Friday, September 25, 2020

Fall Fruit & Leaves

8x8 watercolor on Masters Touch premium 140 lb cold press paper completed today for another online WetCanvas challenge; image courtesy Susan/tyree. Participants have 2 hours to choose an image provided and sketch or paint their selection. I thought the fall leaves behind the fruit on a glass plated basket was too colorful to pass up. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Baby Sloth

4.5x4.5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press sketched and painted a few days ago, just a baby sloth from one of my zoo photos. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Brown and White Dog with Ball

5.25x8.25 mixed media using ballpoint pen, acrylics, gel pen, and watercolor on old book page in my junk journal done several days ago for another online challenge. Image courtesy EP/WetCanvas. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Harvest Hay Wagon

15x22 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, painted wet in wet from a photo taken in Midland at Alldredge Gardens. Trying to be loose and a bit abstract, I put in fresh hot colors on the cool wet paper, let blend, then finished the haystalks around the fat pumpkins. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, September 21, 2020

Harvest Wagon

5x7 ink on Bristol board using a black Tombow brush pen and water for a 3 value sketch showing a wagon, pumpkins, and hay scene from one of my harvest photos. This value sketch to be used to create a watercolor. Since tomorrow is the first day of fall/autumn I thought it appropriate. This is matted with an 8x10 black mat. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Baby Gazelle

8x8 watercolor on Masters Touch premium 140 lb cold press paper of a very young baby gazelle, done for an online challenge featuring this animal. Such grace they have when trying to outrun predators with their very long legs. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Mink

8x8 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on Masters Touch 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago. Painted wet on dry, this young mink's coat is glowing with color surprises throughout. Using the watercolor crystals I used black. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, September 18, 2020

Navy Blue Dragonfly

9x12 watermedia winged insect dragonfly on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done day before yesterday. I used both watercolor and Brusho crystals in two different blues, a yellow, and a green. Brusho crystals are very intense when wet and applied with a brush as in this imaginary scene. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nightingale

8.25x5.25 watercolors in junk journal done last week using black Uniball Vision Elite pen followed by watercolor applications in this simple bird painting. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tulip Times

7.75x3.25 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press painted a few days ago as a short demo, outlining ways and applications for watermedia in this imaginary floral scene of a variegated tulip. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Thirteen Lined Squirrel in Grass

8x8 watercolor on Masters Touch premium watercolor paper done a few weeks ago at end of August, another in my series of wildlife smaller animals Stay tuned for more to come. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, September 14, 2020

Kitten Exploration ~ junk journal mixed media

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage just finished in junk journal, a 1950s vintage book using Micron 01 ink pen to sketch. Next I collaged a grouping of red poppies with matte medium, and added watercolor to the tuxedo kitten. White gel pen and tube acrylic paint used on whiskers and white fur. Lastly, red Montana acrylic marker was added to the background. Note the kitten's mama in the background while he explored the flowers. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Reenie

8.25x5.25 mixed media in junk journal done yesterday. Sketched in multilead colored pencils, I used Crayola markers, watercolors, white gel pen and collage (right side vertical) for this image, courtesy WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event. This was painted over gessoed paper in the journal and was an event timed online for under 2 hours. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Wistful Stray Kitty

6x6 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper painted again after another version a few years ago. I love this kitty's golden eyes so translucent and her bright pink interior ear. The look in her eyes may be saying 'adopt me' or 'when is my next meal?' Background is a mix of two opaques (they say never to mix more than one) Payne's Grey and Blue Bice which is a nice cool and soft tone to contrast with the golden colors in the cat's fur and eyes. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Peach Layered Bloom

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done as a short demo this past Monday in a class. I used peach light colored ink to begin this floral then followed with darker inks. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Young Fox Kit

4x6 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper of a young fox kit exploring his wooded area; ref courtesy WetCanvas. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Blue Dragonfly

6.25 x 8.75 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb. cold press paper finished yesterday, another winged insect in this series of dragonflies. I've included minimal objects such as the twig/branch to focus more on the lovely colored flyer. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Calico Cat Caper ~ demo

16x12 mixed watermedia demo done today for the Midland Palette Club. After sketching with a carpenter's pencil, I used White Nights watercolors, Brusho watercolor crystals, liquid acrylics, India ink, alcohol markers, Caran D'Ache watersoluble wax crayons, some collage and a floral stencil for the background by Stencil Girl. A saying at the bottom left is collaged onto the yellow/gold area that says, "There's no such thing as an ordinary cat". White gel pen used for hair and whiskers. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, September 7, 2020

