Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wild Mustangs

 4.5x7 mixed media done today using the Micron 03 pen sketch below on alcohol ink marked newsprint from last week's ink class.  I had cut this section out with intention of using it somehow.  The wild horses reference, courtesty WetCanvas/Li Newton, is currently featured in the regular weekend drawing event in which participants have 2 hours to select an image then do a work from that.  When dry from watercolor and gouache applications, I adhered it to matboard using matte medium and a brayer.  Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith; 1971ks@att.net contact email to purchase.  Cost:  $95 plus s&h.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Indigo Friday

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done today for fabulous Friday.  An imaginative flower that could be any variety!
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Antique Rocking Horse

9x6 watercolor of a very old rocking horse; ref courtesy WetCanvas.  Painted today on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, this is a cropped version of the one featured in the Miniatures forum for September challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.  Email 1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal.  Cost: $105 + s&h.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Texas Thistle

9x9 alcohol inks on paper done Saturday as one of the several class demos.  The abstract multicolored spiky shape reminded me of wild thistles, hence the title.  At any rate it must be a wildflower of some sort.
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.  Email 1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal.  Cost: $115.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rusty Tractor

6x8 watercolor on Stillman & Birn Zeta series done recently of an abandoned old tractor relic, slowly rusting its way into oblivion.  I sketched this with Micron 01 pen.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Wino Chef

9x12 mixed media collage on Canson XL watercolor paper done this afternoon.  Sketched with Micron 05 pen on a backing sheet for smaller works, the face and scarf was what I concentrated on, as the figurine I used to photograph him had him on a little bicycle.  It was one of the refs I put in WetCanvas weekend drawing event currently in progress.  I first painted him in watercolor, then used a black and white Montana acrylic marker, then white acrylic on his chef jacket.  Collage is bar and restaurant ad texts adhered with Liquitex matte medium.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.  Cost:  $125 + sh.  Email 1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Twilight

6x4 alcohol ink abstract on professional photo paper done this afternoon using only 3 colors:  Willow, Cloudy Blue, and Eggplant.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.  Cost:  $95 + s&h
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Greybeard

9x9 alcohol inks on paper done today as part of all day class on inks.  Beginning with an eye, its outline was sketched in with a cotton tip applicator, then color applied, removed, or changed.  A chopstick was used to add line.  The beard color is Eggplant.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Zebra in Grass

AFTER
 5.5 x 7.5 mixed media on foamcore done today from my zebra photo I featured on current WetCanvas weekend drawing event challenge.  Participants have 2 hours to do a painting from 10 images the host furnishes.  The challenge was to rework or redo another one with one of the 10, so I chose yesterday's alcohol ink that I didn't really like.  Using a Staedtler Lumocolor permanent ink pen, the animal's stripes were put in on top of the ink.  Next I cut blades of grass and collaged them onto the foreground with matte medium.  Total time was 1 hour.


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Images COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Abstract for Autumn

4.5x6.5 watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper done recently using a real elm tree leaf for a stamp/stencil.  Cradled by vivid red orange and thio violet, it is surrounded by neutrals including raw sienna, mint green, and Coastal Fog.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith
Cost:  $95 plus s&h
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Windtorn Tulip

9.5x15 alcohol inks on paper done this afternoon.  Working in layers, I first applied alcohol 91% sprayed on paper, thenWillow followed by Sunbright Yellow.  Watermelon was next with more yellow, blowing air to make petal shapes.  For the stem I put down Willow then Lettuce on top of that.  Overall mixing done with canned air and a large drinking straw.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Clownfish

8.5x5.5 Montana acrylic markers and Uniball Vision Elite pen on Bienfang sketchbook done today as a timed exercise on WetCanvas.  There were two clownfish in the ref Connie provided but I eliminated one due to space, and did not sketch in all the coral noodles.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bee on White Cosmos

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday and finished today. The busy bee was hard to get its transparent wings to look paper thin so I did use a tiny amount of white gouache on the left wing tip. I put together a combo from my cosmos and insects refs for this garden and nature painting.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Brightbeard

10.5 x 7.5 alcohol inks on freezer paper done yesterday, my third in a series of men with beards.  No pencil used with this.  Taking a cotton swab that already had a bit of ink on it, I moistened with 91% alcohol and made an oval right eye shape, then added blue, then black.  The left eye followed.  Marks were made with ink drops on the tip of a chopstick.  Ginger and Tangerine were the gold and orange accents.  Mantilla Black was last for the bottom half of his beard.  Inks mixed using canned air and blending solution for this abstract portrait.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gaillardia Garden

