Sunday, February 28, 2021

February Daffodil

5.5x5.5 watercolor on Arteza 110 lb sb paper done a few days ago in anticipation of spring coming on 20 March. This was painted with a #1 rigger/script liner brush wet on dry. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Peaceful Rose

8x8 watercolor floral on Masters Premium 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend using some of my peace rose reference photos from studio flowers. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Rooster Time

5.5x8.5 watercolor on Masters paper in sketchbook done over this past weekend using an old rooster reference photo. I liked the dark green and indigo blue colors in his tail feathers. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Kitty Face

5.5x5.5 watercolor in Arteza sketchbook done yesterday from old cat reference photos. I liked this one because it only shows the viewer a portion of the cat's face with its eyes front and center. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Javelina Hog

8.5x6 mixed media on tinted ColorSketch paper done a few weeks ago for a WetCanvas online contest. For this wild hog I used black India ink and Montana acrylic markers. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, February 22, 2021

'ritaville for National Margarita Day

7.5x11 watercolor, 140 lb cold press paper. I painted this while in Albuquerque in 2009. I used Winsor Newton paper and travel kit. Colors: Cadmium yellow pale, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow hue, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, cadmium red pale, sap green, burnt umber, alizarin crimson, and viridian. Since today is National Margarita Day I posted this then ordered a frozen one with lime and a rim of salt along with some hot Tex Mex food. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Daisy Petals

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters paper. Using one of my white daisies photos, several were sketched in with Micron 01 pen. These perennials are always such a joy to see come up with the warmth of a pre-Spring sun, through the still cool earth. Splattering of yellow orange (gamboge) was done when dry in this imaginary garden scene. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

February Snow Bunny

5.5x8.5 watercolor over charcoal woodless pencil sketch done yesterday from an earlier desert cottontail rabbit or bunny image I had painted last year in a more realistic fashion. For this I used a #1 rigger/script liner brush and allowed colors to mix and run. Ref image courtesy WetCanvas. Painting is done in Masters sketchbook, 80 lbs. cold press. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, February 19, 2021

Northern Flicker in Spring

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago, thinking about 20 March being the first day of spring for this year. A flicker is a woodpecker. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Fearless Chicken

5.5x5.5 watercolor on Arteza 110 lb cold press paper in wc sketchbook done yesterday, another one of my whimsical chickens with a little color play thrown into its white feathers. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Bike Bucket Hydrangeas

5x3.5 watercolor on 140 lb Fabriano cold press paper sketched and painted today while waiting out the ice storm. No water in the studio so did this miniature imaginary floral scene depicting warmer times and warmer climes. I love painting old metal buckets and rusty bicycles. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Floral Bunny

8.25x5.25 watercolor and ink line done last week in my junk journal using STA Lictin 0.2 pen for the sketch. So ready for Spring next month if we survive February and its cold snaps. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, February 15, 2021

February Cardinal

5.5x5.5 watercolor on Arteza 110 lb. cold press paper done over the weekend from one of my male cardinal photos. This guy is one of two I've seen in the backyard and more often now I'm scattering seed for them all. Too cold to hunt for ordinary food. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, February 14, 2021

February Tulip Field

11x15 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday then finished today. Based upon a similar tulip field I painted in 1998 and sold, I wanted to replicate it with a fresh new look in this imaginary floral landscape. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith. Older image is posted below.
BEFORE Tulip Field 1998 COPYRIGHT Kay Smith

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Morning Glory Montage

8.25x5.25 watercolor/ink with collage in junk journal done yesterday. Some flowers are cut out and some are sketched in with STA Lictin 0.3 pen for a lively take on florals. There is a tulip and assorted small blooms in the composition. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, February 12, 2021

Crocuses

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage in junk journal done on the last day of January in response to an online challenge using crocus bulbs that are blooming. Here I've paired the flowers with a vase cut out of a failed watercolor. Sketched with a STA Lictin 0.2 pen, color was put in using acrylics fairly thinned down. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Red Vase of Spoonflowers

4.5x4 acrylics on 300 lb Saunders wc paper, an imaginary composition of colors and shapes done last week of January. I used Liquitex paints in this contemporary still life. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Old Fashioned Love

7.5x7.5 watercolor,ink and collage elements on Crescent matboard done this afternoon at a paint out. I first placed a heart paper doily from the dollar store on the mat then outlined each space with a 0.3 STA Lictin pen in black. Next cut out rose images from gift wrap and a cocktail napkin and collaged on with glue stick. Center romantic couple was cut out from French toile paper. Next background was colored in using transparent watercolor using a #1 script liner brush; rose shapes began to appear so those were further developed by negative painting. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Gray Catbird

6x8.5 Brusho and watercolor done last week on ColorSketch oatmeal paper after sketching with pencil. This is from one of my many bird photos with an imaginary background. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, February 8, 2021

Farmhouse Geranium

7.25x7 gouache and watercolor over a failed floral, an imaginary country flowering fuchsia pink geranium against old weathered wood. I used Artsy brand gouache jelly cups and a large round synthetic #12 brush on 140 lb cold press wc paper. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Variegated Valentine Tulips

12x16 watercolor on Magnani Italia 140 lb cold press block done this weekend from my tulips photos, a floral watercolor scene of spring around the corner. I used colors rarely painted with such as Daniel Smith's quinacridone coral and sap green, American Journey's Fire Engine Red by Cheap Joe, and Winsor Newton's Aureolin. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Some Wine for Valentine

8x6 watercolor and ink line (Uniball pen) on Stillman and Birn Zeta series sketchbook. Two imaginary wine glasses of Cabernet were sketched along with the hearts then painted in this whimsical Valentine still life. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, February 5, 2021

Rowdy Rooster

8.5x6 watercolor/ink line on ColorSketch sketchbook yellow tinted paper done today. This is for another WetCanvas online challenge where participants have 2 hours to do their art. It was sketched with STA Lictin 0.3 pen followed by paint. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Floyd's Cats

6x8.5 watercolor on ColorSketch sketchbook paper, an oatmeal fiber paper blend I've not used much. These two sleeping boys photo is courtesy Floyd on WetCanvas. So relaxing to see cats sleeping. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Mare Named Skye

8x6 watercolor in grey toned Hahnemuhle sketchbook done today, first sketching in pencil then paint.  I can feel the frosty cold and ice. Ref courtesy WetCanvas SW/W forum host Teana. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Hollyhock Shadows

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium 140 lb cold press paper finished today, an imaginary scene of a white Adirondack chair backed by tall old fashioned hollyhocks. The garden flowers grow tall next to the white picket fence and cast their shadows upon the chair and pillow. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, February 1, 2021