Thursday, January 22, 2015

Days 20-22

 These were such fun to do.
I set them up and painted them from the set up. They are 6x6 Oil and are available if interested. They are $50

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ruffled Poppies

15x22 watercolor painted from silk poppies and cosmos arrangement I set up by interior room shutters at home.
Image is COPYRIGHT Kay Smith.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Days 17-19

Days 17-19...
Some different stuff!
I set up outside and did the water tank across the road from our house and loved every minute of painting it!! It is 6x6 oil.
The Girl-y painting is to go with the shaving mug! It is oil too. 6x6
The cow...'I Can't See' is watercolor and gouache.  6x6

Friday, January 16, 2015

30 day Challenge-

More paintings from the neighbors branding.
the first two are watercolor and gouache, and the little girl is my first oil portrait. I NEED a lot more practice!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 2-4 30 Day Challenge

Day 2-Blue Mug
Day 3-Tan Mug
Day 4-Grain Elevator

I am doing the 30 day challenge again. Paint 30 paintings in 30 days. This will be my 3rd time to do it. Day 1 was the New years Clock
 These will all be available to buy either thru me or 
They are6x6 inches.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year! Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 CHALLENGE

Here is day 2, Happy New Year, for this month's 30 paintings in 30 days which actually was posted yesterday.  For day 1 I posted New Year's Eve; you all have seen these on my personal blog already so it looks like am a day behind, lol! Thanks to Leslie Saeta for sharing her blog again with so many artists.  I did her first 30 day challenge but have not since participated.
Having fun with Sketchbook Skool, too, that will restart soon.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

30 In 30 January Challenge by Leada Wood

It is that time of year again and I have signed up for my third challenge with artist Leslie Saeta. There are over 1000 artist creating daily and blogging about the experience. I am posting my Day Two, Hot Cocoa and you can see more of my post on my blog : 

Hot Cocoa, copyright 2015 Leada Wood

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New North Light Book

 I can't believe 2014 is almost gone.  It has been such a good year! All of our family is healthy and happy and we got a new Granddaughter-n-law this year.  We have been so blessed in every way.
I have had a good 'art' year! We got a new building for me to hang my work in as well as teach and share my love of painting and creating.  It has been so awesome having my own place to go out and teach! I don't have to load everything up, etc.  My little Backyard Gallery and Studio has been such a blessing.  I did the 30 day challenge in January and September as well as 2 online sketchbook classes.
Now to end the year, I have some news! Wow..a great year to end one and start another.

I got word today saying my mixed-media art has been selected for publication in
Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling, that is published by North Light Books.
The painting that was selected is  'Wyoming Cowboy', a torn paper collage. So to go along with 'Story Telling'... I met this cowboy in 2013 when I got to go to Wyoming for a week workshop.  We got to go out to his ranch, and I took photos of him off an on all week because of the way he dressed. He didn't look like our Texas Cowboys.  I loved his hat, and his silk scarves!
His family has been there close to Dubois, WY for generations.  We spent an afternoon there, and it was an awesome time seeing the corrals and barns that were made with logs.  John loved sharing his family's  home, and barns.  He wanted us to go through the house where he grew up. It was like it was when he was growing up. Just like someone still lived there.  That morning he tracked a bear by the corrals. I hope I get to go back again! It was such a great time, and wonderful memories!

 Thank you all for your support and encouragement for the past years! 
My prayer is that we will be all healthy and happy in 2015!   
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Frozen Trees

Here's yesterday's work, 7.5x5.5 watercolor with white wax crayon accents on Arches 140 lb cold press paper.  Using no reference and no pencil, I drew linear marks both horizontal and vertical on dry paper, then put in neutral washes of raw umber, Prussian blue, sepia, and carbazole violet.  Negative painting was the focus of riverbank tree trunks, branches, and limbs hanging over icy waters.
(c) Kay Smith 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Time Is A Circus by Leada Wood

Time Is A Circus By Leada Wood, copyright 2014

With the New Year being upon us I decided to post one of my paintings concerning time. I found the quote "Time is a circus, always moving away " and combined it with an old clock face and painted clock keys, a pocket watch, and  clock parts around. The elephant is a symbol for my mom as she collected them, the watch pieces for my dad as he was a clock maker, the monkeys were my brothers and I am the key person with my hands on my hips. It was a fun piece to do! 

Happy New Year! May it be prosperous, creative and filled with pleasant adventures!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Fiddler, by Leada Wood

The Fiddler by Leada Wood ©2014

This is the painting I used for my Christmas Cards this year. Seems like fewer and fewer people send real mail these days but it is always exciting to get a letter or postcard in the mail. I just participated in a world wide winter postcard swap and it was great fun getting all the original works of art in the mail. You can read more about it here:   Every time I received a card in the mail it was like Christmas!

  Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Woodland Santa by Leada Wood

Woodland Santa ©Leada Wood 2014

This is another of my fun Christmas paintings that I did for my Christmas cards a couple of years ago. Woodland Santa is 14x22 transparent watercolor on archival paper and is not available.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Frozen Riverbanks

7x5 watercolor winter landscape done a few seasons ago that is now SOLD.
All my artist friends, especially the Caboose gals, know landscapes are not my forte'.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2012 Kay Smith.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Glad Tidings by Leada Wood

Copyright, Leada Wood 2014
Glad Tidings was created for the Caboose exhibition "Angels Among Us" a few years back for the Christmas celebration at the Heritage Museum. This painting is transparent watercolor with gold leaf on Archival paper and is 14x22. It is not available.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Cardinal. Linda Rupard

This is a a watercolor on paper greeting card .

Monday, December 1, 2014

Joy to the World

Last year I did this drawing on my ipad, and decided I would use the drawing for a painting  this year.  The top one is done with watercolor.  When i got through Keri said you were supposed to do that with T-Bone hanging out the window. SO....i duplicated my ipad drawing (on my iPad,so i wouldn't loose the original idea) and erased the snowpeople in the back window, and the kid hanging out the window.  Then I added T-Bone, and the gifts showing through the back window. We ordered some from Vista Print, and I am so anxious to see if they print up nice! I still enjoy drawing on the ipad  but is harder than using a pencil!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Introducing New Member: Suzy Pal Powell

Meet our new member, watercolorist and mixed media artist Susie Powell, aka SuzyPal, of Plains, TX.  She has been a friend for years and works tirelessly on her art full time.  Check out her blog or website where you can see her popular snow people Christmas card line.  An avid sketcher and workshop teacher, it's easy to find her having a class in her new digs, Backyard Studio, or concentrating on marketing.  She has an entry in our current exhibition at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring, TX that runs now thru January 2015, so don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cards. Linda Rupard

I  wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone no turkey but sharing some of my greeting cards I have painted.  I used watercolor and white ink for the snow.  Like the snow effect it gives.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Best In Show. Leada Wood , Big Country Regional Art Show

Leada with her best in Show painting at Big Country  Show in Colorado City last week end. It is a Batik technique painted with liquid acrylics.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Some Sketchbook Skool Work

9x12 watercolor and ink line on Cheap Joe's sketchbook paper done last week from life for an assignment with online Sketchbook Skool.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.