Sunday, August 30, 2015

White Kitchen and Watermelon

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper done years ago of one of my kitchens that was all in white but the curtains and chair seats.
The red watermelon and yellow gold flowers were touches of color added to make the interior summer day still life more interesting.
This painting is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Potty Puss

7x9.5 watercolor and ink on Ecosystem sketchbook paper done last weekend, another cat in the bathroom piece.
Now all he needs is a cat magazine to read.  Pen used was Micron 01.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 28, 2015

White Steed Carousel Horse

8x5 gouache and ink collage mixed media on paper done today.  First I glued a page from old novel onto paper and when dry, used a Uniball Vision Elite pen to draw head and neck of a carousel horse.  The horse was part of a larger photo that I cropped and will be featured on WetCanvas weekend drawing event hosted by Helen.  I left the white horse the white of the paper book page so this is not colored; I wanted the text to show.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Apple Bowl

7x7 watercolor and ink on paper using Uniball Vision Elite pen and Ecosystem sketchbook.  This was done over last weekend and was originally sized at 7x9.5 and I cropped the right side to make a square.  Apples were ripening in New Mexico and were the perfect still life to set up.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Camel Head

7x9.5 watercolor and ink on Ecosystem paper sketchbook; pen used was Lamy Safari with grey Noodler's ink.  This was done also over the weekend.  Camel reference courtesy Christine/WetCanvas and it was painted for current weekend drawing event in the All Media Art Events forum there.  The angle of his head and the way the light was causing pink, mauve and gold tones under the shadows made me want to tackle this difficult pose.  I was surprised to learn their lifespan is 40-50 years.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Red Watermelon Slice

7.5x5 watercolor on paper (Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook) painted over the weekend while on my trip.  I tried to make the melon appear very juicy throughout, especially along the rind.  When dry splatters were applied using a new toothbrush and a large round brush.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunflower Weeds

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, drawn in pencil over dry splashy underpainting of gamboge, arylide and permanent rose done over the weekend.  These wild flowering weeds were all over the part of New Mexico where I was traveling and we have them in Texas in abundance.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cock of the Walk

9.5x7 watercolor on paper (Ecosystem sketchbook) done a few days ago of a regal rooster on white background.  Drawn with Uniball pen this rooster was largely a contour line piece with color accents mostly up at his head and was done very quickly.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lemon Basket on Checkered Cloth

7x9.5 watercolor on paper done a few days ago of an old white woven basket loaded with lemons on red checkered cloth.  Drawn with Micron 01 pen on Ecosystem sketchbook this one has a country home picnic style and flavor.  It is fun to paint tablescapes or still life.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Purple Bench

22x15 watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper done awhile ago that is the front of my studio.  The purple bench is in front and did have yellow window boxes behind.  Those boxes are gone now.  This sunny morning scene with geraniums, petunias, and bougainvilleas was an inviting sight.  The studio is still pale yellow but window trim is now hot pink and shutters are spring green. The bench was repainted a soft lavender purple; all that is missing is Jezebel the cat.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blue and Gold Macaw Parrot

8.5x11 watercolor over Sharpie extra fine point pen drawing on Crescent sketchbook done yesterday.  The photo I used was cropped to only show the bird's head and upper wings then painted quickly.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Colorful Cows

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb Lanaquarelle hot press paper that is today's work.  I sketched these bovine beauties with black India ink applicator on dry paper.  With a loaded brush #12 Escoda round I put random colors together instead of the usual boring black and brown or tan.  When almost done I wet a few areas then dropped ink in splotches.  The girls say hello and happy moo and where's the beef?
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Sparrow

12x9 watercolor, gouache and ink (Uniball pen) on Canson 140 lb wc paper done yesterday.  Using the paper as a backing sheet accounts for all the random color marks in the background.  I used a 3" sponge roller and ran turquoise blue gouache in vertical manner from top to bottom.  When dry, I drew the bird in with ink then added only part of its color markings plus the branch to complete the painting of the chipping sparrow.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Border Collie Puppy

11 x 6.25 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper of a cute border collie puppy I first painted a few years back.  I think its eyes look so realistic and love the flopped over left ear.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Second Sunday Sunflower

15x22 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper that is today's work.  Last Sunday a smaller sunflower was painted and it sold quickly; let's see if I have any luck with this one.  It's from a photo I took in 2003 of an elderly veteran's flower garden behind the VA. He could barely walk but had the most gorgeous flowers and these red sunflowers stood tall and proud just as he did serving our nation.
Most was painted with #12 Escoda round and 1" flat brush using all the hot colors balanced by the cool greens.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.