Tuesday, January 27, 2015

the morning hour

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I drew this at the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto, while out with the Toronto Plein-Air Painters, then painted it at home. Again, thinking about design, I wanted a nice drippy foreground wash.
$80 - 8x10" painting.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

page turner

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I drew this at a cafe then painted it at home. I wanted to see if the chair in the bottom left foreground would work. Trying to think a lot more about design these days.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

considering green

I have been playing around with toning the watercolour paper first, in this case with gold green and viridian, then drawing with pen and painting on top. I'm having fun with the idea and it brings a unity to the piece. 
$20 - 5x7"painting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

turtles and fishies

Next month I'm teaching a third session of classes for the Cawthra Art Group here in Toronto. They are enjoying my exploration of animal drawings lately and asked for a few classes about animal anatomy. Although somehow, last time I opened up my animal sketchbook, I ended up doing a page of turtles and fish! It was fun but I think we'll be stickin' with mammals : )

Friday, January 16, 2015

gotta run

I was recently nominated to post '3 paintings a day for 5 days' on facebook. The challenge intended to flood fb with photos of art. It made me revisit some old paintings. So, being inspired by them, I thought I'd do some more horse race paintings. Please feel free to friend me on facebook!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2 minutes each

This week's Life Drawing Session was great, as usual, and this male model always does interesting poses. These are charcoal pencil on newsprint. Once the longer (5minute - 20minute) poses start, I use watercolour. My New Years Resolution is to do these quick poses with watercolour too... although getting a drawing and wash down that fast is tricky!! 

Monday, January 12, 2015


I thought one of these cutie patooties deserved a close up!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


These cutie patooties were so fun to paint! Maybe because they seem to be living a wonderful relaxed life! I tried to put lots of colour in the black fur, like blue, brown and purple. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Friday, January 09, 2015

page of pandas

It's still cold out there...! So today I checked out the morgue files, recommended by Carol Marine, for free photos. The website has tons of fun pics to work from.  Like adorable pandas!
9x12"/charcoal on newsprint.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

a whole bunch

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We are having a severe cold spell here in Toronto. So, the only thing to do is stay inside evenings and paint flowers. The challenge here was to see if a bright orange background would work.   $80 - 8x10"painting
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

gather around


It's clementine season! They are one of the great things about this cold season, for both eating and painting.
$80 - 8x10"painting.

Friday, January 02, 2015

tiger studies

I got a membership to the Royal Ontario Museum for X-mas, so I figured I'd start the year off sketching there. I drew this wonderful tiger from two different angles then painted it at home. I think I'll be going back soon!
$120 - 10.5x13.5"painting.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

make the cut

The "Sharp" Daily Paintworks Challenge was a tough one this week. I decided to soften things up by adding a few delicate fresh cut flowers.
$60 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

come by, we're around


I drew this, while sitting in the park, with my favourite Micro Graphic1 art pen. It was a little chilly, so my lines are even wigglier than usual. ; )
I'm off for the Holidays!! See you all next year.
Happy Holidays and Happy Painting Everyone!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

until next time

More snow shapes! And a few birds enjoying a quiet winter afternoon.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

it's a big world

It's a good thing I love snow, both being in it and painting it... what with me being Canadian and all. : )
$80 - 8x10"painting
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

let's walk

Well, we've had lots of snow! I love the way snow sits between the tree branches and on bicycle seats. It makes good shapes. Also, I wanted to see if I could get two thirds of the bicycle to 'work' in the foreground. I'm happy with this year's first winter scene.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

group photo

I just discovered Holbein's watercolour called Peacock Blue!! Mmm. Very turquoise. It makes lovely greens when mixed with Burnt Umber.
$80 - 8x10"painting
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Friday, December 05, 2014

tickled pink

I had forgotten all about this copper pot in my still life cupboard. I found it and was immediately inspired by it's orange colour. So, I grabbed pink flowers and a lemon to keep an analogous colour palette... and got to work.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

old friends

Here's my Daily Paintworks Challenge for this week. Love drawing old trucks!! Such wonderful shapes and colours... well actually, they were both blue so I made one red. I also omitted the wire fence and I pulled the shadows into the foreground. 
$80 - 8x10"painting

Monday, December 01, 2014

Self-Portrait in Silver

I had a great time painting my reflection in this little silver sugar pot. Also the first time I've painted blackberries!
Happy Creating Everyone.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Still pluggin' away at my animal sketchbook. These cuties are trouble makers, but fun to draw.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I had a blast painting this one! Lots of great shapes and fun colours that allowed for lots of paint merging. It also reminded me that any subject can be a painting.
$80 - 8x10" painting.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

an understanding


After a busy weekend show and a heavy schedule, I decided to sit down with a few sweet pears and do a simple still life.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"painting.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

all together

It always such a treat to see all of my work together and framed. I was very proud of my collection in this show. We had a constant stream of people, lots of sales and yummy treats! The East Toronto Arts&Crafts show is my favourite of the year because the vendors are so friendly!! Until next time...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Art Show!

I'll be selling my original watercolours and one-long-line drawings this Saturday. This will be my third year involved with this wonderful show at:
310 Danforth (near Chester), Toronto 
Over 40 vendors selling all kinds of stuff! 
Other news... working on a way of shading my drawings without hatching or watercolour. I did these on newsprint with a charcoal pencil.