Friday, July 29, 2016

Spotted Longhorn

5x8 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on paper sketched yesterday and painted today from seeing these Texas icons grazing in nearby grassland.  This one with his black and white markings was exciting to do.  When dry I splattered the same mixed black of alizarin crimson + thalo green for tinier spots on his hide.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sunny New Mexico Day

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over last weekend while in New Mexico.  The red tile roof of the house caught my eye; temp was 91 degrees and the sun beat down on the top of crepe myrtles, hollyhocks, and other plants.  Its gate was a faded red as well.  When dry I splattered periwinkle blue in the foreground.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lupines Bluebonnets

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook paper done over the weekend.  As Texas state flower, the bluebonnet or lupine stands proud and tall in the state it calls home.  In various hues of blue-purple and red-purple, the multifaceted plant can be seen as a sea of blue across the mid-state hill country in the spring.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jackrabbit Watch

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon in a vignette.  Loosely painted, this guardian of the grasslands watches out for any other wild animal that might prey upon him.  I saw this fellow last week when visiting my mother.  Various native flora surround the jackrabbit enabling him to easily and quickly hide from predators such as the lowly coyote.  These rabbits blend into the landscape and they are difficult to see until they move and catch your eye.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bee on Blackeyed Susan

13.5x5 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders Waterford paper done today.  Using a scrap from a failed painting I turned it over and sketched the rudbeckias, or blackeyed Susans, and bee for this quickie demo for class.  Not sure what to do with the background I began at the top with a 1" flat sable brush and using Blue Bice and Periwinkle (American Journey brand sold by Cheap Joe's).  As I went along I added blues thalo, ultramarine, and manganese and thalo green.  Yellows:  Aureolin, quinacridone gold, new gamboge, Halloween orange, quinacridone burnt orange.  Dark centers are quin burnt orange, ultramarine, and indigo.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Porch Bird

12x9 mixed media collage on Bristol paper completed last weekend.  The sparrow shape was sketched on a Birds & Blooms magazine card then cut out and adhered to a previous value sketch in black done with Tombow brush pen.  Color added using Montana acrylic markers.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ladybug

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on paper, a close up macro view of such a tiny but important insect.  With Pigma Micron 01 pen I sketched the bug's outline then filled in details followed by watercolor.  I enjoy painting using complementary colored compositions such as red and green.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Heron Profile

9x10.25 mixed media on paper from some of the Florida bird photos taken on the last trip in 2014.  Using Pigma Micron 01 pen I sketched the bird's profile.  Watercolor added next with white Montana marker used on its feathers.  Background was dark blue purple marker overlaid with mixed gouache of blues, greens, and violets.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Polar Opposites WIP done

7x10 mixed media work in progress finished that was done on back of a card sent to us for our anniversary.  Round stencils with two types white acrylic paint were stamped over text and card heart design.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Polar Opposites card sketch WIP

7x10 ink on the back of an anniversary greeting card using Pigma Micron 01 pen.  The colors in the polar bear are similar to the WetCanvas! reference we used in the Animal & Wildlife forum/courtesy Lin.  Stay tuned for the mixed media piece that will be posted tomorrow when this work in progress is done.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bronze Horse and Bamboo

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook paper done the second weekend in the month in response to a WetCanvas! challenge.  In this still life I loved the quirky bronze horse nestled against a white ceramic vase of bamboo; both reminded me of Eastern influences.  The embroidered gold and white cloth they're setting on was a nice classy touch on a wooden table.  This was done in about an hour.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Soupbowl on Blue Gingham

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook paper done recently for our Watermedia monthly challenge on WetCanvas! where photos are posted and participants choose what they want to paint.  Choices are then posted throughout the month.  I love gingham as it reminds me of the country and simpler times.
(Photo courtesy Morguefile).
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tulip Spray

15x22 watercolor on Yupo of a spray of fresh tulips, totally imaginary, painted on a trip to Taos NM.  Look closely to see if you can find a nude woman.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fashionista Fun

12x5 mixed media collage on gessoed matboard done today, part of my woman series.  I began these figures in 2008 that you can see HERE and they quickly were snapped up.
With a charcoal pencil I lightly sketched the woman's shape then put in her dark hair also with charcoal.  Diagonal lines of the buildings were next.  Watercolor was the main media and collage provided the detailed pattern on the white dress.  Her eyes were intentionally left out of the composition.  Manganese blue is the sky.  Some areas were lifted out and repainted which is easy on any support that has had gesso (white acrylic) applied.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Posies

8.5x5.5 India inks/Micron 01 pen on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook begun yesterday and finished today.  These watermedia flowers could be poppies, roses, or tulips hence the posies title.  I only used blue, yellow and red inks and mixed the green using blue and yellow.  Not too bad for a 20 minute imaginary exercise.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.