Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Happy Cat (Note: Switch from Feedburner to follow.it effective 1 July)

7x5 watercolor, no pencil sketch, done last week as a quickie on 140 lb cold press paper. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith Speaking of quick, effective tomorrow on 1 July, Feedburner is going away. I have switched to follow.it for additional features followers can now use (which didn’t exist on Feedburner), e.g. on https://follow.it/kaysmithbrushworks?action=followPub&filter you can now define filters and have more delivery channels, e.g. to receive your news via Telegram, news page etc. So do check out https://follow.it

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Truck Watchdog ~ National Dog Day

11x7 watercolor over pencil sketch of a dog, Australian shepherd, poking his head out a pickup truck window in honor of National Dog Day today. Love to paint dogs but don't want to own one again. This is on paper 140 lb cold press. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, June 28, 2021

Butterfly Zinnia Garden

11x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday of summer annual zinnias with monarch butterfly, an imaginary scene from one of my photos. This was painted wet on dry using Daniel Smith and White Nights paints over a couple of days. Zinnia leaves are rough and scratchy. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Desert Cactus Land

6.25x8 alcohol inks, ink, watercolor, Sharpie and gel pens on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago, an imaginary desert scene of the southwest. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Friday, June 25, 2021

Tulip Dance

7x5 watercolor using White Nights paints on Canson 140 lb cp paper, done a couple days ago during our paint group afternoon. In this imaginary tulip I've tried to incorporate some patriotic colors of red, white, and blue. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 24, 2021

June Orchids

12x9 watercolor on Grumbacher 140 lb. CP done a few days ago from life. Acrylics used on pot design. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Blackthorne Daylily

10.5x9 watercolor/Brusho on paper recently done of a two-toned lily. An abstract background completes the floral design. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Old Wall and Geraniums

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary scene of an old house stone wall with window box of red geraniums, painted this past week. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, June 21, 2021

Beach Bottle

8x8 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend of a green bottle on the beach (ref courtesy WetCanvas RIL). I enjoyed the cloudy skies and the light passing through all of it to the sand and water causing a reflection. White Nights paints were used. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Lost Bulldog

5.5x3.5 watercolor using White Nights paints over ink line with Micron 01 pen, done on magazine card last night. This cute guy was lost, wandering around a store I was in last month in New Mexico. Hopefully the bulldog was rescued as he was not there yesterday. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Wacky Flower

5x7 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done on Monday this week. I used watercolor, colored pencils (sanded into wet wash), and black India ink when dry. A large blob of carmine by Daniel Smith was put down along with other analogous colors, then blown with a large drinking straw to create runny lines of paint. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2021

Friday, June 18, 2021

Backyard Hummingbird

5x7 watercolor on Masters 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday from multiple photos. I used a #1 rigger brush throughout. Moderate splattering was done in the pink floral areas of the blooms. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Blown Poppy

3.75x2.75 watercolor on Canson paper 140 lb. cold press done yesterday, an exercise of putting down successive colors and blowing paint via a straw to create ragged edges. Splattering was done when dry using pink and green. No pencil was used. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Striped Umbrella

4.25x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday of a striped navy blue and white umbrella that I've put in an imaginary beach scene. Note the seagulls overhead. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Fresh Frida

8x6 watercolor and pencil on Hahnemuhle grey sketchbook (95 lb. paper) done over the weekend of the infamous Frida Kahlo. I decided to not paint her clothing for a fresh take in this A5 work. Note the cigarette in her left hand. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, June 14, 2021

Calico Window

5.5x5.5 watercolor in Arteza sketchbook,110 lb paper, done over the weekend. This sweet girl is no one's cat in particular as colors were improvised. I tried to make the window appear cloudy and rainy and the calico was looking out imagining a sunny day. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 13, 2021

June Sunflower

11x15 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press block done this past week, working on its composition for about 3 days. Lots of negative painting of the leaves and in the background. Daniel Smith paints were used. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Twilight in the City

15x11 watercolor and gouache on Fabriano 140 lb rough paper done a few days ago of an imaginary city street at twilight. I first painted it in watercolor and was not reading right so put mostly white, peach, blue and pale yellow gouache washes over it. Highlights are the street lights glow and reflections. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, June 11, 2021

Floral Thoughts

13x9 mixed media on paper done last week, an experiment using pulled gelli plate prints, puddles of alcohol inks, gouache and watercolor. Some stencil marks may be seen at the bottom. Other marks made by using a small brayer. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Floral Sunshine

8.5x4.5 alcohol inks and watercolor on Bristol board 300 series, 100 lb. paper done last week, experimenting with colors and design for an abstract look. I used a brayer to put the inks down from a gelli plate. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Country Hay Barn

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium 140 lb cold press paper done over last weekend. I used two of my barn reference photos for the silo and the main barn building housing hay bales. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Shorthorn Skull

12x9 ink on Bristol 300 series, 100 lb. paper done over the weekend. No pencil sketch only used a black Tombow brush pen (watersoluble), then water to activate black to gray tones. When dry, black India ink with a chopstick was applied to emphasize darkest darks and create texture marks. Blue watercolor was spritzed over it all to finish. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, June 7, 2021

Cooped Up Rooster

8x8 watercolor on Masters Premium wc paper 140 lb cold press done last week from one of my black and white photo references. So the feather colors are all imaginary as well as flamboyant. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Tall Glass of Wine

8.5x5.5 watercolor in Masters Touch sketchbook paper done last weekend. In this still life of a red pear and white wine one can relax and think about tomorrow. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Overgrown Flowers

8.25x5.25 mixed media in junk journal done recently. I used acrylics, gouache, watercolor, stamps, and stencils in the vintage book from 1950. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, June 4, 2021

Hidden Faces

8.5x11 alcohol inks on paper done last week, an experiment hiding faces for the viewer to try and find. A brayer was used to spread colors. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Three Pink Callas

5.5×5.5 watercolor, Conte pastel, Caran D’Ache wax crayons on Arteza 110 lb. sketchbook paper done today of a simple trio of calla lilies. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fifties Woman ~ torn paper collage

12x12 torn paper collage on gallery wrap canvas done yesterday after working on it 2.5 days. An imaginary face that reminds me of women in the 1950s, the nostalgic hairstyle and clothing. COPYRGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Memorial Day Hydrangeas

5.5 x 5.5 watercolor painted yesterday and today in Arteza 110 lb paper sketchbook. Every May I am getting only one or two hydrangea blossoms so decided to paint this as a reminder. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith