Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sheila in Blue

This piece is from my first session back in portraits. Took a while to find my way again! I'm excited to see where my pursuit of portrait painting will take me this year!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

bird's-eye view

$40 USD - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
I saw these two cuties on pixabay, a site that has plenty of awesome free photos to work with, and they just spoke to me. I thought, hmm, I'm in the mood to paint birds. : )

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Monday, January 23, 2017

sunny disposition

$60 - 7x5"painting with 10x8"mat

It's always interesting to paint dark colours in watercolour. Here, I decided to contrast some white flowers with a dark vase. I threw the clementines in there for a mid-value. : )
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Friday, January 20, 2017

at peace

$60 - 7x5"painting with 10x8"mat.

I love painting flowers! Trying to see the well defined shapes while keeping the abstract quality of them is always a welcome challenge. These pretty pink ones arranged themselves into the vase so easily, hence the title. : )
close ups here-

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
I never tire of painting people at cafes. The goal is always to find two people who have interesting body language because they are actually taking and listening to each other, as opposed to people on their computers and phones. Not always easy to find these days.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hand Studies with Tiggs and Elly

I found some new cute finger puppets which I've named Tiggs and Elly. ; ) This is a continuation of a hand studies series I started some time ago. I'm happy to be back at it. 
: )
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Toronto Watercolour Society - John B. Aird Gallery

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Toronto Watercolour Society art show last night. The show is on all week! It's at the John B. Aird Gallery at 900 Bay (at Wellesley) until the end of the month! 

Monday, January 09, 2017

sheri's shoulders

Today's life drawing model was absolutely amazing! She is very long limbed and often stood with her shoulders on an extreme angle. Not sure I got them right here, although her left should really was that high... Still very happy with it. : )

Friday, January 06, 2017

shoes on the line

$50 - 6x8"painting
This cold weather has me missing summer... and I always thought these shoes hanging on the clothesline were kinda cute. : )

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


$80 - 8x10"painting
For this piece, I toned the watercolour paper with a wash of grey/pink first. I've been wanting to work on toned paper for awhile so, I made it a New Year's Resolution. : )

Monday, January 02, 2017

a flying start

$150 - 11x14"watercolour painting
I decided to bring the new year in with a big still life set up! 
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