Kay Murphy's Studio, P.O. Box 340, Talbott, Tennessee 37877-0340 kaymurphy41@gmail.com

Artist/Illustrator/Author/Greeting Card Designer

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TBA award from Zazzle today

My Bluebird and pussy willow stamp got a TBA award today. Thanks Zazzle.http://www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy

Monday, December 28, 2009

New valentine design on Zazzle store

New Valentine's Day Cards on my Zazzle store.
Check out all the NEW items I have put on my store front in the last 2 days
Great Valentine's Day Gifts.
New Wedding invites, New Binders, Cards, Mugs and T-shirts.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Here we are December 18th we have had rain, mix of rain and snow, then late this evening snow. This should put us in the Christmas mood...Love the snow as long as we have plenty to eat and we do, hubby is still recouping from his Hernia operation. His follow up visit to the doctor had a good report. In another 2 weeks he can lift more than a gallon of milk, he can now go up and down the stairs. I will be painting tomorrow on new card designs...Happy Holidays to all, wishing all a bright and merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Good News

My Gatlingburg Christmas card placed in the top 20

My husband operation went great, home now but sore. Thanks to all our friends prayers and a great doctor.

Other good News I placed in the Top 20 Christmas card picks on Kate Harper's blog " Gatlinburg Christmas" card.. Thanks Kate. Check out the link above...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Scratchboard Tea-cup Bluebird finished

Finally finished the scratchboard of a bluebird in a tea-cup, the Chickadees are also finished, now to scan them and paint them with photoshop. One more to do (Titmouse).

My hubby has to have a Hernia operation this coming Tuesday, keep us in your prayers, please. Not sure when I will get to do the last painting and the last bird. I also used my last 12 x 12 scratchboard, so had to order more.

Anyone needing art supplies http://www.aswexpress.com/ They are having a great sale.

Hope everyone is having a great week-end...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Puddle in the kitchen this morning

I woke up this morning to sound of my husband calling my name, with the tone of voice I knew something was wrong, I hurried down the hall to " There's water on the floor in the kitchen"  Now I'm not a morning person, need coffee and a lot of it to be human. I looked, yep that's water in front of the ref. Damn where's my coffee. After a cup I did a little looking and mopping, coming from the ice maker, some is froze some is not. Not the best way to start a morning, after a call to our neighbor, he came to check it out, cut-off valve on the copper line in the basement was not working, new valve and all will be well, I hope. So how was your day?

I did start on a new tea-cup bird scratchboard late this evening, that will keep me busy for while. This one is the Bluebird.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Postage stamps from Zazzle

I had ordered some of my postage stamps from Zazzle (Gatlinburg Christmas) they arrived today,WOW! they did a super job of printing, anyone who does not think their work is high quality is very wrong. I will be proud to use these stamps on my cards of the same image... Be sure to check out my store on Zazzle . www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas shopping?

Check Out my new store with Cafepress www.cafepress.com/Februarykay
Mugs, tote bags,t-shirts,cards.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Christmas Card

                                  http://www.kaymurphysstudio.com/ to order by PAYPAL. 
All of my 2009 card designs are from my original scratchboard art, the tea-cup series will be 4 card design, the male Cardinal, Chickadees, Bluebird and the last card Titmouse. Chickadee's in a tea-cup  will be ready before December 1, 2009. To Order call Kay at 423-581-2273. All cards are $4.50 each, free shipping. 5 or more card $4.00 each. I can add Happy Holidays in white to the outside and any text you would like inside.

Christmas is a Coming Soon! Buy your cards Here!

CHRISTMAS CARDS Now Available at Kay Murphy's Studio Greeting Cards. All cards are 5 x 7, Blank inside. $4.50 each with free shipping. 5 or more cards $ 4.00 each. Call Kay at 423-581-2273 to order, all major credit cards. Printed on 50lb Polar White.
A Christmas Moo

                                                                                      GATLINBURG CHRISTMAS


Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Teacup with Chickadee's

I did finish a new scratchboard with Chickadee's and teacup, I just need to scan it into my computer and get started. This will be titled Two For Tea again I used one of Mom's antique teacups. I will make this available in 5 x 7 greeting cards, 12 x 12 Giclee' paper print and 8 x 10 matted print.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Home from the Craftsmen's fair.

Tear down at the show went very well, glad to be home after 18 days not counting set-up day, getting up at 6 am every morning and then getting home every night about 8:15 to 8:30 makes one very tired or in this case 2.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair NEW Christmas Print

"Gatlinburg Christmas "
New Giclee Paper print will be available at Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
October 8-25 at my booth. $50.00 each print
5 x 7 Christmas cards $4.50 blank inside
8 x 10 matted prints $15.00 each
8 x 10 framed prints $45.00 each
Print is from my Scratchboard original.
I then scan it and paint with my Wacom Tablet.
Several Framed prints will be available at the show.
The perfect Christmas Gift

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Scratchboard "Cup Of Cheer"

My "Cup Of Cheer"
My whimsical cardinal in a Bigger Than Life Antique tea-cup and
saucer. The tea-cup was one of my Mom's and in this day and
time we all can use a BIG cup of cheer.
I did the original in scratchboard, then to my computer, scanned
it, using my Wacom Tablet to paint in my colors, needless to say
I did have a stiff neck from the hours I put both at the graphic table
and the computer chair.
 I have printed paper Giclee open edition and canvas Giclee that
is 8 x 8 gallery wrapped with a white feather on each side of the canvas
These will be available at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair in October.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair Oct 8-25

In less than a month the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair will start, this is the best art and craft show to do your Christmas shopping. Find link to this show below in my link section.

I will be releasing my 1st  Christmas print of Gatlinburg and Christmas cards (same image). This print is from one of my scratchboard art, painted with a Wacom tablet and photoshop program. I will also have new black and white prints some are framed in great black frames, 8 x 10 matted prints( Giclee ) for $15.00. A real bargain for the Christmas shoppers.

Come early and stay late Hours M-S 10-7  Sunday 10-5

Thursday, September 3, 2009

New scratchboard print and cards

"Miss Annie Too"
Available as 5 X 7 matted print
and as Greeting card

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Christmas Print Finished

Wheeee! this is load off my mind, I have been doing this painting in my mind since last year, Christmas print. I will post image later probably the 1st part of October, just before the show Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair, Oct 9-25. I am very pleased with the final image. I have also printed 5 x 7 Christmas cards. Forgive me for not posting the image now, but I have had some people steal my ideas, I would like have this one for a surprise for my collectors. It will be worth the wait.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another Christmas Moo (Scratchboard Art)

The 1st image is "A Christmas Moo" both of these giclee prints are available as 5 x 7's matted in black, matted size is 8 x 10, sold matted or matted and framed.
matted size 8 x 10 cost
$15.00 each
framed size 8 x 10 cost $40.00 each, plus shipping. Black frame.
Christmas cards are also available from both images $4.50 each
I will have these these pretty Moo's in Gatlinburg at the Oct 8-25, Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair. Perfect gift for the Holstein cow lover on your Christmas list.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I finally got back to doing some scratchboard art

After about 25 years I decided to do some scratchboad, it has been a long time, it came back fast, thank goodness! I finished a cow face for Christmas cards and 5 x 7 prints. I am quite pleased. This is the year I will do a Christmas print from scratchboard. That should keep me busy for a while. I guess as artists we do need a change of pace to keep us fresh.

They are calling for rain for the next 3 days here in East Tennessee, good time to work. Just wish I did not have to the grocery store thingie...and cook.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Working on matting and framing 8 x 10's

I have spent the last 2 days printing and cutting mats for my New 8 x 10 series. These will be available framed or just matted at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair Oct 8-25. I will have new cat prints, foxes, bobcat, waterbirds, bears, horses, landscapes and maybe a cow and chickens. Photos will be posted later closer to show time.
I don't know about the rest of the world but Tennessee is hot and if we have as much snow as we have had rain, look out for the winter, I love snow good excuse for big old pot of soup and a lot of painting.. Keep cool.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tomorrow my day in Gatlinburg and the mountains

Tomorrow is a kind of working, fun day at Gatlinburg and the mountains, I will taking some reference photos for a Christmas print I will be releasing at the October show. I will also have Christmas cards of this image. It is one of those paintings that gets stuck in my mind, I know just about what I want to paint but need it to be authentic, so I need the photo shoot. We need a day out anyway. Nice lunch out. Feed our souls on mountain air.

We had to go out for a while today it has been 94 at times here in east Tennessee today, That's damn hot! Boy, bring on some cool weather. Soon.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Cat Prints

Silver is the first image and Tux is the black and white tuxedo kitty. These will be available
as Giclee 5 x 7 prints. More kitty's will make their way to my feline collection. Own one or more of these precious feline's, they mat and frame 8 x 10 size. $15.oo each with a white mat. $6.00 to ship USPS.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

2nd picture of booth

My New Greeting card display, worked really well.

Booth Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

NEW Tote Bag (Wanna Make My Day?) White sells for $22.00

Booth at Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair Set-up

Thank goodness with the help of our great neighbor Becky we got there early and the unloading was really great with the help of great porters at the show. Our new booth is really close to the tunnel and was a breeze to unload all the booth stuff there quickly, so B could take the truck and trailer to the parking lot. We are almost finished with set-up, last minute things to do on Friday morning, which means about 2 hours. When you do a Gatlinburg show you go to work early (especially if you drive back and forth from home every day) Tourists town!

I will take a photo of my booth and try to get it posted this week. I had ordered new card racks one is horizontal and the other vertical, they hang on my Pro-panels easily. I will still use the table spinner for my boxed cards.

This is our 1st show since last November, so B and I have some sore muscles and joints. We found out 2 weeks ago B has a hernia, so goes old age. I am trying to make him take care but you gals know how men are....no more said. Wish us luck and blessings with the show.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair July

Finally the trailer is unpacked and repacked, we are ready to go, of course clothes have to be washed and ready for 10 days. At least we are home every night to sleep in our very own bed..Yipeee!
NEW for this show will be Greeting Cards, Tote Bags (white) with "Wanna Make My Day " image on them, hand-painted porcelain jewelry, 5 acrylic canvas paintings gallery-wrapped. We have a new booth number this year 206 w. Looking forward to a nice show and seeing old friends again.

REMEMBER July 17-26 at the convention center downtown Gatlinburg TN. Hours 10-7 each day and Sundays 10-5.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Be sure to mark your calender's for July 17 -26 and spend a day at the Craftsmen's Fair in beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Held at the convention center. Great shopping with artists and craftspeople, unique and very unusual fine art and crafts. I will have lots of New originals and New greeting cards. These cards make wonderful matted and framed art (8 x 10 sizes. )
Great gifts, images are either from my acrylics or watercolors or my photos I have re-vamped using Photoshop or my Wacom tablet. I just love the different look you can create with these using these tools.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

new card images

Wanna Make My Day? card
Let sleeping bears lay card

High in the smokies card. Don't forget I will be at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair July 17 - July 26 at the Convention Center. You may purchased any of my art work at my booth during these 10 days. Don't miss this great show.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Beautiful Trees Card/Print

New 5 x 7 card blank inside. Also available as a black and white print.

Another photo I have reworked in Photoshop, such fun.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cabin in the Cove

New card from one of my photo's I do love working with Photoshop, really gets my creative juices going and yes I know that Mother Nature does it best, I just like doing it different.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

eating from the garden

As most of you know East Tn., was hammered with storms the last couple of days. Today it missed our section, Thank You God. We ended up at dark yesterday with a small lake in the front yard, our corn blown over and both ends of the garden flooded. Well today I went to pick our first mess of beans, discovered our potatoes were uncovered by the hard rain. The corn is still down, hopefully tomorrow we will get it back up. On the brighter side we had a great mess of green beans, new red potatoes, cucumbers and onions, the only thing that did not come out of our garden was tomatoes we had. Lots of beans yet to eat.

I am hoping the very bad storms are over for a while for everyone. Some people have had some bad damage in our area, down trees, lightning and high wind.

Tomorrow we will try to get the yard mowed.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dirty Paws photo

Our feral cat "Dirty Paws"
I think he is about one year old, he is even tamer
today than yesterday.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Great day to be alive

This a beautiful day in East Tennessee, since most of our Saturdays have been on the wet side. This is really nice, worked in the garden, B mowed the yard. Last evening we had a mess of new red pototoes out of the garden.

We have feral cat (He's yellow tiger striped) who comes to eat every morning and evening and if we are on the porch he comes to visit. Most nights he sleeps in one of the chairs. We have named him Dirty Paws, our white porch has become polka-dotted with kitty prints since last winter. Last summer we had a momma cat that had 4 kittens under one of the yard barns, our neighbor's dog chased a yellow kitten up one of our trees and of course crazy woman that I am. I chased the dog off with a few chosen words and a big stick. Much to our neighbor dismay. He's getting tamer by the day, maybe one of these days he will let me pet him. He has been a good chaser of rabbits and squirrels, out of the garden so you could say he is earning his food. Now if he could just take care of the bugs.. I will try to get a picture of him to post soon.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beans Ky Wonder is now blooming

Childern's books order both for $20.00 each book.
Shipping free In the United States.

It's beautiful morning in East Tennessee, Bill and I drank our cup of coffee on the porch by the garden, the cucumber's have fallen over and are blooming, the beans are doing their thing, peas are in the pods, will not be long, I opened one pod not mature yet.

Have not painted in last couple of days, been cleaning up an old cargo trailer we used for hauling art to the shows, we are still trying to unclutter. Will sell it. Would like to get rid of things we don't need or use any longer. This is not the trailer we use now.

Tomorrow is June 1st, where does the time go?

I still have some of my children's books for sale, written and illustrator by me and published in the USA. No need to worry about bad inks.

Don't forget I am only doing 2 art shows this year, come to Gatlinburg for a long week-end in July, the show starts July 17th at the convention center in downtown.
New Originals in acrylics, oil, some big, lots of small most all on Gallery wrapped Canvas.

Click on the link to the Galtinburg show for information. http://www.craftsmensfair.com/

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The 2nd Wise Woman card

The 2nd Wise Woman card is ready, the front text reads "Girl Friend! This is your year to Dance, Fly with the Stars." Blank inside, so you may add your special message. Cards are $4.50 each shipped free. 5 x 7 size. You may order cards or catch me at a art show. Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair July 17th-July 26th. Check their website, take a mini vacation or a week-end come to the Best Show in Tennessee.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Eagle sighting

I wish I would have had my camera, famous last words. Bill and I decided to wash our old van this morning I happen to be taking a break looked up and there was a huge bird off in the distance, at first I thought it was a Great Blue, it came closer and boy, did I get excited when I saw the white head, I stared to yell at Bill there's a Eagle, look, look. We watched until he flew off, we only live a couple miles from Cherokee Lake, guess he was just looking the area over.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wise Women Cards

Here is the first of my Wise Women greeting card series
On the front text
"Happy day to a Wise Woman
Oh Yeah, There's Some Snow On The Roof"
Inside is blank so you may finish with your message.
I think the next image will be
Dancing with the Stars.
This image is done with watercolor pencils. I really think you can get a lot more detail.

Wonderful week-end to paint Rain

I finished a new image for new line of cards, have not come up with a name for them yet, kind of thinking about Wise Women since they are designed for the older ladies. I am trying to get 6 images finished for the July show.

I will post the image soon as I get it scanned.

Our garden is doing great, spinach for supper this evening, found a tiny tomato on one the plants.

Our beans are reaching for the sky, need taller stakes...Ky wonders.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

New Chickadees card

Chickadees! Everybody loves these little guys.
I had finished this watercolor on handmade paper
a few weeks ago, with the idea I would do a Giclee
print and a greeting card.
Finally today is the day I got to it.
Available in a paper print and the
greeting card you see here.
The bad weather is making me look for something to do,
so this is a good thing!

