Friday, July 21, 2017

Carrot Cake

6x8 watercolor and ink line using Faber Castell Pitt XS pen on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook done over the weekend for a WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event.  Photo courtesy Maureen Whittaker.  Participants have 2 hours to choose an image from 10 given and paint their creation...since I had been on a no-dessert kick, this cream cheese icing on a fresh carrot cake beckoned my taste-buds and brushes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Jewels

12x9 alcohol inks on paper done last week using only primary colors plus botanical green in this abstract floral design.  You never know how these will look when you start putting inks plus blending solution together.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yellow Orange VW

9x12 watermedia on Canson 140 lb cold press paper I'd used as a backing sheet for larger works that had acrylics, watercolor, and ink on it.  The abandoned Volkswagen and another junked car are seen sitting side by side, not in traffic anymore, but in the eerie silence of a wooded area.  I used orange and yellow Brusho watercolor crystals, watercolor, gouache, and white gel pen.  The pink streaks were from Montana marker lines from a recent work.  Photo courtesy Belle Schooler, and is one of our summer challenge images Big Spring Art Association is doing currently, posting on social media.  In the photo, the front hood of a car was a pale gold, but I've made it a soft cobalt blue to complement the yellow orange bug.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bucolic Landscape

6.25x14.75 acrylics on matboard done recently as a WetCanvas challenge.  For July, participants had to do the following:

1.  Work only in acrylic
2.  Use non-dominant hand
3.  Must be a bucolic landscape

Since I don't use that media much and detest landscapes, it sounded like a fun project to have ready by the 21st.  I'm ambidextrous so no problem there.  My photos were not too exciting, so this southwest scene is entirely imaginary and I used Derivan Matisse matte paint, Liquitex, and Basics brands of paint along with a 1" bristle flat brush done left-handed.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Parakeets in a Pink Sky

22x30 watercolor and gouache on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday and completed today as part of my July monthly Watermedia forum on WetCanvas challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sandee's Donkey

6x9 watercolor of a friend's donkey that is part of Big Spring Art Association's summer challenge.  A group of us shared ref photos to complete before we meet again in September, and so far I've only done two.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sushi

15x22 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, another whimsical fish painting of different tropical varieties, totally imaginary.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Frida Kahlo

8.5x5.5 mixed media collage on Bienfang sketchbook finished today.  Yesterday I began sketching Frida using black Tombow brush pen and then added water for a monochromatic image as was working with only a black & white photo.  Color was needed as was collage indicative of the colorful artist she was.  Yellow Montana acrylic marker made up the background; watercolor and gouache used on her face and neck.  Since I had her nose too long I simply collaged layers of white tissue paper w/ matte medium over that area then repainted when dry.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Obligatory Hen with Chicks


6x8 ink sketch done in under 10 minutes last week of a hen that I have made look worried sick.  It is on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook using Faber Castell Pitt pen XS, black ink. Next watercolor was added for this mother and baby chicks farm animals scene.  It is called obligatory because with each WetCanvas weekend drawing event, it seems there must be a chicken included in the photo images.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Holy Holsteins

22x30 acrylics and wax crayon on watercolor paper 140 lb cold press, a recent redo of a former version that did not quite make the cut, or cud in this case.   I added red to the background buildings to indicate barns and a turquoise for the sky.  Eye colors were changed for these three comical clowns of the barnyard contemporary cows work.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bali Cat

6x9 watercolor of another artist's cat she photographed in Bali by a burial area.  The cat reminded me of one I had named Roger who was so sweet.  This is on Canson 140 lb cold press paper/Daniel Smith paints.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Trees in mixed media

5x7 mixed media collage on book text done a few days ago as part of another wacky challenge presented in a WetCanvas forum.  We were only told to do trees using mixed media, no references or guides of any kind. I chose to make mine imaginary using alcohol ink blots on a brown Wendy's napkin, adhering with matte medium onto a discarded book page.  Trunks and branches were sketched in using Micron 01/03 pens, then filled in with Koh-I-Noor Magic pencils, a colored pencil made up of 3-4 different colors.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

12x9 watercolor and ink line using Micron 01 pen on Bristol 100 lb board done yesterday.  Ref courtesy madmum of WetCanvas.  I have cropped original photo editing out the right side of more cherries and table top.  The ink version I put on July pen & ink challenge forum.  Since life is just a bowl of cherries this one just fit.  I love the reflections in the white bowl.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bursting

