Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cedar Waxwing in Inks

6x5 alcohol inks on foamcore board with Pigma Micron 01 pen sketch in black ink on top, done today. Some crosshatching of line used to fill in dark areas of the bird's mask and wing.  Ink underpainting used yellow, pink, pale green and blue in an abstract manner.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apple Trio

6x8 watercolor and ink line on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook done last week, a simple still life of three apples with dramatic shadows in an imaginary setting.  Pitt XS pen by Faber Castell used to draw outlines.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Poppies

5x6 alcohol inks on white foamcore board done last Monday using only a few colors of ink.  The two reds were going to be something else until I added a dark color called Eggplant at the bases of each.  Then they appeared to be more floral than fiery, especially when stems were put in using an old dry felt tip marker.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Redhot Pokers ~ an early work

11x9 watercolor, an older work from 1993, the year I started learning how to use the medium.  This is a scene from Ruidoso, New Mexico in the upper canyon where we were at the time.  Then I used masking fluid on the poker leaves that I no longer mess with now.  This landscape is in my mother's private collection and is not available.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blue-eyed Kitty

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb paper done a few days ago.  This lovely cat belongs to another artist's friend, so do not know its name.  Very faint peach color tabby markings are on its head with the lilac points indicating a Siamese parent.  The white mask and chest give beautiful tones to this kitty along with the vivid blue eyes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Frilly Red Flower

6x4 alcohol inks on  professional photo paper, an exercise in abstraction using a few colors or red, gold, and green inks by Ranger and canned air.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'm into Irises

12x9 watercolor and Brusho on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today, an imaginary garden scene of purple pink irises. I first spritzed a fine mist of water over the paper then shook purple Brusho crystals over the iris blooms.  A pale green mixed of yellow, quin gold, ultramarine blue was washed over the background, and when dry, I came back in with a darker value mix and did negative painting for leaves and stems.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fat Cardinal

6x8.5 watercolor and Faber Castell Pitt XS pen on Color-Sketch paper done last week, a whimsical look at a fluffy, fat male cardinal sitting out on his branch or twig.  I love doing these fun birds in art, a common sight outside my windows.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Parrot Tulip Blend

30x22 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done previously.  After painting so many pet portraits lately I thought it was time for a spring floral!  You can see them blowing in the wind.  Personal photo refs used.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 KAY SMITH.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Frilly Indigo Flower

7x5 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done last week, another in my abstract ink floral series.  With this one I started with Willow, a very pale transparent soft green, added blending solution then Indigo blowing towards the top using canned air.  Lastly the stem was made using an old dried up felt tip marker moistened with Botanical ink and Lime Green ink.  Edges cleaned using 91% alcohol on tip of a cotton swab applicator.  No pencil drawings are done first using this medium.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hardworking Hummer

9x12 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done recently of another busy hummingbird seen outside; background is imaginary and painted wet in wet to blur outlines.  This ruby-throated fellow was visiting my front yard feeder in New Mexico.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fiery Red Cactus

4x5 alcohol inks on professional photo paper sheet done a few days ago, another abstract appearing floral design.  This one is made with two reds, a yellow, and one green ink.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fluffy Female Cardinal

11.75x8.5 watercolor on matboard done this afternoon with no pre-drawing or reference used, only a brush and my imagination.  I have been watching hummingbirds and cardinals outside and when I found an used piece of mat already prepared with gesso the opportunity was too good to pass up.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hidden Hearts abstract

22x30 acrylic on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, an abstract design that has numerous heart shapes hidden within its composition.  See if you can spot them all.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Blackie cat

5x8 watercolor, another cat pet portrait companion piece to Queenie cat posted yesterday.  This is painted on 140 lb Saunders wc paper using Daniel Smith paints.  Blackie sits in a Victorian era ornate chair, quite at ease with himself in his luxurious surroundings.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Queenie cat

5x8 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary diva cat lounging on her Victorian settee furniture.  I've done another cat, but in black, to post later that is a companion piece to this cat pet portrait.  I titled this one Queenie as she appears so regal on the red with purple furnishings.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Woman in White at the Beach II