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary scene of red Texas wildflowers known as gaillardias.  In this complementary color scheme I've paired reds with greens for a vibrant visual feast.
This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Inspirations Bottles & Branches

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, an earlier still life work consisting of antique bottles outside and a colorful branch with rusty and green leaves, setting the scene for fall or autumn to arrive on 22 September.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Unfurled Rose

4x6 alcohol inks done last week on white foamcore board, another abstract floral piece made by using only a few colors and canned air.  Since it reminded me of a rose opening I titled it as that.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

French Party

10x8 mixed media on canvas.  I did a photo transfer over acrylic background then added a vase and other abstract shapes on the left and top and bottom.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

San Patricio Church

14x11 watercolor of the tiny Catholic church located in San Patricio, New Mexico, where we went to do some on location, or plein air painting.  This is off main Highway 70  from Roswell to Ruidoso and is reputed to be the oldest Catholic building in the country.  Its white and green are lush against the September sky and landscape as it sits watching over the small cemetery in front.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Pink Sun

4x6 alcohol ink on professional photo paper done a few days ago, experimenting with some pink inks in different hues.  The center circle reminded me of the sun, hence the title.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Little Pirate Boy

7.5x5 watercolor on 140 lb Canson cold press paper done recently of an artist friend's grandson.  Photo courtesy Martha Simmering.  This was one of the selected images the Big Spring Art Association had for our summer challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Meow Mix value study

10x14 ink sketch of four cats eating their food, ready to start the day.  I used a black Tombow brush pen on Bristol 500 series paper, and working from a colored photo taken years ago.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fresh as a Daisy

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb hot press Strathmore Gemini paper done today in under two hours.  I was in the mood to paint a morning still life so concocted a country kitchen scene complete with coffee cup, book, and pitcher of fresh daisies.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Brownbeard

8x10 alcohol inks on paper done today, another imaginary bearded man to go with the first one posted two days ago, Blackbeard.  This ugly fellow's ear was the beginning shape I used after putting Burro Brown, Ginger, Yellow, and Havana Brown down then blowing with canned air.  Cotton swabs dipped in 91% alcohol were used along with a chopstick for removal and making lines.  Mantilla black and Ginger make up his beard while Tangerine highlights the nose.  A new light blue ink was put around the eyes and top of ear.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Poppies Please

5x12 watercolor on gessoed matboard done last week using no references.  I wanted to paint a floral that was brightly colored and would look great in a horizontal format.  The background was left white.  Splatters were added when dry with a loaded brush.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Blackbeard

8x8 alcohol inks on paper done today after a beginning pour of inks using three different browns for his beard.  An imaginary fellow, I did lots of negative painting here using only cotton swabs tipped applicators dipped in 91% alcohol.  Lines were made of a swab tip that had ink on it, used like a pencil.  Lastly, black ink was put on top of browns in foreground of this abstract portrait and mixed using blending solution. I gave him a ginger mustache for a bit of color variety. This is titled after the notorious English pirate Blackbeard. Some of these techniques will be taught at my September 16 all day ink class in studio. 
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Little Landscape

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done a few days ago.  I had worked on the reverse glossy side and did not like it so flipped it over and used non-slick back.  The resulting shapes and sky resembled a landscape so I added horizontal colors of brown, green, and gold until this unfolded.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Spain Shoppers

8.5x7.5 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done today as part of the weekend drawing event on WetCanvas! in which participants have 2 hours to do a drawing or painting using featured references.  The ten photos we had were provided by host Susan.  I loved the high color contrasts of blue against orange in this cityscape.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Adrift

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done last week, another abstract using cool colors of Willow, Indigo, and Stream.  This reminds me of water and seaweed and goes along with our current Texas hurricane.  Pray for continued safety for all.
Image 2017 COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Flock

15x22 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, an older work that I'd never featured on this blog.  It is now SOLD and remains one of my all time favorite still life pieces.  These concrete garden art chickens and doves were atop a wooden railing in a Kerrville, TX antique store, when I photographed them.  Hopefully the values in it show well with color in the background.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

August Poppies

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done yesterday from imagination.  I'm on a floral kick now so everyone will see more of those being shown.  In the beginning this was more of an abstract but when red was added the poppy shapes emerged.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rose Petals

15x22 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done yesterday, an exercise in abstraction using only 4 colors of Willow, Sunbright Yellow, Watermelon, and Raspberry. I'm playing with the inks on a larger surface so may take this one further.  It reminded me of scattered rose petals hence the title.
Image 2017 COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cow with One Horn

