Thursday, August 17, 2017

Greek Guitarist

5x7 ink line, Montana acrylic markers and watercolor on book text from a discarded novel done over the weekend.  As part of another WetCanvas challenge participants had 2 hours to select an image then paint it. Ref courtesy host Oty of Greece who said musicians were playing at a wedding.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Snowy Finch

9x12 ink on old ledger paper done today for a WetCanvas challenge in the Pen & Ink forum.  I used Sakura Micron 01/03 pens and left the background line work only, so as to focus on the snowy finch.  Look closely to see snow on his head and back.  Ref courtesy WC reference image library/AvengingManatee.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Group of Gourds

7.5x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed over the weekend, another image from and for our Big Spring Art Association summer challenge.  Photo courtesy Leatrice.  With this still life colors being in the warm range I did sneak some tinted pale yellow green in part of the background underpainting wash.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jean's Sunset

7.5x11 watercolor of a vivid west Texas sunset, photo courtesy Jean Money, another in our Big Spring Art Association summer series.  This one is number 6 of 8, and the remaining two finished today.  We will bring our works to the September 19th meeting along with printed images of the references used, courtesy Red Barn Studios/Bruce Schooler.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Orange Tigers Daylilies

5.5x8.5 watercolor over pencil line drawing done week before last on Bienfang paper, just a few vivid orange with yellow tiger daylilies.  It seems I never tire of growing them or painting them.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Poppy Palette

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done last week, a hot mix of pinks and reds with green and indigo multicolored center in this imaginary poppy.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Zebra Outlook

11x8.5 watercolor and black India ink on paper done today as part of a WetCanvas challenge in the Watermedia forum; ref courtesy Jenna.  I decided to make a vignette with loose splashy edges keeping the zebra in sharp focus.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Blue Beyond

5x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done today.  Not having much time today I got three colors of inks out and the small Yupo.  Using Willow, Honeycomb, and Indigo I created this abstract landscape with several layers of blown color.  Canned air is much faster to push the ink around than using a drinking straw.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Red Fox

5.5x7.75 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper sketched today in pencil then painted w/ Daniel Smith pigments.  It is featured in the Miniatures forum on WetCanvas and ref courtesy Steve Mac from the reference image library.  This sly young fellow is watching something very intently.  Instead of using the photo background I have made up a loose abstract woodland scene using the same quinacridone burnt orange/gold, indigo, and green gold.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Midge Lap Cat

11x15 watercolor vignette done today from a close focus photo taken with my iPhone while rescue kitty Midge sat in my lap.  I was wearing a red nightgown that gave warm reflections in her eye and warm cast shadows on her fur.  Other cast shadows were made with alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue along with quinacridone gold and Grumbacher true red.  Background was a mix of grey made with American Journey Apricot.  Midge was adopted in 2011 and is the only one of four rescues who will cuddle.  This photo was shared with Big Spring Art Association members participating in a summer challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cats on Red Roses Couch

10x15 mixed media done today of two cats lounging and sleeping on red roses collage.  Initially sketched with India ink, no pencil, on watercolor paper it has a background of watercolor.  Montana acrylic markers are the golden yellow ochre along with some black and white.  Large areas are black ink.  Other collage is patterned envelope and has white marker on top.  Since cats, at least mine, are always on a bed of roses, the red collaged dollar store gift wrap seemed appropriate for these two rescues.  (This is a redo of a 2012 ink/wc image)
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jo's Longhorns

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, completed today, a young calf, its cow and another brown and white spotted longhorn grazing by a small street somewhere in Texas.  Photo ref courtesy Jo Castillo which was featured on this month's challenge on WetCanvas in the southwest/western art forum.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Assorted Hollies

 3.5x2.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, an art card also called an ACEO (Artist Cards Editions & Originals) done last week.  The size as seen in real life is posted below at lower pixels.  These assorted hollyhocks were fun to paint using no photo references.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Poppy Desires

4x6 alcohol inks done yesterday using four colors plus green.  In this imaginary poppy bloom it actually appears to be more than one flower behind the orange red one.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 KaySmith.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Femme Fatale

9x6 watercolor, Brusho and black India ink on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today.  Yesterday I started the underpainting background that was thalo blue brushed onto semi-wet paper.  After that dried, quinacridone violet was scattered about, then a stencil used with transparent pyrrol orange/Peachy Keen mix; the orange Brusho crystals were next sprinkled on top.  Today I used black ink to do only the darkest darks from an old movie star photo of Garbo. It's for the August challenge on WetCanvas' abstracts and contemporary forum where I asked participants to make an abstract background then use line to add parts of a face, etc. 
A femme fatale is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Wikipedia
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.