Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Yellow Butterfly ~ Happy New Year

5x5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb. cold press paper begun yesterday and completed today as my final painting for 2019.  Just as a butterfly flies away we say goodbye to a long and eventful year with hopes of a better one unfolding.  Have a happy new year all friends and followers!
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Monday, December 30, 2019

Splendor in the Glass

15x11 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper finished today.  I've titled this one "Splendor in the Glass".  New specialty drinks for those wanting to imbibe, the red one is a cinnamon whiskey with lime.  I think I'll have iced tea, though, and stay at home.  I want to wish all of my followers and friends a very happy new year.
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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Holstein Heifer

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done over Christmas holiday from one of my refs featured in WetCanvas December challenge.  I omitted several other cows and simplified the landscape to focus on the Holstein heifer.
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Emperor Penguin

15x11 watercolor, which was a demo for North Light Books PQR: Birds & Butterflies (2008) along with a house sparrow illustration/demo. This imaginary fellow is enjoying his cold domain, lifting his head to heaven so thankful for his snowy world and wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Friday, December 27, 2019

Untouched Powder

5x7 watercolor snow scene at dusk showing pristine white powder untouched by animals or humans.  Four birch trees stand guard in front of evergreens in background.  I painted this imaginary scene on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper with Daniel Smith paints:  Permanent rose, Prussian blue, sap green, quin burnt orange and gold, carbazole violet and burnt sienna.
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Quilted Tree

10x8 watercolor pieces cut out from old failed works then adhered to white heavy cardstock. I used a black fine tip Sharpie pen to draw "stitches" zigzag marks to mimic sewing for this holiday quilt tree.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Mule Deer Sends Yuletide Greetings

9.75x7 watercolor on Fabriano Extra White 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend from one of many deer photos.  I like this backside view of the mule deer surveying its fall going into winter domain.  In the imaginary background I've added aspens and fall foliage including red and orange leaves.  There's a nice backdrop to the freshly fallen snow in the middle ground.  The cold sky is darkening with a pending threat of rain or more snow.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Santa's Snacks

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters sketchbook paper done awhile back.  Candy canes and chocolate chip cookies with a cold glass of milk await Santa, when he stops by to leave gifts and enjoy a quick refreshment for the road.
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Monday, December 23, 2019

Rascal Rabbit

6.75x9 watercolor on Bristol board 300 series/100 lb. done today, a whimsical rabbit sketched using STA Lictin pigment liner 0.05.  He is wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Wintertime Trees

7x3.25 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today, an imaginary winter scene and evergreen trees in the snow.  A broken area of frozen water is in the foreground while birds fly overhead.
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Yellow Watercan and Blooms

7.25x5.75 watercolor on Italia 140 lb CP paper done today, an imaginary garden scene complete with old rusty watering can or watercan filled with flowers such as poppies, etc.
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Raptor Above Snow

7.25x4.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed today for an online challenge.  Participants have 2 hours to select a photo then paint it.  This one was finished in about 30 minutes.  Ref courtesty Susan (tyree) on WetCanvas.  Just a hint of blue snow shadows below the raptor hawk bird who is out looking for his next meal. 
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Spruced up for Winter

14x10 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press block, American Journey/Daniel Smith paints, done with cold weather in mind and on its way with a pale lilac sky.   Bare branches peep out behind the snow laden spruce tree and the old Victorian porch in this scene.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sunflower Head

8x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday then painted today using a large brush wet on dry.  The top part that is darker is where a bird had pecked itself some seeds from this almost spent sunflower head.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas Chihuahua


8x5.5 mixed media that began with ink sketch as seen below on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media yesterday.  Next I used Sharpie colored markers and watercolor to finish this Christmas chihuahua.  COPYRIGHT 2019 Kay Smith.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Frosty Flier finch

