Friday, January 30, 2015



I was drawn (no pun intended!) to the way these three people were situated around the high table. I also did a bit of scribble shading with my charcoal pencil. I think I'm going to explore this idea a bit more. 
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

the morning hour

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I drew this at the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto, while out with the Toronto Plein-Air Painters, then painted it at home. Again, thinking about design, I wanted a nice drippy foreground wash.
$80 - 8x10" painting.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

page turner


I drew this at a cafe then painted it at home. I wanted to see if the chair in the bottom left foreground would work. Trying to think a lot more about design these days.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

considering green

I have been playing around with toning the watercolour paper first, in this case with gold green and viridian, then drawing with pen and painting on top. I'm having fun with the idea and it brings a unity to the piece.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

turtles and fishies

Next month I'm teaching a third session of classes for the Cawthra Art Group here in Toronto. They are enjoying my exploration of animal drawings lately and asked for a few classes about animal anatomy. Although somehow, last time I opened up my animal sketchbook, I ended up doing a page of turtles and fish! It was fun but I think we'll be stickin' with mammals : )

Friday, January 16, 2015

gotta run


I was recently nominated to post '3 paintings a day for 5 days' on facebook. The challenge intended to flood fb with photos of art. It made me revisit some old paintings. So, being inspired by them, I thought I'd do some more horse race paintings. Please feel free to friend me on facebook!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2 minutes each

This week's Life Drawing Session was great, as usual, and this male model always does interesting poses. These are charcoal pencil on newsprint. Once the longer (5minute - 20minute) poses start, I use watercolour. My New Years Resolution is to do these quick poses with watercolour too... although getting a drawing and wash down that fast is tricky!! 

Monday, January 12, 2015



I thought one of these cutie patooties deserved a close up!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
These cutie patooties were so fun to paint! Maybe because they seem to be living a wonderful relaxed life! I tried to put lots of colour in the black fur, like blue, brown and purple. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

page of pandas

It's still cold out there...! So today I checked out the morgue files, recommended by Carol Marine, for free photos. The website has tons of fun pics to work from.  Like adorable pandas!
9x12"/charcoal on newsprint.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

a whole bunch

We are having a severe cold spell here in Toronto. So, the only thing to do is stay inside evenings and paint flowers. The challenge here was to see if a bright orange background would work.
close ups -

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

gather around


It's clementine season! They are one of the great things about this cold season, for both eating and painting.
$80 - 8x10"painting.

Friday, January 02, 2015

tiger studies


I got a membership to the Royal Ontario Museum for X-mas, so I figured I'd start the year off sketching there. I drew this wonderful tiger from two different angles then painted it at home. I think I'll be going back soon!
$120 - 10.5x13.5"painting.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

make the cut

$60 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
The "Sharp" Daily Paintworks Challenge was a tough one this week. I decided to soften things up by adding a few delicate fresh cut flowers.
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