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

close ups....

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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Sunday, March 06, 2016

stage whisper

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I really enjoyed working in studio with this little set up! Red flowers are tough to do in watercolour, they can get a bit heavy and dead pretty quick if I'm not careful. Very pleased with this one. : )
$100 - 8x10"watercolour painting
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

in the clear

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Somehow all of these objects just came together... : )
$100 - 8x10"painting
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

in the swim of things

Another polar bear! I rarely do a wash over an entire painting but I thought I'd give it a go with this one. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, February 27, 2016

International Polar Bear Day!

It's International Polar Bear Day, so I thought I'd paint this little cutie this morning. He's saying "who me... my day?!" 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

early on


I've been going through a new animal drawing book by Glenn Vilppu. He's a wonderful draftsman and the book inspired me to paint this early morning black bear, wandering out to start his day. I used a photo from the wonderful website WetCanvas' reference photo library. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Sunday, February 14, 2016


I recently rediscovered a wonderful colour called Magenta. I say rediscovered because, I had it on my palette years ago and replaced it somewhere along the road. My palette is always changing and putting this lovely purple back into the picture is, so far, great! : )
$100 - 8x10"watercolour painting

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

orange delight

My goal while painting this one was to add a few background items to enhance, but not overpower, these orange beauties. : )
$100 - 8x10"watercolour painting
a few close ups...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Portrait Pals

At our last portrait drawing session, we did something new! Instead of one artist volunteering to be the portrait model for the night, we got in groups of three and sat for 30 minutes each. It was great to be able to sit so close to the model. We were all (30 artists) very happy with the new plan. : )
9x12"watercolour paintings