Arizona Jackrabbit

8x8 watercolor on Masters Touch Premium 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday; ref courtesy fellow artist Kathy S. in Arizona. I admire how the rabbit blends in with his desert surroundings and the only obvious color is in his backlit ears by the morning sun. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Ink Dragonfly

8.5x11 black ink on alcohol ink abstract background on Stonehenge slick paper, a very time consuming piece in another of my dragonfly series. I used a STA Lictin 0.8 pen for the winged insect line work. For the alcohol inks I used Aqua and Botanical Green along with Sunbright Yellow. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Crimson Bloom in Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 mixed media in re-purposed junk journal, an old hardback book from 1950. For this funky floral I used a Stencil Girl stencil for the flower and dusted it with crimson Brusho wc crystals then added water. Other media used were watercolor, collage of cocktail napkin, Montana acrylic marker for background, acrylics, crayon, colored pencils, and real leaves used as stamps after coating with green watermedia. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, September 4, 2020

Trumpet Man

12.25x8.5 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals painted today for another weekend drawing event in which participants have 2 hours to do their artwork. I first used burnt sienna and light brown Brusho sprinkled onto wet areas of the trumpet player's face then followed by neck, hands, and arm. The blue plaid shirt and background were last and my total time was 1 hour 50 minutes. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Funky Cow

11x14 mixed media collage on matboard, a reworked Holstein cow done previously that I finished yesterday. I used paper collage on the black and white areas only. The cow was a large fake head I saw in an antique store. Mod Podge was used as my adhesive. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Siamese Face

8x5.5 mixed watermedia on Strathmore Visual Journal for mixed media done yesterday. I used CaliArt markers, Brusho watercolor crystals, and colored pencils in this contemporary cat pet portrait. I mixed dark and medium brown colors of Brusho and applied them with a brush. This is a frontal view of my Jezebel whom I had for 18 years, too short a time actually. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Brazilian Girl

8.5x5.5 India ink on sketchbook (Masters Premium) done over the weekend. Ref courtesy of WetCanvas for the Weekend Drawing Event. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, August 31, 2020

Green Dragonfly

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium paper 140 lb cold press finished yesterday, another in my dragonfly series. Its vibrant green body blends in with the grasses surrounding this flying insect. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 30, 2020

August Dragonfly

6x12 watercolor of a contemporary winged insect, the lovely dragonfly, done with a #1 rigger/script liner brush on 140 lb Strathmore cold press paper, wet on dry, a few days ago. I will be painted this subject again. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Orange Dragonfly

8x8 watercolor of a lone orange dragonfly as it lights on a flower stem. Wildlife is always exciting to paint and explore the world they inhabit. This is another ongoing insect in my dragonfly series so stay tuned. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, August 28, 2020

Colored Hair

8.25x5.25 mixed media in junk journal using Brusho, watercolor, Micron 05 pen, and collage done last weekend, a fun exercise of elaborating on a hairstyle that has gone out of style, or has it? It is enjoyable to do wild women and their hair and wardrobes. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Helen's Peony

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over the past week in another WetCanvas challenge of 2 hours time limit; my time was about 50 minutes to paint this floral, a red peony, of Helen's. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

California Poppy Cluster in Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 mixed media using colored pencils, watercolor, collage over gesso on junk journal page. I used California poppies images of mine to do this art. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Chickadee Eating Sunflower Seeds

5.25x8.25 ink sketch in my junk journal using STA Lictin 05 pen on an old page sprayed with Tim Holtz antique stain. I used the brush pen of STA Lictin to get the blackest areas of the sketch done. This is another in my chickadee series. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, August 24, 2020

Cattleya Orchid

11x8.5 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done last week; this is fellow artist Dewi's orchid and I hope I have done it justice here in a direct painting style, wet on dry. This floral is entered in the Florals forum for August challenge. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Snake Plant in Mosaic Pot

8.25x5.25 mixed media in junk journal, sketched from life on Saturday. I used colored pencils, watercolor, and Montana acrylic markers on a page in the old book. I love these succulent snake plants, or sansevieria, and have several growing in pots. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Black-Capped Chickadee on Sunflower

6x12 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done today from a compilation of my nature and bird photos. Maybe I'm wishing for autumn or fall to hurry up and get here with some cooler temps. At any rate, this chickadee is snacking on black sunflower seeds from a spent plant. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, August 21, 2020

Fruit Pickles

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Faber Castell Pitt pen) done today, a work on paper practicing the Sketchbook Skool style of illustrated journaling. With this, you can see a recipe for brine to make quick pickles, whether using fresh fruit or vegetables, to place in canning jars. COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Brusho Bird on Dictionary Page in Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 mixed media done today, a bird sketched with Micron 03 ink pen on old dictionary page. I had first adhered the page with matte medium onto a junk journal page that had a sketch I did not like. When dry, the bird was inked in then I wet the shape with water and sprinkled black Brusho wc crystals. With a large round brush, I went over the crystals and blended them, continuing the same method to the bottom. Eye is black felt tip marker with white gel pen highlights and beak was yellow Brusho covered with orange colored pencil. India ink was dropped using a loaded chopstick from about a foot above the design. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Orange Tabby Cat Asleep

