Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Barista Dude

Rattle Rattle
Blueberry Muffin Top
The barista dude in the green apron, in the background of both of these paintings, was the only one who knew what I was up to!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bette's Portrait in Watercolour

Still working 6"x12" for my watercolour portraits.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

An apple a day

These three paintings, done about 6 years ago, were designed to go together, with the bottom one (with me) being the centre piece and the other two facing in towards it. Recently, the centre piece sold on it's own. I used a glazing technique with about 5 layers of watercolour from light to dark. I paint very differently now!

I stumbled across An Apple A Day art blog. They are collecting 365 paintings of apples, so I entered the top painting. IF YOU'VE GOT AN APPLE PAINTING, JOIN IN ON THE FUN!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Samantha's Red Shoes

Well... it's very very close to what I wanted to achieve.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

toast with Honeybear

I couldn't resist adding honey bear to this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge, which was to paint your toaster.

Monday, November 21, 2011

rosy apple, apple rose

I enjoyed painting this for The RookiePainter's monthly challenge. There's no need to set up a still life because they supply the photo, so I can immediately concentrate on painting.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Border Collies

My main objective here was to get colour in the darks while keeping them transparent. I worked from a photo reference, which is not the way I usually paint, but I'm happy with the results.

Friday, November 18, 2011


I went for a 6"x12" paper size on this portrait, which I think I like. I'll have to try some more this size before I decide.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Life Drawing Watercolours

Another session of Life Drawing at TSA, with short poses that are 1-20 minutes each, these 3 being 20's. The results are hit and miss when I work this fast, but I always learn a lot.

Monday, November 14, 2011


I thought I was done my candlelight series however, while I was grocery shopping this weekend, this little bear of honey called out to me. He said, "Psst... Look how cute I am... paint me by candlelight!".

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Drawing on Paint Swatch Cards - Rainy Day

I almost gave up on these paint swatch cards because they are thinly coated with something that causes pencils to smudge and pens to smear. However, I've found a great artist quality pen that works beautifully. Now, I can start thinking about them in groups of 3, matt them, and frame them.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

BJ's red hat

Another Tuesday night portrait session. I'm very happy with the likeness to BJ in this one. I usually paint on an 8"x10" paper, but last night I used 14"x18" and a big brush, which was way more fun.

Monday, November 07, 2011

orange blossoms

I loved painting these. I painted with watercolour for 12 years before deciding to concentrate on oil a few years back. It's so different. Lately I've been back at it, trying to stay more active in both.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

candlelit lemons - Happy 100th!

My painting by candlelight series continues... as I reach my 100th post!

Friday, November 04, 2011

reflecting back

I enjoyed painting by candlelight so much last week (when I painted my halloween pumpkin) that I thought I'd try it again.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Watercolour Portrait

Now that fall is here, all the art groups have started up again! : )

I'm very happy with this watercolour portrait since my main goal was to get rich darks in the hat and jacket. I came home last night and promised myself to get to the Tuesday night painting sessions often this year!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

what happened at lunch...

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wait in line...
make a decision...
add milk and sugar...
and enjoy!
mmm, that's yummy
conversation with friends
or a moment to yourself
and talk about dinner plans...