Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time to Garden

15x11 watercolor done today, a partly imaginary garden scene featuring my old potting table that is really pale green, pots of geraniums, and red orange poppies.  I have all but the poppies; hydrangeas  haven't bloomed yet.  Larkspur and lilacs have already shown their faces.  This was sketched yesterday using brush only, no pencil, and is on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper.  I painted wet on dry for the most part, spritzing with a fine water mister for softening far background elements.  Time to garden!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crocodile Smile

15x22 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper, sketched first with tip of India ink applicator, then alternate spritzing with water and painting was done yesterday.  Splatters were applied with a loaded brush and ink as well onto dry paper.  With the pattern diamond areas I put in various shades of colors.  I featured this evil-grin fellow in the Animal & Wildlife forum monthly challenge on WetCanvas.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Barnyard Brawl

15x22 watercolor and ink on 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary scene done several years ago that is SOLD.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2015.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Three Wheel Bike

11x8.5 watercolor and ink on Strathmore journal for mixed media.  With this sketch of a blue three wheel bike I ran out of room for the remaining wheel so you will have to imagine it being there.  I first used brush only and did entire outline then followed with a more precise line of ink as they showed us in Sketchbook Skool.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lin's Hyacinth Macaw

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on Sheraton Hotel paper which is what you use if sketchbook isn't handy.  Drawn with black Tombow brush pen ink this fellow then was quickly painted yesterday in golden yellows and brazen blues.  This parrot was featured on WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event; photo courtesy Lin Goodwin.  He lives in a parrot rescue sanctuary in the UK.  Look closely and you can see the hotel logo on the bird's forehead.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dog with Ball Swimming

5x7.5 watercolor on Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook done today.  Drawn with Micron 01 pen this fellow was seen retrieving then swimming back to shore.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Beach People

5.5x12 watercolor and ink line on old ledger paper done recently. I took a photo then cropped into it to isolate the three figures in the foreground heading to the beach.  Other figures populate the distant horizon. This one is featured in Watermedia forum on
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rancho de Taos Spring Sky - Snyder TX demo

15x22 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper done this morning for the Snyder TX Palette Club.  Using my photo of the infamous Rancho de Taos St. Francis Assis in New Mexico, I left the church white, not brown as in real life.  Also I gave it a red roof. A stormy Spring sky was already in place when visiting there in 2007 after doing the Intensive Studies Seminar.  This is the building Georgia O'Keefe made famous.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bust of a Woman

 7.5x5 watercolor/ink line on Moleskine done today as Sketchbook Skool homework.  In this exercise we were told to do careful drawing of any object, then with no looking at it, do it from memory on another paper.  I selected an old antique plaster bust to do from life that's been in my studio for years.  With this view here you can see I've extended her Victorian hair across the page and up.

Ink sketch with Micron 01 pen

With the figurine out of sight this is what was the result on lined paper, a semblance of the woman but not as exact as the first sketch. In fact I have her left shoulder exposed as she's about to lose her gown.  A fun experience in the Stretching module of SBS; instructions by Fabio.
Images COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Two Apples sketch

5x7.5 mixed media on Moleskine sketchbook done today.  In Sketchbook Skool part of the Fabio's assignment homework was to depict an object from life but draw with both hands.  With a fresh red apple, I used a Micron 01 pen, then colored pencils around the tops.  The right apple was first followed by the lefthanded drawn one.  A bite was taken out for interest and because I was hungry.  Watercolor was next using Grumbacher red, alizarin crimson, transparent pyrrol orange, gamboge, quinacridones gold an violet.  Text applied last then splatters.  It wasn't too difficult to draw and paint lefthanded as I'm ambidextrous anyway.  The righthanded apple is fatter, though.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 11, 2015


5.75x4.25 watercolor and ink on paper, another magazine insert card from the publication Sunset, done today.  This little shorebird was in the beach photos from last August's Florida trip.  When I run out I'll have to go back.  In this one I moved palm tree trunks closer and shaded with carbazole violet that was nicely paired with burnt sienna for a background sunset.  With black Tombow I used the brush end of the dual pen to draw then added water to blend darkest areas.  Some white gouache, quinacridone gold, Prussian and UB round out the pigments used.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Management Donkeys

15x22 watercolor on140 lb cold press Saunders paper painted wet in wet.  When I first painted "Management" everyone who has ever been in the workplace loved its title.  These three donkeys were grazing not far from my mother's farm in west Texas and they came over to meet me at the fence.  Background buildings were imaginary as I wanted to depict a very hot southwestern day.  This one sold right away then I painted it again several years after and that one sold at its first show.  Who knows, I might do them again as I have saved the drawing on tracing paper.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Angel Boy

9x11.25 watercolor and ink line on old ledger paper done today.  In the original photo of this garden statue you could see the entire figure but I cropped into it in order to focus on the angel boy's face and shoulders.  Working from a black and white photo it was drawn with Micron 01 pen first then all color is imaginary.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Spring Porch

8x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media done today.  I used a Micron 01 pen to draw the scene and it has been awhile since painting any houses or porch chairs.  This was from one of my east Texas photos.  I love country porch scenes, houses with shutters, and plenty of flowers waiting for a Spring rain.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Red-Winged Blackbird on Cattails

12x4.75 watercolor and ink on old ledger paper done a few days ago.  I drew the bird with a black Tombow brush pen then added watercolor, painting in a quick but direct manner.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.