Saturday, July 22, 2017

Flower Window ACEO

3.5x2.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, an artist card, or ACEO (art cards editions & originals) done recently, a close up view of  flowers outside a window.  This is an imaginary creation and is a Kay Smith original.  Splattering with orange gouache was done last.  These tiny miniatures are still popular and can be traded amongst artists worldwide or put on the market as I am doing.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Carrot Cake

6x8 watercolor and ink line using Faber Castell Pitt XS pen on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook done over the weekend for a WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event.  Photo courtesy Maureen Whittaker.  Participants have 2 hours to choose an image from 10 given and paint their creation...since I had been on a no-dessert kick, this cream cheese icing on a fresh carrot cake beckoned my taste-buds and brushes.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Jewels

12x9 alcohol inks on paper done last week using only primary colors plus botanical green in this abstract floral design.  You never know how these will look when you start putting inks plus blending solution together.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yellow Orange VW

9x12 watermedia on Canson 140 lb cold press paper I'd used as a backing sheet for larger works that had acrylics, watercolor, and ink on it.  The abandoned Volkswagen and another junked car are seen sitting side by side, not in traffic anymore, but in the eerie silence of a wooded area.  I used orange and yellow Brusho watercolor crystals, watercolor, gouache, and white gel pen.  The pink streaks were from Montana marker lines from a recent work.  Photo courtesy Belle Schooler, and is one of our summer challenge images Big Spring Art Association is doing currently, posting on social media.  In the photo, the front hood of a car was a pale gold, but I've made it a soft cobalt blue to complement the yellow orange bug.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bucolic Landscape

6.25x14.75 acrylics on matboard done recently as a WetCanvas challenge.  For July, participants had to do the following:

1.  Work only in acrylic
2.  Use non-dominant hand
3.  Must be a bucolic landscape

Since I don't use that media much and detest landscapes, it sounded like a fun project to have ready by the 21st.  I'm ambidextrous so no problem there.  My photos were not too exciting, so this southwest scene is entirely imaginary and I used Derivan Matisse matte paint, Liquitex, and Basics brands of paint along with a 1" bristle flat brush done left-handed.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Parakeets in a Pink Sky

22x30 watercolor and gouache on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday and completed today as part of my July monthly Watermedia forum on WetCanvas challenge.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sandee's Donkey

6x9 watercolor of a friend's donkey that is part of Big Spring Art Association's summer challenge.  A group of us shared ref photos to complete before we meet again in September, and so far I've only done two.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


15x22 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, another whimsical fish painting of different tropical varieties, totally imaginary.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Frida Kahlo

8.5x5.5 mixed media collage on Bienfang sketchbook finished today.  Yesterday I began sketching Frida using black Tombow brush pen and then added water for a monochromatic image as was working with only a black & white photo.  Color was needed as was collage indicative of the colorful artist she was.  Yellow Montana acrylic marker made up the background; watercolor and gouache used on her face and neck.  Since I had her nose too long I simply collaged layers of white tissue paper w/ matte medium over that area then repainted when dry.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Obligatory Hen with Chicks

6x8 ink sketch done in under 10 minutes last week of a hen that I have made look worried sick.  It is on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook using Faber Castell Pitt pen XS, black ink. Next watercolor was added for this mother and baby chicks farm animals scene.  It is called obligatory because with each WetCanvas weekend drawing event, it seems there must be a chicken included in the photo images.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Holy Holsteins

22x30 acrylics and wax crayon on watercolor paper 140 lb cold press, a recent redo of a former version that did not quite make the cut, or cud in this case.   I added red to the background buildings to indicate barns and a turquoise for the sky.  Eye colors were changed for these three comical clowns of the barnyard contemporary cows work.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bali Cat

6x9 watercolor of another artist's cat she photographed in Bali by a burial area.  The cat reminded me of one I had named Roger who was so sweet.  This is on Canson 140 lb cold press paper/Daniel Smith paints.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Trees in mixed media

5x7 mixed media collage on book text done a few days ago as part of another wacky challenge presented in a WetCanvas forum.  We were only told to do trees using mixed media, no references or guides of any kind. I chose to make mine imaginary using alcohol ink blots on a brown Wendy's napkin, adhering with matte medium onto a discarded book page.  Trunks and branches were sketched in using Micron 01/03 pens, then filled in with Koh-I-Noor Magic pencils, a colored pencil made up of 3-4 different colors.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Life is a Bowl of Cherries

12x9 watercolor and ink line using Micron 01 pen on Bristol 100 lb board done yesterday.  Ref courtesy madmum of WetCanvas.  I have cropped original photo editing out the right side of more cherries and table top.  The ink version I put on July pen & ink challenge forum.  Since life is just a bowl of cherries this one just fit.  I love the reflections in the white bowl.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


4x6 alcohol inks on photo paper done last week using only a few colors, allowing them to mix and mingle in an abstract contemporary style.  To me the composition layout resembled bursting blooms and some mature ones as well.
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.