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

Artist/Illustrator/Author/Greeting Card Designer

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cardinals Birthday Valentine from Zazzle.com

Cardinals Birthday Valentine from Zazzle.com
New Birthday/Valentine card on my Zazzle store.

White Christmas In East Tennessee.

Yippee! A White Christmas and more snow last night and today, every time I was awake last I could watch the white fluffy stuff coming down. Most of the day we have had some snow, which is so pretty, our pine and spruce trees are covered, Mother Nature covers up the drab and ugly with a fresh blanket of snow, everything is so clean and pure...Ok now to work on some sketches of a cute little dog (commission painting)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas you all

Merry Christmas
Kay Murphy's Studio
Wishing that each and everyone has a
happy and prosperous

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ice and Snow almost gone

Boy oh Boy, the ice and snow has almost disappeared finally I can get to the grocery store and post office, need mail this order to a lady for a Christmas present. I like the snow but this ice was something else, our pine tree lost one of its big limbs, I just happen to be standing at the kitchen door when it broke, they really have a loud crack, like shotgun when they break....scray..at least it was not close to the truck and car but up on the lot. Our truck and car has been covered in snow and or ice for days.. At my age I will not try to clean it off I might break something I will need later in life. Hubby is still recouping and cannot do it..

GCU card sale

Thanks New Jeresy for buying my Christmas cards.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More Magic Valentine Cards from Zazzle.com

More Magic Valentine Cards from Zazzle.com
Christmas shopping is about over so I have starting designing my Valentine's Day Cards.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rain and Snow today

This morning we were having rain, tonight its snow, just enough to cover the ground and our street, I love to watch it snow really gets me in Holiday spirit. It does need to let up I have a print I need to ship to a collector this week..I really am not fond of driving in it anymore, never was.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas card sales

Thanks Rita for your purchase of my Christmas Welcome card on Zazzle. Also the 2 nice sales of the same card to California and NJ on GCU.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sold 50 more of my Christmas card.

Just sold 50 more of my "Another Christmas Moo" card, Thank you California. So far my best selling Christmas card.....with GCU.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sold a 100 Christmas cards to the Netherlands

Had a great sale on Greeting Card Universe, sold 100 Christmas cards, my biggest sale with them. Thanks.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I will not be posting for a while

Sorry I will not be updating my blog for a while, my hubby is in the hospital...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ready for the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Snow Woman  christmas card
I have unpacked and repacked the cargo trailer, hubby is down with a bad hip, using a cane, here's hoping he gets better soon. Been to Wally's World to stock up on vittles. So I guess I am setting on GO. You all come see us at the show, great place to start your early Christmas shopping, unique and handmade items. This is the first year I have offer Halloween cards. Lots more Christmas cards is ready. New Matted 8 x 10's, New designs in Magnets and Bookmarks, these make great Stocking stuffers.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Countdown time for the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Where does the time go.....wish I could steal some back. I have just finished printing, packaging and packing my New Halloween and Christmas cards. Now to work on bookmarks and signs, laminating. The trimming and cutting takes a lot of time. Thanks goodness cooler weather is on the way...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Art In the Park in Morristown Tn

You'll be sure to visit the Martin Luther park in Morristown on Sat., Morristown Art Assocation members will be having an art show from 9-5, beautiful park, only 88 that day. Lois and I will be working the MAA booth, our hubby's at home working.
Next show will be the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair all 17 days Oct 7-23....Great show, lots of goodies for Christmas gifts. I will have 5 NEW Halloween cards and 7 New Christmas cards....New 8 x 10 matted giclee prints....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's Crunch Time

Fall show are drawing closer and closer, the harder I work, the slower I get. Working on new magnets and Halloween and Christmas cards
I will have a bunch of New designs for the fall shows..
I have 4 different bird magnets Cardinals, Titmice, Chickadees and Bluebirds.
2 cats, a Lucky cat, and miscellaneous subjects, great stocking stuffers.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Two New cards for Halloween

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"Witches School"
Bet you din't know there was a school for them, New card illustration available in 5 x 7
I will post pic' s of the cards on my card page.
The top 3 images and don't ask how this happen
"Full Moon Witch"
These images are available on my Zazzle store.

