Thursday, June 30, 2022

Horny Lizard

8x8 watercolor on Master Touch Premium 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago as a commission; this work is SOLD. This one lives at my studio and has his own red ant bed for his food. Here these reptiles are called horny toads. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Modern Day Angel

8.5x5.5 mixed media including 3D creation made last Saturday duing a 2 hour class by one of our art association members Beth Henry. The papers are construction materials such as Tyvek, acrylics, etc. A fun time to learn new ideas and applications. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Technicolor Horse

4x4 watercolor of imaginary colored horse done a few days ago on 300 lb. cold press paper. It is fun to get creative with animal art. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, June 27, 2022

Opossum

11x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done a few days ago as a commission; this work is SOLD. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Surf's Up!

17x40.5 acrylics on gessoed board done last week along with Yvette St. Amant's online Intermediate Abstracts course. Layering of colors was emphasized and I used white, cream, bisque, navy, medium grey, mint green. Mine was done in a horizontal format rather than vertical as this is going inside a bathroom window. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Snowy Owl Stare

30x22 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper done a few days ago of a snowy owl staring at us; background is negative painting with a first coat of quinacridone gold then the darks. An imaginary bird art wildlife from my own multiple references. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, June 24, 2022

Brusho Bunny

12x9 watercolor and Brusho crystals done on 140 lb cold press paper a few days ago, a winter wildlife rabbit scene. Since it is so hot here this cooled me off somewhat. I used grey, dark brown, and black Brusho powder. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Hail to the Chief

15x11 mixed media of hard charcoal which I sketched him in, colored pencils, and watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done last week, an imaginary American Indian chief in a celebratory stance. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Mission Cross

11x15 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper paper done last week using church mission building photos collected through the years. I like to show the stucco texture of their clay colored walls. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Beach Appaloosa

9x5.75 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press over graphite sketch done today, an appaloosa horse running in the beach water. This imaginary scene is for the first day of summer beginning tomorrow. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, June 20, 2022

Maggie Asian Eyes

8.5x5.5 pencil in Masters sketchbook of a #sktchy muse from the last class taken with that online tutorial. This young girl has amazing eyes and looks quite flirty in this portrait. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Majestic Lily

11x15 watercolor of one of my speckled red and white tiger lilies, just in time for spring, almost summer in two days from now.. It is painted wet in wet on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, DS/DV paints. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Grumpy Ginger Cat

6x6 watercolor Brusho on 140 lb cold press Grumbacher paper done yesterday. The black and white reference I have could have been any color tabby cat so I chose orange ginger and his grumpy face says it all. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, June 17, 2022

Barn Poppies

7.25x3.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday for last week's online challenge on WetCanvas; ref courtesy Clea. I have cropped the poppies into a vertical format in this country barn landscape to better focus on them. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Majestic Bison

7.5x5.5 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals done ysterday of a proud buffalo or bison standing alone in this imaginary landscape. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Coconut Palm

6x8 watercolor on toned grey Hahnemuhle 95 lb paper done over this last weekend during our 2 day pavilion show in New Mexico. Photo ref courtesy Creative Spark member. I used White Nights paints and only a #1 rigger/script liner brush over pencil sketch. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June Pronghorn

6x8 watercolor using White Nights paints done last week during a 2 day art show. I used Hahnemuhle toned grey 95 lb paper and a few pronghorn antelope refs. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, June 13, 2022

Midnight Cosmos

3.5x4 watercolor and acrylic on paper done over the past weekend using White Nights paints and white acrylic. I used a black and white cosmos reference photo for this miniature floral. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Shasta Daisy Petals

3.75x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week as a short demo, emphasizing putting in darkest values first (no pencil sketch first), then midtones, then lights or white of the paper. This is from an ink sketch from my Shasta daisies photos. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Feedlot

9x10 ink and watercolor cows featuring one of them with the number 7 on her forehead, and her friends at the feedlot, done with black Tombow brush pen on hot press sketchbook paper. I've omitted the other cows and extra background clutter and worked from a black and white photocopy. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, June 10, 2022

Deer Shadows

5.5x7.5 watercolor in Moleskine sketchbook using Daniel Smith paints, using one of my deer photos from New Mexico. These does were sunning themselves one warm morning in the cool mountains. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Crow Master

11x8.5 watercolor of a regal rooster preparing to crow for the farm and neighbors if any. I painted this wet on dry using Daniel Smith paints on 140 lb cold press paper. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Black Cat Pose

8.5x5.5 watercolor using White Nights paints on Masters Touch sketch paper done over the past weekend of a black cat in a regal pose. He has minimal white hair on his chest. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Shining Shasta Daisies

8.25x4.25 watercolor on Daler Rowney 140 lb cold press paper, a loose daisy painting using only a 3 value study made with a black Tombow brush pen. Using a black and white photo of the daisies in my yard I marked with black only the darkest darks, followed by mid-tones then lights or the white of the paper. I used a #12 round brush on dry paper and did splatters at the end when dry. No pencil drawing, only negative painting. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, June 6, 2022

Feral Cat

5x5.75 watercolor using White Nights paints and Brusho using black crystals done this past weekend using old cat photos. Painted on 140 lb cold press paper this kitty really needs a good meal and a good home to call his own. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Winter Meadowlark

12x9 watercolor using White Nights paints on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago from several old wildlife photos. I enjoyed the winter quiet solitude of the lone meadowlark and the wild grasses. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Brave Warrior

9x9 watercolor using White Nights paints done a few days ago, an imaginary American Indian brave ready to go to war for his tribe and his land. It is painted on Canson 140 lb cold press paper and was drawn from an earlier ink sketch that I never developed. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, June 3, 2022

Wild June Poppy

8×8 watercolor using White Nights paints done today in about 1.5 hours on Masters Touch Premium 140 lb cold press paper. I enjoyed making up the background in an abstract manner. My photo was more vertical so the bottom was cropped. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Butterfly Profile

3.5x7.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago using White Nights paints and a photo showing the monarch butterfly's profile. The pale flower gives a nice contrast to its bold orange and black markings. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Cheetah Crouch

7.5x7.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over the past weekend as part of another online 2 hour challenge. I did crop the ref to focus on the cheetah and how he was poised to spring into action. White Nights paints were used. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith