Friday, February 28, 2014

Young Boxer

6x6 watercolor and ink on Masters paper, drawn today with Pigma Micron 01 pen and painted with Daniel Smith pigments.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scruffy dog on blue bed

6x6 watercolor and ink on Masters paper done a few days ago, a very scruffy looking fellow lounging on his blue bed with orange couch in the background, an imaginary interior scene.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chickadee Crevasse

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, drawn yesterday with a brush only and painted maybe 1/3 of it, finishing up today.  An abstract pink, orange and green background paired with neutral palette mix/soup greys are a soft foil for the little bird, another in my blackcapped chickadee series.  He appears to be at the edge of a large crevasse looking down, hence the title.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hibiscus Halo

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Arches paper completed yesterday, a macro view of a beautiful hibiscus center.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Chef Happy

11x11 watercolor on 140 lb Canson cold press paper done last week.  Drawn from a chef kitchen figurine this comical happy fellow is just waiting to cook something special!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stray Dog

8.5x6 watercolor on ColorSketch paper, an exercise for an online WetCanvas! contest where you choose one of your photos, turn it upside down and draw and paint it.  I chose this inquisitive little stray fellow I met on the street who posed nicely.  His nose may be a bit too long but all in all he turned out to look like an unwanted mutt needing a home.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baby Burro

24x18 watercolor on Canson 140 lb block/Daniel Smith limited palette of UB, QBO, QG, a baby burro painted yesterday wet on dry. First I did a quick value study with black ink Staedtler pen on paper and will post it if I can locate the file which is already on WetCanvas!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith

Friday, February 21, 2014

Flower Market

12x9 watercolor on Canson Montval 140 lb cold press paper done this evening, a flower market scene in which I've edited out other vendors, umbrellas, people and clutter.  First I did a value sketch with pencil and black felt tip pen, about 7x5. 
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.






Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wild Grass Zebra

6x6 watercolor over ink line drawing with Pigma Micron 01 pen on Masters paper done yesterday on a whim.  Both black and brown stripes make this fellow one with the wild grass surrounding him, making him blend in the environment.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sandhill Cranes

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash with Micron 01 pen on Masters paper of a pair of sandhill cranes heading south.  Last week I traveled twice on the same road from Lamesa to Brownfield, TX and these birds were plentiful and powerful in their V-formations towards dusk.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chickadee Flight

8x5 watercolor on Strathmore Visual Journal 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago in my hotel room.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Welsh Bakery

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8.5x6 watercolor and ink (Pigma Micron 01) on ColorSketch paper done for this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas.com. Photo ref courtesy Lin.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chickadee Prayer

5x4.25 watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140 lb cold press paper, an abstract section of hydrangea flower shadows I'd cut out of an older work.  I placed a chickadee with its head bowed within the foliage, painted Thursday evening.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tiny Terror kitty

6x6 watercolor with Pigma Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, painted last summer and not yet posted.  He is a tiny terror trying to intimidate me but it won't work, kitty.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Edge of Night Calla Lilies

10.5x4 watercolor of a group of imaginary dark red purple calla lilies and leaves on Langton 140 lb cold press paper painted on Thursday.  I used Napthamide Maroon, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Alizarin Crimson by Daniel Smith/Grumbacher Red and arylide yellow and some quin gold.
COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chickadee Valentine

6.25x6.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Daler Rowney Langton Prestige paper, done late yesterday just in time for Valentine's Day tomorrow.  Beginning with a loose limited palette background I spritzed water then pale yellow arylide, adding touches of blue and alizarin crimson.  Colored pencils were sanded into wet areas.  When dry, I drew with my brush the chickadee, and lastly stenciled using heart paper doilies and alizarin crimson for patterning.  Have a super Valentine's Day! Love the one you're with! XOXOXOXO!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine Rose

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash on Masters paper using Micron 01 pen and Daniel Smith paints.  Drawn from life this afternoon in about 5 minutes using a dark red rose that was in my birthday bouquet, I quickly added several hues from pink to magenta to new gamboge to royal red blending all together.  Thanks to my friend Barb for the flowers!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chickadee with Watercan and Pansies - Demo

11x15 watercolor floral still life with bird and watering can, a demo done last night for Brownfield Art Association.  I had previously drawn the composition that featured my old metal watercan and fresh pansies, photographed a few years ago.  The chickadee was added as if he just flew by and stopped to check out the Spring colorful annuals, and will fit nicely into my series.  This was a timed demonstration of one hour, wet on dry using Canson 140 lb paper with Daniel Smith paints.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chickadee Landing

6x6 watercolor and ink wash and line on Masters paper also done Sunday, continuing on with my chickadee series.  The first ones were in acrylic, and now have switched over to my favorite medium.  I'll be doing a live demonstration 10 February 2014 in Brownfield, Texas featuring yet another chickadee, a watering can, and pansies for their art association.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2014.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Green Pot of Flowers

6x6 watercolor and ink on Masters paper done today, a departure from my usual featuring cute blooming flowers in an olive green pot. Today's temp was 78 F so it felt like Spring already and put me in a flowery mood.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Time for Tulips!

11x15 watercolor using brush only and working from black & white photo, a weekend challenge on WetCanvas! We had to complete our work within 2 hours.
COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ball of Yarn kitten

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash on Masters paper using Pigma Micron 01 pen by Sakura, done yesterday.  Note the kitten's eyes match his new ball of yarn.
COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine Dog

15x11 mixed media of a dog in his backyard wearing pink heart sunglasses, just wanting to wish all of you a Happy Valentine's Day! Media used were colored pencil to draw, watercolor to paint, and Caran D'Ache wax crayons for accents and embellishments.  Ref photo courtesy WetCanvas reference image library by shazbatz and featured February Watermedia forum challenge Showing Some Love.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nest Egg

6x6 watercolor with Pigma Micron 01 ink drawing on Masters paper, drawn early this morning then painted after work.  It is a simple speckled imaginary egg in a nest.  That should get everyone thinking of Spring!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Samurai Swords abstract

22x30 acrylic on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, an abstract arrangement of forms and shapes that reminded me of Oriental swords once I put the darkest hues in it.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pack Mule

6x6 watercolor and ink line using Pigma Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, drawn Saturday during a Midland, TX paint-in. I used a tiny mule figurine of one of the artists to draw this guy with one hind leg raised, then used warm sepia as monochromatic tones.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Labs Playing Fetch

6x6 watercolor and ink wash drawn yesterday and painted today of fellow artist EP's labradors playing fetch in the water, splashing about as they have fun with an old chewed up stick.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Garfield Fan cat

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders paper, done several years ago of my tuxedo kitty Chili reading Garfield comics and drinking coffee, his morning ritual for the 10 years we were together.  With this composition, I've put him in imaginary clothes; note the fish tie.
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Image COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.