Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Glad About Glads

22x15 watercolor completed earlier painted wet in wet. I really like how the multicolored gladiolus, bunched together in a single dark blue pot, are so vibrant and cheerful. Anyone can be inspired anyway until fall or winter happens. Paper is Italia acquerello 140 lb cold press sold by Dick Blick which is perfect for florals. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Blue Emu

12x9 mixed watermedia on Canson for mixed media spiral bound sketchbook done today. Sketching with a Micron 03 pen, next was an application of turquoise then grey Brusho wc crystals. Watercolor followed then Montana acrylic marker in white for lost white feather area on his neck, and splatters of orange, the complement of blue were added. Ref courtesy morguefile free photos. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Friesian Mare

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper. For the dark brown I've mixed a limited palette of ultramarine blue and quinacridone burnt orange; this was painted wet on dry. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Fruity Kitty

8x8 watercolor on Masters Touch premium paper, 140 lb cold press sketched yesterday and painted today for another online challenge. Participants on WetCanvas in the All Media Art Events forum for the weekly Drawing Event, have 2 hours to choose an image and paint it. This still life of a gray and white cat on a table took a little over the 2 hours and was so cute I could not resist. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, August 7, 2020

Wheelbarrow Whispers

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done of an imaginary wheelbarrow and its surrounding floral garden.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Multicolored Cow

5.5x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper sketched and painted over the past few days, a vivid contemporary colored cow done in warm colors.  A couple of colors, ultramarine blue and Skip's green, are the only cool hues.  Background is a palette grey that resembles khaki green overall.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Bee on a Blossom

11x8.5 watercolor on Stonehenge 260 lb hot press paper done today of a busy bee on an apple blossom. I've enhanced the stamens and colors plus added splatters when dry.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A Pink Hibiscus

12x9 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for August Watermedia challenge on WetCanvas.  Ref courtesy of Deborah.  The backside has abstract acrylic and alcohol ink marks hence the colored areas seen on the front that watercolor can't cover up.  White gouache, watercolor, and Caran D'Ache watersoluble colored pencils used over the Magic colored pencils sketch.  I held two Magic (multi-lead) pencils together while sketching for a looser look.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Beach Crow

2.75x7.75 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper done over the past weekend for another WetCanvas weekend drawing event.  Participants are given 2 hours to select and complete a painting or sketch of their choice.  Image courtesy Clea.  I cropped most of the beach here to focus on a long horizontal format for this crow.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Rosebreasted Grosbeak in Wisconsin

8x6 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) in Stillman & Birn sketchbook done past few days.
Photo courtesy JennaH/WetCanvas.com  COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Trashy Trashy Poppies

12x12 mixed media collage on matboard (media used: watercolor, gouache, ink, newspaper, paperback novel pages, yellow rice paper, cocktail napkins, gift wrap, doily, decorated craft paper).  Matte medium used to adhere collage elements by coating front and back with 1" flat sponge brush for house painting. This watermedia collage is based on an earlier poppy themed work.
COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2014.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Wash Day on Yupo

15x11 watercolor on synthetic paper Yupo of a country house with the laundry wash on the clothesline, an imaginary scene that says all is quiet out in the rural area.  I placed a large tree to the left and other foliage behind the white farm house with a lush green grass lawn in the foreground.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Bluejay at the Feeder

12x9 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed a few days ago, ref courtesy WetCanvas.com where the bird was featured in a timed 2 hour event.  A popular event every weekend an artist host will provide images for whoever wants to participate and they have a 2 hour time limit to select one and paint it.  I used a backing sheet of various marks in acrylic, ink, and watercolor, then sketched the bluejay.  Watercolor and Montana acrylic markers in yellows and blues were applied to the background for a unique abstract look.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, July 29, 2020


7.5x9 watercolor done last week for another online challenge featuring this illuminating insect.  Image courtesy USDA.  Black sky is a mix of alizarin crimson and thalo green applied wet in wet.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Brusho Bouquet in Jar

9x6.5 Brusho watercolor crystals and watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon using no pencil sketch or reference, only a few colors and a large round brush.  Flowers in a jar are always carefree and country and these are an explosion of light.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith