Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thai Dyed Woman

30x22 mixed media painting on 140 lb paper that is one of my reworked pieces.  This used to be a horizontal Santa Claus face in acrylics and wax crayon that was pretty bad so I turned it vertically and sketched with black ink a Thai woman profile.  Using artist's acrylics, ink, watercolor, and gouache along with latex acrylics put in colors of her costume.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jefferson Porch

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb Arches cold press paper painted wet in wet of a porch scene in Jefferson, TX, a quaint small town so full of charm.  I used a paper stamp/stencil for the wicker marks.  As one of my favorites this image is on my blog header.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lace Cap Hydrangeas

15x22 watercolor on gessoed 140 lb cold press paper, a close up macro view of blue lace cap hydrangeas.  This floral was a demo during a workshop and is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2016.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Owl Flying ~ day 21 of 30 in 30 challenge

5.5x8.5 watercolor and watercolor pencils on Bienfang mixed media sketchbook that is today's work.  In this wildlife nature scene I've cropped the bottom of his wings in order to showcase his face and trees behind.  A mix of Coastal Fog, burnt sienna, and ultramarine make the neutral sky color on an overcast day.  It is day 21 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September Sunflower ~ alcohol inks on Yupo

7x11 alcohol inks on Yupo done tonight as a demo for Big Spring Art Association and also for day #20 with Leslie Saeta 30 day challenge.  Beginning with yellow dropped onto alcohol prepped Yupo, quickly added magenta then red.  When about dry, blue was put in for the third primary color, resulting in green.  The group seemed to enjoy seeing new products used to create art.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jackdaw ~ Day 19 of the 30 in 30 Challenge

5x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper that is today's work, day #19 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
The jackdaw will be also posted tomorrow on WetCanvas Animal & Wildlife forum for September as hosted by Triduana.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Purple Collar Cat

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done last week.  Using no color reference I attempted to paint my grey tabby cat Chuy.  This was done very quickly with a large #28 round brush and a smaller #10 for his yellow green eyes, nose a other details.  The splatter when finished actually dropped a heart shape in red on the metal heart on the purple collar.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Urban Pigeon ~ alcohol ink

7.75x8.5 alcohol ink in black on foamcore with white gel pen pigeon sketch done today.  This is the same bird used yesterday.  Already I had splattered the ink and spritzed with alcohol to make it run, just experimenting with black on white, and thought the large drip blob lower left looked like bird droppings.  It is interesting to see the colors within black ink as it separated out, some blues and reds in there.  Definitely an urban feel to this bird painting.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Posh Pigeon

5.5x9 watercolor and ink (Micron 01) on Canson wc paper done today.  This is paper I put under larger works to catch marks and lines and I thought it suited the pigeon's ratty and nasty scavenger personality.  I've posted it on WetCanvas weekend drawing event.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pippa ~ dog pet portrait

5.5x8 Magic pencils (CPs) and watercolor on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media, done today.  Pippa is the half Jack Russell half fox terrier pet dog of fellow artist Vivien in New Zealand.  I hope Viv likes how I did her pet portrait! Magic pencils are multileaded colored pencils that are fun to use and are not watersoluble.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Firestorm ~ alcohol ink abstract

4x6 alcohol inks on professonal high gloss photo paper done today with repeated applications of the Jacquard Pinata inks.  With alcohol 50% spritzed and dropped on the surface the initial magenta and blue mixed to form a dark purple.  I've let it remain in upper right corner while washing away most of the other abstract pattern as it was too dark.  Some areas simply coagulated then floated off the very slick paper, which are the lights seen.  In those, I dropped yellow then blew the color around with a drinking straw.  Also I used a plastic dropper for finer alcohol spots.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Frilly Poppy ~ alcohol inks

7.5x5.75 alcohol inks on gessoed matboard, another experiment with inks on a different support.  First I dribbled a line of rubbing alcohol 50% vertically for the stem then put lime green ink at tip of chopstick to control the flow.  Next I "drew" left side of poppy petals with spray mister stem, taken out of its bottle, dipping back and forth to provide a path for the inks.  Using Sangria, Magenta, and Santa Fe reds along with small amount of  Sunbright yellow I dotted the inside of the flower.  Also used a plastic dropper to put in tiny amounts of alcohol here and there.  The inks dry very fast so lastly I used sapphire blue, a dark hue, for the poppy centre.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 12, 2016

French Village Street

8x6 watercolor and ink on paper in my new Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook.  The townscape is a scene featured on the current weekend drawing event on WetCanvas in which participants have 2 hours to select an image (courtesy of shadoe) then paint it.  I've added two figures lower right walking into the composition versus the original reference that had a person walking out.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Faux Batik Bird in Alcohol Inks

11x8.5 alcohol inks on wax paper done today; drew the sparrow yesterday with black Sharpie and Micron 05 pens. After tearing a sheet of wax paper I crumpled it up, smoothed out, then crumpled again. The ink didn't spread as rapidly as it has done on slick surfaces so it was easier to manage. To paint it I put a white sheet of wc paper behind so it could be seen.  Below are the few supplies needed for this simple batik-appearing work.  My original sketch was placed under wax paper to trace again.  Also used a wooden chopstick laid on its side to spread inks.  A white gel pen used around the sparrow's eye.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.


SUPPLIES:  Wax paper, black Sharpie fine point, Micron 05 pen, white backing sheet 8.5x11.  (Not shown:  Pinata inks.  I used Lime Green, Rainforest Green, Sapphire Blue, White, Black, Burro Brown, Yellow, Grey)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Abstract Leaves ~ alcohol inks on Yupo

7x11 alcohol inks on Yupo done a few days ago, another experiment using Pinata brand inks.  Yupo is a synthetic plastic paper invented by the Japanese first introduced to the printing world and marketed as Kimdura.  Many artists including myself have used it for years, preferring its main attibute of slick surface texture to that of traditional cotton paper for watermedia.  Easy to erase mistakes with all media used on it, including the inks, but ink dries very quickly.  With this I used two greens, one yellow, and dark blue.  Dots of magenta were put in last for contrast amongst the leaf shapes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.