4.5x7.25 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed today. Red color is mostly restricted to head and upper chest, contrasting with cold gray-brown nape, back, and wings. Pale sides show distinct brown streaks, lacking red tones. Females lack bold face pattern and have more diffuse patterning overall.  We see these, often confused with purple finches, at the feeders in New Mexico.  I tried a new experiment for the icy snowy background first covering it with a wash of white gouache, letting dry, then painting in the positive brown branches.  When that dried, I went back over with another gouache glaze and finally splattering the white for snow.
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

December Redheaded Woodpecker

7.25x5.5 watercolor on paper completed today, a joyous fellow who has a berry or seed pod in his mouth.  This book page is slick and easy to paint on.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Poinsettia Points

4.75x6.25 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday then painted today for another weekend drawing event on WetCanvas.  The greens and reds are complementary colors and really stand out in this season.  The poinsettia's red leaves are very pointed and form the top part of the plant.
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Japanese Street

8.5x11.5 mixed media on matboard finished yesterday, a street scene in Japan.  Magic colored pencils used to sketch followed by Caran D' Ache watersoluble wax crayons and acrylics as top layer.  Since I lived in Japan several months this subject matter was just perfect.  The women talking under their parasols gives this a cozy and friendly touch.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Female Bushtit Bird

4.5x7 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday from my stash of numerous bird photos.  The female bushtit bird's coloring blended right in with the purple and pink sage floral.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Resting Camel

5.5x8.5 colored pencils and watercolor on Masters sketchbook paper done over the weekend for another online 2 hour challenge.  Ref courtesy WetCanvas for the weekend drawing event.  This resting camel was not quite an hour.  I suppose the other 2 camels and the 3 wisemen were on a break.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Hang to Dry

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend, similar to another backyard laundry scene I painted years ago.  Several wash items of clothing were changed in this version.  Many people have contacted me wanting prints of that one and Artspan was unable to get a large enough size, hence the updated version.  Everyone remembers the smell of fresh clothes drying on the clothesline.
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Merry Green Rusty Truck

9x5.25 watercolor on Bristol board 300 series/100 lb. done last week for an online challenge; ref courtesy WetCanvas.  I cropped the old rusty green truck with its wreath to focus only on its front then added an evergreen tree in the snowy background, omitting buildings, etc.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Poppy Cup

9x6 watercolor and Brusho on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today.  I did a blind contour pencil sketch for the poppy and made up the rest as that's about the only way to get looser lines.  Brusho was applied first in Orange to its petals, and two greens were used for the foliage.  Background is indigo and ultramarine blue.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019

December Evergreens

4.5x3.5 Brusho and watercolor completed yesterday, a miniature abstract on which I brush sketched some tall evergreens. The background was made using leftover Brusho in reds and greens.  Positive shapes of the trees were done with a #1 script liner brush using Undersea Green by Daniel Smith.
Larger size is below.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Wisconsin Farm

7x11 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper painted yesteday using White Nights paints. This is Jenna H's farm on a recent snowy night; she is a fellow moderator on WetCanvas.  Probably this one is my second or third nocturnal scene/landscape.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bobby and His Mule

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week using White Nights pigments, painted while it was snowing in New Mexico.  The mule seems to be sure of where they are going.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Owl and Yellow Leaves

9.5x7 watercolor and colored pencils in Ecosystem sketchbook done last weekend for another weekend drawing event online.  Participants have 2 hours to select an image and paint it.  I cropped an owl photo including only some branches and autumn leaves for a 35-40 minute endeavor.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Brusho Poinsettias

12x9 Brusho watercolor crystals on Bristol board 300 series/100 lb. completed today.  I am still learning how to use the crystals and this time after doing a colored pencil sketch in red and green and sprinkling them, I put several hues into a flat palette and added water.  This made a stronger solid color.  Look closely and you can see some of the crystals spots.  I used 4 or 5 different reds plus Vermilion; it is SOLD.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Cardinal Pair

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago using White Nights paints. It was snowing where we were in the mountains so easy to imagine this pair of lovebird cardinals watching out for each other nestled into a snowy pine tree.
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Mother Cat and Baby

5x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper using new White Nights paints. This was done a few days last week before Thanksgiving.  I love the color of the almost white mother cat with minimal stripes on her head and her baby who was more vividly marked.  Green eyes were captivating so I made the background to complement them in this double pet portrait.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Winding Road

9x6.5 pastel using Conte brand on paper of a winding country road flanked by trees.  A small wooden frame building sits mid upper right.  Autumn leaves line both sides of the roadway in this the last day of November.
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Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday ~ Girls Just Wanna Shop!

