Saturday, October 31, 2020

Scarecrows ~ Happy Halloween

22x15 watercolor on gessoed matboard drawn from two dollar store scarecrows I bought several years ago. I had them set up in a patch of Maximilian sunflowers along my studio fence so they looked right at home doing their job of scaring crows away. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Friday, October 30, 2020

National Cat Day ~ Calico Curiousity

9x12 watercolor done for an online event. Painted on Canson 140 lb cold press paper I used Daniel Smith/American Journey paints. Photo ref courtesy Dewi/reference image library WetCanvas. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Puss in a Boot #InkTober2020 day 29 "shoes"

6x6 ink/watercolor for day 29 InkTober prompt of "shoes" with Pigma Micron 01 pen on Masters paper. This cute orange and white kitten is getting cozy with an old black work boot and is painted with Daniel Smith pigments, a limited palette of quinacridone burnt orange and gold plus ultramarine blue. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Cocktails

8.25x5.25 mixed media in my junk journal completed today. I used CaliArt alcohol markers, Montana white acrylic marker, blue watercolor spritz and STA Lictin 0.2 pen to sketch this still life of sour cherry cordials. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mission Soleil

22x15 gouache over ink sketched outline of an imaginary mission on 140 lb hot press paper. This was done over an horizontal abstraction painting that just was not working and is the second time to paint this mission bell tower. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Monday, October 26, 2020

Coneflowers and Pansies

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium paper done on location at Johansen's greenhouse on Oct. 17 during our BSAA annual paint out. Brush only with no pencil sketch beforehand. Parts were negatively painted. This work features white coneflowers surrounded by purple pansies in a large pot and is SOLD. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, October 25, 2020

InkTober2020 Chef in India ink and gouache

11x8.5 India ink applied with a wooden chopstick to Crescent sketchbook, then gouache added yesterday. The prompt word "chef" was an InkTober challenge last week for this imaginary fellow. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Royal Red Hibiscus

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium 140 lb cold press paper done today for an online WetCanvas challenge; image courtesy Christel. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, October 23, 2020

In Full Bloom

12x12 gouache paints on Masters premium 140 lb watercolor paper completed over the past several days, clay pots of geraniums and violets lined up in a sunny spot. In this floral garden still life I tried to show sunlight upon green leaves with just a few yellow daffodils in the background. I really like the texture of the aged pots showing white residue caused by mineral salts or fertilizers. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, October 22, 2020

#InkTober2020 Rodent

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line using STA Lictin 0.1 pen in Masters sketchbook, done for day 6 in the annual InkTober challenge. Rodent was the prompt so I sketched this little cute vermin. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Peanut the Pug

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium paper just completed, a pet portrait of Peanut the pug, a rescue dog of friends. She looks so happy with her pug grin. (Image courtesy Carlene Gibbs) COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Appaloosa

9.5x7 mixed media on dictionary page collaged onto wc paper. I sketched the appaloosa in pencil then used Brusho wc crystals, watercolor, white gel pen, black India ink, white gouache for this handsome horse. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, October 19, 2020

Talavera Pots

5x7 ink w/ black Tombow brush pen sketched from an older photo I took in New Mexico of a grouping of Talavera pots from Mexico. This value study is on Bristol board 400 series, 100 lb. paper. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, October 18, 2020

#InkTober2020 Web Trap

5x7 white ink w/ Uniball Signo pen on Stonehenge Aqua 140 lb cold press black paper done today for the #Inktober prompt of "trap". A spider web is pretty amazing creation that allows them to ensnare lots of things. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cabbage and Pansies Pot

8x8 watercolor on Masters premium 140 lb paper done today en plein air at Johansen's nursery w/ the Big Spring Art Association members. I couldn't resist the colors of the plants in their blue pot. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, October 16, 2020

Kitten in Pumpkin Pail

5.5x8.5 colored pencil sketch with gouache in this fun kitten in a plastic pail ready for trick or treat Halloween style. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, October 15, 2020

#InkTober2020 day 15 "Outpost"

5.5x8.5 ink with STA Lictin pen in Masters sketchbook done today for #InkTober2020, and the prompt was "outpost". Here is the Last Chance saloon. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

#InkTober2020 "armor" Armadillo day 14

5.25x8.25 Brusho, ink pen STA 0.3, white gel pen in junk journal done today; small collage area where page tore. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October Hay Field

5.25 x 8.25 gouache in my junk jounal, a vintage 1950 book, of a fall hay harvest scene featured in a WetCanvas forum challenge in All Media Art Events currently on. I am using new Artsy brand gouache paints. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, October 12, 2020

Canyon Moon

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper,an imaginary southwest canyon night scene complete with a full moon showing layers of rock and earth in this watercolor landscape. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sorrel Horse

11x14 watercolor vignette on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper of a rodeo horse fellow artist Maria found. In her reference only the horse's head was shown, so I have added his neck, mane, ears and hackamore rope. His coat was painted with a limited palette of quinacridone burnt orange, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Saturday, October 10, 2020

October Lilypads

5.5x8.5 watercolor on Masters sketch paper done today over pencil drawing of this lilypad scene still blooming in the warm fall days. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, October 9, 2020

Pancho and Lefty

15x22 watercolor and acrylics on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper of two imaginary parrots I painted over an existing still life that was not working. This was part of a demo done in Colorado City in 2011. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Red Cactus Pods

5.5x8.5 alcohol based markers by CaliArt on Masters sketchbook paper done yesterday for the monthly southwest-western forum/WetCanvas.com COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Aspen Run

14.5x10.5 watercolor on gessoed matboard done from one of my New Mexico photos of a row of aspens glistening gold in the morning sun. I've exaggerated the background adding more darks as if there were green foliage behind. The Capitan highway was in between that and the trees so I have made that more blue as if it was water. Not as many red leaves were there in real life so I've used artistic license. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October Sparrow

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday from my bird photos then painted today using mostly ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, indigo, sepia. Parts were done wet in wet, particularly the background and the bird was painted using a #1 rigger/script liner for a more realistic image. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Monday, October 5, 2020

Old Country Church

5.5x8.5 watercolor on Masters sketchbook 80 lb paper done over the weekend for the WetCanvas All Media Art Event. Artists have a 2 hour time limit to select an image and then paint or draw their choice. If not done then they are to post the unfinished work in progress at the 2 hour mark. I liked the old building all alone with storm clouds brewing above the hayfield. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2020.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

September Aspens

8.5x5.5 watercolor on Masters sketchbook done on the last day of September, an imaginary fall tree scene with blue skies; love the bark on these tall stately forest inhabitants. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Passion Purple Skies in junk journal

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage in my grunge/junk journal done last weekend. I used a Tazo teabag envelope to collage on with matte medium in the old 1950s book page. I used watercolor, acrylics, fluid acrylics, and markers for the landscape portion of this imaginary,quirky scene. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Friday, October 2, 2020

Wheelbarrow and Mums

7x10 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Arches paper of an outdoor fall scene of colored leaves, chrysanthemums, and other autumn signs of cooler times. This work is SOLD. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Abstraction Patterns

5x7 fluid acrylics on Yupo synthetic paper done last week, experimenting with color and design on this slick surface. No subject matter in mind, just a wild abstraction of shapes and colors. COPYRIGHT 2020 Kay Smith