.