Five Questions for Kay Smith

Light through paint.

An interview with watercolor artist Kay Smith


1. You describe your watercolor technique as “transparent.” Can you explain what this means and how the process works? 

Being able to see light pass through clear paint on paper is the hallmark of watercolor’s abilities and allure. I use transparents such as alizarin crimson, thalo blue/green, and arylide yellow mostly in initial washes if doing traditional work, and a mix of transparents with a few opaques if painting in a direct one-application manner.

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Website Makeover

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The Final Result

Welcome to Artspan’s new Website Makeover! Each month we’re going to choose one site to spruce up. Working with the artist, we’re going to update the design of the site, and we’re going to do a little work behind the scenes to improve SEO. We’re going to share the process so that you can see how easy it is to use our design tools, and to inspire you to keep your own site as beautiful as it can be. If you’d like us to consider your site for a design makeover, which will be featured on our blog, in our newsletter, and on social media, contact

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Ten Magazines Accepting Photography and Art Submissions

Artspan photographer Katherine Minott recently had her beautiful photograph Naked Summer chosen for the cover of Sun Magazine. Inspired by her success, we’ve decided to put together a list of ten magazines that accept submissions of photography and art. See if you can find one that’s a fit for your work! If you have any recommendations for magazines to submit to, share in the comments.


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Five Questions for Kelly Burke

Opposing Forces in Nature

An interview with abstract painter Kelly Burke

 Toujours Fidele

Your work seems very personal and connected to your mood or your view of the world on a particular day. You strike an interesting balance between feelings and ideas…the vague and the specific, the soft and the harsh. Do you paint in response to specific events in your life or the world around you? Do you find that your mood changes while you paint…that the very act of exploring your state of mind changes your state of mind?

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