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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday Life Drawing

forlorn - 5x7"
consider - 8x10"
around - 8x10"
solve - 6x8"
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Today's model was wonderful, very relaxed and still. The art room is always silent as every one is drawing, and only the sounds of pencils and brushes swishing in water can be heard. 
$80 - SET OF 4
Here they are all on one page. : )

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February Zentangle

Best thing to do when it's cold outside... curl up and Zentangle! I prefer to let the design go out of the box. I'm still learning all the patterns and I hope to be able to design them a bit better before the year is done.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

tippy toe

This is today's demo for the wonderful Mississauga Art Group that I am presently teaching! We're focusing on animals this month. Today's lesson was about keeping warm yellows and browns beside cool blues and purples, as well as keeping darks fresh!
$70 - 8x10"painting

Monday, February 16, 2015


I drew this little badger at the Royal Ontario Museum. I was shocked at how long his nails were! Turns out they are nocturnal monogamous little diggers!
$30 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat. This one is looking for his mate.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Set of 3 Female Figures

Today's model from my Life Drawing Session was wonderful, and I managed to paint three of her that I like. I think they go great together!
Portrait 5x7", Holding Fan 8x10", Seated 9x12" - $60 for all 3.
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Monday, February 09, 2015

dance card and painting pals!

I painted this on site at the wonderful Allan Gardens here in Toronto, again with my painting pals at Toronto Plein-Air Artists! In fact, I did one of them too!
$60 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

some time together

I've wanted to paint this cute little silver spritzer thingy for a while. So, I gave it some friends and let today be the day!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, February 05, 2015


I wanted to put 'caper' into the title of this painting, but it seems more like this is the meetup before the caper!
$60 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

at heart


Here's my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. It's always interesting working from someone else's still life set up, since they have objects I don't have, like this cool vase! Thanks Diane!
$80 - 8x10"painting

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Art Show Entry and Sketches

The Life Drawing Group I belong to is having a group art show at The Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Ave. Toronto from Feb.2 - Mar.2. We are showing two paintings each that we painted while in session. These are 10 minute poses done on one 11x14" page. I do a lot of life drawing and it's great however, it doesn't teach any perspective... that's a whole other thing. So, I spent today doing speed sketches from a high angle. Here are a few...

Friday, January 30, 2015


I was drawn (no pun intended!) to the way these three people were situated around the high table. I also did a bit of scribble shading with my charcoal pencil. I think I'm going to explore this idea a bit more. 
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

the morning hour

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I drew this at the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto, while out with the Toronto Plein-Air Painters, then painted it at home. Again, thinking about design, I wanted a nice drippy foreground wash.
$80 - 8x10" painting.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

page turner

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I drew this at a cafe then painted it at home. I wanted to see if the chair in the bottom left foreground would work. Trying to think a lot more about design these days.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

considering green

I have been playing around with toning the watercolour paper first, in this case with gold green and viridian, then drawing with pen and painting on top. I'm having fun with the idea and it brings a unity to the piece. 
$20 - 5x7"painting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

turtles and fishies

Next month I'm teaching a third session of classes for the Cawthra Art Group here in Toronto. They are enjoying my exploration of animal drawings lately and asked for a few classes about animal anatomy. Although somehow, last time I opened up my animal sketchbook, I ended up doing a page of turtles and fish! It was fun but I think we'll be stickin' with mammals : )

Friday, January 16, 2015

gotta run


I was recently nominated to post '3 paintings a day for 5 days' on facebook. The challenge intended to flood fb with photos of art. It made me revisit some old paintings. So, being inspired by them, I thought I'd do some more horse race paintings. Please feel free to friend me on facebook!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2 minutes each

This week's Life Drawing Session was great, as usual, and this male model always does interesting poses. These are charcoal pencil on newsprint. Once the longer (5minute - 20minute) poses start, I use watercolour. My New Years Resolution is to do these quick poses with watercolour too... although getting a drawing and wash down that fast is tricky!!