Monday, August 16, 2010

painted the front porch

Hubby got the bright idea to paint the front porch Whooeeee! I is hot and its finished, now if we only had kitchen porch painted, oh well one project at a time. Need to work on a custom order of Christmas cards, maybe this afternoon....right now I'm hungry....Stay cool people.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More New halloween Card Designs

Spooky Graveyard Card 
All New Cards have a small image of the design on the back of card.
Halloween card designs "Witch and Cat"

Monday, August 9, 2010

Halloween designs

I have mowed the yard while hubby did the weed-eating.

Took a nap and UPS woke us up, now I have finished a new design for card, ( Halloween. )

Working on several more, this design is available on my Zazzle store check it out. http://www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy  "Witches Hat" I will also have it available on my own greeting cards at the Oct. Craftsmen's Fair in Gatlinburg or you may order from me.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sorry I have not posted in a while

It has been a busy, hot and mostly dry summer. We have also been recouping from the July show. Now its time to be getting ready for the Oct show in Gatlinburg. I have been working on a new idea, smaller prints from my originals, Glossy look, float mat, so far so good, these will make wonderful Christmas gifts. Plus I have to get my Christmas cards printed and ready, lots of new designs this season....I will post pic's later and price. I will also be in Morristown at the art in the Park show in the member's tent, no time to set a big display Sept 18th. Come see us.Stay Cool

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Great surprize this morning

I always open the blind on the kitchen door first thing in the morning, I saw something black and yellow on the porch, mercy there was 4 kittens and one cat, 3 black ones and one yellow and one grey tabby cat (which was not the momma cat) (must have been the baby sitter). I went back to the bedroom and got hubby out of the bed, he was sure I was kidding him. They look to be about old enough to wean. It was raining hard early part of the morning, I was not sure they could eat solid food, boy was I wrong, they flew into the cat food hubby put out like they were right at home. Finally momma cat and an old tom (feral cat) we have been feeding for a couple years, momma is mostly black with a little yellow and big green eyes. She has been here to eat off and on since Feb. We had not seen her for a month or so...Everyone ate hung around in the garden, which is fenced in area, for a few hours, now off to where feral cats go. Sure hope the kittens keep coming around. I will try to get some pic's of them.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Mandala "Smoky Mountains"

I will have canvas Giclee mandala at the Gatlinburg Fair. "Smoky Mountains" I have chosen Bear, Whitetailed Deer, Cardinal, fog and clouds. Will show pic later....

Check out my New Children's Books page

Please check out my Children's Books page. Click on link to the right of main blog page...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Yep in this heat wave we loaded our cargo trailer

It is 101 degrees in Talbott as I write this post, hubby and I packed our cargo trailer for the Gatlinburg show today, everything we had on was soaking wet, we must be crazy to do this for a living and then again we have a lot of friends who are just as nuts. At least we are close to home and get to sleep in our own beds, this is better than traveling and and staying in hotels....I like home and the garden is producing a lot of tomatoes right now and it needs to be watered every day. When it does finally rain I think I will just stand out in it.
Lots of new designs for this show greeting cards, postcards, bookmarks, giclee prints and a Smoky Mountain Mandala canvas print.. Come see us at the convention center July 16- 24...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Getting Ready for the Gatlinburg show

I am busy trying to get everything together for the show in July at Gatlinburg, less than a month to have it all together, the older I get the slower I go. Its not like I have not had plenty of time, now its crunch time..
I could say I work better under pressure...

 New size bookmarks with new images, 4 seasons mini prints of the Great Smoky Mountains mat size 8 x 10,  new greeting cards, new post-cards. I have a lot of printing to get finished. Today I am painting and I do need to get back at it, my helpful elves are as old as I am. Its is hotter than the hinges of hell here today, so we will be trying to stay cool, I think the good lord is trying to tell us something. Anywho I'm hoping everyone is staying cool.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cactus sticker from Zazzle.com

Cactus sticker from Zazzle.com
These would look so good on your envelopes, add a little class to your mail.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mountains and Trees Necktie from Zazzle.com

Mountains and Trees Necktie from Zazzle.com
New Tie just in time for Father's Day

