Thursday, March 31, 2022

Rush Hour Abstract

30x22 acrylics and matte medium on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, a loose abstraction that has a lot of color and character. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Plum Pink Abstract

9x4.5 mixed media of acrylics, gesso, watercolor, ink over an old cut up watercolor failure of an angel. It had metallic paint already so I put gesso over my fingers and smeared it around causing the colors to blend together. When dry I used India ink to make marks vertically in this experimental abstract. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Spring Puddles and Doodles Abstract

9x12 acrylics and ink on Canson 138 lb paper for mixed media done as the third abstract in this exercise as taught by Yvette St. Amant. Marks are made with a black gel pen. I enjoyed working with these spring colors in this simple piece. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, March 28, 2022

Spring Mark Making Abstract

9x12 acrylics and ink on Canson for mixed media 138 lb. paper done last week as the second one in a group of three lessons by Yvette St. Amant. Same paint colors as in the previous post of the Drops. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Spring Drips Abstract

9x12 acrylics on Canson 138 lb mixed media paper done last week, the first of three abstracts using same colors as taught by Yvette St. Amant's beginner's online course. The areas at top represent either florals or trees and wet paint was let drip downwards for a loose effect. I really enjoy the Spring colors in this exercise. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Free Spirits Horses

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last weekend from one of my photos of these horse sculptures by Dave McGary. This installation can be seen at the entrance to the horse museum, Ruidoso Downs, NM. Paints and appaloosas are featured in this grouping of galloping horses which are larger than life. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, March 25, 2022

Three Poplar Trees

7.75x4.25 acrylics on wc 140 lb paper done this past weekend using some of my tree ref photos from New Mexico. No pencil sketch was done first, just brush only using leftover acrylics. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Man Talk

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink using STA Lictin 0.3 pen in Masters sketchbook participating in another online challenge. The ref town scene had other people and stores so those were cropped out to focus on the two men talking. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Dance Before Spring Abstract

7x5 mixed media on watercolor paper done a few weeks ago using marked up excess paper to make an abstract design. It has colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and collage elements using spring time colors. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Orchid Interior

15x11 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper block done last week, another macro floral showing a close up view of the intricacy of the delicate orchid. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, March 21, 2022

Thistle Bird

9x12 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on Canson 138 lb cold press mixed media paper done over the previous weekend from an online WetCanvas challenge. The bird is a goldfinch. Ref courtesy Connie van Winssen. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, March 20, 2022

More Amarillo Sunflowers ~ Happy Spring!

12x9 mixed media using pastel, charcoal, and watersoluble Caran D'Ache wax crayons on pastel paper from some fake sunflowers. I love their free form organic shapes and twisted leaves. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Tropical Flamingo

12x9 acrylics and ink on Canson for mixed media paper done last week for another exercise in abstract online tutorials by Yvette St. Amant. I used my own refs to get a right look to the flamingo's beak. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, March 18, 2022

Tropical Hibiscus

12x9 acrylics and ink on Canson for mixed media paper done last week for another exercise in abstract online tutorials by Yvette St. Amant. These are hibiscus flower shapes. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Tropical Vibe

12x9 acrylics and ink on Canson for mixed media paper done last week for another exercise in abstract online tutorials by Yvette St. Amant. These are monstera leaves. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

White Poppy Frills

11x15 watercolor using White Nights paints on Strathmore 140 lb cold press block done today after a quick pencil sketch on the main outlines of the frilly poppy. Torn tissue paper was collaged/adhered to various areas using matte medium and let dry overnight; this provides texture and unusual color formations. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Gray Black Swirls

9x6 acrylics using two colors of gray and black on canvas pad, an exercise in the abstract online tutorial by Yvette St. Amant. This is a companion piece to the earlier posted one with drips title Gray Black Swirl Drips. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, March 14, 2022

Divided Abstract

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage in junk journal done last week, an exercise in using an ink piece that was not working. Adding some color and a better design I came up with this abstract. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Spring Petals

12x9 acrylics on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday after first making eucalyptus leaves and palm leaves, strokes which were part of a tutorial. The imaginary flowers popped into the composition. Spring is one week from today! COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Pink Lilac Abstract

7x5 acrylics and ink on gessoed foamcore board done this past week using techniques learned in the online tutorial I've been taking. For this panel I've used red violet India ink made by Dr Ph Martin company to tie in both sides. Four different colors were used to paint the pink and the violet tones in this abstract. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, March 11, 2022

Gray Black Swirl Drips Abstract

9x6 acrylic on canvas pad done last week or so ago in an online tutorial with Yvette St. Amant, exploring the medium and its versatility making abstract art. Two colors used with this which were gray and black. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Sunflowers in Blue Vase

12x12 watercolor on Masters Touch Premium 140 lb cold press paper done over the past weekend in part of an online challenge. I used Daniel Smith paints in a direct wet on dry method. Sketching was done quickly almost in a blind contour. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Ocean Blues Abstract

12x9 acrylics and black ink on Grumbacher 140 lb CP paper done yesterday as the last lesson in Yvette St. Amant's online tutorial. In this lesson the exercise was called a divided composition where two blues were loosely applied with lots of water on the left and navy blue on the right. A cream color was applied with a long palette knife down the middle. When dry, black ink marks were put in vertically to tie the design together. This reminded me of the ocean and its colors. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Velvet Noses

11x15 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend as part of an online challenge. I selected an equine image of wild horses featuring a pinto stallion and a bay mare rubbing their velvet noses. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, March 7, 2022

Amaryllis Bloom

5x3 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done week before last, a miniature floral from an old amaryllis plant. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Gold Accents Abstract

12x9 acrylics on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week, another abstract exercise in the Yvette St. Amant online tutorial classes. A palette knife was used to manipulate the paint in a random pattern. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Turquoise Toffee Abstract

12x9 acrylics on canvas pad done yesterday, another abstract from the instruction of Yvette St. Amant online tutorials. The bold gold seen here was from a bottle of metallic gold purchased from the dollar store that gives a nice warm glow to the blues and tans. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, March 4, 2022

Orange Cactus Pod Bloom

8x8 watercolor using White Nights paints on Lanaquarelle hot press 140 lb done last weekend from some of my cactus ref photos. I enjoyed painting the vivid orange bloom on this set of desert succulent cactus or cacti. In May these will be blooming in west Texas. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Inquisitive Sparrows ~ #World Wildlife Day 2022

5.5x8.5 watercolor over pencil sketch of three sparrows discussing that today, March 3, is #World Wildlife Day. White Nights paints were used for this one done last week in Masters Touch sketchbook. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Inside Red Bell Pepper

9x12 CaliArt markers on Master's Touch marker pad paper done last week. I was wanting to use the markers again as their vivid colors are unmatched by any paint medium and this freshly sliced red bell pepper was perfect for a vegetable still life. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Turquoise Cactus

8.5x5.5 mixed media on Masters sketchbook paper done last week using watercolor, ink, and markers. I used White Nights paints and CaliArt markers in this colored graphic cactus design. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith