Saturday, November 27, 2021

Green Truck of Cheer

8.5x5.5 watercolor in Masters sketchbook on 70 lb paper, an old green truck decked out with gifts and all things Christmas cheer. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, November 26, 2021

November Cardinal in Snow

5.25x8.25 mixed media of watercolor and acrylic in junk journal done today, a tribute to the November cardinals outside our windows. I applied white acrylic paint with an old credit card for the snow areas. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Lonesome Spruce and a Happy Thanksgiving Day

8x5 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on Winsor Newton Cotman 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday, an imaginary tree to get the holidays going. Happy Thanksgiving to all! COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Euphorbia Crown of Thorns

12x12 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on Masters 140 lb cold press paper recently painted for an online contest; photo courtesy Dewi Saputra of Thailand. (Wikipedia states that Euphorbia milii, the crown of thorns, Christ plant, or Christ thorn, is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaceae, native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of RĂ©union, who introduced the species to France in 1821). The plant grows in Zone 10 here in the USA and is an indoor or outdoor specimen. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Winter Trees in Snow

4x6 acrylic, gouache, and ink on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday, an imaginary winter snow scene complete with evergreen trees. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, November 22, 2021

Snowman in Knit Cap

6x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago from some of my snowmen photos. This guy looks like he is getting ready for Christmas with his red knit wool cap and long knit scarf. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Owl Wisdom

4x6 watercolor over abstract mixed media background, sketched in pencil, for a wise old owl painting of a great horned one. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Basket Bouquet

15x22 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper painted last month for the second time, an imaginary bunch of flowers in a basket, mostly calla lilies and tulips. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, November 19, 2021

Crazy Pink Chihuahua

8.5x6 watercolor and Pigma Micron 01 pen of a crazy chihuahua, painted wildly one weekend on Color Sketch paper. No reference used and a different color palette, not local color. This one reminds me of one of the two chihuahuas I had growing up. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Winter Trees in Snow

4x6 acrylic, gouache, and ink on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday, an imaginary winter snow scene complete with evergreen trees. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Mini Pearl Resting

8.5x6 watercolor on Color-Sketch colored 140 lb CP paper over pencil sketch of new studio kitty done today. I used the last page in the Color-Sketch book of paper purchased from artist Judi Betts. The paper is a pale yellow tint. Pearl was resting on my leopard covered studio ottoman and her white fur was a nice contrast against that pattern and the shag rug diagonal design. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Sunsplashed Hollyhock

10.5x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done over last weekend using White Nights paints. I featured my photo reference on this month's Watermedia forum challenge on WetCanvas. The pink hollyhocks amongst other colors were grown in my studio backyard. Light values indicate strong sunshine on its leaves and darker values are present for cast shadows. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, November 15, 2021

Steller's Bluejay in Winter

6x4 watercolor on 140 lb Grumbacher paper cold press done over the weekend from photos of this pretty blue jay with snow around him for an abstract background. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Two Story White House

8x6 watercolor on paper done yesterday over a pencil sketch for a timed online weekend drawing event on WetCanvas. I have not done a house portrait in awhile so this was fun (no ruler). Unknown paper was difficult to work with from an unused sketchbook gift. Autumn had begun according to the reference as a pile of leaves was seen by front porch. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Deer in Meadow

5.5x5.5 watercolor in Arteza 110 lb CP paper sketched and painted yesterday for this month's southwest/western challenge on WetCanvas. Photo courtesy Jo Castillo/Texas. I cropped the photo to edit out most of the doe's body to focus on her head and part of the background. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, November 12, 2021

Peony Power

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium wc paper 140 lb CP done over last weekend for a WetCanvas weekend drawing event challenge. I enjoy the analogus reds, pinks, and oranges in its petals. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Sunflower Fantasy

9x12 watercolor imaginary sunflower floral using plastic wrap pressed onto wet paint and let dry. Negative painting was done for this unusual design. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Persimmons Shadows

9x12 watercolor on Grumbacher 140 lb cold press paper completed today. These Asian persimmons were given to me so they were placed on decorated textiles that have sequins, tiny pearls, ribbon, soutache, etc., then photographed. I liked the cast shadows over the mostly secondary color palette. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

White Open Tulips

12x16 watercolor on Italia block 140 lb cold press paper done over the past weekend using White Nights paints. The word 'open' was a prompt during #inktober2021 and I did an ink sketch first, then a watercolor over that small one and now a larger version of the open tulips. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, November 8, 2021

Kinky Sunflower

12x9 watercolor and ink on Canson for mixed media paper done over last week from a previous version, intensifying color value, and line design elements. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Tree Connection

18x12 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done last week, a glimpse of an imaginary forest, rocks, stream and trees in this landscape. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Sleepy Baby Burro

20.25x26.25 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper done as a demo for the Fredericksburg, TX art group Die Kunstler on Thursday night. This was the second time to paint this little burro and they gave me 2 hours to do it but I finished in 1 hour. A limited palette of quinacridone burnt orange, quinacridone gold, and ultramarine blue (Daniel Smith) was used plus an opaque Coastal Fog (American Journey). The opaque can give a soft texture for an animal's fur/hair. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, November 5, 2021

Slither Snake

5.5x8.5 watercolor, Brusho, acrylics and ink in Masters sketchbook, first done in ink for #Inktober2021 last week and color added later for this snake. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Bullfinch

