Saturday, January 18, 2020

shades

 $60 - 6x8" original watercolour painting 
I think with all this oil and gouache painting, my watercolours process has changed. I can't quite put my finger on it, still mulling it over, but I certainly want more completion and depth from watercolour. Thick paint gives volume immediately so, I guess, I'm trying to 'flesh out' (pun intended) my watercolours.
Here's the charcoal drawing before painting. : )

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

upward

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10" mat
I loved painting her eyes! And this time I added some greens to the shadows,  instead of using purple as I often do. 
Here are two more photos, including the original charcoal sketch on newsprint. Check out my Instagram account for even more!


Saturday, January 11, 2020

a friendly face

$60 -8x10" original watercolour painting.
Lately, I've been missing watercolour. The look is so light and fresh. So, here's today's daily painting.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

all together

$60 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1" deep panel.
I loved painting the little circles on the vase! This low strong lighting, (an idea I got from the awesome dailypainter Lisa Daria) is really cool. Such wonderful contrasts! Check out pics below...



Saturday, January 04, 2020

friendship

$60 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1"deep panel.
These flowers/friends all have their own style and personalities. But they get along great!
(still a bit wet... shipped Jan 9, '20/sides painted yellow to match background)
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Thursday, January 02, 2020

father of the bride

$60 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1" deep panel
All the purple friends and guests are watching the big sunflower give away his daughter. ; )
(still a bit wet... shipped after Jan. 9, '20/sides painted same turquoise as background colour)
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Sunday, December 29, 2019

and now it's time to put them away...

https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/nora-macphail/december-already!/714049
$60 - 5x7" gouache original painting with 8x10" mat.
It's time to put away the ornaments... but New Year's is right around the corner!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

snow gate

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

I often walk by this little courtyard with it's lovely archway. It's so cute and the recent snowfall makes it more beautiful than ever. I love how the snow contrasts the little black gate, perfect for pen and watercolour.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

over the shoulder

$60 - original 5x7" watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
Well, the last figure painting session of the year was today and I managed to capture this lovely little portrait of the model. Her melancholy expression matched mine as the last session came to an end. : )

Thursday, December 12, 2019

snowy alley

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting includes 8x10" mat
I love painting snow! I use a wonderful thick black pen to make strong interesting lines. It's nice and contrasty compared to the white snow. This little alley, with the snow on the bikes, just caught my eye.
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Monday, December 09, 2019

I'll call you

It's always nice to have a few white flowers mixed in with dark ones when painting a still life. These two are only a phone call away from each other. : )
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Friday, December 06, 2019

party pack

Next month I'll be seeing the awesome amazing Lisa Daria do a demo. I'm sooo excited! She's an incredible daily painter. Meanwhile, I'm brushing up (pun intended) on my 6x6" flower paintings in anticipation. Woo Hoo! 
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Monday, December 02, 2019

sunhat shadows

$200 - 8x8" original oil painting on 1" deep panel
Well, this girl was quite a challenge! I loved exploring the shadows falling over the top half of her face, and balancing it with the lights on her cheeks. Also, I worked with a green and purple palette which created some helpful guidelines. I'm very happy with her!
painted 1" deep sides

Thursday, November 28, 2019

fixings...

Usually when people talk about 'fixings' on American Thanksgiving, they mean food. Well, I'll be doing some fixing today... not with food but with these three portraits. ; ) 
I'm so happy with parts of them but...
it's the eyes, eyes, and eyes. Perhaps they are a bit far apart...
perhaps they're too small...
perhaps they are... well actually there's lots of probs with this one. So today, I'm at the easel fixing 3 portraits. Hopefully a few brush strokes will bring each one to it's finished state. : )