Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Secrets tulips

12x6 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon quickly with a large brush on dry paper.  For the loose purple tulips this first day of Spring, I mixed indigo with quinacridone magenta. I only had 20 minutes to paint and this was the result.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Baby Bluebird

7x5.5 alcohol inks on Yupo, a baby bird on an abstract background I'd created earlier but was unsure what to do with it.  The old saying in the art world is, if you are unsure, just "add a bird to it".  Bird ref courtesy of Penny/WetCanvas.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ten Penguins

6x8 watercolor over ink line (Pitt pen XS) in Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook finished today, about 1 hour, then yesterday's sketch as seen below was 20 minutes.  This was for a WetCanvas weekend drawing event, a timed exercise giving participants 2 hours to complete a painting or sketch.  Ref courtesy sundiver (Wendy).

COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Eye of the Hummingbird ~ torn paper collage

12x12 paper on canvas, today's work done for my torn paper collage class.  Using a previous watercolor of a hummer for reference, the bird was sketched in pencil on canvas, then a black marker over that.  His eye is actually a watch face and beak is a red umbrella.  Hope everyone had a great time.  Our next class will be in April, tentative date 21st.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith

Friday, March 16, 2018

Zebra Finch

5x4 watercolor done yesterday, a colorful head and breast pose of this gorgeous finch.  It is one of two birds belonging to another artist.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cherry Cocktail ~ Brusho

6x4 Brusho watercolor crystals on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper done Monday afternoon, a quickie still life vignette of a cocktail made with cherries and spirits.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Almost Spring

Almost Spring! Next week it will be and you may see rabbits hopping along. Pray for rain!
This watercolor image is Copyright Kay Smith.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hummer Happiness

4.5x4 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper from one of my many hummingbird photos done yesterday, a head shot of this happy fellow planning where to fly and find nectar next.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Junk Store

5x7 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this weekend as part of the Miniatures forum March challenge on WetCanvas.  Ref courtesy of Virginia.  Who doesn't love antiquing!? See how many items you can identify.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ibis Shore

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday as part of the current Weekend Drawing Event on WetCanvas! as hosted by Tanya.  This flock of ibis shore birds and a few gulls was sketched on paper I'd used under smaller works to catch drips, hence the multi-marked surface.  I thought it was perfect for the overcast day, water, shore, shells and debris.  A boat can be seen in the distance closer to opposite shore.  As a 2 hour timed event, I completed this in one hour.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith

Saturday, March 10, 2018


13x6 watercolor, an earlier work, of a bunch of fresh radishes inspired by a trip to the local HEB grocery store.  This complementary color scheme of pairing red with green prompted a touch here and there of turquoise and of course white tipped roots.  No masking was used with this painting.
COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Buffalo Rock

6x10 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago as part of the Southwest/Western forum online with WetCanvas; reference courtesy ref image library. I've added aspens to the scene and used a black & white copy to paint from, not a colored image, so all colors are imaginary.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Owl Afternoon

5x4 watercolor over charcoal sketch done yesterday of a great horned owl on a discarded book page.  The varied blue background sky was applied first using American Journey Periwinkle and Blue Bice.  When dry splatters were added then it was adhered to watercolor paper using a brayer.  Note the end of the text where it is written "The name was Byrd."
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Baltimore Oriole

4.25x3 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday from one of my bird photos, a close up of an oriole with leaves in the background forming an abstract pattern. 
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hummingbird and Coneflower ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on old book page done yesterday.  After painting was dry, it was securely adhered to watercolor paper with an archival adhesive.  This is part of a monthly challenge on WetCanvas hosted by Christel; ref courtesy Blackhorse.  Actual size is posted below.
COPYRIGHT 2018 Kay Smith.

Actual size, Art Card Edition & Original.