Day off in the park Bay's Mountain, Lunch with a squirrel and 2 deer

Well today my hubby said "let's take today off, it's rainy" Never let it be said that I let that pass. So I packed a couple of ham sandwiches, some water and chips and off to Kingsport's Bay's Mountain park. It was a little muggy, nice breeze, we found a picnic table and started on lunch, I looked up and here came a squirrel heading right at us, OK, I thought it's friendly, so it sat and putting its little paws on its tummy as to say I'm hungry too, did this twice as it move toward us, OK I am a pushover when it comes animals, I threw it a piece of bread, it ate its fill and left I looked up here was a small deer, of course I had to give it something too, My hubby is as big of a pushover as I am. In a few more minutes Bambie's mother was there too. Needless to say I was still hungry we  left the table. We had a nice walk in the park saw the wolves, deer. Seems like most of the animals were tucked in today. Nothing like a walk in nature to soothe your soul..If you are ever in Kingsport Tn take a short drive to Bays Mountain park, it is worth the 3.00 a car.  But Beware the squirrel tells the rest of the animals about your food. Happy Days.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

White Egret Greeting card and postcard

New watercolor I have used on 5 x 7 greeting card and postcard check out my greeting card page. Post cards are 4 for $5.00 and greeting cards are $4.50 each. Be sure to check out my zazzle store as this image is on many products. Great beach and summer fun wear. http://www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New sale at my Zazzle store

Thanks to Mary from NY. nice sale 25 sheets of stationery (fox).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Check out my greeting card page

"Christmas Bunny" New 5 x 7 card...
Remember to check out my Greeting card page for new images. I know it's just the begining of summer and here I am painting winter stuff. I am cool and it's 80 degrees outside.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Small green tomotoes

On one plant we have found about 5 green tomotoes, yes I known should not count your chickens before they hatch...I spent the day painting and printing cards and trying to update my blog... Now it's time to fix some supper...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Christmas Wren Bird House

Christmas Wren Bird House comes in both sizes

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Garden is doing great

We have spent most of the morning in the garden, getting rid of weeds and grass. Tomotoes are blooming and one pepper plant. Beans and taters are up. Planted one more row of white haft runners. I guess I will have to get back to painting soon.

Friday, April 30, 2010

New Print may be personalized "Pretty Mailboxes All In A Row"

New Personalized Print 8 x 10 "Pretty Mailboxes All In A Row" Comes with or without a black border around image. Mailbox with Bluebirds may be personalized, Such as The Browns or Judy and Jim. I can put one name over the Tuxedo cat. Please email me with your phone number, US calls only please. I will call you back Price per print $25.00 plus $5.00 S/H. USPS.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring Bird Tree

New Painting ready "Spring Bird Tree" same Pine tree different season. Greeting card will be available in 5 x 7 size. This piece is available for licensing.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Garden Planted Hooray

Hubby and I have about killed ourselves planting the garden, happens every year, couch taters all winter and bam spring we think we are 30 again, beleive me we ain't!! The lettuce and radish is coming up, we have pototoes in and beans, we even tried a topsy turvy tomotoe plant I'll let you know how that works out.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wheee! Garden ready to plant

Finally after the cold than too damn hot, the garden is ready to plant Bill and I spent the biggest part of the day there. I did the tilling he cleaned up the old grass and raked, now to buy plants. it was a great day only made it to 80. After tomorrow it is supposed to be cooler, good time to plant......Tired back sore and all that good stuff. I did get a card printed for my sister-in-law, her birthday is Sat...

After worring about my Epson 3800 I discovered I had a bad ink cartiage, now to call Epson so I can get the bad one replaced. It kept telling me I did not have a cartiage in light magenta slot, oh well better that then something serious.

I also had a very nice order from my website, thanks Salem Va.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

New design for Halloween

I have been working on Halloween designs, this is for a card. If you have someone whom you are not really crazy about or would like to get your licks while you can. The front tomestone reads
"Wish you were here"! Happy Booing! Of course I could leave the Happy Booing off...I will post other halloween design as I finish them. Started out in watercolor and finish with a Bamboo pen tablet. The snow did not amount to anything today, grateful for that.

