Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chester Cat Stare

6x4 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) done today on a People magazine card insert to add to my series of cats on cards.  This big fellow is Chester, a domestic shorthaired tuxedo cat, as mean and nasty as the day is long.  He loves other people and children but hates us; even loves to go to the vet clinic where they say he is an angel.  As I've said before he is one of our two most recent rescues from Big Spring Animal Shelter, a kill facility.  His partner in crime is Midget whom I've posted about on this blog as well.  I painted a mixed black of quin burnt orange and ultramarine blue that barely covered lower left black splotch that was on the card originally.  It is almost as if he is looking at the object.   This will be featured in the Facebook 30 Cats in 30 Days or Cool Cats challenge and also on WetCanvas in the All Media Art Events forum.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kitty Car

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters sketchbook painted today as part of the 30 Cats in 30 Days Challenge on Facebook and WetCanvas!  These two funny kittens were in a kiddie car going for a ride. Pigma Micron 01 pen was used to draw them.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Watchful Cat

4x5.5 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01) on paper, a Southern Living magazine travel card insert.  Luckily my magazine came early so I was able to grab the annoying paper cards and busily plan which kitties to feature on the Facebook cat challenge along with WetCanvas!  This fellow is Hungry Jack, another rescue from a few years ago, who sat under the street lamp across from our front door.  He was hunting bugs to eat as he was starving; very tame and loveable, he was either lost or was tossed out.  One of our employee's cats had to be put down so was able to find him a home within a few months.  I loved Jack as he found a baby snake in my kitchen and caught it.  God bless cats!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nasturtiums and Petunias

15x11 watercolor on Canson paper, brush only, done this afternoon in a timed exercise on WetCanvas.  This detail of hanging flowering plants is courtesy Lauren, host for current Weekend Drawing Event.  I spent 1 hour and 5 minutes on it.  I like the flowers' softness contrasted with rough old wood wall texture.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith

Saturday, February 21, 2015


4x6 watercolor and ink with Micron 01 pen on a magazine insert card from my latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors done today.  This longhaired grey kitty is not happy so I have named this Sourpuss and painted around him in lemon yellow.  This will go in Facebook's 30 Cats in 30 Days challenge currently in progress for February.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sleeping Midge cat

4x6 watercolor and Micron 01 pen on a magazine insert card done yesterday for the 30 Cats in 30 Days challenge on Facebook and on WetCanvas! Meet Midget, who goes by Midge, all curled up in her kitty pet bed that is really brown in color, not lavender blue. (She's a rescue kitty from our town's kill shelter).  I used a card from F+W Publications' Drawing magazine that I subscribe to for this cat pet portrait.  Whiskers were painted around and not masked.  Now all of the artists out there can save their art magazine inserts and do some serious painting on them rather than throwing away.  I did not plan for Drawing to be across her white fur, it is just how it worked out luckily.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

People Kitty

4x6 watercolor, gouache, and ink line (Uniball pen) on magazine card insert from People publication.  This is Jezebel, studio cat, again, whom I quickly sketched yesterday and painted.  She does not wear a collar anymore as she rarely ventures outside but I added one here for color and balance.  Jezzie really is a people purrson and has met hundreds over the years.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Deer Shadows

5x7.5 watercolor done this past weekend while in the mountains.  On Saturday morning these does were camped out in the early morning sunshine right outside our door.  The current Sketchbook Skool assignment homework with Cathy Johnson was to draw and paint a nature scene outside so this is what I used.  Support is Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Forest Scene

14x10 watercolor painted on location in the Lincoln National Forest, an area commonly called the Blue Hole due to its water pond and surrounding vegetation.  This plein air was fun to do.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Al's Kitty

6x4 watercolor and ink line on paper, a magazine insert, that I grabbed to sketch after meeting this fat, fluffy black cat. It belongs to Al, a retired golf pro, who is our neighbor in New Mexico.  A WWII veteran, Al takes care of the strays, and when I need my DH gone awhile, Al takes him to a golf course for a lesson.  This solid black cat of his suns herself on our condo steps so was there to greet me with a friendly purr. Now will have to post this on Facebook's 30 Cats in 30 Days Challenge as started by Valri Ary.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Italian Pitcher and Orange

9x12 watercolor and ink (Tombow brush pen) done this past week for Sketchbook Skool assignment of setting up a 3 object still life.  Using a watersoluble pen, a contour line drawing had to be done and then painted.  I used this pretty ceramic pitcher given to my by my sister-in-law Christy, a fresh orange cut in half and the kitchen knife.  Soon I'll plan to do this one over.  The instructor was Brenda Swenson.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Skillet Dinner

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink using Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, an iron skillet of what we call goulash. It is a mix of ground beef, onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, and elbow macaroni with spicy seasonings.  The gingham checks should be in everyone's kitchen.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Looking Up Cat

6x6 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on paper done in 2013 but not yet posted.  This tabby is looking at something interesting.
COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2013.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lost in Thought Portrait

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Arches paper done last summer while in Florida learning new portrait techniques Stephie Butler was teaching.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Trio of Birds

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, brush only, so no pencil used.  I painted this a few days ago of three birds in a windowsill, just inanimate objects longing for Spring to come and come quick!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.