Monday, September 29, 2014

Shutters in Belize

22x15 watercolor painted from photos I took while in Belize City; this old white wooden house had been let go and run down as were most of the older stately homes and mansions the British built.  Its fence also was trying to hold on with tall spindly white pickets guarding the secrets within.  Palm fronds and tropical flowering bushes nicely framed a lone green shuttered window.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Red Barn, Stormy Skies

6x12 watercolor painted today on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper.  After painting the rusted vintage truck yesterday I was still in a country frame of mind I suppose as I went through many of my barn photos searching for one not yet attempted.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Old West Texas Truck

11x15 watercolor drawn yesterday and completed today, a commission that is SOLD.  This old hunk of rusting metal was photographed by me in Lamesa, TX years ago, sitting by its lonesome self in a vacant lot.  With my third time painting a rural scene such as this, I've omitted a few background houses and made the setting into a landscape with cloudy skies.  Foreground weeds are done in many layers as well as negative painting and splattering.  It was done on Arches rough 140 lb cold press paper/Daniel Smith pigments:  Quinacridones burnt orange and gold, undersea green, ultramarine blue, green gold, burnt sienna, raw umber, sepia, raw sienna, coastal fog, carbazole violet, indigo, transparent pyrrol orange and Halloween orange.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Geisha Girls

22x15 watermedia of two Asian women I drew from dolls then added imaginary costumes and umbrellas painted a few years back.  I used gouache, watercolor, Caran D'Ache on 140 lb hot press paper.  Here's another one that I drew letters and numbers on the background, then added and subtracted areas and glazing over others.  When almost done I used color spots to punch up highlights of these two sweet girls.  This work is SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Birdhouse Row

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Master's Touch sketchbook paper painted today after sketching yesterday.  This imaginary scene reminds me of a little nature neighborhood surrounded by plants, flowers, pots with its residents busy doing bird things all day.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blackberry Patch

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink with Pigma Micron 01 pen on Master's Touch sketchbook paper done over the weekend.  It was featured in the current weekend drawing event on WetCanvas and photo ref was courtesy Valri Ary.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Summer Peaches

15x11 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today, a Painting Friends still life challenge featuring canned fresh peaches and ripe ones ready to eat (photo courtesy Mollie Jones).  I love the blue and white kitchen towel, the white tall bowl and the sunny imaginary foliage outside the window.  Shadows and reflections of each shape cause bounce light to occur thus creating color nuances most people don't see.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pickled

8.5x5.5 watercolor over ink line drawing using Pigma Micron 01 pen on Master's Touch sketchbook paper drawn yesterday and painted today.  Inspired by local canning products I can use this pickle jar to hope our Howard County Fair is a good one this fall.  Carrots, red bell pepper and garlic cloves dot the bottom part of this simple still life of vegetables.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Keep Cows Weird

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Masters Touch sketch book done last night, one of two painted while out of town for the weekend.  Drawn from life, I used a small figurine cow then made up the flowers in this contemporary cow vignette art.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cottage House Doorway

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of a white brick cottage style home located in east Texas I photographed in 2009.  Garden flowers are imaginary as it was in January with no sun, just cold temps.  I featured this house portrait on a WetCanvas contest this month in the Watermedia forum where I am a moderator.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chester's Cat Treat

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 pen on Masters paper completed yesterday, Thursday, for the 1905 Hyperion group who met at my studio.  Chester is one of our 5 rescue cats who cannot resist a Dairy Queen Blizzard treat no matter the flavor.  I set mine down in the kitchen and turned my back only to find him chowing down on the cold ice cream.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taste of Freedom Dog

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 on Masters paper done yesterday. This dog pet portrait shows a grateful fellow sticking his head out a car window to feel the breeze.Copyright 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bird Dreams

9x12 watercolor, gouache, and India ink on Canson 140 lb paper completed yesterday.  It was a vertical loose and splashy sunflower, brush only that I painted Monday, being in the mood for sloshing pigment on paper that did not turn out.  So yesterday I began by lightly drawing in black India ink the shape of a bird.  Doing many bird paintings has triggered venturing off on an abstract tangent such as this, with vivid reds hitting electric blues.  Lollipop shaped flower petals were carved out negatively using gouache.  Light washes of white gouache were overlaid on much of the background.  The large dark irregular circle to the left of the bird is what's left of the sunflower center.  All in all it was total fun seeing what might pop up to be developed.  A tiny golden tree is to the bird's right, below his beak.  Feather and leaf shapes can be seen throughout.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bashful Burro

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 pen on Masters paper done a few days ago.  This one was placed on WetCanvas Southwest/Western forum and photo courtesy Jenna.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 15, 2014

An Ancient Doorway

12x9 watercolor imaginary door set in stone that must be in an ancient building.  Painted on Canson 140 lb wc paper, this vignette will lead the viewer right on up to it.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.