Snow in East Tennessee

Well I just thought you would like to know what the birds in East Tennesse are doing today cause its SNOWING! They left their Christmas lights up and now  I know why...
This watercolor is available for licensing. After 60 some degree weather yesterday. At least it's not sticking to the ground. Thank Goodness for that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Spring

Since Spring is almost here I thought I must put up some flowers
Happy Spring All.

You just can't trust the weather man

Don't think it make it to 64 today nice, little chilly, nicer than it has been but come on now snow on Sunday? Well we have tomorrow it is supposed to be a warm day, I have to go to the cargo trailer I have to dig out a framed print I have to pack and ship, glad it's going to be warm. Hubby ankle is getting better, he changed a tire on the mower, I don't miss cutting the grass one little bit... I finished 3 little 4 x 4 acrylic pantings on board. I need to get to work and doing some serious stuff it will will July before I know it....SPRING tomorrow, Hurray!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ending up having to order

Drafting Flim Hobby lobby does not carry this, I did get a good deal on some w-color brushes. I ordered some flim from Dick Blick when you can't find it anywhere else they always have what you are looking for..I will try some of the Yupo paper too. Nice day about 64, tomorrow will be nicer...maybe I can clean out the car, it looks like a pine forest exploded on the floor mats, too many pine trees in our yard, nay never too many trees.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Finally a Nice day

Tomorrow is going to be warm and cloudy but no rain. Since hubby ankle is feeling some better, think I'll get out of the house for a while, trip to Hobby Lobby for some watercolor pencils and look at brushes and see if they have drafting flim. Take peak at Pier One, they always have new things, teaks my artist's soul and makes me think of things I need to paint.

Hope everyone is going to have a nice day....

Friday, March 12, 2010

More rain today Thunderstorms

Well, I think the snow is gone but the rain has moved in, OK I guess the spirits are telling me I need to paint, I would like to renew my engery by getting out side and enjoying some sunshine. I have been working on Halloween designs for cards, Spooky!
 Just sent my contracts back for both of the Gatlinburg shows. I have really enjoyed having time off this winter, especially since I don't think the public is buying art. Hopefully this will change soon and we can get on with our lives.

Check out my zazzle store Lots of NEW items and designs, everything from cards to tee-shirts and shoes, Spring is coming! Buy your love one a new Tie or maybe a new tee-shirt for Easter, I am thinking Spring..http://www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy    If you would something designed just for you please email I will be glad to do a custom order.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Great dinner Wanchai Ferry sweet and sour chicken

I don't usually say anything about products unless they are really great, I just have to tell everyone to try Wanchai Ferry dinner if you like chinese food, easy to fix and yummie to eat better than most chinese resurants I have eaten in.We had the sweet and sour chicken, 20-30 minute cook time, rice cooks very quick, so be careful, just add chicken. You can find coupons on line for the frozen dinners, I  have not tried them yet...next trip to the store, wonder if Sam's carries them?  Wal-Mart has the dinner kit and frozen dinner, frozen meal is complete. Less than $4.00 for the dinner kit and I had 1.00 coupons. I had to buy some chicken too. Guess what we are having for supper?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Bamboo pen Wacom

Hubby got me a Bamboo pen for my birthday, great. I use a Wacom tablet on the computer downstairs, love it too! Wanted one for upstairs, getting to old in knees to be running up and down, bad enough when washing clothes. This little fella is great I have been using it with Elements 8 which is a really nice program, I had upgraded from Elements 5. I would put my stamp of approvel on both Bamboo and Elements 8. Of course I am still learning about 8 lots of new things to work with...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oh Boy

Hubby broke a bone in his ankle, such good luck we are having this winter. I will be so glad when winter is over. 4-6 weeks recovery.....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow cowboys at the fence

Been one of those days, snow flurries all day, nothing sticking but cold and nasty. Off to Knoxville tomorrow, hoping the snow does not lay on the roads tonight. Hubby has a doctor's appointment in the morning, he slipped and busted his butt on our front steps (black ice) did a number on his ankle, it is black and blue.
I have worked on a commission for the last week or more, I tend to take a lot longer on something for a collector, I tried to get everything just right. Not like something you are doing because you really like it...I wish I could look in their mind to see what they wanted.
Oh well in my next life (mind reading artist)...the last 2 illustrations are from my children's book "Cowboy Snowman"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Geez Will it ever stop? Snow

The South is getting hammered with snow,but not here today, they are calling snow here Sunday morning, that's my birthday and for the last 2 years it has snowed. Oh well, I guess I will work on a commission I have to finish soon. We have always on our birthday's picked what the birthday person wants to do or where to go and eat, the whole day is theirs to do as they wish within reason.

