Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

7x5 watercolor over ink line using Micron 01 pen on old discarded novel page paper.  The ink sketch was done first about a week and a half ago, then color was added later.  I did use white gouache on its breast under the red area.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fig Newtons and Grapes

12x9 mixed media on paper done today as part of a 2 hour timed event on WetCanvas.  I used an old abstract as the basis, drawing with Micron 03 pen outlines of white coffee cup and saucer, grapes, and fig Newtons.  Watercolor used first and was not strong enough, so I used gouache, then acrylics for more bold color.  Patterns were created within the abstraction and cool colors of blue and turquoise added to offset the hot colors.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 23, 2017


22x30 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, another one of my fractured images shown in divided vertical sections that together would make a whole.  I used one of my photographs of an orange yellow shasta daisy and cut it into fifths.  Then each part was drawn in pencil on corresponding area and painted as if each was its own painting.  Each vertical is a different measurement; no two are alike, but all are in scale.  I have done several of these and they always sell, probably due to uniqueness.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line using Micron 01 pen on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook done last weekend.  A full ink sketch was done first then color added later for some drama amongst the onion stems.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cedar Waxwing in Inks

6x5 alcohol inks on foamcore board with Pigma Micron 01 pen sketch in black ink on top, done today. Some crosshatching of line used to fill in dark areas of the bird's mask and wing.  Ink underpainting used yellow, pink, pale green and blue in an abstract manner.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apple Trio

6x8 watercolor and ink line on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook done last week, a simple still life of three apples with dramatic shadows in an imaginary setting.  Pitt XS pen by Faber Castell used to draw outlines.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Poppies

5x6 alcohol inks on white foamcore board done last Monday using only a few colors of ink.  The two reds were going to be something else until I added a dark color called Eggplant at the bases of each.  Then they appeared to be more floral than fiery, especially when stems were put in using an old dry felt tip marker.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Redhot Pokers ~ an early work

11x9 watercolor, an older work from 1993, the year I started learning how to use the medium.  This is a scene from Ruidoso, New Mexico in the upper canyon where we were at the time.  Then I used masking fluid on the poker leaves that I no longer mess with now.  This landscape is in my mother's private collection and is not available.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blue-eyed Kitty

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb paper done a few days ago.  This lovely cat belongs to another artist's friend, so do not know its name.  Very faint peach color tabby markings are on its head with the lilac points indicating a Siamese parent.  The white mask and chest give beautiful tones to this kitty along with the vivid blue eyes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Frilly Red Flower

6x4 alcohol inks on  professional photo paper, an exercise in abstraction using a few colors or red, gold, and green inks by Ranger and canned air.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'm into Irises

12x9 watercolor and Brusho on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today, an imaginary garden scene of purple pink irises. I first spritzed a fine mist of water over the paper then shook purple Brusho crystals over the iris blooms.  A pale green mixed of yellow, quin gold, ultramarine blue was washed over the background, and when dry, I came back in with a darker value mix and did negative painting for leaves and stems.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fat Cardinal

6x8.5 watercolor and Faber Castell Pitt XS pen on Color-Sketch paper done last week, a whimsical look at a fluffy, fat male cardinal sitting out on his branch or twig.  I love doing these fun birds in art, a common sight outside my windows.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Parrot Tulip Blend

30x22 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done previously.  After painting so many pet portraits lately I thought it was time for a spring floral!  You can see them blowing in the wind.  Personal photo refs used.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Frilly Indigo Flower

7x5 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done last week, another in my abstract ink floral series.  With this one I started with Willow, a very pale transparent soft green, added blending solution then Indigo blowing towards the top using canned air.  Lastly the stem was made using an old dried up felt tip marker moistened with Botanical ink and Lime Green ink.  Edges cleaned using 91% alcohol on tip of a cotton swab applicator.  No pencil drawings are done first using this medium.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hardworking Hummer

9x12 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done recently of another busy hummingbird seen outside; background is imaginary and painted wet in wet to blur outlines.  This ruby-throated fellow was visiting my front yard feeder in New Mexico.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith