'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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been invited to do a workshop with the group 'Sisters on the Fly' in October.
I am so excited to get to meet them and see their cute campers. This is 'practice' to get ready.
It was fun but a little tedious since it is only 8x10. The Silver
didn't want to stick, so I had some issues with it, but was a fun piece
I still have Keri's Jacks and Kenley's Marbles they played with when they were little.
was a fun poured painting. I put them on a piece of watercolor paper
and set them in the late afternoon sun to get the shadows.
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.