Friday, December 31, 2021

Wine Still Life ~ Have a Happy New Year!

4.75x3.5 watercolor on 140 lb Daler Rowney cold press paper done yesterday, a miniature still life set up with a wine bottle, an orange, books, and a candle. Have a very happy new year 2022! COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Indonesian Man

12x5 mixed media on Grumbacher 140 lb cold press wc paper done last weekend for another timed WetCanvas event; ref courtesy Dewi Saputra. I used STA Lictin ink 0.3 pen to sketch him over a used paper sheet that had markings of all media on it. His face was not to my liking so I put white gesso over it, then re-sketched and painted with gouache and some watercolor. The "belt" was not part of his dark blue shirt (they dye their clothes this color) but is part of the original paper I painted around that now goes with the background. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Brusho Sky with White Buildings

5x9 Brusho, watercolor, and white wax crayon on 140 lb Grumbacher cold press paper done last week, an imaginary summer landscape scene. The crayon was used as a resist on the buildings while Brusho wc crystals in ultramarine blue was used to paint the sky. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Rainy Street

8.5x5.5 watercolor on Masters paper using White Nights paints done week before last, an imaginary town scene featuring people with umbrellas and reflections on a rainy day. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, December 27, 2021

Aspen Raven

5.5x8.5 watercolor using White Nights paint done week before last using same aspen tree as reference I used for a recent cardinal. This raven is scouting out food possibilities from his high perch in this imaginary wildlife scene. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Old Pail and Fence

8x5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done a couple weeks ago for a lesson on rust. The old pail appears to have been abandoned on the fence in some rural area grown up in grasses and weeds. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas! Tree Truck

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook of an old pickup truck hauling a cut evergreen Christmas tree. The tree has been strung with large colored old fashioned light bulbs and is on its way to help celebrate the season. Have a Merry Christmas everyone! COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Swirling Snowflakes

8.25x5.25 mixed media in junk journal done last week. I used a stencil to stamp white acrylic paint onto the page, then dark Brusho colors in layers along with watercolor for a dark sky. When dry white gel pen used to make tiny snowflakes. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Abandoned Barn in Winter

9x12 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on 140 lb Grumbacher cold press paper done yesterday, a country barn and shed covered in snow. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Snowy White Church

14x10 watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua 140 lb hot press paper done over the past few days of a white church building in its imaginary snow setting. The street lamp leads the viewer into the composition while we see snowy footprints going to the church entrance. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nutcracker

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line in sketchbook by Masters, a cropped version of a popular nutcracker figure. I used a Lictin STA 0.3 pen and this one was completed last week. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, December 20, 2021

December Streetlamp

8.5x5.5 watercolor plus Brusho in Masters sketchbookon paper,70 lb, done last week, another in my street lamp series, just in time for the first snowfall in this imaginary scene. The Brusho grey crystals cause amazing textural effects of the ice and snow of the frigid cold. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, December 19, 2021

December Chickadee

6x8 watercolor and gouache on Hahnemuhle 95 lb grey toned paper done yesterday; ref courtesy Joy K. as part of WetCanvas Animal/Wildlife challenge this month. I edited the background and added a winter scene using white gouache for snow. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Doe Resting

6x8 watercolor on Hahnemuhle grey toned paper, 95 lb. cold press, using White Nights paints done last week. Using a photo I took of this sleeping doe outside bedroom window in the mountains, she deserved her time in the sun. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, December 17, 2021

Orange Tabby Sleeping

12x9 mixed media on paper done last week using art markers by CaliArt, watercolor, and pencil on mixed media paper. The paper is very slick so the markers performed well. The sleeping orange tabby is oblivious to the season. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Brusho Poinsettia Party

3.5x4.5 Brusho, watercolor over pencil sketch on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done recently of a group of variegated poinsettias in their pots. The Brusho was perfect for the mottled color in the leaves. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Field Barn

15x22 watercolor vignette on a half sheet of Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week, painting wet on dry in a direct manner. A few areas had more than one glaze of this old barn structure out in a field. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Streetlamps in Snow

7x5 watercolor Brusho and white wax crayon as a resist in this imaginary downtown scene of lamps during winter. After a pencil sketch and white areas with crayon, I used fine mist sprayer to add water to dry paper then sprinkled grey Brusho crystals. With a brush I carefully went over the various parts of the composition. When dry a script liner brush mixed with sepia and indigo added dark areas of the lamp post and iron fence. Snowy street parts were a mix of Prussian blue watercolor and palette mud to vary the values. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Monday, December 13, 2021

Birch Woods

4.5x3.5 acrylics on Bristol 400 series plate, an imaginary scene of birches in the woods covered in snow. The paper had been covered in various marks of different media in black and green so I painted over that. Copyright 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Town Cats

6.25x4.25 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago for another online challenge on Creative Spark. Ref courtesy Pixabay. I cropped the left side of the image to focus more on the two cats in this European town. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Brushmarks

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage in junk journal done several days ago. I used a walnut ink splat that was for InkTober and filled in some spaces using CaliArt markers that are next to a collaged paint brush image. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, December 10, 2021

Shih Tzu Pet Portrait

12x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a commissioned pet portrait honoring a person's pet who has gone to the rainbow bridge. This little female looked so sweet and it was a privilege to paint her. This work is SOLD. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Old Farm Scene

11x17.5 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, an imaginary farm scene set in autumn before the first snow happens. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Wild Redhead

12x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done this past weekend for a WetCanvas drawing event. No pencil sketch, brush only, putting in darks first and thus able to form head and features easier. Total time was under 2 hour limit. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Monday, December 6, 2021

Downtown Frisco

10.25x9 charcoal using both hard and soft on sketchbook paper done the last weekend before December; ref courtesy another artist Gary Allen. I liked the tall telephone poles and lines towering above the cityscape buildings, cars, etc. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Frozen River Trees

6x4 Brusho, oil pastels, and wax crayon on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week, an experimental winter landscape. I wanted to use multiple media together to see what effects would result. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Tree on Snowbanks

12x6 watercolor and Brusho on Strathmore 140 lb. cold press paper, painted last week, an imaginary scene in winter. The Brusho adds another dimension to the texture I usually need to express. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Friday, December 3, 2021

A Few Winter Trees

6x5 watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper with mixed media abstract background; an imaginary Christmas scene. COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2021.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Model T

5.5x8.5 done recently, watercolor using White Nights paints and a STA Lictin 0.2 pen to sketch. Ref courtesy WetCanvas watercolor forum. I tried to make the rust bucket vehicle look its age. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Cardinal in Aspen Tree

5.5x5.5 watercolor using White Nights paints on Arteza 110 lb paper done week before last, a combination using two separate references. COPYRIGHT 2021 Kay Smith