Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cow with One Horn

6x12 walnut ink on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend as part of another WetCanvas challenge. Ref courtesy of host Penny this month.  I had not used walnut ink in awhile, which results in a monochromatic painting, and I do like its results here.  You just have to apply it multiple times to get a dark enough value.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun

3.75x5 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done today as part of a short demo and also because of the total eclipse of the sun witnessed by our country.  For this miniature painting I used primaries of gold, red, and blue.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mission Carmel

16x20 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper done today for the current WetCanvas weekend drawing event, hosted by Lyndylu.  With this southwestern scene I hoped to portray the hot sunny climate and plants as it really is, and enjoyed the roof shadows running at a diagonal in lower foreground.  Its proper name is Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ablaze

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo glossy paper done a few days ago.  In this ink work you can see several layers of hot colors and they seem to be on fire.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sunflower Summer

7x9.75 alcohol inks on foamcore board done today using three yellows, two reds, greens and blues. This abstract sunflower with its end of summer face is bowing into the sun as it does its daily duty.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Greek Guitarist

5x7 ink line, Montana acrylic markers and watercolor on book text from a discarded novel done over the weekend.  As part of another WetCanvas challenge participants had 2 hours to select an image then paint it. Ref courtesy host Oty of Greece who said musicians were playing at a wedding.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Snowy Finch

9x12 ink on old ledger paper done today for a WetCanvas challenge in the Pen & Ink forum.  I used Sakura Micron 01/03 pens and left the background line work only, so as to focus on the snowy finch.  Look closely to see snow on his head and back.  Ref courtesy WC reference image library/AvengingManatee.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Group of Gourds

7.5x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed over the weekend, another image from and for our Big Spring Art Association summer challenge.  Photo courtesy Leatrice.  With this still life colors being in the warm range I did sneak some tinted pale yellow green in part of the background underpainting wash.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jean's Sunset

7.5x11 watercolor of a vivid west Texas sunset, photo courtesy Jean Money, another in our Big Spring Art Association summer series.  This one is number 6 of 8, and the remaining two finished today.  We will bring our works to the September 19th meeting along with printed images of the references used, courtesy Red Barn Studios/Bruce Schooler.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Orange Tigers Daylilies

5.5x8.5 watercolor over pencil line drawing done week before last on Bienfang paper, just a few vivid orange with yellow tiger daylilies.  It seems I never tire of growing them or painting them.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Poppy Palette

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done last week, a hot mix of pinks and reds with green and indigo multicolored center in this imaginary poppy.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Zebra Outlook

11x8.5 watercolor and black India ink on paper done today as part of a WetCanvas challenge in the Watermedia forum; ref courtesy Jenna.  I decided to make a vignette with loose splashy edges keeping the zebra in sharp focus.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Blue Beyond

5x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done today.  Not having much time today I got three colors of inks out and the small Yupo.  Using Willow, Honeycomb, and Indigo I created this abstract landscape with several layers of blown color.  Canned air is much faster to push the ink around than using a drinking straw.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Red Fox

5.5x7.75 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper sketched today in pencil then painted w/ Daniel Smith pigments.  It is featured in the Miniatures forum on WetCanvas and ref courtesy Steve Mac from the reference image library.  This sly young fellow is watching something very intently.  Instead of using the photo background I have made up a loose abstract woodland scene using the same quinacridone burnt orange/gold, indigo, and green gold.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Midge Lap Cat

11x15 watercolor vignette done today from a close focus photo taken with my iPhone while rescue kitty Midge sat in my lap.  I was wearing a red nightgown that gave warm reflections in her eye and warm cast shadows on her fur.  Other cast shadows were made with alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue along with quinacridone gold and Grumbacher true red.  Background was a mix of grey made with American Journey Apricot.  Midge was adopted in 2011 and is the only one of four rescues who will cuddle.  This photo was shared with Big Spring Art Association members participating in a summer challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.