Saturday, May 31, 2014


My new favourite place in the world to plein-air paint! Spadina Museum and it's lovely garden.
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This little painting kit is just a strong cardboard box with my Winsor Newton palette in it, along with water cup, water spritzer, and a bull dog clip holding a rag. The watercolour block fits inside the lid nicely.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014



Very happy with these little friends!
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

L to R. Priscilla, Little LuLu, Billy, Algernon and Sampson

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After a busy weekend art show, I decided to sit back and paint some sheep!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Central Connection Art Show 2014

The weather was fantastic this weekend and as a result we had lots of visitors to the Withrow Park Clubhouse for our art show. You can see from the first pic that the high windows make this a lovely well lit venue. Many thanks to all the supporters for their kind words. And purchases! Thanks Liz for the yummy peach ginger beer!
Summer Drink - Non alcohol ginger beer, peach soda water, lime and ice!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


I painted this on location with my newly devised, work in progress, painting kit.
Foam core board, Winsor Newton palette, brush, 6B pencil (hiding behind the brush), a 8x10"mat with 5x7"opening, watercolour paper, rag and 3 bull dog clips!
I saw a fellow urban sketcher use a bulldog clip to keep their palette on their board. Genius!

This collapsable water holder has a handle which I clipped onto my foam core board. It gets heavy if I'm standing so...

there is this much lighter option, which means changing the water more often. I think I'll stick with this next time.

Also, a rag clipped onto my board. However, it just means holding a longer and heavier board. Great if I'm sitting but I think I'm going to cut a shorter board and keep the rag and paper towels on hand. Like I said, it's a kit in progress.
Hope this inspires some to paint outdoors!
And now, I'm off to my group art show!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

next in line

The Cherry Blossom Trees are now out of bloom until next year. Up next, Tulips! This is the 5th vertical painting to fit the cute 8x22" frames that I bought. 
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Monday, May 19, 2014


Beagles are great dogs to paint because they have light, mid and dark values. Also, they are extremely cute!
$60 - 8x10" painting.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

hand painted cards

Here are the rest of my hand painted cards. One week until our group show at Withrow Park Clubhouse, 725 Logan Ave, south of Danforth (near Chester)!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

6 of 20 Cards!

I'm in a group art show next weekend! There are about 15 of us, with 10 paintings each. At the cash desk, we sell hand painted cards. Here are a few of mine, which I put into the Strathmore Photo Cards pictured below. I highly recommend these, they look professional and it's easy to put your painting into them.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

get your glow on


Here's a second painting I did of the Toronto Cherry Blossom Trees. They have a really beautiful glow at dusk and dawn. 
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

in bloom

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The beautiful Cherry Blossom trees, called Sakuras, are only in bloom for two weeks. This lovely row is behind the University of Toronto library, and there are more in High Park and at the Toronto Island. Lots more to paint!

Friday, May 09, 2014

yes please


This wonderful trio was a treat to paint, especially the stems in the glass. Looking forward to more flower paintings this Summer.
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

walk and talk

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I am very happy with this piece I drew while sitting in the park. It feels close to what I want to be achieving. Other news, I joined the Toronto Plein-Air Painters group!