3.5x2.5 watercolor and ink line with Pigma Micron 01 pen and Daniel Smith paints on 140 lb cold press Langton paper, done yesterday. An art card, or ACEO (art cards, editions & originals) has to be the same small dimensions. It is fun to paint in a miniature format and who doesn't love putting a few blooms inside an old canning jar in the summertime?
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.
5.75 x 8.5 gouache and ink (Pigma 01 and medium fine tip Sharpie pens) on Color Sketch buff colored paper done today. An imaginary group of hussies and floozies decorate the fun composition, just a mishmash of mamas getting ready to party.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.
Primary Colors is painted on Arches Watercolor paper. I put down a light watercolor wash on wet paper. After it was dry I did some negative painting and a little more detail to bring out the flowers & pot. 11 X 15
This is a Sora...marsh bird. He landed in our backyard in a bad storm. We doctor him and he is now free again. 8-) He is not very big. About crow size. Gentle bird till he gain his health. He flew out all by himself. This is a wax resist and Watercolor on rice paper. 15" by 14"
30x22 acrylic on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper, painted last week in Douglas Walton's workshop here at our Heritage Museum. Initially I had designed this to be a horizontal nonobjective work, with cobalt sky at the top. However, Doug likes to change, shake up, and mix up, so he had me turn it vertically then finish development. Lastly, I used bubble wrap stamping to unify the design and you can see it if you look closer or enlarge the image. Again, our work was all developed from 3x3 tiny squares of various color combinations. COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.
22x30 acrylic on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper, the last one done in Doug Walton's class on Thursday. Its abstract design is based upon a tiny 3x3 square of 5 colors chosen thru a random drawing. Top background is glazed with Liquitex fluorescent red. As I worked, dark and pastel pink hearts appeared, hence the title. In my tiny square, the black only went about 1/3 of the way across from right side; Doug had me paint it all the way to indicate a mountain. Later when it is back from the Heritage Museum show, I may take the black out and further develop the heart theme. More detail is what I like so this one's my favorite of all the pieces done.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.
Caboose Group at Heritage Museum reception. This is 5 of our members, missing Carole Berry. Doug Walton workshop at the museum some of his paintings and workshop paintings produced during the WS will be up for about a month. Estelle & Leada painting, during the WS. Doug & Sue enjoying the paintings, Estelle's red painting just to the right of Doug sold. Lots of color on the walls. Hope to see you there.
Okay Linda as requested here is a better photograph of us all. Wish I could photoshop his lovely painting in! We missed you Sue and Carole and maybe next year Carole can join the fun and Sue will be back in the swing of things. What a great workshop with a wonderful group of talented artists from Santa Fe to Houston!
This is an acrylic collage/mixed media on 12x12 wrapped canvas done by M. Douglas Walton, who just finished up a week long class with most of the Caboose artists this week in Big Spring, TX. Held at the Heritage Museum, he pushed and guided us in the right design paths to better artistic expression. With this work shown here, he added tissue paper collage and jewelry in a nonobjective pattern of vibrant primary colors balanced by calming neutrals. I loved this one so purchased it for my home.
Image COPYRIGHT 2014 MDW.
Sue Bagwell, Leada Wood, Kay Smith, and Estelle Howard pose at Hall Center for the Arts at Howard College campus in Big Spring, TX last night. Not pictured: Linda Rupard Irvin and Carole Berry. Our exhibition runs thru March 31 and features each artist's personal journey thus far with watermedia. Kay, Carole, and Linda are the founding members of the organization begun in 1997 to promote watercolor.
Professional artist Kay Smith, based out of Big Spring, Texas, has been painting, teaching, and exhibiting for over 30 years.
She is a member of six area wide associations and is a signature member of Southwestern WC Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Wyoming Watercolor Society, Watercolor Art Society-Houston, and Society of Watercolor Artists. In 2012, signature was awarded with prestigious Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Her work is included in Color Mixing: The 12 Hue Method, by Christopher Willard, Rockport Publishers and Splash 7,(2002)and Splash 14 (2013) North Light Books. Her work is in two International Artist books, "100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals" Vol. 2; "100 Ways to Paint People & Figures" Vol. 2. Her work is in Art Business News, March 2005; Christine Unwin's "The Artistic Touch 4", 2010, and volume 5 in 2012.
She has licensing agreements with Courage Cards,JMS Art Licensing, as well as CheckAdvantage for printed personal checks.
After childhood oil lessons she painted in pastel and colored pencil. Trying watercolor was an exhilarating endeavor in 1993 with her first Ken Hosmer workshop. With this ever changing medium she found her niche. Largely self taught, she keeps abreast of changing trends in color, design, and subject matter by taking or giving watercolor workshops.
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My philosophy of art is being free to painting what I want to see--color, shape or form. Making art is a wonderful life. Recording travels and enjoying visits to galleries and antique shops help me to have new ideas to paint and share the joys of life with others.
Carole Berry is a versatile and active professional artist who for the last 40 years combined calligraphy, sign art, advertising and murals with fine art. She grew up in Ohio and attended Columbus College of Art and Design majoring in Fashion and Advertising. In addition to her college training she has studied under Ed Gordon (oil) and Alix Anderson (acrylic) and has taken workshops from Tony Couch (watercolor), Sammuel Morgan Price (oil), Bruce Peil (oil), Ann Templeton (oil), Bobbie Kilpatrick (oil), George James (watercolor on yupo paper) and Carla O'Connor (gouache). Carole has traveled throughout the USA painting the changing scenery and flowers. She has entered competitions and has won many awards. She earned her TWS signature membership in 2005 with the Texas Watercolor Society. Her paintings are in many private collections all over the country and in several corporate collections. The paintings range from miniatures to murals and reflect interesting areas of residence as well as her travels. Carole's present productions include oil paintings, watercolor and mixed media.
Leada Wood is an imaginative watermedia artist, who is driven by an incredible passion for self expression through her art. Her works are often noted for their unique style, whimsical subject matter and rich color. Leada has developed an innovative style that blends realism with abstract expressionism. Her use of vibrant colors and rich layered textures gives her work a distinctive appearance. Leada is accomplished in using traditional methods as well as modern techniques. She has studied with many master painters and considers learning a life long pursuit. An award winning artist and a juried member of the Artist of Texas and Contemporary Fine Art International. Leada's artwork is in private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
SUE BAGWELL Artist Big Spring, West Texas Sue_Bagwell@yahoo.com Artist's Statement:
Art is a silent language. For me, a successful painting is one that “reads” from across the room and then pulls you to it. It should hold your interest at a distance and more intimately close up. A painting should not only communicate, but should have something important to say.
I like to experiment with objects viewed from a different angle, different color combinations, different mediums and surfaces. Sometimes I work fast…getting that initial “gut” feeling. Sometimes I work slowly with underlying subliminal messages. I feel I freed myself to truly paint when I quit trying to please other people and painted just for myself.
I am Estelle Howard and my love of color has been my inspiration to endeavor to create beauty with my art. As a student in school, my favorite subject was Art History and the time for drawing and painting with crayons. Later in life, my neighbor introduced me to oil painting. It was a jump start on this wonderful journey of painting. I joined an art book club to continue learning how other artists work. I also enrolled in college courses and took some workshops with some well known artists. I was introduced to watercolor and was fascinated by its luminosity and its glowing quality. Watercolor is a challenge as it has a way of its own and keeps me trying to improve on every painting. Life as an artist has been a fascinating journey and hopefully others can see the vision that I try to portray. I seek the beauty of God's creation and thank Him daily for the sight to see His glorious wonders. My thanks to you for viewing my paintings.