5.5x5.5 watercolor on Arteza 110 lb CP paper last weekend for another online challenge hosted by WetCanvas. I had not painted a bullfinch before but was aware of the bird and its unusual color. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Pumpkins for Sale

12x10.5 watercolor and ink line (Pigma Micron 05 pen) on Daler Rowney Langton 140 lb cold press paper done for a past #InkTober. I photographed this fat pumpkin on top of others in a huge box at the Ruidoso WalMart store in 2016. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Open Tulips

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line done week before last, or the sketch was for #Inktober2021 and I added color later using White Nights paints. I think the tulip composition I ended up with was charming. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, November 1, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Extinct Owls

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line using STA Lictin 0.2 pen on Masters sketchbook; the ink sketch done last week for 'extinct' prompt on #InkTober2021. These owls obviously were very old in a museum when I saw them online. Here I added color using Brusho wc crystals as well as watercolor. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Poppy Sprouts

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line in Masters sketchbook done last week. The sprouts were inked for InkTober2021 then I sketched the floral part and applied paint in this garden scene. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, October 29, 2021

Apple Buckets

15x11 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper of a simple autumn apple gathering scene. These apples would make a great pie, cake, or fresh fruit. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Burrowing Owl

9x6 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on Canson 140 lb cold press done last week, a wildlife bird over a used paper backing sheet. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Jar of Daisies

8x8 watercolor using White Nights paints and Daniel Smith on Masters Premium 140 lb paper completed today. These daisies are still blooming at our New Mexico place and were the inspiration for putting cuttings in a jar. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Window Shoppers

5.5x5.5 watercolor in Arteza sketchbook for wc done over the past week for a WetCanvas weekend drawing event challenge. The chocolatier business was in Belgium. I used White Nights paints and omitted one couple who were also window shopping. Paper is 110 lb cold press.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Southwestern Red Hot Pokers

5.5x5.5 watercoloor using White Nights paints done over the past week in Arteza sketchbook 110 lb cold press paper. Using my own red hot pokers for reference this was a fun botanical/floral to paint. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Caturday Night

9x5.25 watercolor of a cat enjoying his night out on the town, an imaginary scene done last week on 140 lb cold press paper and Daniel Smith paints. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Downy Woodpecker

2.75x5.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week from old photo refs not yet painted. This is over a pencil sketch and abstract background. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, October 22, 2021

Compass ~ day 16 #inktober2021

5.25x8.25 walnut ink, India ink, STA 0.3 pen in junk journal done last week for another #InkTober2021 prompt. The word compass is displayed in an old world format with this sketch. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Townsend's Warbler

4.25x5.75 watercolor over pencil line sketch on bird magazine card done over the past weekend. This warbler is singing loudly to any who will listen. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wise Owl

14x11 mixed media wildlife owl painting done today on Arteza 140 lb for mixed media paper. Over a pencil sketch I used watercolor, Caran D'Ache wax watersoluble crayons, STA 0.5 pen, black India ink, and white gel pen. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Graffiti Cat

8x5.5 watercolor, Caran D'Ache crayons over Pigma Micron 01 ink drawing on Strathmore Visual Journal. At first I just put in watercolor and it looked so blah boring! So the crayons were added for a little graffiti touch. Now I like this cat and tail! COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, October 18, 2021

Decorated Saguaro

9x12 mixed media collage on Grumbacher 140 lb cold press paper done last week over a pencil sketch. Gouache and multicolored gel pens used to indicate thorns on the saguaro cactus spines. Collage pieces are cut from colorful magazine pages and adhered with matte medium. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, October 17, 2021

A Hawkeye

8.5x5.5 mixed media hawk on paper done yesterday using colored pencils, brown Tombow brush pen to sketch, Brusho,watercolor, and India ink. Ref courtesy WetCanvas weekend drawing event. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Stuck Cow

5.5x8.5 watercolor, Brusho wc crystals, and ink using STA 0.3 pen in Masters sketchbook, for day 12 'stuck' of #InkTober2021 done this week. This Jersey cow has managed to get her head stuck inside a house window somehow. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, October 15, 2021

Magnolia Morning

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a summer floral scene of a magnolia in full bloom. I used my silk ones to sketch this from life. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Sour Puss

5.5x8.5 gouache, watercolor, and ink with STA 0.5 pen done for day 11 of #InkTober2021; the prompt was 'sour'. Initial ink sketch is seen below. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Sleepy Lamb

5.5x8.5 watercolor on paper (Masters sketchbook) done over the weekend for online WetCanvas challenge. I could not resist the sweet innocence of this baby lamb. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Outlook Trees

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage in junk journal done last week using gouache and ink for an imaginary scene. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, October 11, 2021

Barn Milkcans

15x11 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press block done over the past weekend; ref courtesy WetCanvas in the Southwest/Western forum challenge. I liked the rusty texture on the old milk cans and the rugged wooden fence behind reminding us of days gone by and milking cows in this farm still life. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Spirit ~ day 6 #InkTober2021

5.5x5.5 ink on Arteza sketchbook paper 110 lb cold press done last week for day 6 of the annual ink sketch event called InkTober. Thousands of people worldwide participate in this fun exercise either doing their own subject or using the prompts provided by Jake Parker, its founder since 2009. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith