Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July Watermelon - Ready for a Picnic!

9x12 watercolor still life I set up then photographed of a ripe red one on white paper plates complete with spoon, salt and pepper although we never use seasoning.  All is sitting on lightweight bamboo lap tray.  In the photo, I had a newspaper with July 4th ads showing underneath, but when painting today decided to eliminate text and just put in dark blue lines.  Maybe now it is a tablecloth! I cut this melon up and served with balsamic vinegar/blood orange sprinkled with feta cheese.  Note the melon's reflections in the silver spoon.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yellow Daisy

6x6 watercolor done a few days ago, my last sheet in Masters sketchbook #2.  The first book was a gift from friend and fellow artist Leada Wood.  It had 80 pages I painted on as did this one for a total of 160 images.  Most were done daily.  Some were drawings or sketches while others were ink line, mixed media, dry media or watermedia.  Lots of them have sold and make nice small works to frame and put in that little spot where you need 'something' to go.  But alas! I have bought another Masters from Hobby Lobby so will commence to opening it and drawing something interesting.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mason Jar Poppies - ACEO

3.5x2.5 watercolor and ink line using Pigma Micron 01 pen and Daniel Smith paints on 140 lb cold press paper.  This was drawn a few days ago and painted yesterday.  Who doesn't love old canning jars with a few blooms inside? This is an art card, or ACEO (artist cards, editions & originals) miniature painting.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunflower Bucket

18x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, painted a few days ago.  This is a combination of more than one of my photos and the use of old metal bucket obtained at hubby's family reunion.  The dark background and sunny splash of yellow on the bucket front was done on impulse to see if it worked.  I used a direct painting method wet on dry.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bear Attack

8.75x11.5 watercolor on matboard drawn and painted today for another monthly WetCanvas challenge in the animal and wildlife forum.  I did not use any color reference, only black and white and made up the background.  In the foreground is a dead tree the bear is searching around.  Photo courtesy lisilk/WetCanvas.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Strawberries - ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor miniature of fresh berries, drawn from life on a white napkin with green flowers.  This art card or ACEO as they are also called, has watersoluble colored pencil sanded into the wet areas for texture and interest.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Raven

8x5 watercolor on Winsor Newton Cotman paper done this last weekend while out of state, another weekend timed drawing event.  Photo ref courtesy EP/WetCanvas.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flying Pelican

9x12 watercolor painted this past weekend while in the mountains on 140 lb cold press paper for a recent online image challenge; photo courtesy WetCanvas/Jess Shippee.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Geraniums

8x5 watercolor on Winsor Newton Cotman paper 140 lb cold press; Daniel Smith paints, done Saturday from life.  With this loose red geranium one could get caught up in what is a quintessential summer annual.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sit for a Spell Adirondack Chair

 6x6 watercolor and ink line on Masters paper done today with Pigma Micron 01 pen; a comfy spot to sit and enjoy summer!
Ink sketch done last week on a day that I didn't have enough time to do anything substantive, an imaginary Adirondack chair scene, about 3x5 on notepad.
Images COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stock Market Longhorns

15x22 watercolor on cold press paper 140 lb, painted as a demo in 2010 for the Snyder Texas art group.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2010 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Flamingo in the Grass

Now no one loves to paint these colorful tropical birds more than I do. It is a thrill when visiting Las Vegas to go by the Flamingo Hilton to the back of the hotel and watch them for hours around their koi pond, preening themselves as if performing in one of the stage shows. This painting is mixed media (colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics) on 8x11 gessoed matboard. It was a timed exercise that took 5 minutes to draw and 55 to paint. Blades of grass were scratched out in semi-dry paint using bevel end of my 1" sable flat brush.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2010.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hold Your Horses

9x12 black Tombow pen ink sketch done previously. This is on Bristol board 100 lb, regular surface, using no pencil. I start with black areas first and when all are sketched, I use a #1 script liner brush with water to make grey areas; white of the paper is left as is. This work was done in 2 hours and later I painted a half sheet watercolor, a color version, of the two dappled grey draft horses.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2013.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Backwoods Bluejay

5x7 watercolor on cold press 140 lb paper of a backwoods bird enjoying its environment.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2010.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Carnation Carnival

11x15 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper, done from a black & white photo (no color reference).  First I spritzed limited palette colors of arylide yellow, cobalt blue, and permanent rose on dry paper.  When that dried I then began pushing warm high key colors that reminded me of sherbet.  The plain ordinary carnation is my birthday flower and it usually plays second fiddle to the rose or other more stately varieties with reputations.  This is a repost from 12/9/10 and is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.