6x12 walnut ink on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend as part of another WetCanvas challenge. Ref courtesy of host Penny this month.  I had not used walnut ink in awhile, which results in a monochromatic painting, and I do like its results here.  You just have to apply it multiple times to get a dark enough value.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun

3.75x5 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done today as part of a short demo and also because of the total eclipse of the sun witnessed by our country.  For this miniature painting I used primaries of gold, red, and blue.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mission Carmel

16x20 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper done today for the current WetCanvas weekend drawing event, hosted by Lyndylu.  With this southwestern scene I hoped to portray the hot sunny climate and plants as it really is, and enjoyed the roof shadows running at a diagonal in lower foreground.  Its proper name is Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ablaze

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo glossy paper done a few days ago.  In this ink work you can see several layers of hot colors and they seem to be on fire.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sunflower Summer

7x9.75 alcohol inks on foamcore board done today using three yellows, two reds, greens and blues. This abstract sunflower with its end of summer face is bowing into the sun as it does its daily duty.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Greek Guitarist

5x7 ink line, Montana acrylic markers and watercolor on book text from a discarded novel done over the weekend.  As part of another WetCanvas challenge participants had 2 hours to select an image then paint it. Ref courtesy host Oty of Greece who said musicians were playing at a wedding.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Snowy Finch

9x12 ink on old ledger paper done today for a WetCanvas challenge in the Pen & Ink forum.  I used Sakura Micron 01/03 pens and left the background line work only, so as to focus on the snowy finch.  Look closely to see snow on his head and back.  Ref courtesy WC reference image library/AvengingManatee.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Group of Gourds

7.5x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed over the weekend, another image from and for our Big Spring Art Association summer challenge.  Photo courtesy Leatrice.  With this still life colors being in the warm range I did sneak some tinted pale yellow green in part of the background underpainting wash.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jean's Sunset

7.5x11 watercolor of a vivid west Texas sunset, photo courtesy Jean Money, another in our Big Spring Art Association summer series.  This one is number 6 of 8, and the remaining two finished today.  We will bring our works to the September 19th meeting along with printed images of the references used, courtesy Red Barn Studios/Bruce Schooler.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Orange Tigers Daylilies

5.5x8.5 watercolor over pencil line drawing done week before last on Bienfang paper, just a few vivid orange with yellow tiger daylilies.  It seems I never tire of growing them or painting them.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Poppy Palette

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done last week, a hot mix of pinks and reds with green and indigo multicolored center in this imaginary poppy.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Zebra Outlook

11x8.5 watercolor and black India ink on paper done today as part of a WetCanvas challenge in the Watermedia forum; ref courtesy Jenna.  I decided to make a vignette with loose splashy edges keeping the zebra in sharp focus.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Blue Beyond

5x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done today.  Not having much time today I got three colors of inks out and the small Yupo.  Using Willow, Honeycomb, and Indigo I created this abstract landscape with several layers of blown color.  Canned air is much faster to push the ink around than using a drinking straw.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Red Fox

5.5x7.75 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper sketched today in pencil then painted w/ Daniel Smith pigments.  It is featured in the Miniatures forum on WetCanvas and ref courtesy Steve Mac from the reference image library.  This sly young fellow is watching something very intently.  Instead of using the photo background I have made up a loose abstract woodland scene using the same quinacridone burnt orange/gold, indigo, and green gold.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Midge Lap Cat

11x15 watercolor vignette done today from a close focus photo taken with my iPhone while rescue kitty Midge sat in my lap.  I was wearing a red nightgown that gave warm reflections in her eye and warm cast shadows on her fur.  Other cast shadows were made with alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue along with quinacridone gold and Grumbacher true red.  Background was a mix of grey made with American Journey Apricot.  Midge was adopted in 2011 and is the only one of four rescues who will cuddle.  This photo was shared with Big Spring Art Association members participating in a summer challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cats on Red Roses Couch

10x15 mixed media done today of two cats lounging and sleeping on red roses collage.  Initially sketched with India ink, no pencil, on watercolor paper it has a background of watercolor.  Montana acrylic markers are the golden yellow ochre along with some black and white.  Large areas are black ink.  Other collage is patterned envelope and has white marker on top.  Since cats, at least mine, are always on a bed of roses, the red collaged dollar store gift wrap seemed appropriate for these two rescues.  (This is a redo of a 2012 ink/wc image)
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.