My husband Dr. Homer S. Wallace has just finished writing his book about Halloween, it is a spiral bound, with front and back cover laminated, I illustrated the book, It is now for sale... "The Origin Of Halloween".
I have been teaching art at White Pine Bookstore for more than a year now, I have made a lot of friends that love art and liked doing artsy- craftsy stuff. I have found out I love teaching and the excitement that a person gets when they have learned how to achieve the effect they want and they are proud of their art. Love the girls I have taught, each one is different in their own unique style.
Last evening I had three lovely ladies that love art, I did a class in Halloween card making with colored pencils, what fun we had coloring our pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. They really did a fantastic job.
Next week we will painting acrylics on canvas, one of the girls suggested a foggy seascape with an old fishing boat, I'm thinking it will be a scene from the Chesapeake Bay, since I have photos of the fishing boats there.
Come take a class with us and bring your ideas to life in a painting.
Have Kay paint your furry friend om a 9 x 12 Illustration board, Dog, Cat or Horse.
Email Kay for information.
Over 30 plus years that Kay has been a professional artist, she has painted many of her clients pets. Two examples shown here are mixed media, ink, watercolor, and colored pencil.
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New Design watercolors and ink, using metallic watercolors I purchased years ago, always knew they would come in handy. Find items on my zazzle store with this design on them: shoes, clothes,cards,etc.
Today is the day I set-up note-cards and prints, work on my etsy and zazzle shops and hopefully mow the yard, got some of my to-do list done, oh yeah washed two loads of clothes too.... had some fun with this design, another mixed media, colored pencils, watercolor and ink..
I love Photoshop and the many effects you can achieve using them, some work well, some don't it really it is a trial and error kind of game but fun, I sometimes have to giggle at the results but at least I can always change it back... Now I like this stained glass look better than the regular painting and I can say that as I painted the darn piece, so it's what I am satisfied with... If you can't have fun with your art work what's the point.
This one of those designs that started out as colored pencils, ended up with Watercolor and ink mixed in.
Available on my Zazzle store as a Christmas card or from me as note cards.
Let me see, what else I can share with you as my life as a artist,
I studied to be a commercial artist, found out really quick I did like the pressure put on you by the people you had to work for..I liked being my own boss, painting what I wanted too...especially after doing calligraphy in a bible that was to be presented to someone, I sweated bullets doing that and there was the times I did business cards, Oh My I will forget about that.
My late husband, had a lot of faith in my art, we would go to an art show to look and enjoy, on the way back home home he would always say, "Kay you are better than most with your art you need to get out there and show people what you do." Finally I decided to try a show we spent bogoos of money on display racks, tables and oh yes and van to haul it all in. My first show was in Knoxville TN., I did enjoy it, made a little money and got bit by the art show bug. Now this was back when Artists Touring Association was was the big thing doing mall show around the country. So off we went, doing the shows.
Then I juried in with Gilmore Shows and Sugar Loaf, that was the main shows I did to make our living.
I have spent the morning getting things ready for a colored pencil workshop at White Pine Bookstore.
I have been teaching several classes each month for over a year now have had the best of students and really learn a lot from them and their questions, makes me think about why I do different things in art my way. I have spent all of my life painting and drawing, teaching myself how different mediums work, how to shade, how colors will blend and what works and why it doesn't work.
My life has been a fun trip, I am now in my 70's my body knows it but somehow my mind still thinks young.
I am still learning..
Scratch-board colored with my Wacom tablet.
I started Teaching myself about 25 years ago how to print after getting disgusted with the run of printing people the world had to offer, last time I had something printed was by a company that had high recommendations, horse feathers! I was there to proof and this printer had opposite images over top of each other, hmmm now even I knew this would blow the color in one image if you changed it in the other. Well I fussed all the way home till my hubby said when you get home "I want to order that Epson printer and do you own printing". I'm here to tell you as soon as we got home I was on the computer doing just that. Well, then I had to learn Photoshop. The best move I ever made.
Watercolor Chickadees, licensed to a greeting card publisher for 13 years.
I have had ball with my art and made a decent living and hope I still have years to go with my teaching and art. I have my own line of Note-cards which I paint, print, cut, fold and package my-self. More later stay tuned..Kay Murphy-Wallace 2016
Getting to work on my Witches Hat and Pumpkin. Got a couple leaves colored, spider web in place. This piece has been fun as I have added a lot of objects I didn't have in the first sketch, thinking about adding an old haunted house and of course the spider and who knows what else...Of this will be Halloween note-cards this fall.