Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sketching Sidney

I heart donkeys!! They are a bit rough around the edges, kinda unpredictable and they might even dare to bite you. So cute!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

hand studies with Bibo

In class this week we did hand studies. The students brought in small cute objects and designed a page of three hands, trying to get some interesting actions happening. This is the demo I did with a Micron 3 pen, watercolour and my adorable friend Bibo the Koala!
$60 - 9x12"painting
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I'm loving these new artist pens. They are water soluble, so anything goes once I add a splash of water and some watercolour paint!
$60 - 8x10"painting
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Monday, November 23, 2015

every other

I loved drawing this! The cars were flying by on the road along side the train that I was sitting in. Then, I painted it with the same vigour and speed as I drew it. One of my faves. : )
$60  5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, November 21, 2015

train ride on a rainy day

This is the second painting of my train ride series. The lines get a little 'train shaky' as I draw them, and I try to keep that energy with watercolour once I add paint in my studio.
$60 - 8x10"painting. Ready for an 11x14"frame.
close ups

Friday, November 20, 2015

view from the morning train

I've been teaching a watercolour class just west of Toronto and I've used the commute as inspiration for a few paintings. Fortunately, the GoTrain that I take just briskly coasts through the city, perfect for getting pen lines down and a feel for the landscape as it slips on by.
$60 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

a warm November

After two miserable winters, I can't tell you how much I'm loving this warm November! 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat(ready to frame!)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Great Art Show!

Well, thanks to this fantastic mild November we are having, lots of people were out enjoying the weather yesterday. The walk through traffic at our Toronto East Rotary Art Show was pretty constant. Great mood and energy all day. Made some new friends too! Until next year. Happy Painting Everybody! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Art Show this Saturday

If you are in Toronto this Saturday, come on by and see me! Original affordable watercolours. Lots and lots of vendors!!
310 Danforth Ave. (at Chester)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

nearing season's end

This week's DailyPaintworks Challenge. I had lots of fun splattering in those trees.
$60 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, November 08, 2015


I'm working on a few more abstracts before teaching a Watercolour Class this Thursday. It's about using selected colours in loose non-representational ways.
$80 - 9x12"painting

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

extra caramel


The challenge for this painting was, given my love for lines, trying to leave selective areas alone, letting the pencil marks stand on their own. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
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Sunday, November 01, 2015

cards and show

Lots of line drawing of animals, that started as sketches for InkTober, but ended up as cards I'll be selling at my next show! I think I'll splash some watercolour on them all. : )
Next art show - Saturday Nov. 14th at the Eastminster United Church
310 Danforth, at Chester in Toronto
10-5 Free and TONS of vendors!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

just a little somethin'

I looked into my 'still life objects cupboard' and thought, I'd just like to paint a little something. And this cute creamer with turquoise stripes jumped out at me. So, I added a simple fruit and a few flowers and enjoyed painting it.
$60 - 5x7"painting

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

a few more hand studies

Well, InkTober is coming to an end. I've had lots of fun with it. I hope to squeeze one more ink drawing in this week. If not, until next year. : )

Saturday, October 24, 2015

the wild bunch

I had a blast painting this wild bunch of flowers, with natural sunlight from the window in my studio. 
$100 - 9x12"painting

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

a pearl of wisdom

I really enjoyed painting this portrait! I almost didn't touch the line drawing, but in the end I figured I'd go for it. 
The art show last week went very well. Thank you so much to all those that came out to it! 
I have all of my art framed and ready for a few more group art shows before X-mas, and now I have time to get back to doing some watercolour painting. 
Stay tuned. : )

Saturday, October 17, 2015

iPad Art

Awhile back I was fooling around with the SketchBook Pro app on my iPad. It's really fun drawing on the screen with a rubber tipped pen called a stylus. I'm also interested in incorporating pattern into my art more. 
And now, off to the Riverdale Art Show for day two!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Jo" and "think aloud"

think aloud
InkTober is keeping my on my toes with portraits! I'm drawing with an RSVP pen, which is quite fine, then adding a wash. Also, finished framing all my work today in preparation for the show this weekend. Super excited! Watercolours really shine once they are matted and framed.
Here's info for the Toronto Riverdale Group Art Show.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Riverdale Art Show 2015

This weekend! I'll be there Friday night and all day Saturday. I'm showing over 20 pieces, framed and ready to hang! Lots of artists... over 15 of us!! Come and visit.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sue's hat... Jim's hat

I'm really enjoying InkTober! It's got me doing 3-value portrait studies with an RSVP pen and wash, homework that is long overdue. It's easy to get caught up in the wonderful world of watercolour, but sometimes it's important to go back to basics. Also, I do love painting people wearing hats. : )