Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Nursery by Suzy Pal Powell

I have worked several days on this collage. I have an oriole nest to work from. They are unbelievable!
The way they find strings, twine and other stuff to go into the baby's home!
I have one that has 3-4 different colors of stuff in it. I just love to study them.

12x24 Stretched Canvas
Magazine pages and some acrylic paint

Sunday, March 8, 2015


12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, a recent cat pet portrait done a few days ago.  I painted this in a direct manner wet on dry.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2015 Kay Smith.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Silver Tea Pot. Linda Rupard

This is a watercolor on paper.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Estelle's paintings Estelle Howard


Estelle's paintings. Estelle Howard

These are some of Estelle's beautiful paintings.  Some are latex acrylic; some are oils.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Past Life

I could not think of a name for this painting.  For years I sewed every day, making all our clothes as well as sewing for the public.  One day, I stopped. The thought of sewing is not anything I enjoy thinking about.  I found these old wooden spools that I still had and thought they might make a good set up.  The cloth under them is from a wedding gift...50 years ago. It is colorful cut-work that was on pillowcases.  Cut work is very time consuming and hard.  It takes hours and hours to hand stitch the designs.  This is 6x6 oil on gessobord.

It's Show Time, by Leada Wood


"It's Show Time", Copyright 2015 Leada Wood

It's stock show season in Texas and as my grandsons show goats I thought I would paint one. " Show Time" was painted during Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. You can see all of my paintings for the challenge by going to my blog:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Red Laundry Basket

7.5x5 watercolor over pencil drawing in Moleskine for watercolor sketchbook.  A tall pile of that never ending chore, the wash!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

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.