Monday, December 31, 2012

morning snowfall


$50 - 5"x7" painting with 8"x10" matt.
A pen ink snowscape to end off a wonderful year!!! (I drew with a bamboo stick). Thank you to all my fellow bloggers who have been so supportive and encouraging. Your wonderful comments keep me inspired. Happy New Year and may all of your art dreams come true!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

flower power


I had a wonderful holiday in warm weather and now I'm home enjoying the snow, snow... and more snow!
$100 - 6"x6" painting on wood panel
EXAMPLE - painting is on wooden support ready to hang!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

cool boots


I'm off for X-mas holidays!! See you next week and have a Merry Christmas!
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour on wooden support

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

early resolution

One of my New Year's Painting Resolutions is to do more hand studies, so I thought I'd start early and do one for the Daily Paintworks 12 Days of Christmas Challenge.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

cut through


The city just fixed up a park near us and it's got a great path you can cut through, and lots of benches.
$50 - 5"x7" painting on wooden support

Saturday, December 15, 2012

portrait studies

A few 20 minute portrait studies from life drawing session today. 
I've just added cobalt turquoise to my palette, since being influenced by the fantastic watercolourist Shirley Trevena. It's a bit green but I had lots of fun with it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

know inside out


Nothing captures the inside of a pomegranate like watercolour paint!
$100 - 12"x12" watercolour painting

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

any friend of yours is a friend of mine


A few flowers to cheer up these early December gray days.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting with 8"x10" matt

Monday, December 03, 2012

come rain or shine

I was in New York City last week with my wonderful sister!! We had a fantabulous time. But, happy to be home and back to painting.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting with 8"x 10" matt

Sunday, November 25, 2012

far and away

At our group portrait drawing session, the lovely Brenda sat perfectly still for us. It's my turn to sit for the group next. It's always fun to see 20 paintings of yourself.
10"x10" watercolour painting

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

visiting apple

Apples like making the rounds and visiting too! This one is 8"x10".
Here's the set up...

$70 - 8"x10" watercolour painting

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Toronto Arts and Crafts Show!

I spent the day showing my art work at the Toronto Arts and Crafts Show, along with 49 other vendors!

I put my one-long-line drawings in cute colourful frames...

And my watercolours on wooden panels...

I sold a nice balance of each with a total of 13 sales... my new lucky number!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012



The sunflowers are hanging on, despite the cold weather.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting includes 8"x10" matt.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

on the flip side


The little clementine is still roaming around making friends.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting includes 8"x10" matt.

Friday, November 09, 2012

visiting clementine


The challenge of painting white with watercolour is always an enjoyable mission, and a little clementine came by to see what all the excitement was about.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour on panel.

Monday, November 05, 2012

from the other side


More cars! Same parking lot looking the other way.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting includes 8"x10" matt.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

park it over there


I do enjoy drawing and painting cars. They're made up of lots of good shapes.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting on panel.

Friday, November 02, 2012

under the sun


Starting November off with a few lovely flowers.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting with 8"x10" matt.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

the cat's away

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Can you find the 3 mice?
I had a blast painting this because the subject allowed me to make a mess!
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting includes 8"x10"

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

hot diggity


More hot peppers with my two favourite still life bottles.
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting includes 8"x10" matt.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

in hot pursuit


I've had a busy week and I've really missed painting. So, I thought I'd jump right back in with some hot peppers. 
$50 - 5"x7" watercolour painting with 8"x10" matt.

Friday, October 19, 2012


A few selective lines and a lot of colour flooded in for this view looking south on St. George towards Bloor Street.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

the hotdog stand


I started this drawing with the stop sign and worked my way up the tree to the hot dog stand. Suddenly a cyclist showed up so I quickly put him in.

Then I got a wood panel from the art store,
I lightly sanded the front and back.
I sprayed the painting 3 times with Krylon UV-Resistant Gloss, which is a clear acrylic coating. It is non-yellowing, moisture resistant and protects against UV light rays. Then I adhered the painting to the panel with non-toxic Weldbond.
This is the Krylon product that Aquabord (same company that makes Gessobord) recommends for watercolours that are not under glass.

I'm very happy with the professional look of presenting watercolour this way. 
$90 - 8"x8" watercolour painting

Saturday, October 13, 2012

the window seat

Trying to think more about design as I sketch on location instead of just putting pen to paper and drawing immediately. Both ways have their advantages.
$150 - 9"x12" watercolour

Friday, October 12, 2012

Artists in Blogland

I was interviewed for Artists in Blogland on Wednesday. I'm really pleased with how beautifully it was put together. Thank you so much Heather and Marcia for finding me and taking the time to publish it!
Happy Creating Everyone.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

a passing moment

Looking out the 3rd floor window to the morning passers below.

I've got my watercolour paintings adhered to supports now, just like Aquabord! Super happy with the way they look. They are open in the back and can be hung easily.
Kingfisher on 1" support
Maria Bennett Hock bought the Kookaburra I painted and she sure is happy with hers! It is moisture-resistant with a UV Gloss.

Sunday, October 07, 2012 and flickr

Yippee! I'm very happy with the postcards I ordered from The site is wonderful, reasonably priced and super easy to use. You can use your own images to order business cards, greeting cards, stickers, etc. 
Also, I have started a flickr page that I'm using mostly for my sketches and line drawings. See the right side of my blog --->

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

lost in thought

I'm enjoying painting on this 6"x12" format. I gave this one to the model since, well... she asked nicely!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

purple dancers

$50 - 5x7" watercolour painting with 8x10" mat.
The curtains hanging out of this window were blowing around in the breeze having a grand ole time!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

back to school

Now that September is here, all of the art schools have opened and drawing sessions have started up again, like portrait painting. Yippee!

$140  6"x12" watercolour painting.

Monday, September 24, 2012

chocolate chip cookie on a rainy day


I really enjoyed drawing this, especially the people outside as they hurried through the rain.
5"x7" watercolour with 8"x10" matt

Friday, September 21, 2012

green tea and a panda


I drew this cute panda sign from a cafe across the street. (I think he enjoyed posing for me, he didn't blink once!)
$140  6"x12" watercolour painting.

Monday, September 17, 2012

hang a right at the corner


Back to my favourite subject, cityscapes! I drew this from the second floor of my favourite Second Cup coffee shop.
6"x12" watercolour painting on paper on panel.