Thursday, August 16, 2018


15x19.5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper painted wet in wet from a photograph I took here in town.  This was next door to my framer and they had just put their laundry out to dry on a hot day.  I used a 1" flat brush and Daniel Smith paints.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Leftover Sunflower

2.75x5 alcohol inks on glossy cardstock paper done this afternoon using leftover inks, hence the title.  The cardstock was also a scrap so both came in handy to do this little miniature.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Summer Petals

18x6 alcohol inks on white freezer/deli paper done this afternoon using Eggplant and Cloudy Blue, then Willow for the stem and leaves.  We still have more than a month left of summer so now is a good time to paint florals.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Owl Landing

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this weekend for another WetCanvas monthly challenge; ref courtesy of the reference image library.  The owl was titled "snowy" but those don't have tan feathers under wings or on breast/legs areas.  The Eurasion eagle owl does, however.  Background on this vignette was loosely applied Periwinkle and ultramarine blue sky colors and trees were a mixed green plus sepia.  Black accent color was mixed quin burnt orange plus ultramarine blue.  My works are now available on via PayPal for purchase.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


9x12 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend of an old decaying and dilapidated barn that was once some farm's pride and joy.  Barns as a subject are the icons of farm life and can tell so many stories if only they could talk. 
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rich Red Rose ACEO

3.5x2.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done recently, another art card edition original miniature from one of my own roses.  These minis are fun to do and don't use much or many supplies nor occupy much wall space if framed.

Actual size is below:

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Fluffy Cat in Grass ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper done recently for another online event of another artist's orange and white fluffy cat. This art card edition original pet portrait was fun to do using a limited palette.  This work is SOLD.

Actual size is below:

Miniature view.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

St. Ives Callas

15x22 watercolor of white calla lilies I photographed when staying in St. Ives.  This is on 140 lb cold press paper.  I made the background very colorful with detail as the flowers are large and plain.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Trees in Abstract Abyss

7.75x7.75 alcohol inks on white foamcore done today with the background put in first using Cloudy Blue and Eggplant.  Next I added Sunbright Yellow (where green trees are) and it did nothing for the composition so added Cloudy Blue to that hence the tree shapes.  A trunk was put in using a chopstick and now I have an abstract landscape.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dance of the Trees

3.5x6 alcohol inks done yesterday with a small piece of white foamcore.  I wet the front liberally with 91% alcohol then turned it face down on top of my work board (foamcore) then pulled it up as if making a print...just to see if anything would be on it.  Lots of blobs and drips so added trunks and branches for some far out abstract trees.
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Monday, August 6, 2018

August Hummingbird

7.75x7.75 alcohol inks, gouache, ink pen on white slick foamcore done this afternoon first by scattering Willow green on top of spritzed 91% alcohol.  After it dried I could pick out a hummingbird shape so sketched it in using Lictin 0.3 permanent ink pen.  Feathers and beak are gouache.  Lastly I added Senorita Magenta for the pink blooms he is guzzling from here.
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Pink Rose Collage step by step WIP

11x15 gouache over charcoal sketch on phone book pages collaged then pulled off Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper; done this afternoon in 2 hours for another timed WetCanvas weekend drawing event.  The steps can be seen below.

Supplies of phone book ad pages, 3" brush, a jar of half matte medium, half r/o water that's brushed onto the dry watercolor paper.

Masking tape applied over wet pages that were collaged onto wc paper, then pulled off after 10 minutes. Palette knife is used to press down each tape strip.

After pulling masking tape off then you remove each and every loose piece.

Fully peeled off and now ready to be put outside in 95 F. to dry thoroughly.  Then a sketch of the pink rose onto dry paper is done as seen below.

Adding Turner's Design gouache with large round brush the pink rose comes to life.

Background put in using different blues and yellow mixes for varied greens.  The pulled paper areas will give unexpected textural effects.  This is at the 2 hour mark with not much left to paint.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Yellow Daisy

6x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of a yellow daisy with aqua blue background, a simple loose floral vignette.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Tree Trunk ACEO

3.5x2.5 watercolor of an old tree base that was rotting and decaying but was still upright.  This art card edition original was painted a few weeks ago for another WetCanvas event.  Available for purchase via

Actual size is seen below:

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Blue Tulip Trio

6x8 alcohol inks on white freezer paper using Indigo and Peach along with Lettuce for the stems finished today.
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