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

Artist/Illustrator/Author/Greeting Card Designer

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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Scratch-board horse

Finally got around to doing more work on this scratch-board of a sorrel horse. This was a teaching lesson( private) had a wonderful student. Love scratch-board.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The start of new colored pencil design Halloween

The start of a new colored pencil design hopefully I will finish it this weekend. I will post the finished design.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New workshop Colored Pencils

My newest colored pencil drawing, this is my teaching drawing for Aug.16 and Aug.23 at White Pine Bookstore. Two session workshop for one price.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Santa cat Christmas card

I will offered this cat in the Santa hat card 5 x 7 size for sale 2016, custom orders only, in this size. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cat in a hat, start of a new series

New colored pencil design, the start of a series of animals in hats.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Acrylic class

My acrylic class at White Pine Bookstore. Painting fog in the Smokies was our subject. Had two talented girls.