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper just completed, a repeat commission of a scene showing a dark haired woman in white walking the beach.  Landscape surroundings were done with brush only, but figure was sketched in pencil before applying paint.  This work is SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Display of White Tulips

15x11 watercolor on Bienfang 140 lb cold press paper just completed in a return to floral still life subjects and especially white items to paint.  It is a more loose interpretation with an abstract background; I even sneaked in a hot fuchsia bloom or two in the back.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pirate kitty

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook done a few days ago for a WetCanvas challenge. The host, Maryse, owned Pirate puss and says he has passed away now.  She took a photo of him doing his daily bath.  The challenge had to be done within 2 hours and this took about 1.5.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Friday, June 2, 2017

Violet Crowned Hummer

7x5 watercolor on old book page, a discarded novel  that was the size for this small violet crowned hummingbird with its white breast.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Magnolia Morning

22x15 watercolor floral still life from some of my many magnolia photos; this tree had lots of full pink-tinged blooms all over it.  This is done on 140 lb. cold press paper in a direct painting style with darks applied first, wet on dry.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rosemary

22x15 mixed media collage on 140 lb hot press Fabriano paper, sketched from a live model (this does not look like her at all).  Media used:  watercolor, acrylic, pastel, Neocolor II, paper collage using cocktail napkins, and gouache.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Border Pup Patrol

11x6.25 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a border collie puppy pet portrait; this cutie is waiting for his day to begin while sitting on his doggy bed.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Spacebird abstract

22x30 acrylics on 140 lb cold press Kilimanjaro paper, an abstract design exploring various secondary color schemes on a white background.  Paint was dripped and thrown onto its surface and black used to anchor the space themed design.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunflower Bright

5x7 alcohol ink on white foamcore board completed a few days ago using two different yellows, orange, brown, red and black.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Monet's Bridge

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a scene of Monet's gardens from a friend's photo.  This work is now SOLD.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mission with Statue

30x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a whimsical painting using desert hues and bright colors only seen in the southwestern US.  In this imaginary scene, St. Francis is seen at the left guarding all in his garden.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hot Dots

8.5x6 alcohol inks on white freezer paper done today using only three colors of Salmon, Sunburst Yellow, and Sangria for the flower then edges and stem done with Willow and Lime Green.  When dry I flicked 91% alcohol on its surface to make the random dots.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fledgling

9x12 watercolor done yesterday on Canson 140 lb cold press paper of this young fledgling, a possible flycatcher with its unique coloring of the head.  An abstract background was added in blue and green, not covering the entire space.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Glittering Geraniums

12x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper just finished; no photo reference used so all colors, shadows, and overall composition is imaginary.  I realize I need to buy some of these to plant so they're on my mind.
Enjoy the loose splashy look of these bold garden gems.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Predator Coyote

12x6 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done today. Pencil sketch about 20 minutes and 30 more to add paint. I grew up around coyotes and know the predatory nature of these canine looking critters. This guy is out looking for his next meal.  I've abstracted the background with various colors and shapes.  The coyote is smaller than its nearest relative the wolf and the canid is native to North America.  A different color combination was used for the sky, rocks and foliage. Ref image courtesy WetCanvas/Virginie in current weekend drawing event.
COPYRIGHT image Kay Smith 2017.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Freshly Baked

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook completed while out of town this weekend.  This cozy fresh bread and coffee kitchen still life reference is featured on a current WetCanvas challenge in the Pen & Ink forum.  The scene had to be drawn in ink first and you could add color if you wanted.  I love Mr. Coffee so here it is.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sherbet Tulip

11x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done this past weekend using only two warm colors plus greens. I used canned air to blow ink away from the flower's base upwards.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Donkey Party

15x22 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done last month or so of a trio of donkeys.  I photographed them in a field north of Vealmoor and south of our farm years ago and this is the third time for me to paint them.  The other two versions have gone to new owners and colors were changed.  As they were in a field there was no interesting background so here I added a long horizontal stucco building reminiscent of the southwest.  This new painting has been entered in the current Wyoming Watercolor Society exhibit so it is not priced on Daily Painters for availability.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red Chrysanthemum

22x30 watercolor floral of a large red mum and its indigo mottled background, an older painting that was SOLD.  
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.