Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Cosmos Corner

Cosmos Corner 7.5x5 watercolor in Moleskine for watercolor book, my last page in it, of several varied colors of cosmos flowers. These are one of my favorite plants to paint. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Meadow Storm

5x7.5 watercolor in Moleskine for watercolor 140 lb cold press book done last week for another online challenge in WetCanvas. I enjoyed the bright green sunlit grassy meadow in between the trees with the contrasting angry clouds above. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, August 29, 2022

Great Horned Owl Face

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week, a quick color study from one of my previous sketches. Watermedia lends itself to owl art such as this bird very well. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Tiny Tulips

Tiny Tulips 3x3.75 acrylics on watercolor 140 lb cold press paper done recently, a tiny miniature abstract done by a pour or two, that remind me of tulips in the wind. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Bison on the Move

9x6.5 mixed media of acrylics from a pour,inks,watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, August 26, 2022

Old Bucket and Sunflowers

5x4 watercolor on 140 lb Canson cold press paper, an imaginary country still life I set up a few days ago. Love old metal buckets and sunflowers also. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Mountain Edge Trees

Mountain Edge Trees 7x5 watercolor using White Nights paints done last weekend while in the mountains. We could look anywhere and see this scene or one like it with evergreen and pine trees. Support: Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Flowers in Old Jar

Flowers in Old Jar 9x6 watercolor on 70 lb sketchbook page drawn in pencil last week then painted with White Nights pigments. Love old canning jars and anything put in them looks great. Many varieties of annuals make up the mixed bouquet in this simple country floral still life. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Mature Milkweed

9x6 watercolor on sketchbook page done last week of a mature milkweed, dried and organic, that I really liked the forms. Painted over graphite sketch, the paper is 70 lb. Milkweed is a favorite of monarch butterflies. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, August 22, 2022

DAISY RAIN

DAISY RAIN 7x5 watercolor using White Nights paints on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper done last week, a single daisy in the rain. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 21, 2022

EARLY 50s CHEVY

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink using Uniball Vision Elite pen on Masters sketchbook paper done over the weekend. This old Chevy is slowly rusting away and it is easy to see the dark green original paint. Our family had a similar one but before my time. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Heatwave

15x22 watermedia on 140 lb cold press paper, of various sunflower faces. It began with loose yellow washes in acrylic and progressed to laying stretched gauze over center area then flooding with various warm hues such as quinacridone violet/magenta, etc. Gauze was lifted when dry. This makes a nice textural effect for watermedia. Background is abstract. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Cowabunga

15x22 watercolor and ink on Italia 140 lb soft press paper using 3 color limited palette: Quinacridone burnt orange, ultramarine blue, and Peachy Keen. I drew them first in pencil, then added black India ink sparingly, then applied paint wet on dry. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Coyote Prowl

Coyote Prowl 6x9 watercolor on Grumbacher 140 lb cold press done today quickly, sketched in pencil from one of many coyote photos (taxidermy models), showing the predator getting ready to pounce on whatever it has found on its prowl for the day. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Bugling Elk

7x10 watercolor on Langston Prestige 140 lb cold press paper done today after initial pencil sketch yesterday. Ref courtesy Patricia/Creative Spark August Animal/Wildlife challenge. The photo showed the bull elk doing his early morning bugle call. It was difficult to show the darkness and light along with a fine mist. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, August 15, 2022

Blackberry Bucket

12x9 watercolor on Winsor Newton 140 lb cold press paper finished yesterday, another of my country still life scenes I had saved to paint later. We had blackberry bushes growing up and the fruit was sweet and juicy. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Siskin Song

8x8 watercolor using White Nights paints on Masters Touch premium 140 lb cold press paper done last weekend at the end of my art tour in New Mexico. For this siskin, I used a #1 script liner or rigger brush on wet areas starting with the darks first. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Red Orange Cactus Flowers

5x7 watercolor using White Nights paints on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper painted a few weeks ago from some blooming cactus. The blossoms of red orange are a nice complementary color for all the green pods. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, August 12, 2022

Goat Group

6.5x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted today wet on dry, using my 2008 goat reference Tombow brush pen ink sketch. After I did a loose pencil drawing colors were laid in using a #6 round synthetic brush, darks first, then medium tones, then white of the paper in this barnyard vignette. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pine Siskin

9x4.75 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, first done in 2016, then last week I did an experiment with the bird art, pouring pale pink/pale blue acrylic. After letting the acrylics (mixed with silicone) settle, I rinsed off the paint under the faucet before they could dry. In return there is now a nice abstract background and a softening of the elements. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Watermelon Slices

4x7.75 watercolor using White Nights paints on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week, a refreshing fruit still life of red watermelon. This was for another online WetCanvas challenge. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Purple Lotus Blossom

7x5 watercolor using White Nights paints on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper done last week. As part of an online challenge, this bud or about to be blossom was colored with mixed purples and blue hues. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, August 8, 2022

Playful Pearl

6.5x9.25 watercolor over quick rough pencil sketch of my new kitten Pearl, on 140 lb cold press Saunders paper, done on first day of August. I have taken many photos of her and this one is loose and has lost edges. I did use crimson India ink with a chopstick when dry to add line emphasis here and there. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Raffia Covered Wine Bottle

6.5x3.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, a simple wine bottle still life painted last week. I love those old bottles with the raffia coverings. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Saturday, August 6, 2022

A Horse Herd

5.5x6 watercolor on 140 lb Arches cold press paper, a fairly realistic group herd of various colored horses as they run along a fence line. An imaginary equine scene this bunch of horses could be anywhere. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Friday, August 5, 2022

Billboard on a Barn

9x12 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done last week, another imaginary old barn scene complete with its old fashioned advertisement to chew Mail Pouch tobacco. In this vignette, I tried to show the passage of time in its ongoing decaying roof and structure. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Lion Basking in Sun

8x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Masters Touch premium paper done over the past weekend as part of another WetCanvas weekend drawing event. Participants have 2 hours to select an image and then paint it; this one was under an hour working wet in wet. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Desert Mountains

3.75x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Canson paper done last week, a miniature landscape featuring imaginary mountain range in the distance and desert terrain in foreground. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Summertime Strawberries

8.25x9 watercolor and Brusho over Micron 01 pen sketch done last week in new sketchbook, a fruit still life of strawberries and straw. These ripe and almost ripe berries are waiting to be picked for a summer treat or snack. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith

Monday, August 1, 2022

A Bluebird of Happiness

A BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS 4x6 acrylics on gessoed matboard applied with a palette knife done last week based on a baby bird I had painted last year just for fun. Not based on any reference, the bluebird's colors are many hues. COPYRIGHT 2022 Kay Smith