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

Artist/Illustrator/Author/Greeting Card Designer

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Watercolor The Smokies

New Watercolor of The Smokies
prints available

Monday, December 26, 2016

New Originals acrylic etsy store

Check out my etsy store for my originals mini sized and in set of three's.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

What bored artists do they try different things hoping they work

When I am bored I head for my computer and photoshop, try different ideas to see if they will work, having fun and making art from two images. Maybe a new card design bottom image.
May use as cover for my new book top image.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

New watercolor

My newest watercolor available on my etsy store or
from me 8 x 8 size.
This art will be very close to what my next workshop will be.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wishing everyone who follow our blogs, a very Merry Christmas.

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Christmas book plus paintings and prints

 The Christmas Book by Dr. Homer S. Wallace
Illustrations by Kay Murphy-Wallace
26 pages of the origin of Santa Claus.

Seven new paintings for next Christmas  Show.

New Santa Claus print.

Another Santa Claus print

Sunday, November 13, 2016

New illustration for my hubby's new Christmas book

Cover illustration for my hubby's new book, still working on illustrations for the inside. We are hoping for a release of December 2. Stay tuned for updates.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

 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".

Thursday, October 6, 2016

My sweet husband Homer  has written a new book "The Origin of Halloween" I have illustrated it for him... 30 pages of information how Halloween started.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A little more about me

 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.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Newest Halloween design

My newest Halloween design for cards, I'm teaching this as a Halloween card design Monday evening at White Pine Bookstore, colored pencils...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 27 Halloween card making class

 White Pine Bookstore
The start of one of the designs for a Halloween card
 Halloween Card Making class, bring out your dark side with witches and stuff. Fun time you can surprise your friends with your very own hand made card...CHANGE OF DATE MONDAY 26 AT 4:30-7:00

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pet portraits Mixed media

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.

To Order a Painting Visit My Etsy store:

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Flat Notes with envelope

5 x 7  Flat note with envelope  available on my etsy store

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Three new designs

Finished my Raven today, my next Raven will be in the Birds in Hats series note cards, maybe he will be wearing a derby, hmmm? I can think about that for a while...Hot here in east TN today...

Also my thistle print plus a note-card

 I have been busy for a week, got my Dragonfly note card set-up

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Dragonflies note-cards

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..

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stained glass effect on my mixed media painting

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. 
Just thought I would share this with you all.

New Two Thistle Blooms with Dragonfly

New mixed media design I will be using on cards, stationary, print, Check my zazzle store to keep up on New items I have been adding.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



Dragonfly in blues Notecard

Dragonfly painted with acrylics Copper background adds magic to this Dragonfly captured on the turquoise and navy blues. 
I have created a note card from this image so that the magic of colors and Dragonflies may be shared.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dragonfly and Thistle design

My newest design for my zazzle shop. Find this design on t-shirts,coffee mugs,note cards and etc.. Start of I'm Scottish designs. more to come....Teaching tomorrow at White Pine Bookstore

Friday, August 19, 2016

My Newest Christmas Card design and more as my life as an artist

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. 
More Coming Later Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Embossed note cards

 My embossed Birds In Hats series of note cards  Most are available on my etsy store. Next image with a hat on will be a Raven. Check out my etsy store www.KayMurphysStudio.com

My Mocking Bird card is a fun card for the state I live in Tennessee.
 The Cardinal is is for my home state of Virginia.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tomorrow Teaching a colored colored pencil workshop

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 on Witches Hat and Pumpkin colored pencil

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.