Monday, July 27, 2015

Pink Coneflower with Black & Red Butterfly

7.5x5 watercolor and ink line with Micron 01 pen done this weekend while in the cool mountains.  Support used:  Moleskine sketchbook for watercolor with Daniel Smith paints.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2015.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gladiolus Bouquet

22x15 watercolor of fresh red gladiolus, white and multicolored flowers painted from life wet int wet.  A careful pencil drawing was done first then paper was wet and painted with quick strokes.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dominique Hen

11x15 watercolor of a setting Domnique hen from an old photograph and design used before.  With this one I changed the background including lines to indicate the chicken coop fence and colors on the bird.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Leopard Tree

5.75x6.5 watercolor and ink on wc paper, sketched some time ago, then never finished until now by adding color to the cat.  Up in his perch on a limb he watches for the next prey.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Table for Two

8.5x11 watercolor and ink on Strathmore sketchbook for mixed media; ink used was Lamy Safari with Noodler's grey ink.  Done a few days ago for a WetCanvas contest, the ref was provided by Bonnie, who shared her France trip.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Monet's Cat

4.25x5.75 mixed media on magazine card done today in 20 minutes. Drawn with black Tombow brush pen, I used colored markers in spots, then watercolor colored pencils, and broad chisel tip black marker for the bg. Then added water to the cat's body to blend wc CPs.  Its bowtie was left the white of the paper as was the ball fringe around the cushion.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

You Can Never Draw Enough Zebras

8x5 watercolor and ink on paper that is today's work.  Done quickly as I didn't have much time, a Micron 01 pen used to sketch from a small china figurine, very old.  Cool colors splashed on with a 1" flat brush of blues and greens finished the simple piece.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tall Red Poppies

8x5 watercolor and ink over collaged novel page done today as I was in the mood for poppies.  I've not painted them in awhile and don't need reference photos anymore as their forms are memorized.  With the long curved stems bending in the wind just imagine them growing in your garden or on your wall.  The paper page was adhered to sketchbook sheet then drawn with Micron 01 pen when dry., pa
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beverage Chef

11x15 mixed media on Canson 140 lb paper done today.  First I sketched him with multileaded colored pencil, then watercolor, and finally India ink when dry.  It is from a photo I took in Arizona of a chef figurine in a hotel breakfast buffet area.  Years ago I stayed at the same hotel and took photos of the little fat guy and painted a larger watercolor.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Butterfly and Coneflowers

8x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media sketched yesterday and painted today.  I had planted echinacea (coneflowers) and here came the butterflies.  This mature monarch was especially striking with its black and white markings.  Look closely and you can see another bug to the right of the butterfly.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Owl Eye

4.25x7 watercolor and ink done today using Pigma Micron 01 pen on a magazine subscription card from Birds & Blooms.  The black horizontal bars beneath the postage area seem to fit right into his brownish black feather markings.  The wise one is seeing it all.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Calico Cat Resting

8x5 watercolor and ink on paper done yesterday.  Micron 01 pen used to sketch.  People have sent photos to me of their cats after I painted Glamour Puss, the chimera calico with  a checkerboard face of orange tabby and black with tortoiseshell body.  This one is really a cutie pie!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Parakeet Poses and Reflections

5x8 colored pencils with ink line done last week, sketching from my lifesize bird figurine which looks so realistic.  The far left parakeet is looking into a round mirror at its reflection.  Center is a beak and foot with claw sketch.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mama Kitty and Baby

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on paper sketched yesterday and painted today.  Who can resist a plump baby kitten playing with his mama in the grass?
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Koi Couple

18x24 watercolor started yesterday and finished today of two koi fish swimming.  I used Canson 140 lb cold press paper and a 1" flat brush.  The dark water with its yellow green reflections was a challenge.  This one will be featured on a monthly challenge on WetCanvas! in the Animal & Wildlife forum.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.