Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pansy Face

14x11 watercolor floral, a macro view of a small yellow and purple pansy.  With its dark almost black center, its smiling cheery face says it is time to plant me in your garden pots.  Negative painting done on leaves and background after doing an overall light value underpainting.
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith       Email:  1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal           Cost:  $215

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beautiful Bay Horse

6x8 watercolor on Stillman & Birn Zeta series painted earlier in the month  for another online challenge; ref courtesy WetCanvas.  There was another steel bar in the fence or gate in front of the horse but I omitted it to show more of the animal.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rocking Robin

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper drawn and painted today quickly as didn't have much time. Background is loosely done with indigo, green gold, aureolin, and ultramarine blue while the red breasted robin gets ready to rock his latest song in this imaginary nature scene.
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith          Email:  1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal            Cost:  $215

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Autumn Landscape in Inks

4x6 alcohol inks on paper, an abstract done today using 4 colors of Willow, Ginger, Burro Brown, and Sunset Orange. I used canned air to make the vertical tree like marks on right side and going across to the left middle.  With cooler temps and rain every day since last week, autumn definitely is here and these colors can testify.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.  Contact 1971ks@att.net   to purchase via PayPal.       Cost:  $75

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Aspen Forest

9.5x10 alcohol inks on paper done this afternoon using a chopstick to draw lines, make marks, and push the inks around.  No reference used in this painting, just fun and creating an aspen grove in a forest.
COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2017.   Email 1971ks@att.net to purchase.   Cost: $115 available via PayPal.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Poppies and Clouds

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done today on the back of a failed one.  Turning it over I decided to use the blue grey color that seeped onto the back as clouds, and add Senorita Magenta ink drops to make poppy shapes.  Green lines were all made by putting an ink drop onto the tip of a chopstick then using it to draw, even laying it on its side and rolling it.  Spots of alcohol 91% were added here and there to encourage blending and dilution.
COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.         Cost:  $75                 Email 1971ks@att.net to purchase via PayPal


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Blue Gull ACEO

2.5x3.5 acrylic artist card, aka ACEO (art card edition original) done on watercolor paper, an abstract loose interpretation of a wild seagull.  Love those gulls! Contact me to purchase via PayPal at 1971ks@att.net.  Cost:  $25
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

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.
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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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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.