Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yellow Umbrella

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on paper done recently for our monthly Watermedia forum challenge on WetCanvas.  This beach scene is a composition using two different photos supplied by host Valri Ary. The couple was in another scene.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, January 26, 2015

In the Pink

30x22 mixed media on Lana 140 lb hot press paper, an imaginary figure done from an earlier sketch.  For this I used ink, watercolor, and acrylic and finished yesterday.  It is one I kept working on until finally it clicked; I had a mulitcolored and patterned background that was competing with the costume so just painted over it all again in white acrylic.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dove in ink

9x10.25 ink line and gouache sketch done today to repeat yesterday's Sketchbook Skool assignment as I did not do the lesson right or so I thought.  I used an antique concrete dove, one of two mourning doves I've had for many years, and quickly did its outline in pale tan gouache.  When dry, a more precise wide black ink line was done with a marker, then with a ultrafine tip Sharpie pen put in the details.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

French Bench

9x12 gouache, markers, and watercolor on Cheap Joe's sketchbook done today for Sketchbook Skool assignment in "Seeing".  It was a fast and slow exercise.  This view is the AFTER version.

BEFORE version with only one gouache color and two markers.  I made my gouache lines too wide so lifted out that and painted in watercolor the local colors of the antique French bench.

Images are COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bagel Chips

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink on Masters; Micron 01 pen used.  This was drawn from life, the garlic flavored sliced bagel chips instead of toast for the first Sketchbook Skool assignment in "Seeing". I did not have a toaster at the studio nor bread so these had to be the art for today.  As it is my birthday I could draw what I wanted then eat the models.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Coastal Cold

11x17.5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, brush only, done this afternoon, a coastal winter scene.  A partially frozen waterway can be seen mid-ground while distant and foreground snow is evident. This painting is included in this month's Landscape challenge by Wendy/WetCanvas.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tea Kettle and Black Tea

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 pen on Masters sketchbook featuring shiny metal tea kettle done today.  The black tea package and teabag are drawn from life today also, same size as they really are. I like the logo Farmer's has for their Sierra brand black tea and a spot of tea is just the thing for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Humming Along

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters paper done today, an Anna's hummingbird nesting close to cherry blossoms with thoughts of spring...not yet! Too soon, but let's think of it anyway.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sparrow Secrets

11x15 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper drawn and painted yesterday.  A neutral background wash was applied after the bird was painted wet on dry.  Weeds and grasses were done when bg dried.  Lastly splattering in foreground with two oranges, one transparent pyrrol and the other Halloween orange, an opaque was put on as a finishing touch for this nature scene of a white crowned sparrow.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Studio Cat Studies

8.5x5.5 mixed media collage on paper completed yesterday of Jezebel, my studio cat.  The upper left area is a small square of her bathing, a quick outline using new Lamy Safari ink pen, just a gesture sketch really. The paper was used underneath different sketchbooks to prevent paint overruns.  It was too cute to throw away so collage was done, then an ink outline using Micron 01 pen of Jez sitting on kitchen table. You can see my drafting table to the left of her head and the green chair back under her chin.  Studio walls are a dull green. She was born in 2000 so will be 15 this year, still alert and active but very thin and sleeps more. Media used were watercolor, inks, and collage on Masters Sketchbook.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Old State National Bank

12x9 watercolor/ink/collage on paper done today as part of a Facebook challenge to do a virtual sketchcrawl.  It was a much warmer day here in west Texas so I ventured downtown to the old State National Bank building who now loans its impressive architecture to pigeons instead of money to people. Drawn with Lamy Safari pen/grey Noodler's ink on Cheap Joe's sketchbook. Look closely and you can see one of those fake checks I turned over and adhered with matte medium...how appropriate. They come in the mail for thousands of dollars if you'll only endorse and cash for your business needs.  I've always loved the old building and its cement trim and dimly remember when it was open so many years ago on Main Street in Big Spring.  Walk north several feet and you'll be in the Railroad Plaza where Linda Rupard and I had our first studios.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Country Barn in Snow

12x6 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done as today's work. An imaginary scene leads the viewer into the vertical composition up a slight hill to the old deserted barn covered in nature's white blanket.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Owl Outlook

8.5x5 watercolor done today with pencil drawing on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media as I thought I might add colored pencils or ink, but didn't need them.  Be wise, as this short-eared owl is, and always be prepared to use other media to get your point across if needed.
COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Martini Time

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on paper that is today's work, a small still life bar drink scene complete with olives, cocktail napkin, and colorful shapes in the background.  Now it has been maybe 30 years since I had a martini but with a birthday coming up on the 23rd I just might.  For old times sake.  For art's sake.  For just being old's sake, lol!
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

East Texas Foggy Landscape

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Daler Rowney paper done today from a few photos my friend Carole in east TX sent.  They are having foggy, cold days also.  Of course my version has more color than the actual foliage, trees, weeds, water and marshy areas.  The only real true to life depiction is the grey murky sky.  There's a small amount of negative painting as well in this rural winter landscape.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.