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.
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.
I signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and this was day one's painting. I felt like I am really stretching to do this so that is how I came up with the title. This is a 9x12 transparent watercolor on archival paper.
6x6 watercolor still life of pears on Masters paper, drawn with Pigma Micron 01
pen, from a market display seen last week while in the mountains. Some
evergreen and red berries complement the almost red and green only Christmas
color palette. Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith
The big day is finally here...the one we have been preparing for all month. The day that sets little ones hearts a flutter and makes their eyes shine bright! I wish you the magic of Christmas...may your heart always hold the magic it brings...the wonder...the excitement and the joy. I hope you are surrounded by those you love and hold dear. Christmas blessings.
6x6 watercolor and Micron 01 ink sketch on this lovely dog with his festive neck collar, painted today on Masters paper. Thanks to Leada Wood for getting me started on this square format sketchbook; I've filled up one completely and almost another. The paper really sets up watermedia well.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.
24x20 WIP (work in progress) continues with the background blues added today and other touch ups for about 2 hours time. I'm not sure the large dark green leaf lower left is light enough. On the monitor it appears too dark value, almost black. But in real life it isn't. More yellow was added for stamens that were tiny lemons in the photo I tore up. I still think Santa is a nice touch along with a torn word Believe. Go Red for Woman phrase is also put at lower left of its red petal. The other bloom behind it hopefully is not competing for attention. So stay tuned and you may see its finish tomorrow or the next day; tomorrow are three Christmas parties, two at work and the third is our Big Spring Art Association. Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.
This is as far as I got with the collage work in progress yesterday on 24x20 canvas; long way still to go with all that red!
Today after church I was able to work on it about 4 hours and still not quite finished but you can see progress hopefully...apologize for the glare. Now to complete the background that I wanted turquoise blue. The canvas sides will also be collaged.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith 2013.
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.
Visit Kay Smith Brushworks blog.
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.