8x5.5 watercolor and ink on Strathmore Watercolor Journal 140 lb cold press paper and Daniel Smith pigments.  Drawn with Pigma Micron 01 pen this is another in my wild women series of girls and their handbags hustling toward the shops in an imaginary town scene for black Friday, the busiest day of the marketing season.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Butterball Turkey ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters sketchbook done previously.  This fat fellow is waiting his turn out in the woods in this imaginary scene.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Buttercup Cat

16x20 watercolor of a relaxing sleepy garden cat with his head on a brick.  In this scene it is easy to image a sunny, lazy day in the life of a cat.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Barnyard Hen


2.5x3.5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper using White Nights paints done today from another chicken barnyard image.  The top view is the actual size and bottom just a bit larger in this miniature art card.
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Peaceful Donkey

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper/White Nights paints finished yesterday. Against the purple and pink evening sky this donkey seems at peace looking towards the horizon.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Orange Lilies with Blue Background

7x4 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for another online WetCanvas challenge.  This floral scene was cropped from a larger tiger lily field.  Ref courtesy Wendy in Canada.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

White Coffee Cup

3.75x5.25 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper just done using new White Nights paints. Today I was experimenting with values to see how well the pigments performed using mixed neutrals.
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Friday, November 22, 2019

Sweet Eyes Puppy

3x5.25 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper and White Nights paints done today.  I could not resist this puppy with the sweet eyes and do not remember where he was photographed.  First time to try out the new paints that are made in Russia that a lot of artists seem to enjoy using.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Kitty Chair

4x7 watercolor on Magnani Italia 140 lb cold press paper, Daniel Smith/American Journey paints sketched yesterday and painted today.  Ref courtesy of WetCanvas artist Karen and this is her cat Oliver.  He looks so much like my Chester I just had to paint him in his sunny chair.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Frida ~ mixed media collage

14x11 mixed media acrylic collage on matboard using a previous painting of Frida Kahlo that is 8.5x5. This was adhered to the red mat board support with medium paste then an acrylic abstract was cut into equal strips for border mat.  The strips were collaged as well for an altogether different look.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Old Lace & Apples

5x7 watercolor on Magnani Italia paper 140 lb cold press, an imaginary still life of two apples and old lace. I decided to make the background black and this was achieved by mixing alizarin crimson + phthalo green. The highlights on the fruit were left the white of the paper in this miniature.
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Mad Cow

10.25x9 mixed media on paper, another in my weird cow series. Media used: Watercolor, Staedtler Calligraph Duo 3.5mm pen, white gelly roll ink pen, black India ink, light blue Montana acrylic marker (background), and white gouache.Working from black and white photocopy all color is imaginary for this Hereford.   I tried to keep the values correct and put small bursts of colors here and there such as ultramarine blue and cadmium orange for this whimsical farm animal.
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Caribou Winter

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished today of a caribou with snow on his head.  His wide eyes are taking in a winter scene in this month before Christmas.
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Birds in Flight

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper just done of two birds having an in flight meal. This was an exercise in motion painting using only a script liner or rigger brush and water.  No pencil sketch beforehand.
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Red Rose on a Cold Day

6x4.5 watercolor on Bristol 100 lb/300 series paper done a few days ago, sketched in pencil from life using a silk rose.  Colors were applied in a direct manner with one application and lots of water.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Antique Store Teddy Bear

6x4.5 watercolor on Bristol 100 lb/300 series paper done a few days ago for another online challenge with WetCanvas.  The teddy bear looks lonely amongst the other antiques.  Ref courtesy Virginia Spencer.
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