Monday, May 30, 2016

hidden door

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
Here's another one from Riverdale Farm. I saw this little hidden door and I thought it would be an interesting subject. I like paintings of door and/or windows. Below is a pic of my painting kit.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

wee wee wee

$50 - 5x7"painting 
I went out plein-air painting with some friends to the Riverdale Farm which has the cutest little pigs. Super adorable! They were total sleepy heads... which made them a bit easier to capture with paper and paint.
Still working on how to paint bigger when out in the field. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

travelling along

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
I spent the day plein-air painting with the Don Valley Art Club at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, also known as Edwards Gardens. Here is my step by step process...
I painted this waterfall, which I've painted before, but from the other side of the bridge. I worked from my trusty little paintbox. Here's the drawing in 6B pencil.
Half way there... I like to add darks early, so I can determine the values right from the beginning. Artists often do watercolour from light to dark however, when I do that it never seems to take forever to get dark enough...
All done. You can see the pink bulldog clip on the right of the box holding a rag in place. There's also a few paper towels, a compact mirror (to look at the piece in reverse while painting) and an 8x10"mat (under the box) to make sure it'll fit nicely into a frame when finished. Quite a challenge!

Monday, May 23, 2016

raspberry iced tea

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Today is a holiday Monday, Victoria Day, so I did one of my fave things to do... spent time observing and drawing people at a cafe. Now I'm heading out to dinner for this summer's first outdoor patio meal!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

distant call

$40 - 5x7"painting on 90lb paper with 8x10"mat.
I was out urban sketching today when I stumbled across a photo of this lovely red fox. So, I enjoyed the outdoor weather while painting this one. Just kinda happened that way... 

Friday, May 20, 2016

hummin' along singin' a song

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
This little fella was actually part of the same still life set up as the previous post. However, he was so colourful, he stole all the attention. I figured, he needed to be in a painting all to himself. I really wanted to let the watercolour blend and do it's thing in this piece. It's pretty much exactly what I'm going for when I work.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

a little bird told me


I spent the day with some friends painting a still life with 'birding' as the theme. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat/ready for an 8x10"frame!
close ups-

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sheraton Centre Hotel

I went urban sketching with the Toronto Urban Sketchers (TOUSK) yesterday. About 15 of us ventured over the to lovely Sheraton Centre Hotel which has a wonderful courtyard full of plants, rocks and a waterfall. The rooftop view is quite grand, but unfortunately it was surprisingly chilly yesterday. I happily remained warm and painted the plants and pond. 
I'm also trying to work bigger lately, so this one is 11x14".
Other news: I'm now on Instagram for those who like to follow! 

Monday, May 09, 2016

nice view

$60  -5x7"painting wit 8x10"mat.
Well... it looks like most of the Cherry Blossom Trees are loosing their lovely pink petals this season. Until next year!

Sunday, May 08, 2016


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$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
I've only got a few more days to capture the Cherry Blossom Trees. It's always a race against time during the two week blossoming of these gorgeous trees!

Friday, May 06, 2016

laze around

$60  5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
I love the look of a dark ink line when painting something light and delicate like a cherry blossom tree. It gives a nice strong contrast. Also, it came in handy when drawing the dog's hair. : )

Thursday, May 05, 2016


$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
It's that time of year again! The cherry blossom trees are happening. They last about 2 weeks so you have to capture them quick. 

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Save the Rhino Day!

Today is Save the Rhino Day!
I drew this with 6B pencil on newsprint.