Monday, February 27, 2012

Here Kitty Kitty Kitty...

I added a water-soluble pen to my usual pencil drawing for this tiger painting. It creates a lovely gray, which is a bit unpredictable when mixed in with the watercolour, so it kept me on my toes. (like a wild cat might!) For the Blog Painting Challenge at Studio Atelier.
SOLD 5"x7" painting includes 8"x10" matt.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

walkin' along... singin' a song...


I drew this while walking down the street enjoying the wonderfully mild winter we're having.
$30 - 4"x6" painting including 8"x10"matt. Ready to frame.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

pink rose

My rose for the Painting Challenge from the blog A Nos Pinceaux.
SOLD  5"x7" painting includes 8"x10" matt. Ready to frame!
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

fun at the mall

Drawing is way better than shopping!!
$60 - 8x10 drawing

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I went out to a Tuesday Portrait Painting Session last night and painted the lovely Louie.
$35 5"x7" painting includes 8"x10" matt.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Polka Dot Pals

I love polka dots!
SOLD 5"x7" painting includes 8"x10" matt. Ready to frame.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

juice box and a cupcake

I've been going through the drawing exercises in an amazing book called Drawing Projects: an exploration of the language of drawing. Today's sketch is one of the results.
$60 - 8x10 drawing

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

have a heart, or two

Hey, who ate two of those hearts before the painting was done!
Happy Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

This is life drawing!

My set up for life drawing with watercolours. You can see the model's platform in the middle of the room, with a heater to the right.

Across the room, fellow artist Mark Thurman's set up for gouache.
The talented Canadian children's book illustrator Mark Thurman up close! You can see his quick gesture paintings drying on the back table.
Fellow artist James, sitting at a drawing horse doing beautiful conte drawings.
The artists during break time.
You can check out Mark's website at  Lots of life drawing in watercolour, gouache, pastel, coloured pencil... Awesome!

I hope these pictures answer the many questions I've been getting about life drawing (click on them to enlarge). It's $9 for a 2.5 hour class of short poses which consists of 1, 5, 10 and 20 minute poses, with breaks every 20 minutes. Bring your own supplies. Tables, easels, boards and horses are there for us and set up by a monitor who hires the model and collects our money at break. No talking during poses. No photos of the model.
Check out your local art school for sessions. It's a blast!
Happy Painting!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

same dude, different pose

I'm getting lots of questions about life drawing, so next session I'll take some pictures of my set up and the studio! 
This painting was a 20 minute pose which I drew with 6B pencil then painted with watercolour during the session. I do not change or add anything once I am home. The direct painting approach I take (completed in one sitting) means, it is what it is!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

and on my left...

I am very happy with the likeness I managed to get in this double portrait of my life drawing pals!

Friday, February 03, 2012


Today I used just 2 colours for my 3 minute sketches, Cadmium Orange and Ultramarine Violet.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

beyond a shadow of a doubt

While drawing this content couple, I felt they were very at ease, relaxed and happy with each other. I was also thinking about shadows...  
Happy Groundhog Day.