Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Bitterroot Bloom

11x15 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press block completed yesterday. These unusual flowers only grow in the Bitterroot Mountains in Montana. An underpainting using permanent rose and cerulean was applied first with a 1" flat brush then the painting was developed within the pencil sketch. I had manipulated and edited the photo colors to be more intense before beginning. This work is SOLD. Photo ref courtesy Rick Jackson. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Mountain Arts Ruidoso

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, a cropped storefront scene I photographed years ago in Ruidoso, NM. This was painted wet in wet and has favorite hollyhocks in red, and the work is SOLD. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Monday, April 19, 2021

Adobe Walls

15×22 watercolor on Fabriano rough 140 lb cold press paper done last week using a combo of photos plus imagination. I added purple sage, hollyhocks, and yucca plants to the imaginary adobe abode painting wet into wet with a 1″ flat sable synthetic brush. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cottage Garden

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Saunders paper, an imaginary garden scene with its varied shadows and secrets. I first painted this in 2002 in a wet in wet manner so here it is again just in time for spring planting. It has shutters, picket fence, and hanging baskets, all that anyone needs. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Watercolor Sketch Ruby II

8x6 watercolor using brush only, done today from live model Ruby, a 10 minute sketch on Hahnemuhle grey tinted paper 95 lb. I used White Nights paints and a #12 round brush. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, April 16, 2021

Daffodil Delight

10x11 watercolor and Brusho on Masters 140 lb cold press paper done today for a timed WetCanvas event. An underpainting of cerulean, arylide yellow, and permanent rose was placed on the paper with a 1" flat brush after it was wet. When dry I developed the daffodil's center with arylide and gamboge, then painted shadows on its white petals. Lastly, the background was applied using quinacridone gold, indigo, ultramarine blue, permanent rose. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Young Bird

5.5x5.5 watercolor on Arteza 110 lb paper in sketchbook done over this past weekend. Ref image courtesy WetCanvas. I liked how this very young bird had such tiny feathers and it seemed ready to face the world. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cut Dahlias

9x6 watercolor and gouache on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago of some cut imaginary dahlias. I was covering up marks made testing out a student's art supplies and did apply a dahlia stencil over yellow and orange areas. I used my own vase of water for various shapes and colors. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tiny Mission Town

3x6 watercolor on Canson 140 lb. cold press scrap paper done today; the paper had been used as a backing sheet so had Brusho and regular paint splatters on its surface. The various splotches seemed to indicate buildings so I sketched some shapes and shadows and lightly painted on roofs. Far left building's roof was already marked as was parts of the ladder and green for trees. Far right green window was a spot left untouched as was the main large white building shape and the warm color stairway. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, April 12, 2021

Red-eyed Tree Frog

5.5x5.5 watercolor and ink using Micron 01 pen on Arteza 110 lb paper in sketchbook, done over the weekend. This was a timed WetCanvas event; ref. courtesy Pexel. Participants have 2 hours to select their image then do a painting. I used 45 minutes with White Nights paints. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Outdoor Cafe

5.x5.5 watercolor on Arteza paper done yesterday after seeing an ad for umbrellas and patio bistro sets. Now I want one. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Floral Rain

22x15 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper, Daniel Smith paints, an exercise in semi-abstraction. We are so starving for some garden color and for some rainfall. Flowers reign in floral rain! COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, April 9, 2021

Ball Jar Zinnias

22x15 watercolor on Winsor Newton 140 lb cold press paper done using fresh zinnias awhile back. Stuck in a canning jar in front of a window this kitchen still life has a country charm. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Ruby Red Dog

12x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, drawn and painted in 2013 for a weekend drawing event on WetCanvas; photo courtesy of Gail Bowers. Ruby is Gail's dog and I tried to make her seem realistic. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spiky Guy

8x6 watercolor limited palette on Hahnemuhle grey wc paper 110 lb./cold press done a few weeks ago for one of the Sktchy assignments. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith