Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mums in Japanese Vase

15x22 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper done a few years ago, a still life of yellow chrysanthemums in an antique Asian or Japanese vase.  The draping fabric in background is imaginary though.  The way I drew it the woman could be holding a mum in her hand.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bird Shadow

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on paper sketched from a figurine and made to look real like a sparrow.  Primary colors used for underpainting.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Coconut Jam

4.75x7 watercolor and ink (Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.3) on paper done a few weeks ago for a WetCanvas! online challenge.  Reference courtesy Richard Jules of Canada who hosted, and this trio of coconut vendors were in Barbados.  Look closely and you can see their half on half off pants.  The paper used was part of a sheet I put under others to catch drips, hence the random color marks.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Child's Garden Chair

19x15 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, an antique store find in the middle of my imaginary floral garden.  Dark pink hydrangeas, vinca, petunias, impatiens and others bloom in profusion across the paper.  Three clay pots take up residence in immediate foreground.  This one was finished today after starting last week.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Midnight Hydrangeas

5x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed in 2009 that is now SOLD.  For two days I've been painting hydrangeas inspired by new ones blooming by my front door and was reminded of these in an old metal bucket, one of my favorites.
Image COPYRIGHT 2009 Kay Smith.  Collection Mollie Jones.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Union Street House

12x9 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) done today on accounting paper, a sketch done for Sketchbook Skool, on location for Polishing course.  This old white stucco house is on Union Street here in town and has been abandoned many years.  I love the old crumbling roof shingles above the rusty screen door.  From boarded up windows to its sagging front the only life now to be seen are passing birds and an occasional car.  The old accounting book or ledger paper or is actually from our union so it was most appropriate for this subject.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bike Blooms

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook painted today.  A few days ago I drew the bike, basket of hydrangeas, and tree for Sketchbook Skool for a negative spaces sketch assignment.  This imaginary scene was done by only drawing between shapes, not an easy feat.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yellow Cosmos

9x11 watercolor loosely painted wet into wet several years ago that has been SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beach Attire

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook finished today.  We are still in Spring but here I am already planning for beaches, sun, and sand with these clothes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Painted Pony

22x15 watercolor that is now SOLD.  It was painted over a white peony floral that I didn't like.  Look closely and you can see the flower centers.  After horse outline was sketched in I used mostly darks to fill in the background and some greys for shading values.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Figs in Wooden Bowl

20x16 watermedia on Arches 140 lb cold press paper finished today from a still life set up of green and purple figs in dark wooden bowl.  All that is watercolor and then black background was painted last with Golden Fluid Acrylics for a richer neutral.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sweet Sparrow

7x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb paper previously used underneath larger works to catch drips or run off colors.  Drawn with Micron 01 pen yesterday this sweet sparrow was sitting on the fence outside my studio kitchen window.  He appears to be sitting on a branch that's a blue line.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Funky Cow

11x14 mixed media over older failed mm/collage on matboard, drawn with black felt tip pen.  I used watercolor, acrylic, and ink. A lot of the background had other colors that I rubbed and lifted out.  I took a photo of a large, life size fake ceramic cow found in a flea market in Ruidoso and that's what this Holstein is drawn from.  There is some text stamping and handwritten words I did also in the background.  This was my effort today for WetCanvas weekend drawing event where I am the host.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blissful Blooms and Berries

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Bienfang sketchbook for mixed media.  Seeing fresh tulips sparked the idea for this sketch then dreaming of chocolate covered strawberries and cheesecake made for a blissful spring moment.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished yesterday, one I'd been working on since Monday.  This kitten is imaginary.  I had painted an adult cat with identical markings and it has sold at Howard College at our Caboose show.  The title of it was SophistoCat.  Naturally I wanted to paint another mostly white kitty with black markings as those two neutrals are spot on for watercolor.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.