5.5x8.5 watercolor over pencil sketch in Masters Touch sketchbook done over this past weekend as part of a WetCanvas.com challenge; images provided by the site or by the host. This sweet kitty was trying to catch a few minutes of sleep during his day. Paints used: Quinacridone burnt orange, Halloween orange, burnt sienna, raw sienna, sepia, periwinkle blue and blue bice. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

August Annuals

5.5x8.5 alcohol markers in Masters Touch sketchbook done over this past weekend testing new CaliArt products. These markers layer very easily and smoothly and a backing sheet needs to be behind it as you work due to bleed through. This is from a photo taken years ago in the Hill Country of Texas. Working from a photocopy showing black, grey, and white values only the darks were sketched in first, followed by medium colors then light ones. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, August 17, 2020

Yellow Umbrella and Chairs

5.5x8.5 watercolor on Masters Touch 80 lb sketchbook paper sketched a few days ago of a summer beach scene. This was done for an online challenge and is available on www.DailyPaintworks.com in my gallery section. With the blue ocean framing the marine scape the yellow umbrella looks fresh and ready for visitors. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Midge Half Asleep

9x12 Brusho watermedia on Canson 140 lb cold press of my rescue kitty Midget. I used the complimentary set of 12 colors Dick Blick sent to the moderators who do watercolor as a thank you for working on WetCanvas. I sketched kitty in pencil then lightly spritzed with fine mist water sprayer and shook out the black pot of Brusho, transparent ink powdered crystals. This was fun. Lots of youtube videos are out there and take a look at Ward Jene Stroud's website, the king of Brusho, which is amazing to see. Brusho is made in the UK and has been in Europe for 40 years but only recently been used and learned here in the US. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Key Lime Pie

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on Masters sketchbook page done as part of an ongoing love affair I have with limes. Pie or cheesecake featuring the small green citrus fruit is nice as is a slice on the salty edge of a margarita or a swirl (sangria + frozen margarita), and even iced tea. Today I ate a slice of very cold key lime pie. Micron 01 pen used to do initial sketch. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Beach Bikes

7.5x11 watercolor using all the blues in my palette: UB, Prussian, Midnight, cobalt, cobalt teal blue, Antwerp, manganese, peacock, ultramarine turquoise, periwinkle, cerulean, verditer, moonglow and carbazole violet. I used a black and white printed ref courtesy WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event (Li Newton). The challenge was to use only blues. Support is Fabriano 140 lb rough paper. This work is SOLD. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2012.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Cowboy Days

7.5x5 watercolor on Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook, sketched with a carpenter's pencil a few days ago then paint added in this quick view of a cowboy. Ref courtesy Jo Castillo. Note he is holding a lit cigarette. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Peafowl

9.5x7 mixed media on Ecosystem sketchbook done today. I sketched him using a STA Lictin 0.1 pen liner then added Brusho watercolor crystals for the bird. Lastly I used pale blue Montana acrylic marker for the background color in this vignette. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Glad About Glads

22x15 watercolor completed earlier painted wet in wet. I really like how the multicolored gladiolus, bunched together in a single dark blue pot, are so vibrant and cheerful. Anyone can be inspired anyway until fall or winter happens. Paper is Italia acquerello 140 lb cold press sold by Dick Blick which is perfect for florals. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Blue Emu

12x9 mixed watermedia on Canson for mixed media spiral bound sketchbook done today. Sketching with a Micron 03 pen, next was an application of turquoise then grey Brusho wc crystals. Watercolor followed then Montana acrylic marker in white for lost white feather area on his neck, and splatters of orange, the complement of blue were added. Ref courtesy morguefile free photos. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Friesian Mare

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper. For the dark brown I've mixed a limited palette of ultramarine blue and quinacridone burnt orange; this was painted wet on dry. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Fruity Kitty

8x8 watercolor on Masters Touch premium paper, 140 lb cold press sketched yesterday and painted today for another online challenge. Participants on WetCanvas in the All Media Art Events forum for the weekly Drawing Event, have 2 hours to choose an image and paint it. This still life of a gray and white cat on a table took a little over the 2 hours and was so cute I could not resist. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, August 7, 2020

Wheelbarrow Whispers

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done of an imaginary wheelbarrow and its surrounding floral garden.
COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith