Thursday, October 31, 2013

Proud Rooster

6x6 watercolor and ink on Masters paper; sketched with Pigma Micron 01 black ink technical pen done today.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Chef Italia

6x6 watercolor over ink line drawing with Micron 01 pen done recently for my chef series art.  Image is
COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rose Garden: I Never Promised You This

15x11 watercolor on Arches 300 lb cold press paper, a floral garden enhanced by negatively painted leaves and old white house in the background, an imaginary floral landscape.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Silhouette - female profile

11x15 watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press paper done a year ago this month; today took it out and reworked the model's face, edges of hair and dress in warmer colors.  Main color added was Daniel Smith's transparent pyrrol orange, a very thin but powerful warm hot orange.
Image COPYRIGHT 2012 Kay Smith.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

As Sweet as Pie - (little girl) WIP done

22x15 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper, completed this afternoon after several more hours of work adding the background.  I did add the crayon marks and doodles she had done on a white paper underneath the dessert plate, and thought it added a childlike charm to the little girl growing up.  The strawberry cheesecake looks good enough to eat.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Work in Progress: As Sweet as Pie little girl portrait

22x15 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper, a work in progress (WIP) begun today from a photo I took of Leah Roman Hughes' granddaughter.  I only had my iPhone photo reference from which to work, and this is as far as I got today.  There are black chairs behind her that I'll paint tomorrow which will make her white denim jacket really pop!  Her red hairbow is a nice counterbalance to the fruit.  The cheesecake covered with fat ripe strawberries looks too yummy!  The title will be "As Sweet as Pie".
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Snappy Schnauzer

6x6 watercolor over ink line drawing of a large brown schnauzer on his doggy pillow.  Pigma Micron 01 pen was used on Masters paper done a few days ago.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Victorian Ladies

22x17 watercolor collage, an old house in neighboring Colorado City, Texas, I painted as a house portrait and its owner decided not to pay me after doing all the work, which does happen.  So I decided to add Victorian figures, cats, ghosts, and flower collage items at random.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pugnacious Pug

3.75x7 watercolor done today of an endearing Chinese pug dog with his tongue hanging out, too large for his mouth.  Probably not really pugnacious in the least, but a cutie nonetheless.
*Check out Pugs Home HERE
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Puss in Pink Pearls

6x6 watercolor/Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, drawn and painted last night. This grey tabby cat is all decked out in pink feather boa, strands of pearls, and movie star sunglasses ready to party!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith

Monday, October 21, 2013

Featured Artist CheckAdvantage

This week CheckAdvantage is featuring me as their website spotlight artist, where you can get $3.00 off any of my designs for checks, address labels, and checkbook covers.  So order yours during this promotional time this week only! Visit their website here:
http://new.checkadvantage.com/
All images are COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Red Hats wildflowers

11x8.5 watercolor over ink sketch using Pigma Micron 01 pen of our vacant lot wildflowers earlier this year.  I combined two photo references to make this composition.  This image is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Intruder - cat and mouse

6x6 watercolor and ink, Daniel Smith paints with Pigma Micron 01 pen on Masters paper.  You never know who is coming to dinner around here, this calico cat is thinking!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hay There!

8.25x11.75 watercolor on A4 handmade rough Indian paper I'd purchased when visiting the Tate Gallery in St. Ives.  After drawing the hay bales scene with Pigma Micron 01 pen, I added paint wet on dry, completing the work in just over an hour.  Daniel Smith watercolors were used today in this daily painting.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bulldog Mojo

11x15 watercolor and ink bulldog work in progress finished! Black India ink added some line to this loose pet portrait on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.  Mojo looks fierce with those huge jaws, dead on stare, and sharp incisors!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WIP step 2 Mojo bulldog

Continued on with watercolor on 11x15 Canson work in progress on this bulldog named Mojo.  Softening edges and adding ink will be the next things I'll do with this dog pet portrait.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Work in Progress Bulldog "Mojo"

A rainy day during vacation and I'm doing a watercolor work in progress, a black and white bulldog named Mojo. Size is 11x15.  Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith. 



Monday, October 14, 2013

Wobbly Legs kitten

6x6 watercolor and ink with Daniel Smith paints and Micron 01 pen on Masters sketch paper, painted last night.  An imaginary quintessential tabby kitten getting his legs to work in unison to run and play is pictured here.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Black Swan Gallery San Angelo TX

All friends and customers are invited to see my work along with these other wonderful west Texas artists in San Angelo, TX this week!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Poppy Design artistic checks from CheckAdvantage

Here is featured one of my original fine art poppy designs that CheckAdvantage shows on their website in the Artistic Checks section.  Each theme has 4 different watercolor or mixed media versions that are details of paintings.  Some originals are still available and can be viewed either on this blog or on my website www.kaysmith.artspan.com where prints can be ordered as well.  In addition to personal checks the company offers checkbook covers, address labels, that include side tear checks, etc.  Poppy theme still outranks all other choices as shown in recent quarterly report totals and remains a customer favorite among florals.
See my extensive collection at: 
http://new.checkadvantage.com/kay-smith-poppy-checks

Images COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith/Licensed Artist CheckAdvantage

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hummers and Lilies

11x15 watercolor of Canson 140 lb cold press paper, a family of hummingbirds in the tiger lily garden.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Scarecrow sketch

4.25x2.75 ink sketch of a cute scarecrow yard decoration on cartridge paper with Micron 03 pen.
Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lap of Luxury dog

6x6 watercolor over ink line drawing on Masters paper; Micron 01 pen and Daniel Smith pigments used.  This fluffy fellow is lounging lazily in the lap of luxury while his owner is away.
Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hovering Hummer

6x8.5 watercolor over Pigma Micron 01 ink drawing on ColorSketch grey paper, drawn and painted today with Daniel Smith paints.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Playing Fetch

6x8.5 watercolor drawn and painted yesterday on ColorSketch paper with Daniel Smith paints of Chester cat trying to play fetch with a rather large Irish setter.
Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tusk Time elephant

6x6 watercolor over ink line sketch with Micron 01 pen, drawn and painted yesterday on Masters 70 lb paper.  I like how this paper accepts color splotches; it does not blend as traditional paper so never know what I'm going to get as an end result, such as with this zoo elephant.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bathtub Boys

11x15 watercolor of two pups playing in the bathtub; all they need is water!
Image is on Canson 140 lb CP paper, drawn with brush only, painted yesterday.
COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Red - spaniel

6x6 watercolor and ink drawing with Daniel Smith paints (quinacridone burnt orange and gold, ultramarine blue) for this fellow.  He is a cross between cocker spaniel and Cavalier King Charles spaniel and belongs to Australian artist Christine of WetCanvas!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Cat in the Pumpkin Hat

6x6 watercolor on paper with drawing using Micron 01 pen last night.  Every now and then doing whimsical pet portraits is just plain fun.  Except this black imaginary fellow looks humiliated to say the least.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Woody Woodpecker

15x11 watercolor vignette on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, done yesterday.  We have one or more of these pesky birds outside our mountain cabin, happily pecking away at its walls.   An abstract background was fall colors of leaves, grasses, and twigs.
Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Cosmos Chic

11x15 watercolor done yesterday from my cosmos flowers photos taken in 2009, back when it rained and seeds sprouted.
This is drawn with brush only, no pencil, and loosely painted with Daniel Smith pigments on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blue-eyed Chef

6x6 watercolor over ink line drawing on Masters paper done a few days ago.  I used one of my chefs collection figures to do the face which looks nothing like the little model.  Daniel Smith paints used.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.