Maybe the weather man will be wrong....I can wish...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Snow last night and today

Winter is getting to be more and more like I remember growing up in Virginia. It's a good thing I like snow I do think I have had enough for a week or two, Please.
  Another New design finished tonight, "Bluebird and Posies" watercolor pencils and watercolor, tweaked with wacom tablet.
Stay warm.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Another New Design

If this bad weather keeps up I will get a lot of painting done. It's what I love doing. "Chickadee and Wine" watercolor pencils seems to be my choice these days.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New design ready

"Barn Swallow and Posies" Watercolor pencils, available for licensing. Loving the time off from shows to be able to paint just a little different style than I usually do. Of course the wet and wild weather we are having helps too. I get to explore some unusual things that seems to roam around in my mind. I have always finished a painting in my mind before I commit it to paper, choosing the colors is done as I paint. I will be doing some more of these comtempary posies.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New greeting card design Xmas

I used one of our oldest pine trees as the model for this design. It has about this much snow on it today. Winter is really just getting started. Oh Boy!

More snow Oh Mercy!

Snow and some ice is really playing havoc with our Pine trees, several big limbs have broke, now on the ground, one was in the street early this morning, one has been touching the ground all day but not yet broken, guess this Mother nature's way of trimming them. Here it is after 4:30 weather people said it would be out of here by 4: Still snowing! We really love our trees and hate to see their limbs broken.
Working on designs for greeting cards and napkins and wine gift bags, since we are only doing 2 shows a year I will sending my art to be licensed. I guess old age has finally caught up with me, I would rather stay home and work than be on the road. After 30 some years my knees are shot and my husband has had 2 hip replacements plus a hernia repair this December.
Have been decluttering my studio 3 big bags of clutter is gone and more has to go. My studio has been downstairs and upstairs. My graphic table is in our what use to be dinning room by the picture window and bird feeders. I love John Denver and Joanne Shenandoah cd's and listen to Knoxville WIVK a lot while I paint. I been thinking about moving into our spare bedroom but at least with it in the dinning room I can cook and paint too. I have a birthday coming up soon and my hubby asked me last evening what I wanted, hmmmm, maybe one of those new bamboo pen wacom tablet for my computer upstairs, I used the big wacom tablet on the computer where I do my printing. Need to do some reserch on the little guy. Anyone out that has one let me know if you like it. My snowwoman design is finished but may need a border around.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow again in East Tennesse

Well still snowing starting late this evening, I painting most of the afternoon working on new designs, will be painting more tomorrow since it is supposed to snow up until about 4: pm, Cooked a pot navy beans with country ham and will roast a turkey breast tomorrow, so I can paint while it cooks. I love a snowy day or two.
We have been adopted by the feral cats in the neighboor, probably because we feed them, we could not watch them starve, this is the second winter for most of them. One big old grey and white tom has claimed one of the porch chairs to sleep in, of course we gave him a blanket. This fella has the biggest green eyes. Its about my bedtime. More later.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lots of New designs using my pencil drawing of the 2 Cardinals

I have used this design on Tee-shirt,cards,binder,hat,stickers,key ring, etc. All with the word "Whatever" on it check out these cute designs.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Pencil designs on Zazzle

Four NEW pencil designs for stationary on my Zazzle store and more to come.
I have put a tiny bit of color in each of the pencil
Great Gift Idea.
Don't forget Valentine's Day,less than 1 month away.

Order your gifts from http://www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy

New designs on Zazzle

Both of these Cardinals designs are now available in a number of items on my Zazzle store, mugs,shirts long-sleeveed tee's,cards valentine's, stickers, shoes, hat, stationary, etc.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

NEW Valentine card on my Zazzle store

My New Valentine card design available on my Zazzle store. New long-sleeve tee,coffe mug and the cutest valentine shoes. Check it out for gift ideas. The items on my store are from my own art, many are available as prints.http://www.zazzle.com/glorykmurphy