Monday, May 22, 2017

Adobe Shadows

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed a few weeks ago in New Mexico. Who doesn't love the quaint adobe stucco style buildings, the ladders, and those deep blue clear skies?
Image COPYRIGHT 2017 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Apple Buckets

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a fall or autumn scene featuring ripe red apples at the base of a tree.  I love these old buckets in a landscape still life setting.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Window LIGHT Linda Rupard

This is a 11 X 14 watercolor on arches watercolor paper.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Red Patio Chair Geraniums

9x10.25 watercolor and ink line on sketchbook paper done today on my patio. The red wicker chair was moved outside for this plein air paint out I sponsored for all of our Watercolor Horizons Group located in Odessa, TX. The old metal pail bucket has a crooked handle and is not this large. The small blue birdhouse and chair cushion are from a dollar store. Silk faux green ivy is in a black metal basket above the birdhouse. Sketching was done with Pigma Micron 01 pen. Splattering was added when dry at the end using Grumbacher true red pigment.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tucson Adobe

15x15 watercolor of an old adobe house finished yesterday, shot on one of many trips to Tucson, Arizona. From the grey brown hills behind the house, to the cactus, red yucca, and other vegetation this southwest desert scene is sure to enchant you. Its wooden cross with a bell beside it to keep it company rounds out the composition while dark clouds move across the sky. I particularly enjoy its decorated doorway and vigas.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2016.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Card exchange. Linda Rupard

These are 3 cards I did for the Ihana card exchange.   Watercolor & ink on WC paper.

Stripes. Linda Rupard

This is an acrylic on gallery wrap canvas 18/24

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Art Exhibit at Howard County Junior College

'Caboose Watercolor Society'  exhibit in Big Spring at the Howard County Jr.College.
The show will be up until May 2.
Kay Smith, Suzy Powell, Leada Wood, and Sue Bagwell.
Members not present, Linda Rupard, Carole Berry, and Estelle Howard.

Francese workshop. Linda Rupard

I just finished a fun workshop with Franke Francese.   Love the beautiful bright colors he uses.   Good teacher.

Monday, April 11, 2016


8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook done over the weekend, a pet portrait of a happy golden retriever playing ball.
Image COPYRIGHT 2016 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Arts Festival in Lubbock TX

Two pieces of my art was accepted in the gallery at the Lubbock Arts Festival.
It is open to the public April 16-17.

The juror is Paul Milosevich of Santa Fe, NM.

This is 22x28 Watercolor, that I poured. There is not a lot of brush work on it.  My favorite...
Western Art! This is ' Work Day', using photos I took when our neighbor was branding.

The second piece is a torn paper collage of an old Woodie.
It is on a stretched canvas and is:   'Woodie'

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Calico Cat Resting

This ink sketch and watercolor pet portrait was done end of last summer of a young calico kitty resting on her cat tree perch.  Size:  8x5
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Judges Choice by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Leada Wood, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Collage 

"Judges Choice" by Leada Wood, Copyright 2016
Show time is winding down in Texas, one more big show to go in Houston. This is a painting of my grandsons in the ring waiting for the judge to choose the grand prize goat. So many beautiful animals, it would be a hard decision.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"Soar" by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

"Soar" Copyright 2015 Leada Wood

"Dream" Copyright 2015 Leada Wood

I am so embarrassed that I have not posted on our blog for a while...isn't it funny how time slips away as the song by Willie says.

I have been playing around with my paints, collage papers and using some of those supplies I have stashed away!  I enjoy using words and phrases in my mixed media art, pushing and pulling the paint until it becomes a veil of color and adding lots of layers. I also delight in the dreamy colors that appear. Playtime is always good in the studio, it helps me to grow as an artist...try things I wouldn't otherwise dare. Creativity takes courage and as Pablo says " inspiration exists but it must find you working"

Monday, December 21, 2015

Wine O'Clock

15x11 mixed media on Arches 140 lb cold press wc paper done today. It is currently featured on WetCanvas in the Weekend Drawing Event hosted by Christine in Australia. I used charcoal pencil to sketch over a poured watercolor primary colored background. My intention was to paint poinsettias but saw the wine bottle, glasses, plants, and chair and thought the still life set up was more interesting. Caran D'Ache NeoColor II wax crayons used for accent colors at the end. Some realism, abstraction, and imagination here. The mosaic table's broken tiles were outlined around sections of paint already there from the underpainting, then enhanced. Now they might resemble cheese wedges. Not a great painting but a fun one.
Image COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


This is 3 members of our Caboose group.  Estelle Howard, Carole Berry and our dear friend Judy Gibbs who we lost a few years back in 2004.  We were on our way to a Lubbock show, and this was taken near Herman's restaurant in Big Spring, TX.
A fond memory of fun times with friends.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Caviar Chef - torn paper collage on canvas

12x12 torn paper collage on wrapped canvas that was auctioned today to benefit United Way in Big Spring, TX.
I made this fellow a few years ago using glossy magazine pages, and am so glad he got a new home.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2011.

Caviar Chef Does United Way

At noon today, Howard College Big Spring hosted 9th annual United Way Empty Bowls event. I've been part of it each year donating a chef image for all publicity. Lots of delicious soup was served to attendees who also took home a handmade pottery bowl. Here you see Gale Pittman on the left who won the highest auction bid on my "Caviar Chef" torn paper collage art, me in center, and new HC art professor Amin Tejani. Thanks to Sandy Stewart for coordinating this effort to benefit all of Howard county United Way agencies. Look for Gale's new business to open on south Scurry, Gale's Bakery and Deli.

Poppy. Linda Rupard

This is a watercolor on gallery wrap canvas,  wired and ready to hang

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chickens. Linda Rupard

In  WI  we went by Karlyns wonderful art gallery and art supply store and I got to join her for a great workshop,    This is a fun watercolor collage I was able to paint in that workshop.  She is a really good teacher.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Georgia On My Mind, by Leada Wood

Leada Wood, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Collage

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                             "Georgia On My Mind" by Leada Wood, copyright 2015