Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hanging Baskets

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done from photos of greenhouse hanging floral baskets.  I need some more of these so this painting came to mind.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Strawberry Bowl

11x14 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Kilimanjaro paper completed today, a fruit berry still life with an old placemat in the background.  It reminds me of the ocean and strawberries remind me of summer, which will be here next month!
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Klimtified Birdbath

10.25x9 watercolor pencils on sketchbook paper done awhile back but not completed yet.  Using an ordinary birdbath as a diagonal theme, I perched a black bird on it and surrounded with larger than life flowering weeds to repeat the birdbath design.  In the abstract areas I used turquoise blue and green for cool accents, while purple and pink are seen as shadows in the flowerheads.  This is in the style of Gustav Klimt.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2016.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ripest Cherries

10.25x9 watercolor and ink on sketchbook paper done today.  Using a Micron 01 pen I sketched the cherry fruit outlines and stems.  I could not find my tube of Daniel Smith thalo blue green or turquoise so mixed thalo blue with green to get this hue for a complementary color scheme.  Reds are:  Grumbacher red, transparent pyrrol orange, permanent rose, alizarin crimson, quinacridone violet, carbazole violet, then indigo.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Shoppers

15x22 gouache on hot press paper 140 lb, an exercise in painting female figures with all their heads on the same plane.  This was using only one model so I've made them all different as far as dress and hairstyles.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Old Greek Doors

10.25 x9 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on paper done today for a timed WetCanvas event.  In the weekend drawing event, participants have 2 hours to choose 1 image out of 16 the host provides and then paint it.  Oty lives in Greece so she always has interesting subjects, and says this old building with its wrought iron and glass wood doors would be too costly to renovate so they lock and chain these old historic relics for better economic times.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dog in a Cap

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink on Bienfang mixed media sketchbook done yesterday as part of a WetCanvas animal/wildlife challenge.  This was done in about 45 minutes.  Its name is Sandy and belonged to another artist.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dizzy Poppies

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary red poppy garden scene done yesterday on a rainy dark day.  I was experimenting on a new brand of paper bought at Michael's and used Daniel Smith colors of quinacridone coral, permanent rose, quinacridone violet, indigo, quinacridone gold/burnt orange, Prussian blue & ultramarine, transparent pyrrol orange, green gold; Da Vinci arylide yellow, alizarin crimson; Grumbacher red; American Journey Halloween orange.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Daisy Pail

15x11 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper of shasta daisies and red gerbera daisies in a green pail painted yesterday, an imaginary spring floral.  As it was a gloomy day the colors were perfect to imagine it was sunny and that all these daisies were blooming outside.  Daniel Smith pigments used were quinacridone coral, permanent rose, quinacridone magenta, indigo, green gold, Prussian blue.
Image COPYRIGHT 2106 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dewi's Pomegranates

9x12 watercolor on Canson XL 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend.  These red pomegranates appear more dark toned in the original but show an orange tint on camera.  Still life set up was featured on WetCanvas weekend drawing event where Dewi is host and was painted within 2 hour time limit.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tow Truck

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink on Bienfang sketchbook for mixed media completed this weekend.  As part of a timed WetCanvas exercise participants had only 2 hours to choose, draw, then paint their reference.  I used Micron 01 pen to draw.  This old tow truck is probably from the 1940-1950s era.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beach Beauty

12x9 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this week for another Sketchbook Skool assignment in the Polishing series of lessons with Nelleke Verhoeff instructor.  In this figure I've used cutout triangle for bikini bottom, striped bikini bra, eyes of a magazine model and hair cut from dark grey tile advertisement.  Watercolor used for ocean or sea behind and sandy beach.  Lots of different combinations can be created from use of ink line, watercolor, and collage elements.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wagamama kitty

7.5x11 watercolor cat pet portrait of a black female named Wagamama who belongs to another artist.  She likes to curl up in the bathroom sink and dares anyone to ask her to move.  This is painted on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper with Daniel Smith pigments.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Angelic Church

22x15 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, the interior of an English church so grand with its stained glass design and velvet furnishings under a vaulted ceiling.  Note the angels within the front.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cat Problems

8.5x5.5 mixed media collage on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook done this week for a Sketchbook Skool assignment in the Polishing lesson.  Instructions were to use part of a figure, item of clothing, or animal along with sketching in ink and adding watercolor or other media.  Here I used watercolor pencils, Uniball pen, and cutout green tee shirt on the woman and parts of cat bodies.  A fun exercise that can take your imagination and creativity to new heights.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.