Sunday, February 19, 2017


5x7.5 watercolor and ink line on Moleskine sketchbook done yesterday, a garden still life of tools and trays of tomato plants ready to go on a potting table.  Clay pots and garden gloves along with potting soil mix sit prepared to do a season's work.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pink Cyclamen in Window

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper drawn and painted from clay pot of my pink cyclamen plant.  In a sunny south window the flowering plant took on a new vibrant glow; I've done negative painting throughout.  Everyone is ready for flowers and sunshine!
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 17, 2017


9.5x7 watercolor and ink line on Ecosystem sketchbook done recently for another WetCanvas challenge online.  Both rowboats are lined up ready to go out on the water.  Reflections of background trees can be seen in the foreground water along with clouds and sky.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dick Blick Gifts

Dick Blick Art Materials in Galesburg, Illinois sent all WetCanvas moderators a surprise box of appreciation gifts.  As a thank you for our service to the largest art site in the world I got mine yesterday consisting of Brusho crystal colors and a Holbein spray mister bottle. Brusho sets list for 62.99 and are currently 50.99 in their catalog.  These are brilliant and versatile watercolor ink crystals that are to be sprinkled directly on a wet support, applied with a brush or knife, or dissolved in water and applied with a spritzer. The description states that intriguing organic patterns will appear like magic.  These tiny bottles of tintillating fun are made in England.  Can't wait to try them out  The company featured my Christmas art in their holiday catalog a few years ago.  Thank you Dick Blick, proud sponsor of WetCanvas!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bluebonnet Blitz

22x15 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper finished last Monday, sandwiched in between doing a valentine every day, just anxious to paint a floral for a change.  Next month will be traveling to Fredericksburg to do a demo but it will be too early to see these lovely Texas state flowers blooming wildly along roadsides and ranches.  Several years ago I painted a macro view of the lovely lupine and get email from those who have seen that painting asking if I have any more of them.  This one has prints available on my website in every size, or the original.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Windblown Tulip

8.5x11 alcohol inks on photo paper done during our last windstorm day before yesterday in which everything blew and blew and it is not even March yet.  That is when our typical sandstorms happen before the seasons change.  An abstract background of pinks and yellows was put in first then the red blown with a straw and finally the green base and stem.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Love

12x8.5 mixed media collage on gessoed matboard begun yesterday then finished today right in time for Valentine's Day tomorrow. Several layers of acrylics cover and recover before heart shapes were sketched in.  Lastly I collaged a paper napkin that had been stamped in black ink with a script verse; red part is alcohol ink.  In addition, the inks were added to white acrylic for some amazing color variations.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine Cupcake

8.5x5.5 watercolor over pencil line drawing on Masters sketchbook done today, another in my 14 day Valentine series that will end Tuesday.  I hope the followers of this blog have enjoyed seeing each day's surprise as much as I did creating them.  Love all the pinks in this yummy one.  Paints used:  Permanent Rose, Wild Fuchsia, Taylor's Flamingo Pink, Ultramarine blue.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine Palette Tulips

12x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, total 2 hours for a timed WetCanvas event this weekend. The old palette was used as a tool to divide into sections those tulips in front of and behind it, from a photo I shot in studio of red Valentine tulips.  It is fun to paint fractured images.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine Heart WIP finished

12x12 torn paper collage on canvas is now finished after a 3 day work in progress, about 2-3 hours per day or more.  I think the colors are great with the reds against neutrals and all that is left to do is to put several coats of gloss varnish by Liquitex over it for shine and preservation.  So many things are included in the heart such as blush brushes, red sofa, red dress, dice, jukebox, flowers, an apple (for that Adam & Eve connection), a lobster (for that romantic dinner), Tabasco hot sauce bottle, Big Red soda, and tomato juice.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine Heart WIP step 2 torn paper collage

12x12 torn paper collage on canvas board, a work in progress in my series on hearts for Valentine's Day.  Here in this view you can see beginning background is composed of patterns in neutrals of brown, beige, black and white which will let the vivid red and red oranges show up more.  Part of the patterns are an animal print for that wild at heart person.  I will replace the letter 'H' on heart once I find one larger.  Stay tuned for the finish tomorrow.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine Heart WIP on canvas

12x12 torn paper collage on canvas board, a work in progress in my series on hearts for Valentine's Day.  First I drew a heart shape with black felt tip pen.  I opened my stash of color coded magazine pages to the reds then tore, not cut with scissors, various pieces that are adhered with matte medium using an old bristle brush.  Look center and down right to see the letters H-E-A-R-T with the T being red on a blue background.  This is about 1.5 hours work and will post progressive photos tomorrow.
WIP Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine Love Notes

5.5x8 mixed media on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media that is yesterday's work in my continuing heart series.  First I did a stamp of text with black ink, then drew hearts with white acrylic.  Next these were filled in with red alcohol ink and allowed to run and mix with acrylic paint.  Hearts were outlined with black felt tip pen and text outlined with black charcoal pencil.  Pink Montana acrylic marker made the edges complete and when all dry I wrote Love Notes on the lower left heart.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine Letter

5.25x5.5 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done yesterday for my valentine series.  This has a couple of red inks and when dry I applied a rubber text stamp with black in on top.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Vanilla Valentine

9x12 mixed watermedia on watercolor paper done yesterday for my 14 day valentine challenge.  First I drew a heart outline with white Crayola then made random marks with that over a scrap paper background.  Next I had white and light pink Montana markers along with Taylor's Pink Flamingo watercolor fill in the heart.  Using raw umber watercolor mixed with white gouache the back was done.  As it was too bright and I wanted a shabby chic look, I coated the entire page with off white latex acrylic after wetting back and front then lifted some paint off with paper towel.  When dry stamp letters spelled out the title Vanilla Valentine.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.