Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mischievous Mice

11x15 watercolor imaginary scene in which I drew mice from several small figurines I'd bought for Halloween.  They are discussing which wine to have with their large wedge of sharp cheddar cheese and gossiping about the day's events.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Old Lamesa Truck (demo Big Spring Art Association)

11x15 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper/Daniel Smith pigments, painted last night for Big Spring Art Association.  Meetings are every third Tuesday at 7 pm, basement Howard County Library in Big Spring, TX.   The old rusted shell of a truck may be 30s or 40s but is vintage vehicle for sure.  I've reversed it from earlier versions, eliminated distant distracting houses, telephone poles and old junk.  Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith and can be seen for purchase on my Daily Painters gallery site (link in right sidebar).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dried Red Chile Pepper

5x7.5 colored pencils (watersoluble) on Moleskine paper completed last night for Sketchbook Skool homework; unsure if I'll add water to this one to watch the pencils become liquid.  Our lesson was to try dry media in a graphic way drawing from life.  This very old pepper pod was taken from a chile ristra I bought in New Mexico and is very dark red and not this bright red.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pelican Post

5.5x8.5 watercolor on Masters paper done a few days ago while on a trip.  I love pelicans and this fellow was not budging from his post he was perched upon.  Reference courtesy WetCanvas Animal & Wildlife forum/October challenge.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eastern Horse

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters Touch sketchbook done while in the mountains last week as part of Sketchbook Skool.  The assignment for homework was to sketch objects around you so I chose to do the head of an Eastern or Asian horse figurine I'd bought.  Text was added at the end for its mane; neutral colors were the leftovers on my palette while the background is transparent pyrrol orange by Daniel Smith paints.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woody Dog (JRT)

5.5x8.5 gouache and ink line on Masters paper done today for a WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event hosted by Kathy.  Woody is her dog.  We were to complete a painting in 2 hours or less and this one is 1 hour plus 10 minutes to draw with Micron 01 pen.  We decided to do a tribute to fellow artist Deano who passed away last week, a wonderful guy and contributing painter on the site. His blog, Deano's Den Gallery, is a memorable way to view his work.  He always did 5x7 oils with red underpainting, so this Jack Russell terrier has a red gouache first layer.  Rest in peace, Deano, you are missed and the world is a little less colorful now.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Racy Ranunculus

5x7.5 watercolor over ink line on Moleskine paper done last night.  This grouping of various ranunculus was predominantly yellow orange with a few pinks and red thrown in for racy color.  These flowers at first glance resemble roses but their thick stems don't and their blooms are like poppy pods.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Drink Coffee

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters paper, using Micron 01 pen done yesterday as part of Sketchbook Skool week assignments.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Aspen Color

12x6 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb paper painted yesterday while in the mountains. In this imaginary scene the tall trees tell us that fall color is here to be savored and sampled until the first frost. Embrace autumn for nature's plentiful palette!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Acorns and Fall Leaves

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 pen drawn from life, fallen acorns and leaves, a few days ago. This is another in my Sketchbook Skool in the Beginnings assignment.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Old Blue Shutters

8x5.5 watercolor outdoors scene featuring old blue shutters, potted plants on a table.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


5.5x8.5 watercolor, ink, colored pencil illustrated sketch for Sketchbook Skool completed last night on Masters Touch paper. Our homework is to draw everyday objects then add text if needed. This is in the Beginnings section.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


22x15 watercolor on gessoed matboard drawn from two dollar store scarecrows I bought several years ago.  I had them set up in a patch of Maximilian sunflowers along my studio fence so they looked right at home doing their job of scaring crows away.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Spider Plant in Polkadot Cup

5x12 watercolor and gouache with ink on Moleskine watercolor sketchbook done today.  It's the first assignment with "Beginnings" in Sketchbook Skool. The 6 week course has different instructors and this lesson was on creating something you love by well known artist Danny Gregory. It will be uploaded to their site on or before October 17, when the next course starts.  With this exercise, you use a warm watercolor randomly applied wash, let dry, then apply a cool gouache color, let dry, then draw your subject with black medium tip ink pen (Faber Castell).  Fill in areas with black then add text or other patterning.  Lastly add white pencil then white gouache splatters.  I've been curious about Sketchbook Skool so this is a fun endeavor; I did not start it last Friday so will have to play catch up.
The large polkadot cup has blue and green dots with white background and its saucer is white with blue rim in this illustrated journaling.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lollipop Flowers

15x22 mixed media collage on matboard of iconic round imaginary flowers resembling lollipops.  I've used dollar store gift wrap with bubble wrap stamping in acrylics with layers.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2010 Kay Smith.