Friday, December 9, 2016

Sunset Flowers

5x7 alcohol inks on white foamcore done a few days ago, an abstract floral using many different colors over a light red background.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Finished Last (snowman)

5x7 watercolor completed last week on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, the second version of an earlier melting snowman. That one had only one leg but I've given this guy two twig legs.  Even though slowing melting he has finished last and has a crooked smile.
This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Frozen Scene

6x9 watercolor and white wax crayon on Canson 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday with our cooler temps then finished today with even colder air.  Tomorrow heralds our first freeze of the year which hopefully will last only one day.  In this imaginary scene frozen water, river banks, and trees embrace a frigid sky.  Some negative painting was done around the trees.  No pencil drawing or reference was used.  This is another in my frozen imaginary landscape series.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Don't Dodge Christmas!

8x5.5 watercolor and ink on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media done this time last year.  Another old truck, this time a Dodge, is decked out for Christmas with its own wreath and gifts on top, traveling in the snow.  This pale green vehicle is a nice complement to the red truck painted last week.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Snowy Surprise (owl)

4x7 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) sketched on 140 lb paper, a portion of a sheet that I used behind larger works.  The snowy owl had only one wing as his right one was injured and removed; he lived in a wildlife sanctuary and has passed now.  I sketched around the paint marks then filled in empty spaces with other colors, and even gave him a log behind and in front.  This was featured on WetCanvas watermedia forum December challenge as hosted by Virginie in Canada.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cold Wine on a Warm Day

8x6 watercolor and ink (Faber Castell Pitt XS pen) on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook for mixed media.  Yesterday when I painted this it was not a warm day but the cold chablis looked inviting.  This was done in an hour approx. for another WetCanvas weekend drawing event hosted by Marie in Belgium.  Our challenge was to add light since their country is fairly dark for winter now. Look closely and you can see reflections at the top of buildings behind the glass.  We have only 2 hours to choose a photo out of 16 presented then draw and paint.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Red Christmas Truck

9x8.5 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Canson 140 lb cold press paper that is yesterday's work. Such a dreary day with cold misty rain I had to find a cheerful subject and this truck in the snow fit the bill. White gouache was used when dry for splatter resembling snowflakes.  This work is now SOLD.
COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Red December Floral

5x7 alcohol inks on white foamcore done yesterday as I needed a warm explosion of color for the dreary day.  First layer was a mix of purple and pink, then green.  Red was applied last along with pink and yellow.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Finished (snowman)

4x6 watercolor on 140 lb paper done last month that is now SOLD.  I was waiting on December to arrive before posting as snowmen are associated with the Christmas holiday season.  This finished fellow went to his new home in Florida and of course would melt there.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stag

18x24 watercolor on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper painted today in about an hour with a #14 round brush and a 1" flat sable.  I first spritzed the paper at random with water over my pencil drawing then did the darks first.  Antlers were done then the ears, nose, mouth. A very limited palette used of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.  Just a touch of raw sienna and raw umber in minute amounts were used along with lots of water sprayed into wet paint, letting drips happen.  A final drip ran down from the background middle and onto the stag's back, creating a run into his back that looks like antler horn shadows.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Surrounded by Poppies

6.5x11 alcohol inks on white freezer paper done this afternoon just playing with the primary colors seeing what would result.  The reds are darker though.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Red Fox

14x11 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper drawn yesterday and finished today.  I was lucky and able to get photos of this wily colorful fellow as he visited neighbor's yard.  The snow however, is imaginary.  The red fox is the most common and widespread of their species, found in most all of the States.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Red Sunflower Fire

8.75x8 alcohol inks on white foamcore completed yesterday in a series of layers.  The areas I thought to be too dark were rewet with blending solution then soaked up with tissue or paper napkin.  Lastly small dots of blue and brown were added to its center.
COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Purple Flower Center

7x7 alcohol inks on white freezer paper done yesterday.  With no reference, no preconceived idea and no tools other than a drinking straw I created this vibrant abstract floral.  I love the way the purple is divided when extender or blending fluid is added, causing pinks an blues to surface.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith

Friday, November 25, 2016

Coffee for Two

10.5x6.5 watercolor on gessoed matboard done today for another WetCanvas weekend drawing event.  I try to do these each week but don't always manage.  The challenge was to paint a black subject in honor of Black Friday so I chose my favorite beverage:  Coffee!
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.