Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mad as a Wet Hen

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, painted quickly then partially outlined using black India ink. I splattered paint when dry. Painting barnyard creatures, especially chickens, is too much fun. Growing up on a farm, one of my chores was to gather and wash eggs in Pine Sol. To this day I hate the smell of that disinfectant.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pansy Pandemonium

Watercolor, 11x15, on 140 lb cold press paper. I started this out as a roses painting but the lure of the purple, orange and gamboge pansies lured my brush in another direction. Negative painting was done on their leaves.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Silverware or Whose Turn is it to Empty the Dishwasher?

7.25 x 11 inches mixed media on matboard covered with gesso, toilet seat tissue covers, newsprint. Watercolor, colored pencil, Caran D'Ache, India ink, black fine tip Sharpie were media used. I like how the gesso gives an impression of dishes back behind the silverware. Newsprint included words about food; this piece was entered into a weekend competition on WetCanvas online.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Woven Flowers of Passion

15x22 two watercolors painted identically, then cut one in wavy horizontal strips and the other vertical and woven together to make a new painting. I hated the original pink and red roses scene with a white cottage in background so this was a neat way to salvage the work and create a little interest. It has been secured to matboard to keep it straight and sturdy.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Gingham Pitcher of Roses

22x15 watercolor done two days ago using ceramic pitcher (a gift from my brother), plastic tablecloth as a stenciled doily effect, and roses from Bonnie's photo. Paper is Fabriano 140 lb hot press.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Second Demo of Pears - Watercolor Collage

More Pears on Pepper Plate, demo done Wednesday, about an hour, for the workshop on pears. This one is 15x22 matboard with collaged tissue (toilet seat covers) and paperback The Winds of War pages, and newsprint type. Also has white gesso in a few areas. The board was prepared ahead of time and when dry I drew the peppers then the pears. Transparent watercolor was next and black India ink line around some of the peppers for distinction. One of the students bought it so it is SOLD.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Demo: Three's Company

15x22 transparent watercolor on 140 lb Italia Acquerello cold press paper; this was my demo 2 days ago at the Midland Palette Club. Doing a direct painting technique allows the artist to drop in pure, fresh color and watch the medium do its thing mixing and blending.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Aunt Bea's Barn

15x22 watercolor, copyright 2009 Kay Smith. For more information about this nostalgic old scene contact me or visit my personal website

This old barn was a demo painting done as a composite of two decrepit structures. Wild sunflowers added on its right side from a photo at Aunt Bea's Antiques here in town, hence the title.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Winter Roses

12x9 watercolor on Canson rough paper completed a few days ago as already am so done with winter. Time for some bright sunny uplifting color! I used a pencil to draw the large main bloom but the rest of this was painted negatively using no photo references.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Copyright 2010 Kay Smith
Image two antique ceramic ladies head vases having a conversation, all dressed to the nines, primping, gossiping, checking out their false eyelashes and latest admirers. Size: 15x22 watercolor completed today.