New angle on the card image

New twist on an old idea, I have always painted outside the box, extending my painting on to my matting for years, trying it on my card designs. I have printed a female cardinal card also. I am pleased with both, I hope buyers will like them too. Cards are now available $4.50 each Free Shipping. These are great framable cards.Remember click on the image for a larger view.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Our Garden

Two years ago, Bill and I filled up our in-ground pool and planted a late garden, this year we got our plants and seeds in early, we have had radishes and last evening we had lettuce (Out Of The Garden) with a hot bacon dressing. YUMMY! It has rained so much in the last weeks, it is hard to take care of it (WEEDS) but it is growing so well, potatoes are starting to bloom and the beans have runners and need to be staked. The radish below is 2 1/4 inch long.

It cost a bundle to have the pool filled with dirt, well worth it. We are both at the age of I don't like to clean the pool anymore....

Oh yes it stormed this morning! One of us is going to have to get muddy...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New card images ready

I have spent the last few days working on and printing New card images. See samples. Remember you may click on these for a larger view. All cards are $4.50 each. Free shipping.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Fox

New Fox print available as print and 5 x 7 greeting card.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eagle flag and blubirds cards

New card eagle's head in a star brust with flag in background. I will be printing a catalog of card designs late in June, anyone interested may contact me by snail mail with their address, I will mail you a catalog when its ready. All catalogs will cost $2.00 each. All cards are $4.50, shipped free, they are 5 x 7, all images are copyrighted.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

More rain coming

Rain and no storms I hope. Since I spent most of the day in the kitchen, its left-overs tomorrow, maybe I will get some painting done, I have had one on the graphic table, sketched out and ready to start for 2 days now. I have also been working on greeting cards 5 x 7 to sell at my shows and on-line.

This is one of my images I will use on a card, I take a look at my older photos for something to inspire me, luckily I found about 20 photos I will either use for a painting or fiddle around in photoshop till I get what I want.

The garden is doing so well I am almost afraid to say anything for fear a frost will get it, peas, corn,beans, all the cabbage and brussel sprouts are popping up.

The red rocks painting is one I have set aside for a year not really sure what it needs to be finished. It has not talked to me yet.

Monday, March 30, 2009

New cards

New card available on my website http://www.kaymurphysstudio.com Greeting card page.
Watch for cards this spring...I will do custom designs weddings, christmas, etc., 25 card mim. 5 x7 size.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring is here in East Tn

After about 5 days of working in and on the garden, Wheee it is finally planted, except for the tomatoes plants, thinking we will wait until the first part of April to do that. We hurried today as they are calling for 4 days of rain, we hope. In the middle of planting beans we run out, cleaned up headed for Lowe's to buy some to finish off the last row.
Now to get back to the old drafting table and some painting. I might need to do a little house keeping first, the path seems to be closing behind me..

Friday, March 20, 2009

Chilly today in East TN

Only in the 50's, we have plants wanting to get in the ground, will wait until tomorrow since its to get into the low 30's tonight.
Finally fiinished my snowbirds and smokey mtns painting, will try to post it tomorrow, original acrylic 12 x 24, also have a new 10 x 10 original acrylic of white tulips with a almost black background. Both these paintings are on canvas and do not need a frame as sides are painted.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Paddy's Day

Let's hope we all find that lil' guy with pot of gold today. I'm still looking! Happy Saint Paddy's to you all!

Monday, March 9, 2009

new card page on my website

I have my first greeting card up on my website with the help of my web master http://www.kaymurphysstudio.com/ I will be posting more images on the website later this week, I have a great guy who manages and built my site if any of you are in need of website, this is who you need. http://www.djcommunications.com/
The weather is wonderful here in East TN, will get to 74 today, makes you want to plant something but I know its just a mite early yet. Happy Spring

Saturday, March 7, 2009

new Card

I am finally getting a page up on my website with my greeting cards, probably will have some images posted by early next week. Bill and I worked in the yard the biggest part of the day, cleaning up winter's array of dead limbs and pine needles, so tonight it's Oh My Aching Back. So it may take me a day or two to get over the aches and pains. So feel free to mosey on over and take a look http:www.kaymurphysstudio.com I will be doing in-house printing on 50lb polar white paper which really pops the color. Check me out sometime after March 11. I will be doing custom designed cards. Happy Early Spring!