Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Calla Lily Cascade

22x15 watercolor and Brusho done last week, a cascade of white lilies surrounded by their dramatic dark leaves.  Brusho is easily seen throughout the entire piece; I used the green crystals that also include dots of yellow and orange, very beautiful.  This is my May floral for a WetCanvas contest online hosted by Christel; ref courtesy her friend Anita.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sundance Square plein air

5x7.5 watercolor and ink done today in downtown Ft. Worth while waiting on my husband's appointment. Lots of tall pots full of mixed spring annuals were in full bloom so I used Micron 01 pen in my Moleskine sketchbook to draw them.  Perfect spillers are the pale green and dark purple sweet potato vines that cascade over the cement pot edges.  Sitting outside Starbucks was the perfect place and it had just rained.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Southwest Mysteries

5x7 alcohol ink and gel pens on foam core board completed today.  These three dark haired people, seen from the back, have fringed shawls over their long flowing blanket clothing.  Gel pen in white and pink added details of stripes and circles in this southwest mystery figure piece.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pastel Tulip

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done a few days ago using only three primaries plus a green for the stem.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Docile Donkey

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper by Dick Blick; this donkey belongs to another artist on WetCanvas and the painting is shown for this month's challenge in the Animals forum there.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Vanity Items

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook done today.  As part of another weekend drawing event on WetCanvas, the photo ref of these bathroom items was hosted by Kordelia.  A green pick comb, dark purple fine tooth comb and hairbrush, blue handled scissors, cotton swab applicators, and red cups all are part of the person's vanity.  These everyday item reflections can be seen in the clear glass in this bathroom still life.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday Thistle

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done today using three ink colors by Tim Holtz:  Willow, Raspberry, and purple amethyst.  As you can see, the purple separated into pink when the pale Willow touched it and even bluer tones also.  I used canned air with this one.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today's Tulip

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper that is today's work.  I used only three colors of ink:  Willow, Indigo, and Botanical along with canned air to get the petal effect.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Poppy Perfume

5x4 alcohol inks on photo paper done a few days ago when I was actually working with yellow, gold, pale green and orange abstract and got this design that looked more like a poppy. 
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monet Magic

30x22 acrylic, watercolor and wax crayon on 140 lb cold press paper, a reworked older one that was not working in my opinion.  I spent all one weekend afternoon overhauling this one darkening the pond water, glazing over the top portion to push the middle and foreground lilypads forward for more focus.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cactus Confusion

4x5 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done yesterday, an abstract arrangement of complementary reds and greens that reminded me of cactus pods and blooms.  Those plants are blooming all over this west Texas area.  Canned air was used to create this abstract work.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cherry Carton

9x12 watercolor that is today's work, a blue carton of Royal Rainier cherries from my photo. I love the primary colors predominant here of red, yellow, and blue.  The photo did not have three cherries to the left side so I added those for balance and shadows to connect all shapes.  I participated in the current weekend drawing event on the All Media Art Events forum on WetCanvas online.  Those who choose to do the 2 hour timed activity must select 1 of 16 photos within 30 minutes.  This vignette took me 1.5 hours total.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Indigo Sea Life

9.5x10.5 alcohol inks on paper completed yesterday which was an exercise in use of cool hues.  I used indigo, green, aqua, teal, and turquoise blue.  This resembles what the ocean floor might look like in a world all its own no one will see, a vast composition of seaweed, kelp, coral and shells.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Flame and Fortune

9x12 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done yesterday, a floral abstract using only 3-4 colors.  With a warm color palette I've got a touch of green and aqua in the background while gold, yellow, and orange dominate the foreground.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blue Song (tulip)

6x6 alcohol inks on foamcore board done yesterday for a cool hues abstract floral resembling a tulip.  Using indigo ink over teal blue background, I directed canned air at the bottom forcing ink to spread out and upwards.  Bubbles were made be spritzing 91% alcohol over its base.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.