Sunday, June 19, 2016


This is my second painting done today with the Toronto Urban Sketchers, at the Leslieville Farmer's Market. I promised myself I'd do a painting capturing the people there. Then, once I arrived and set up, I lost focus with all the activity, people, food, kids, etc. and I tried to do a painting with everything in it! I mean everything! Needless to say, it didn't work. I think keeping it simple while on location is best for me, until I really get the hang of it. So, here's the second one, which I'm very pleased with. ; )
$100 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
Painting box and close ups - 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Doodlewash Interview!

Charlie O'Shields, who initiated #WorldWatercolorMonth as July starting this year, has interviewed me for his blog. Super thilled about it. It was very gracious of him and I'm extremely happy with the interview! 
Link HERE at Doodlewash to read it!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

paint box

I've been doing a lot of urban sketching/plein-air painting with my trusty little paintbox. : ) It fits my Winsor & Newton travel watercolour palette perfectly and I can clip watercolour paper, up to 9x12", onto it. : ) It sits on my lap while I sit on a cheap aluminum camping stool. A lot more discreet and lightweight than a big easel. 

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

World Watercolour Month - July 2016

Charlie O'Shields, over at has made July the official World Watercolour Month! So, get ready to paint and post your watercolours everyday, (or whenever you like) on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, your blog, wherever. Use hashtag WorldWatercolorMonth. #WorldWatercolourMonth #WorldWatercolorMonth
Here's a link to join the Facebook club.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

National Butterfly Awareness Day

Today is National Butterfly Awareness Day! Butterflies are pollinators and important for our biodiversity, plus they make people smile!

Monday, May 30, 2016

hidden door

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Here's another one from Riverdale Farm. I saw this little hidden door and I thought it would be an interesting subject. I like paintings of door and/or windows. Below is a pic of my painting kit.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Sunday, May 29, 2016

wee wee wee

I went out plein-air painting with some friends to the Riverdale Farm which has the cutest little pigs. Super adorable! They were total sleepy heads... which made them a bit easier to capture with paper and paint.
Still working on how to paint bigger when out in the field. 
$25 - 5x7"painting - (unlike many paintings, this piece does not come with a mat).

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!
close ups-

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
close ups- 

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.
close ups - 

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.