Monday, April 27, 2015

King George Craft Show

Come on out to the 1st Annual King George Craft Show in Toronto this Saturday May 2nd from 10-2pm! Lots of vendors! I'll be selling my paintings and my one-long-line drawings. The drawings are in cute colourful frames.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

a Tuesday in April

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I spent this rainy Tuesday urban sketching in a dry cafe, drawing people.
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's my process - 
I drew with my 6B pencil on a small hot-pressed watercolour pad.
You can see my tiny palette, that was once an eye shadow kit! Very unobtrusive!
Also, my small water container, a rag and my size 14 watercolour paint brush.
Another customer sat down, so I quickly added her, left of the blonde woman.
Happy with this one... and onto another. : )

Sunday, April 19, 2015

a Sunday in April

I spent today sketching from a cafe in downtown Toronto. This lovely building, from the mid 1800's, is soon to become condos. 
I've sketched this street with my trusty little sketch box, shown below, many times. I will miss it... 
$80 - 8x10"painting
- some close ups

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Teaching and Horses

The lovely talented artists in the Self-Portrait Drawing Class I'm teaching did wonderful on Thursday night!
And... today I did a little 'horse homework'. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

splash and splatter

Monday Night's Demo went very well. : ) 
Here's the watercolour painting I did after talking a bit about life drawing. Two very different subjects, but lots of fun to share with everyone!
$60 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat
Here are some life drawings, short poses with charcoal on newsprint.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

mish mash

Just practising flowers for my upcoming demo. : )
5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
close ups -

Monday, April 06, 2015

Awesome App!

I just discovered this awesome app/website called Quickposes. I'm working towards a 'certificate' they offer, 10 hours of drawing gestures in 20 days (30mins a day/2 minute poses). They are really great models. I used charcoal pencil on 11x14"newsprint pad. : )

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

all kinds of friends

This green glass bottle is one of my favourite things to paint. Along with oranges... and flowers. : )
$80 - 8x10"painting

Sunday, March 29, 2015

with a turquoise cap

The challenge of portrait continues... This is from Tuesday's Portrait Drawing Session. I loved painting J's big turquoise cap!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Watercolour Classes - April 2015

There are still a few spaces left is my upcoming Watercolour Painting Classes!
Along with my demo (info two posts ago), April is looking wonderfully busy for me.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

the hillside

This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint sunflowers. I had a wonderful time with this painting. I enjoyed adding all the wild purple and blue flowers and doing lots of negative painting within the stems. As well as a bit of 'fingernail scratches'. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Monday, March 23, 2015

Watercolour Demo - April 13, 2015

If you're in Toronto on Monday April 13, 2015, I'll be doing a watercolour demonstration! Actually, first I'll be talking a bit about life drawing short poses, since so many fellow life drawing artists will be there, then I'll be doing a flower demo. There will be cookies!

Friday, March 20, 2015

spring wave

Here is this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge, which was to paint the photo provided. I added some blue flowers and leaves to the right side of the little glass jar, to balance things out. I also added one in the yellow jug, on the left. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. : )
$80 - 8x10"
here's the pic - 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


The model at yesterday's Life Drawing Session was just wonderful. Very serene and still. 
$40 - 8x10"painting

Monday, March 16, 2015


Another gesture portrait, this one with a slightly different palette than I usually use. Again, thinking about light.
5x7"/$10 - on 90lb paper

Sunday, March 15, 2015

sunny side

The practise of portraits continues, as they are soooo challenging! So, I've been doing lots of small quick studies on 90lb paper. I am very happy with the light on this one.
$10/5x7" - on 90lb paper.

Monday, March 09, 2015


I'm enjoying painting foxes lately. : ) Their long triangular snouts are very distinctive and the wonderful oranges and reds are a treat to paint.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

I'll friend you

This little red fox wants to be friends!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
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Thursday, March 05, 2015

reach up


I loved playing around with the pinks and reds in these flowers! They really brightened up my day since it's still coooold outside.
$80 - 8x10"painting
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

dance step

I think I'm gettin' the hang of these Zentangles. I used two patterns called akoya (braided pearls) and florz (like tiles). Then I shaded in with colour pencils. This one is 5x7". It kinda works 'upside down' too!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

travelin' on


Foxes are soooo cute!!!
$80 - 8x10" painting
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

warm as toast

This little fox was truly a joy to paint! I used a charcoal pencil to get a rough loose line that blends a bit with water. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

escape route

Zentangles are a blast! They really encourage me to think about design. Also, it's back to basics since there are only three values to work with.