Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Clint Eastwood as the Outlaw Josey Wales

5.25x8.25 charcoal sketch today on junk journal page that had been gessoed.  I used Distress Ink spray by Tim Holtz mixed with water and a large brush to weather the page.  This is another in my outlaw series of notorious wild west guys whether in movies or real life.  As Clint Eastwood has been an idol of mine since watching him portray Rowdy Yates in Rawhide and seeing all his movies, he was the natural favorite choice.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tiptoe thru the Tulips

14x8 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago for an online WetCanvas challenge. Participants are given 10 images and are to select one to draw then paint in 2 hours. I cropped the ref photo courtesy Christine and added my own pink colors and leaves rendering the garden loosely.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Miniature Blackeyed Susans ACEO

 3.5x2.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Fluid paper recently done as I was in the mood for happy blackeyed Susans or rudbeckias in a miniature format.  Commonly known as artist trading cards, or ACEO (artist cards editions & originals) these tiny treasures are fun to paint and to trade or to sell.  The image below is its normal size in perspective.
Image as it appears in real time.  COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.  Email:  1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal @ $25.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vintage Christmas Tree Truck

8.75x6.75 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done today of an imaginary red vintage truck hauling a Christmas tree home.  The old truck is decorated with a large evergreen wreath and bow while the scene has a backdrop of snow covered pines.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Classy Santa in junk journal

8.25x5.25 another image done yesterday in my junk/grunge journal. He's a classy Santa in his black trimmed suit. I sketched in hard charcoal pencil over gesso, then added acrylics and three snowflakes collage.  Also I used peach marker for skin tones and watercolor for eyes. Colors should do well to spiff up the old 1959 discarded book I'm using for a journal. Image courtesy Li Newton/WetCanvas in a weekend drawing event. Participants have 2 hours to select an image and paint or sketch it.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Tree Truck

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook done today of an old pickup truck hauling a cut evergreen Christmas tree.  The tree has been strung with large colored old fashioned light bulbs and is on its way to help celebrate the season.
COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017      Email:   1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal or to enable for prints via ArtSpan website www.kaysmith.artspan.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Li's Cardinal

4.5x6 watercolor on Bristol 400 series paper completed for the current weekend drawing event on WetCanvas.com (photo courtesy of host Li Newton).  I've winterized the scene instead of how it was and added snowflakes with white gouache when dry.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

One-eyed Outlaw in Grunge Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage portrait sketch of Cole Younger (1844-1916) in my grunge junk journal.  Sketched in hard charcoal pencil and black felt tip pen, on other areas I used colored pencils, marker (flesh tones), pencil, on tea stained old book page.  He was one of the Younger brothers gang who teamed up with the James brothers to rob banks and trains and spread murderous violence right after the Civil War.  Even though he's been dead 101 years it has not been that long ago as my grandmother was 12 years old in 1916.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017


9x6 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done last weekend in a portrait exchange challenge on WetCanvas.  You and your partner you are paired with send photos, select one, and have it completed before Christmas.  Harry lives in the UK and is an excellent artist so hope he approves this likeness.
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Heavy Snow

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper done yesterday on Dec. 1st, a mild partly sunny day here.  This is using a brush only, no pencil drawing based on a snow scene reference courtesy of Jenna.  It is one of the images featured on December challenge on WetCanvas in the Southwest/Western forum.
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith     Email:   1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal      Cost:  $175

Friday, December 1, 2017

Poppy Pouf

7x5 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done yesterday, an exercise with reds and greens.  I used Poppyfield and Lemonade for the poppy bloom and Lettuce for the greenery.  Greens were applied with a drop of ink on a chopstick tip.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tall in the Saddle

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done several years ago of my husband's grandfather H.N. Zant.  This work was painted from a small photograph and was SOLD to one of his sons.  I would like to see if it can be utilized to make prints.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


6x4 alcohol inks on professional glossy photo paper done the day before Thanksgiving, just a quick Indigo, pink, and two greens mixed making an abstract floral.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Soft Pink Purple Flower

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done a few days ago using only two colors:  Eggplant and Shell Pink.  Stem was etched in using a chopstick with a dot of Lettuce green on the tip.  Canned air used to push the pigmented alcohol upwards from the flower base.  (*NOTE ~ I will be giving a one day ink class Jan. 20 in Big Spring and another tentative date of Feb.3, 2018.)
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith        Email:   1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal     Cost:  $85

Monday, November 27, 2017

Longhorn Herd

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished today after a weekend drawing event challenge on WetCanvas.  Host is Susan; ref courtesy her brother Wm. T. Smith.  Since I love painting longhorns this was a pleasure.  Participants have 2 hours to select and finish a work.  The image is uploaded to my website now and is enabled for prints on demand or purchase as seen here.
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith                        Email:   1971ks@att.net                            Cost:  $200
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