Wednesday, February 08, 2023


I treated myself to the awesome crochet kit from Annie's Kit Club. I chose the Floral Paradise Mandala Afgan. It's so colourful and beautiful.
It arrived in a distinctive padded envelope, so I'll know to look out for a patterned package. It arrives every few weeks, which is great because then I don't have a whole load of yarn kicking around. It included instructions and the Annie's Kit Clubs site has awesome step by step videos.

My biggest concern was the yarn. But it's great! It's 100%Acrylic but it's smooth, without being slippery. It's Anit-Pilling. I find it very easy to crochet with. The pattern calls for both 5mm and 5.5mm crochet hooks (not included).
Here's a closeup. Soooo fun!
I've finished about 8 rows. Kit 1 is 18 rows. There are so many different and fun stitches. Better get at it so that I'm done by the time the next shipment arrives. That's the other good thing... it keeps me working at a good pace.
Thanks for looking. I'll keep you posted on how I do!

Sunday, February 05, 2023



$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/4" cradled panel.

The first thing I did, before painting this, was brew some hot tea. And, due to the steamy looking night in this piece, I decided that was a good title. #heehee

OIL - original 6x6" oil painting on 1/4" cradled panel. Sides painted. 

Toronto - curbside pickup - Canadian $ - Bloor/Spadina area

Sunday, January 29, 2023



5x7" original watercolour painting on paper in an acid-free 8x10"mat.
One-of-a-kind and hand-painted.
I've been painting, and teaching, animals in watercolour lately. It's easy to shy away from horses because they're so challenging. But, I'm trying to step up to the plate and capture thier beautiful eyes and distictive shape. Enjoyed painting this immensely! I hope you enjoy it too.

Thursday, January 26, 2023



6x6" original oil painting on 1/4"cradled panel. Artist quality supplies. Lightly varnished.

Ahhh, the sky! I saw green in those clouds... so I went with it. ; )

Toronto - curbside pickup/Canadian $/ BloorSpadina area

Tuesday, January 24, 2023



6x6" original oil painting on 1/4"deep panel. Artist quality supplies. Sides painted to match. Lightly varnished.

I loooove pink and red together. I also love these new 6x6" panels that I purchased. They are 1/4" thick, so they are nice and light. Also, the grain is very smooth and lovely to paint on. Thanks to Sarah Sedwick for an awesome still life set up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023



8x10" original oil painting on 3/4" deep panel. Sides painted. Lightly Varnished. Wire backing so, it's ready to hang!

I named this Granny for the granny smith apples and Serrano for the serrano peppers. ; )

Tuesday, January 17, 2023



OIL - 8x8" original oil painting on 3/4"deep panel, with sides painted. There is already a wire for hanging on the back of this piece. It's ready to hang!

Ya' gotta' love a crisp apple! Or two... or seven. Painting a high angle viewpoint is always cool. Thanks to Sarah Sedwick for the awesome photo reference. They're great to have when I'm painting early in the morning and I don't have any fruit in the house. ; )

Friday, January 13, 2023



8x8" original oil painting on 1"deep gallery size canvas. 
Ya' can't go wrong with flowers. They are always a colourful joy. And they suit every room of the house! 
Painting has a wire backing on it and is ready to hang.
Here's how it looks on the wall... and a close up. Thanks for looking. : )

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

a sweet melody


5x7"original watercolour painting in 8x10"mat.
a sweet melody : )

Sunday, January 08, 2023



5x7"original watercolour painting in 8x10"mat. 8x10"frames are easy to find. You may have one already!

I used one of my favourite colours, called Opera Pink, in the watermelon. It's a hot pink. Then I added dabs of warm cadmium red for contrast. Hmm... the hot pink should be called cold pink, since it's a cool colour. #heehee Anywho... I went for lots of contrasts in this piece. The cool and warm as well as dark and light. Raccoons are a blast to paint!

Friday, January 06, 2023



5x7" Original Watercolour Painting in 8x10"mat. 8x10"frames are easy to find. You may have one already! ; )

I saw lots of gators over the holidays. So cute. They usually just bask in the sun or float along (looking exactly like a log!) in a shallow swamp. Again, so cute. Seriously!

Thursday, January 05, 2023



Original 5x7" Watercolour Painting in an 8x10"mat. 8x10"frames are easily found, you might have one already!
This couple is heading home, (in their favourite coats) after grabbing some morning groceries.

Wednesday, January 04, 2023



8x8" - original oil painting on 3/4"deep panel

I'm sooo inspired by oil painting lately! I work in watercolour a lot (because I teach beginners watercolour) and I love it however, the thick gooeyness of oil is super fun to work with.

