Thursday, March 26, 2015

Proud Peacock

4.25x5.5 mixed media (Tombow black brush pen, watercolor, and Caran D'Ache watersoluble wax crayons) done yesterday on another magazine card.  Yes, another bird.  I can't stop.  A cardinal series begins tomorrow which will be interesting for all of you bird watchers out there.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Hummingbird

6x9 mixed media (watercolor, acrylic, ink, colored pencils) on 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago.  Using two fern leaves from my kitchen hanging basket, I carefully drew their shapes over paint marks made with acrylics and watercolor.  Those looked lonely without a bird so I put in a hummer half hidden and looking towards the letters spelling Spring.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Not Yet Easter, Bunny

11x8.5 watercolor and ink line done this past weekend in my Strathmore Journal for mixed media; painted wet on dry with large round brush and colors allowed to mix and run.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Condo Pine and Crow - plein air

11x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Strathmore journal for mixed media, 90 lb.  Sketched with Micron 01 pen on Saturday late afternoon on upper deck of condo in the New Mexico mountains.  Crows were out flying with their loud caw-caw cries as it was warming up in this plein air piece.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Earrings Sketches

5.5x8 ballpoint pen ink on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media done at end of February during Sketchbook Skool assignment.  The instructions were to draw with a pen a collection you have and I do have lots of different earrings.  I drew them life size.  The bottom left wooden one has a giraffe handpainted on and was brought to me as a souvenir from South Africa.  The owl is the newest and Brighton scalloped hoop one of my oldest as is the heart bottom center.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sleepy Calico kitty

4x6 watercolor on a magazine insert card done recently of a sweet calico asleep on her blue blanket.  I tried to use transparent orange and turquoise blue as these are the colors seen most often in New Mexico.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lookout Gull

12x6 watercolor done last week, brush only, so no pencil drawing or sketch first.  This fellow was from one of my Indian Rocks Beach photos taken in August last year.  I used a fairly limited palette of raw umber, UB, Coastal Fog, and indigo.  Support used:  Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nesting Hummingbirds

4.25x7 watercolor on paper done today, an imaginary set of three hummers in their nest looking for signs of Spring.  This is painted on a magazine insert card for Birds & Blooms.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Yellow Warbler

5x7.5 watercolor on Moleskine sketchbook for watercolor done today.  I have been seeing these small songbirds and hearing their sounds in our backyard trees and suppose they are searching for bugs.  Hopefully more bird varieties will come when my new feeder is put out.  Only 2 days till Spring!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pink Bicycle and Hydrangeas

5x7.5 watercolor over pencil drawing on Moleskine sketchbook for watercolor done today.  I had a very short time for art and it rained all day so this small size gets us ready for Spring on Friday.  Modeled after garden bikes seen in Houston I painted this one pink and made up the blue, pink, and lavender hydrangeas in its basket.  Splattering was done when dry.  The hot orange tiny colored bits are floating petals as Nature is singing.  I did put a hummingbird in but he was lost with so much else going on so he was taken out.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Thaw

8x5.5 watercolor pencils and watercolor on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media drawn and painted today.  For our Facebook 20 Birds in 20 Days challenge I added 3 birds in the still cold sky in this small landscape.  This scene is featured on WetCanvas currently as adapted from trees and shadows courtesy Angie.  Bare trees with their skinny shadows crisscross and zigzag along melting snow and emerging green grass for Spring is but a few days away.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lin's Parrot

11x15 watercolor done today; this is Lin Goodwin's parrot.  Drawn with watercolor pencils on Canson 140 lb cold press paper this fellow was fun and so colorful.  This military macaw is featured on Animal & Wildlife forum on WetCanvas this month and we will reveal our work on Friday.  I'll also put it on Facebook in the 20 Birds in 20 Days challenge.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bird Neighborhood

15x11 watercolor, brush only, on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today, another total imaginary scene.  The faded pink birdhouse is from one of my travels as are the goldfinch, hummingbird, and blackcapped chickadee inside.  Foliage and picket fence also are made up so hope the bird neighborhood is believable.  I do think my hummer is too large but it will have to do for now.  These three birds are anticipating Spring!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pig-Hunting Dogs

6x8.5 Tombow brush pens in black and burnt sienna plus watercolor; black nib tip used to sketch entire scene on ColorSketch pale pink paper. All done today using no pencil first.  Photo ref courtesy Angie in Georgia who is this weekend's host on WetCanvas.  We had 2 hours to select a subject and paint or draw to completion. These dogs love to hunt wild pigs.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Greek Fisherman

8.5x6 ink contour line drawing on Color Sketch tinted paper done last month, another Greek-themed work.  With this WetCanvas challenge photo courtesy of Athena, we were to do a continuous contour line, which means you start at a spot and never lift up your pen.  I used Micron 01 by Sakura.  This old man of the sea's name is George and he owns a fish restaurant there where the catch of the day is the special.  I had planned to add color but several other artists talked me out of it.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.