4x6 alcohol inks on photo paper done last week using only a few colors, allowing them to mix and mingle in an abstract contemporary style.  To me the composition layout resembled bursting blooms and some mature ones as well.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Alto Daisies

9x6 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, sketched from life at our NM home.  There is a large stand of daisies outside the patio.  Although they were in full bloom 2-3 weeks ago, there were still enough for me to use in this impromptu painting.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pintos

9x12 watercolor done a few days ago before leaving the mountains, where these horses were photographed at Ruidoso Downs.  Larger than life they are so realistic and when painted on Canson 140 lb cold press paper using Daniel Smith pigments, one can almost believe you can reach out and feel the wind as they rush past.  Sculptor Dave McGary created several horses there at the racetrack permanent display.  Their colors are more soft black and white than this brown bay color I mixed with ultramarine blue and quinacridone burnt orange.  The lead fellow is an Appaloosa (you can see his rump and tail).  I featured this painting on Southwest/Western forum on WetCanvas monthly challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Cosmos

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for the 4th of July.  Painted over an ink line done with Pigma Micron 01 pen, this flower appears more pink here than red.  Brief text on right side was added at the end when dry after painting very wetly.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fatbird ~ mixed media collage

6.5x8.5 mixed media/wc paper, novel page, napkin, alcohol inks, Montana marker, Micron 01 pen done a few days ago.  The blue green paper I glued down is actually a Wendy's napkin that was used as a blotter while doing inks.  Colors were too nice to throw away in the bin.  The little bird was ink sketched onto old discarded novel paper then cut out and adhered with matte medium.  Orange yellow Montana marker was applied to the background.  When dry I used gloss medium varnish to seal collage elements.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Twin Roses

2.5x3.5 watercolor art card or ACEO as is more commonly known (artist cards editions and originals) completed a few days ago when I did another series of the tiny treasures.  Many painters trade them or sell them and they are very neat when framed and matted to a larger size.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Ones that Got Away ~ torn paper collage

30x22 torn paper collage on watercolor paper a recent redo of its former version to make certain parts more prominent.  The center guy is a tall, dark and handsome fellow while the other two are more mysterious in nature, and they are the ones that got away.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blue Bayou

6x4 alcohol inks on photo paper done a few days ago, an abstraction featuring cool colors of blues, greens, and touches of yellow.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bowed Heads sunflowers

20x26 watercolor on Yupo of a group of sunflowers bowing heads before worshiping the sun and fading with time.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Haltoms on Main Ft. Worth

7.5x5 watercolor over ink line sketch, a plein air drawing done on a recent trip to Ft. Worth, TX downtown area.  Color was added back in the studio.  This is where I sat in Sundance Square by the fountains looking north.  Micron 01 pen used to sketch on Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rooster in pen & ink

9x6 using Pigma Micron 01 pen on Canson watercolor paper done this afternoon using one of my black & white rooster photos of a close up view.  This fellow looks quite menacing in a profile.  One of my neighbors is having rooster comb injections in her knee, which prompted me thinking about sketching one of the fine feathered fowl.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

All about Orange

7x5 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper, an abstract done last week with only a few colors of orange, yellow, blue-green and green.  To me this resembles the fiery desert environment of cactus, heat, and sun.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lazy Lab Mix

9x12 watercolor pencils on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, a recent sleeping yellow lab mix dog that belongs to another artist.  After sketching in the dog with wc pencils, water was added.  You can see his paws bent close to his neck.  The blue around head and body was the owner's sweater.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

7x5 watercolor over ink line using Micron 01 pen on old discarded novel page paper.  The ink sketch was done first about a week and a half ago, then color was added later.  I did use white gouache on its breast under the red area.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fig Newtons and Grapes

12x9 mixed media on paper done today as part of a 2 hour timed event on WetCanvas.  I used an old abstract as the basis, drawing with Micron 03 pen outlines of white coffee cup and saucer, grapes, and fig Newtons.  Watercolor used first and was not strong enough, so I used gouache, then acrylics for more bold color.  Patterns were created within the abstraction and cool colors of blue and turquoise added to offset the hot colors.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shastas

22x30 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, another one of my fractured images shown in divided vertical sections that together would make a whole.  I used one of my photographs of an orange yellow shasta daisy and cut it into fifths.  Then each part was drawn in pencil on corresponding area and painted as if each was its own painting.  Each vertical is a different measurement; no two are alike, but all are in scale.  I have done several of these and they always sell, probably due to uniqueness.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shallots

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line using Micron 01 pen on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook done last weekend.  A full ink sketch was done first then color added later for some drama amongst the onion stems.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.


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