Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Sunflowers and Apples

5x7 watercolor using White Nights paints on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, a still life made up of country items such as a gingham basket of Granny Smith apples and fresh sunflowers. This was painted over the last weekend. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, May 30, 2022

Salmon Colored Hollyhocks

7x5 watercolor using White Nights paints on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper done over the weekend using several hollyhock images. Shadows were put in using local color of several warm hues. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Fluffy Fowl

9.5x7 mixed media on Ecosystem sketchbook. Using a Uniball black Elite ink pen, I drew the chicken outline and feathers. With watercolor I put in light tan, gold, and its red comb and beak. Lastly I applied Montana acrylic markers to the background in light blue and orange. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Comical Cardinal

4.25x4.25 acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper of an imaginary male cardinal. It was fun to put all the reds and oranges I had into its feathers. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, May 27, 2022

Little Bluebird

4.25x4.25 acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper of an imaginary young bird. It was fun to put all the blues I had into its feathers. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Meadow of Daisies

6.75x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted a few days ago of various daisies within a meadow, just a carefree spring floral landscape. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Horses in Harness

12x9 Caliart markers on marker paper by Masters Touch mixed with Brusho watercolor crystals done a few days ago. I used my sketch of these working horses in harness which was done in black Tombow brush pen, making only the darkest darks black. Then I traced those lines onto the new paper, used dark browns for the tack (bridle etc.), then partially wet the paper with a brush, sprinkling grey Brusho into that. The animals were dappled greys. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Almost Over the Hill

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press painted of an imaginary country scene with trees over the hill and an old fence standing guard. Splatters using periwinkle were placed at the end when dry over the foreground. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, May 23, 2022

Busy Bee

5x8.25 watercolor on sketch paper done over the weekend of a busy bee on some purple asters going about its business. No pencil sketch just brush on paper to make shapes and forms. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Tall Mini Cactus with Turquoise Background

7x4 watercolor and ink on Strathmore toned tan paper done a few days ago of a tall mini cactus in clay pot I've used in other pieces. Changing supports and colors often spark new ideas. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Hidden Cactus

6x4 watercolor and ink on Saunders Waterford 140 lb cold press paper using an abstract design over a more realistic form of a cactus. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, May 20, 2022

Joyful Peppers

9x12 watercolor and black ink on Canson 140 lb cold press paper I painted on Wednesday at our paint in, just from a simple sketch done years ago. White Nights paints were used. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, May 19, 2022

A Barred Plymouth Rock Hen

7x7 mixed media hen sketched in pencil yesterday during our paint in with other art association members. I used colored pencils, watercolor (White Nights), white gel pen on this bird art done on sketch paper. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Brusho Walking Elephant

4x6 Brusho watercolor crystals using the grey color done yesterday over a light pencil sketch of a walking elephant. I put the crystals on top of my palette then added water to make it liquid then for the most part did a value rendering. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Window Shadows

3.25x7 watercolor on Saunders Waterford 300 lb cold press paper done yesterday using no pencil sketch beforehand. This was an exercise in negative painting, a very important method to learn. I used primary colors for this grouping of three windows. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, May 16, 2022

Brusho Buffalo

8x8 Brusho watercolor crystals on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend/ref courtesy WetCanvas. Brusho colors used: Grey, black, dark brown, and burnt sienna. Snow flecks made using a loaded brush of white gouache. Background was a mix of American Journey's Coastal Fog and the white. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Hot Afternoon Donkey II

15x11 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb cold press rough paper done over the weekend, a repeat of an imaginary earlier version that had sold. I used Daniel Smith paints. This work is also SOLD. Copyright 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Sudderth Drive Hollyhocks

18x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper begun last paint in day this week, using one of my old photos of hollyhocks growing along Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso, NM. The old store has since closed but the hollyhocks are blooming in summer along the iron fence. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, May 13, 2022

Daisy Sunflower Jar

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters Touch paper done over the past weekend and first part of this week, an imaginary floral still life featuring two favorites. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Chief David Bald Eagle

12x9 watercolor using White Nights paints done over last weekend on Masters Touch marker paper 46 lb. Ref courtesy Creative Spark/Water Media host Sandra via Steve Atkinson's copyright free photos. This old fellow has seen a lot of years and his right eye appears to have a cloudiness. I enjoyed his headdress and feathers that completes the costume. 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Moss Roses reverse

9x12 marker art reverse side of yesterday's post of some moss rose plants I was ready to get get into a pot. This is on Masters Touch marker paper, 46 lb. using Caliart markers. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Moss Rose

9x12 Caliart markers on Masters Touch marker paper 46 lb done last week using one of my gardening photos from years ago. I had bought these moss rose plants as they love the hot Texas sun. Tomorrow I'll post how it looks on its reverse side as the bleedthrough is amazing to see. Whoever gets this piece gets a twofer. No pencil sketch was done only negative mark making. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, May 9, 2022

Jorge baseball player portrait

6.5x4.5 colored pencil, white charcoal on toned tan Strathmore paper done for day 14 of #Sktchy #30faces30days challenge in January. I enjoyed this young baseball player's lateral view for this portrait. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Turban Girl portrait

10.25x9 pencil portrait in sketchbook for day 10 of Sktchy #30faces30days challenge in January. I enjoyed this girl's fresh young face with her hair wrapped up. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, May 6, 2022

Zoom Call Girl portrait

9.5x7 pencil and colored pencil for this sktchy #30faces30days challenge in January for day 8. I liked this girl's daring makeup to wear on just a Zoom call for work. This is in Ecosystem sketchbook. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wendy ~ Sktchy portrait

11x7 mixed media on toned tan Strathmore paper done in January during the Sktchy #30faces30days challenge for day 7. I used pencil, acrylic, watercolor, and technical pen for this cute woman named Wendy. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

At Dell's Cafe

16x12 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done in January; photographed this lonely bearded man at a local cafe on a very cold day. The light grey jacket probably was all he had to wear on his lunch out in town. Currently this portrait is in the Louisiana Watercolor Society exhibition and earned my final third point for signature status. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Watercan, Hat and Plants

6.5x9.25 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press done today, a gardening still life composed of old hat, old watering can, spade, and pots of annuals such as geraniums, petunias, daisies, etc. Now this should put everyone in a spring planting mood. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, May 2, 2022

A Baltimore Oriole

4.75x4.5 watercolor over pencil sketch of the oriole heralding spring and its clear skies, warm temps, with plenty of wildlife activity. This was painted today on Canson 140 lb cold press paper. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Pack Mule

12x9 watercolor on Grumbacher 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago using some of our Mexico trips photos. I omitted the man standing close to the pack mule to focus on the animal and his heavy burden. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith