Sunday, December 29, 2013

rest assured


A moment of reflection on the astonishing beauty of winter.
$30 - 4"x6"painting with 8"x10"matt.

Friday, December 20, 2013

snow pedals


It's going to be a white Christmas! Thank you all for your support, enthusiasm, encouragement, and kind words over the past year. Have a fantabulous Holiday! See you after X-mas. 
$50 - 5"x7"painting with 8"x10"matt.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

snow song


I turned one of my value sketches, from my previous post, into a colourful winter wonderland.
$30 - 4"x6"painting with 8"x10"matt.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

snowscape sketches

Still having a blast using the Copic Markers value 30% and 70%, along with a black Micron 3 pen. Each title came to me as I was drawing, which you can see under the sketch.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

the long goodbye

 $30 - 4X6"painting
I bought a book titled "Value Sketching with Markers" by Darrell Anderson online. (This link includes sample pages). It's just wonderful and very inspiring! It's about doing value sketches, something I can loose sight of since I'm so into line and colour. Hence the sketch below...
from my sketchbook/copic markers

Monday, December 09, 2013

in the mood for a memory


Now, I know Billy Joel's "Piano Man" lyrics are ...'son can you play me a memory' and 'we're all in the mood for a melody' but as a kid I always got it wrong and reversed them. I kinda prefer it my way(!), hence the title of this painting. Click on image to enlarge.
$140 - 12x16" painting.

Friday, December 06, 2013

the big picture


I'm diving into my New Year's Resolutions early this year and painting big! Well, big for me. 
This one is 8"x16". I added a few close ups. Enjoy.
$140 - 8"x16"watercolour painting.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

shadow watchers


This handful of hot peppers are gathered around the wonderful reflections water in glass make when backlit. I entered this in the DailyPaintworks Glass Challenge. 
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

hangin' at the hot spot


I'm still happy working with an energetic gestural line and lots of colour. I also want the paint to be distinctively watercolour, keeping that wet look.
$50 - 5"x7"painting with 8"x10" matt.

Friday, November 29, 2013

the walk home

$40 - 5"x7"painting with 8"x10"mat.
I painted this urban sketch for the DailyPaintworks 'Cloud' Challenge. I love to capture a moment in time, which is what clouds are all about!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

sweet and sour... and etsy!!


I opened up an etsy shop!! You can check it out here. Yippee!
$70 - 8"x10" watercolour painting.

Friday, November 22, 2013

rain or shine

Even cold winds and rain won't keep artists from life drawing class!
Also, since my watercolours are about line and colour, it's been back to basics in my sketchbook, concentrating on values in charcoal.
11x14 sketchbook - from photo
"Lydia" - 11x14 sketchbook - from life
"Sophie" - 11x14 sketchbook - from life 
Van Gogh - 11x14 sketchbook - from photo

Wednesday, November 20, 2013



I tried to 'capture a moment in time' with this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge.
$50 - 5"x7"watercolour painting with 8"x10" matt.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

work in progress

Here we all are at Life Drawing. Working hard. Being an artist doesn't get easier... it just veers and swerves like you're driving along a winding road! Fun, but keep your hands on the wheel! 
Also, a pic from yesterday's show which went great. Lots of awesome artists and great weather for November(!)so lots of walk through traffic. Happy with my sales and very inspired by the many heart felt compliments.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Arts and Crafts Sale Tomorrow

I'll be selling my one-long-line drawings, as well as watercolours, at the Toronto East Rotary Show tomorrow (310 Danforth Ave. at Chester). Hopefully there won't be any left over (!) but if there are, I'll sell them here from my blog next week. Cute colourful frames included!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

know a thing or two


When I saw these two motorcycles, they just struck me as things that wanted to be painted. So...
$50 - 5"x7"painting with 8"x10"matt.

Friday, November 08, 2013


$60 - 5x7" painting with 8x10" mat.
I love painting hair in watercolour, so I was quite happy when Lisa showed up for portrait drawing with her hair in a braid.
Painting arrives in 8"x10" matt, ready for store bought or custom made frame.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

in so many words


This 5"x7" watercolour painting is on 1/8" board (just like Gessobord, but for watercolour) which means no glass needed! Just frame it as is. 

Monday, November 04, 2013


I spent the weekend in a group art show selling my one-long-line drawings. I put them in colourful frames and they make wonderful gifts. Each one is different, and you can see the dot where I started and stopped.
First Date 
Escalator Riders 
Got any change?
Drawing Pigeons

Saturday, November 02, 2013

promise the moon

I got a chance to do a longer study on this one, which was great. I love short poses and sketching but it's important to do more involved longer paintings too.

Friday, November 01, 2013

toss into the mix

$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting with 8"x10" mat.
Added a few friends into the background this time!