Tuesday, January 03, 2023



Original Watercolour Painting - 5x7" includes an 8x10"mat.
8x10" is a standard frame size that is easy to find. You may have one already!
Today felt like a watercolour day. I work with both oil and watercolour and this morning, this sweet subject said 'watercolour' to me. Actually, working in one medium can teach me a lot about the other! ; )
You will receive the original painting (not a print).

Monday, January 02, 2023



OIL - $100

6x6" original oil painting on 3/4" deep cradled panel.

This morning bunch got the window seat!

After being so inspired by my last flower painting, I decided to get into the daily painting process again. So, off to the flower shop for this pretty bunch, all of whom say "good morning" to you. ; )

Detail - 

Sunday, January 01, 2023



OIL - $100 

8x8" original oil painting on 3/4" cradled panel with sides painted.

Happy New Year! This lovely "sassy bunch" are ready to charge into 2023. I painted along with the very talented Amy Brgner for this one. Then, I added a window so they could have a view of the sky. ; )

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Watercolour Class - Raccoon Painting SATURDAY JAN. 14, '23 10-12pmET

Welcome! Below is all of the info you'll need about the Zoom Class on Saturday Jan. 14, '23 from 10-12pmET. When you're ready, just click the PayPal link. Or, email me for e-transfers, personal cheques or questions. 


The cost is $40 Canadian
(PayPal converts currency for you, if necessary. 
It will be less is US dollars!).

 The PayPal account is WatercoloursbyNoraMacPhail 

I will contact you through your PayPal email account (unless you tell me otherwise). My emails will be from

This class is NOT recorded (just like real life). 

Full reimbursement with 24hours notice.

Please be familiar with Zoom before attending.


A Sketchbook and Pencil.

Bring the Watercolour supplies and paper that you are familiar with. Scroll down to see the supply list that I'll be using. 

We will PAINT TOGETHER from the raccoon photo below. If you have your heart set on a different raccoon photo, feel free to use it.

I'll email you a copy of this photo, and more helpful raccoon reference pics, when you register.


I'll be using - 8x10" Fluid Hot-Pressed Paper. The paint sits a bit differently on hot-pressed paper. If you think now is the time to try hot-pressed paper, great! However, feel free to use the paper you like.


I use Winsor & Newton Paint Tubes that are squeezed out and ‘dry’.

Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Violet and Burnt Sienna.


Use the brushes you like and are familiar with. I use synthetic point brushes size 6 and 8. Lowe-Cornell 720 Ultra Round and/or King Art Original Gold 9020 Max Round.


sketchbook and pencil

paper towels and spray bottle.

Please be familiar with Zoom before attending. The Zoom link will be emailed to you on the Thursday Evening before the class. 

Questions? Just ask -

Thank you and see you on Zoom!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Lots of Xmas Shows are back on!! THREE COMING UP!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH - 10-4pm - 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH 10-4pm - 1300 Gerrard St. E (at Greenwood)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, '22 10-4pm Come by my Table and say Hi!!

ALL THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS ARE BACK ON! TWO IN NOVEMBER AND ONE IN DECEMBER. #woohoo I'll have small paintings, cards and crochet cuties for your Xmas tree.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Watercolour Classes Jan. 9 - Mar. 6, '23


Hello Fellow Artists! To enroll in the Monday Morning Watercolour Classes at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Toronto just email Sharon at - and let her know who you are and that you want to enroll in my Winter 2023 classes. 

The classes start on Jan. 9 and go until Mar. 6th. Desks are 6' apart.

The cost is $200 for 8 classes (#woohoo #gooddeal). 

They are held at 56 NEILSON DRIVE in Toronto/Etobicoke from 9:30am-12pm.

Here's allll the info below - 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Annual Christmas Market Craft Sale


I know, I know... we haven't even had Halloween yet! But, the following Saturday, I'll have a table at the Annual Christmas Market Craft Sale. It's a super fun, affordable, crafts-y show. I'll have small paintings, crochet christmas tree ornaments and hand-painted cards. Lots to see on November 5th from 10-4pmET.
Toronto - 361 Danforth Ave. at Chester Subway Station. You'll see the big sign!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Sunnybrook Hospital Hall Show


If you're in Toronto and you happen to be near or going to the Sunnybrook Hospital, check out all the art hanging in the D wing! There are over 8 of us, from Central Connection, with 6 paintings each brightening the walls. If you want to take one home with you, pay at the gift shop. It's also online here -
Sunnybrook Hospital - 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. 
very proud that they chose my painting for the poster!