Thursday, April 10, 2014


Watercolor with watercolor crayons.... 9" by 12"  A demo this month for my students.  All ask to learn how to paint a butterfly.  

Friday, March 28, 2014


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"

Cobalt Blue abstract art

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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blue Jay

This is the demo I did for my watercolor class last month.   Fun fellow.   15" by 14"  It is sold

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hidden Hearts

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.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Doug Walton Workshop Linda Rupard

 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.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Walton Workshop by Leada Wood

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!


Douglas Walton's Art

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.

Caboose Artists at Doug Walton's Big Spring TX Workshop

Left to right:  Leada Wood, Linda Rupard Irvin, Estelle Howard, and Kay Smith posing in front of Doug's large orchids at Heritage museum this week. We missed you Carole Berry and Sue Bagwell!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wickenburg Sunset Linda Rupard

A sunset over the mountains near Wickenburg AZ.  Really fabulous sunsets here.  Watercolor on  Arches 300 LB. watercolor paper.   11 X 15

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Caboose Artists at Howard College, Big Spring TX

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.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Poppies & Copper Linda Rupard

watercolor on paper 22 X 30.  This was from a drawing I had done from a stil life set up .  I didn't have the set up so just made it up as I splashed color on  & I like this one better.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Our Own Leada Wood is Dutch Art Gallery Featured Artist

Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas TX, features Leada in their newsletter just out today online.  Leada talks about what inspires her and keeps her on a creative mindset 24/7.  Read all about it HERE

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kitten in a Pot

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash of cute orange tabby and white kitten in a pink striped pot.
Image COPYRIGHT Kay Smith 2014.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

With A Cherry On Top! by Leada Wood

Today is day 21 of 30 paintings in 30 days. Since it is my birthday I thought I would paint a little cake!
This is transparent watercolor, 5x7.

With A Cherry On Top! By Leada Wood, copyright 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beach Bum by Leada Wood

This transparent watercolor is 9x12. To read the inspiration for this painting click here:

Beach Bum by Leada Wood copyright 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pink Flowers

This was done before Christmas.  It is a watercolor wax resist painting.
I really like playing with the wax as you never know how it will come out.

Pink Flowers

Winter Nap

6x6 watercolor over ink line drawing done a few days ago on Masters paper, of Chester sleeping on my red and pink quilt.  The outside snowy branches are made up as we've not had snow in awhile.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Roadrunner's Gift by Leada Wood

Day 8 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I'm still going!
You can  read the story and inspiration behind this painting on my blog:

" Roadrunners Gift " by Leada Wood, copyrighted 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014


15x15 latex acrylic on 140 lb watercolor paper, an abstract detail from a photo of seaweed kelp.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Celebrating Flowers Linda Rupard

This is a new painting for our Howard College show coming up in Feb.   30 X 30 cradle board.