Wednesday, May 25, 2016

travelling along

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

I spent the day plein-air painting with the Don Valley Art Club at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, also known as Edwards Gardens. Here is my step by step process...
I painted this waterfall, which I've painted before, but from the other side of the bridge. I worked from my trusty little paintbox. Here's the drawing in 6B pencil.
Half way there... I like to add darks early, so I can determine the values right from the beginning. Artists often do watercolour from light to dark however, when I do that it never seems to take forever to get dark enough...
All done. You can see the pink bulldog clip on the right of the box holding a rag in place. There's also a few paper towels, a compact mirror (to look at the piece in reverse while painting) and an 8x10"mat (under the box) to make sure it'll fit nicely into a frame when finished. Quite a challenge!

Monday, May 23, 2016

raspberry iced tea

Today is a holiday Monday, Victoria Day, so I did one of my fave things to do... spent time observing and drawing people at a cafe. Now I'm heading out to dinner for this summer's first outdoor patio meal!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

distant call

I was out urban sketching today when I stumbled across a photo of this lovely red fox. So, I enjoyed the outdoor weather while painting this one. Just kinda happened that way... 
$40 - 5x7"painting on 90lb paper with 8x10"mat.

Friday, May 20, 2016

hummin' along singin' a song

This little fella was actually part of the same still life set up as the previous post. However, he was so colourful, he stole all the attention. I figured, he needed to be in a painting all to himself. I really wanted to let the watercolour blend and do it's thing in this piece. It's pretty much exactly what I'm going for when I work. 
: )
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

a little bird told me

I spent the day with some friends painting a still life with 'birding' as the theme. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat/ready for an 8x10"frame!
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Sheraton Centre Hotel

I went urban sketching with the Toronto Urban Sketchers (TOUSK) yesterday. About 15 of us ventured over the to lovely Sheraton Centre Hotel which has a wonderful courtyard full of plants, rocks and a waterfall. The rooftop view is quite grand, but unfortunately it was surprisingly chilly yesterday. I happily remained warm and painted the plants and pond. 
I'm also trying to work bigger lately, so this one is 11x14".
Other news: I'm now on Instagram for those who like to follow! 

Monday, May 09, 2016

nice view

Well... it looks like most of the Cherry Blossom Trees are loosing their lovely pink petals this season. Until next year!
$60  -5x7"painting wit 8x10"mat.

Sunday, May 08, 2016


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I've only got a few more days to capture the Cherry Blossom Trees. It's always a race against time during the two week blossoming of these gorgeous trees!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, May 06, 2016

laze around

I love the look of a dark ink line when painting something light and delicate like a cherry blossom tree. It gives a nice strong contrast. Also, it came in handy when drawing the dog's hair. : )
$60  5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, May 05, 2016


It's that time of year again! The cherry blossom trees are happening. They last about 2 weeks so you have to capture them quick. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Save the Rhino Day!

Today is Save the Rhino Day!
I drew this with 6B pencil on newsprint.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

past the lion

I went out with the Toronto Urban Sketchers last weekend! We met up at the Lillian H. Smith library, which has these awesome statues in front. It was a very tough subject for me and, after two unsuccessful small versions done on site, I finally painted this bigger one at home.
$80 - 8x10"painting
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

late lunch

I really enjoying capturing people's body language while they relax into conversation with each other.
$70 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

strong silent type

I painted this lovely mountain sheep for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, April 15, 2016

friends with


Well, it's feeling like spring outside! So, people are relaxed and socializing. I went to a cafe and did this urban sketch today. : ) Also, revamped my Etsy Shop, check it out!
$60 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat.

Monday, April 11, 2016

life drawing

I'm still attending life drawing sessions regularly. They are such a great challenge and wonderful way to keep at my drawing practise. Here are a few 2 minute poses drawn with charcoal pencil and then watercolour added.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

after the rain

Back to doing a cityscape, my favourite subject! : ) Looking forward to spring to get out there and do some more. 
$100 - 8x10"painting

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Happy National Ferret Day!


"Who me?" - I painted this little one for The Ferret Challenge over at Daily Paintworks, which I entered this week. I figured, being National Ferret Day, it would be a fun subject for people to explore. : )
Thanks to all those who participate. It's a lovely animal to draw and paint.
$40 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

take a deep breath

Continuing to paint grapes. They're great!
Also, I've decided to post paintings at my DailyPaintworks Gallery with a PayPal link. This way, DailyPaintworks people, who aren't on Etsy, get a chance to buy! Then, I'll move it to my Etsy shop after a few days.
$100 - 8x10"watercolour painting on paper

Saturday, March 26, 2016

breathe easy

Happy Easter Weekend Everyone!
I've rediscovered the joy of painting grapes!?! And working with Winsor Newton Magenta.
$100 - 8x10"watercolour painting

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Toronto Watercolour Society - Linda Kemp Workshop

Well, here is my first ever attempt at Negative Painting. I spent the weekend taking a  2 Day Toronto Watercolour Society Workshop with the amazing Linda Kemp. She is a fantastic teacher. We did lots of helpful exercises. Then we did a colourful wet-in-wet wash on our 140b cold-pressed paper, using fresh tube paints, and painted AROUND the positive shapes (berries). Basically, paint the space between the braches, not the branches. It really stretches your artistic vision.
Check out her website HERE
If you ever get a chance to take a class with her, take it! 
Happy Painting Everyone!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

a dab will do ya'

Well, this is the first time I've used cold-pressed paper in years! I always use hot pressed. I'm actually practising with this paper for an upcoming workshop I'm taking with the lovely negative painter Linda Kemp. Looking forward to learning to see shapes better. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

in the stars

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Normally this time of year I am painting snowscapes, which I love. Especially city street scenes with snow. However, with this crazy mild snow-less winter we are having, I haven't had a chance. So, instead I am really enjoying setting up still lifes and working in the studio.  The challenge here was to make a nice dark background to offset the lovely white flowers. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

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Thursday, March 10, 2016


I found this cute little bird house and decided, being small, it would suit my still life set up style. It's now friends with all the other items in my crowded cupboard of goodies. : )
$100 - 8x10"painting
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