Thursday, January 19, 2017

Zebra Zone ~ day 19 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

5.5x7 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper that is today's daily painting for Leslie Saeta's challenge.  Twice a year her blog hosts any artists wanting to pledge to paint one work per day.  Sometimes I do more than one to stay ahead.  The zebra here is being also featured on WetCanvas animal challenge for January hosted by Virginie.  Dark stripes a mix of ultramarine blue and quinacridone burnt sienna, and background was changed from the green foliage to earthy browns and rusty oranges.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

White Cow ~ day 18 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

15x22 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper completed for day 18 of Leslie Saeta's biannual challenge in which participating artists paint one painting per day for a month.  The background is left the white of the paper so the white cow will be more prominent. 
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Angus ~ day 17 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

11x15 watercolor of an angus calf in his pen.  This is a direct approach of laying down colors fairly wetly and letting them blend within the animal while fence and poles are mostly dry brush.  Background however, is wet into wet.  I am doing quite a lot of cows lately and thought this black fellow was too sweet to pass up for adding to the Leslie Saeta 30 day challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pomegranate Pieces ~ day 16 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook done for Leslie Saeta's 30 works in 30 days biannual challenge. I bought a pomegranate then opened it to spill the seeds.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Buffalo Gap Surprise ~ day 15 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

5x10 alcohol inks on white foamcore, one of three demos done yesterday for the Abilene Creative Arts Club, that met in Buffalo Gap TX.  This one will be featured for day 15 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days biannual challenge, and this work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Buffalo Gap Tulip demo ~ day 14 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

5x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper, today's first demo of three, for Abilene's Cultural Arts Center. The art organization meets in the old historic Buffalo Gap, Texas village.  This one is also day 14 of Leslie Saeta's 30 day challenge she hosts each January and September internationally.  With this abstract tulip I left the background the white of the paper.  A limited palette was used:  Watermelon, Sunbright Yellow, and Stream.  Stay tuned next couple of days for the other demo pieces and an upcoming all day class on alcohol inks is TBA in Ballinger, TX, hosted by Mid-West Texas Artists Guild.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Roses in a Blue and White Vase ~ day 13 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

10x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a quick roses still life I'm featuring for this 13th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 day challenge; almost halfway through!  The roses were grown at my studio and the vase is a small one I made look larger here for an imaginary floral.  Peace roses are a favorite due to their different colorations in each bloom.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sunflower Softness ~ day 12 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

11x12 watercolor on collaged paper sketched yesterday and painted today for the 12th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 days challenge.  From my photo it was easy to see where a bird had pecked out the upper top portion of its flowery feeding station.  Pale blue skies enhanced the softness of this bright sunflower and lifted the hearts of all who saw it.  Collage is white tissue paper gessoed to 140 lb paper.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Halloween Woman ~ day 11 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

8.5x6 ink using Sharpie fine point pen on ColorSketch pink tinted paper, an imaginary zendoodle face that is frightful for sure.  I call this scary one Halloween Woman and she is featured for this 11th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  If you see her around town, run!
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bare Branches Winter House ~ day 10 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

10x14 watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper that is featured for day 10 today on Leslie Saeta's 30 day challenge. Since mostly white snow against a white frame house the background and some modeling of the trees and windows was all that was necessary.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nuthatch in Tree ~ day 9 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook d rawn yesterday and painted today, which is day 9 of Leslie Saeta's challenge.  Artists participating pledge to post one painting per day the entire month with the 31st day allowing a compilation gallery post.  It has been awhile since featuring birds so I was anxious to finish it.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Trees or Flowers ~ day 8 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

4.75x8.75 alcohol inks on white freezer paper done for day 8 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge blog.  I had intended for these large yellow shapes to be flowers but they came out resembling trees more hence the title.  In this abstract landscape anything goes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Iron Lamp cityscape ~ day 7 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

5.75x8.5 mixed media on matboard using grey Pitt pen, black India ink, Montana markers, Carb Othello pastel charcoal pencil, white acrylic, and Staedtler pigment liner 0.3 done today.  As part of Leslie Saeta's biannual challenge I chose a cropped image of a cast iron lamp between two city buildings (photo courtesy Kay M/WetCanvas). 
Image COPYRIGHT 1-7-17 Kay Smith.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Daydreaming Cat ~ day 6 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

6x9 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper that is today's work for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  A semiannual international event has many people participating.  This is Chuy, my grey tabby who will turn 16 this year, and he is such a sweetheart.  Not many colors used with this:  Ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, quinacridone gold, and Payne's Grey.  A very small amount of carbazole violet used at the base of Chuy's ear.  After the background was put in I lightly pulled up some color with a rag while wet, then added quin gold to lighter areas on the cat's fur.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Spruced up for Winter ~ day 5 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

14x10 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper painted partly wet in wet in the snow and spruce tree areas.  I liked the round roof of the front porch of this old Victorian style home.  The cold grey skies add a bit of chill to the wintry scene.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.