Tuesday, December 29, 2015

over yonder

$40 - 4x6"painting
Well, it finally snowed! After a mild season, I happily woke up to a winter wonderland.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

fine feathered friends

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
These two are enjoying a little thoughtful conversation after a long holiday break.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

like one of the family

Started on my New Year's Resolution early this year, which is to work bigger! This one is 11x14", which is big for me. I believe I made the same resolution last year, that got me from 5x7" to 9x12"... we'll see where I am by the end of 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

outside in

The beautiful facade of the Royal Bank of Canada lives inside a building called Brookfield Place here in Toronto. The whole building is a gorgeous glass spectacle and I hope to go back and draw some more, again with the Toronto Urban Sketchers. My aim here was to add a few faces walking through the scene to add a feeling of height to the composition. 
$80 - 9x12"painting
on site with the Toronto Urban Sketchers

Saturday, December 19, 2015

on holiday

Spent some time at a cafe doing a little people sketching. I used a 6B pencil. Both men were relaxed and I wanted to capture the way they were draped onto their chairs... hence the title of the painting.
Then I added a bit of line work, finding the darks with a Micron Brush pen. After a while, the main fellow put on a scarf which I happily added. 
And of course, I added watercolour. The thing that attracted me to the sketch in the first place was the way the hands, shoe and legs all lined up. It was like a game of Twister! Fun to draw. : )

Thursday, December 10, 2015



This was my final watercolour demo for the wonderful Mississauga Art Club. Magenta pansies, proud and unique!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

sunlit pass

From the GoTrain to PortCredit for my last watercolour teaching class of the year. The red water-soluble pen creates a random wash that encourages a spontaneous look. 
$60 - 8x10"painting

Sunday, December 06, 2015

sunny disposition


You can always count on Sunflowers to brighten up the day!
Thank you to all those that came out to the group art show yesterday. Super successful thanks to art enthusiasts and warm weather!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Friday, December 04, 2015

Art Show Tomorrow

Come by my art table tomorrow and say Hi! Original and Affordable Art.
Landsdowne & Queen, Toronto. 
78 Seaforth, 10-1pm : )

Thursday, December 03, 2015

two for you

$80 - 8x10"painting
This is the demo that I painted for the lovely Mississauga Art Club. The Iris is a flower with such a magnificent shape, a real joy to paint.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

carry over

During my train ride to the watercolour class I'm teaching, I used a thick Micron artist's pen. It's got a calligraphy nib which is notably fun to use, but conducive to the bumpy ride!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Monday, November 30, 2015

extra butter

The Daily Paintworks Challenge was a blast this week! So cute. I used the photo supplied and just stretched out the shadows. I never would have painted this subject without the challenge. The popcorn pieces are like little statues. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sketching Sidney

I heart donkeys!! They are a bit rough around the edges, kinda unpredictable and they might even dare to bite you. So cute!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

hand studies with Bibo

$60 - 9x12"painting
In class this week we did hand studies. The students brought in small cute objects and designed a page of three hands, trying to get some interesting actions happening. This is the demo I did with a Micron 3 pen, watercolour and my adorable friend Bibo the Koala!
close ups - 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I'm loving these new artist pens. They are water soluble, so anything goes once I add a splash of water and some watercolour paint!
$60 - 8x10"painting
close ups - 

Monday, November 23, 2015

every other

$60  5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
I loved drawing this! The cars were flying by on the road along side the train that I was sitting in. Then, I painted it with the same vigour and speed as I drew it. One of my faves. : )

Saturday, November 21, 2015

train ride on a rainy day

This is the second painting of my train ride series. The lines get a little 'train shaky' as I draw them, and I try to keep that energy with watercolour once I add paint in my studio.
$60 - 8x10"painting. Ready for an 11x14"frame.
close ups

Friday, November 20, 2015

view from the morning train

I've been teaching a watercolour class just west of Toronto and I've used the commute as inspiration for a few paintings. Fortunately, the GoTrain that I take just briskly coasts through the city, perfect for getting pen lines down and a feel for the landscape as it slips on by.
$60 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

a warm November


After two miserable winters, I can't tell you how much I'm loving this warm November! 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat(ready to frame!)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Great Art Show!

Well, thanks to this fantastic mild November we are having, lots of people were out enjoying the weather yesterday. The walk through traffic at our Toronto East Rotary Art Show was pretty constant. Great mood and energy all day. Made some new friends too! Until next year. Happy Painting Everybody! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Art Show this Saturday

If you are in Toronto this Saturday, come on by and see me! Original affordable watercolours. Lots and lots of vendors!!
310 Danforth Ave. (at Chester)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

nearing season's end

$60 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat.
This week's DailyPaintworks Challenge. I had lots of fun splattering in those trees.