Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Canada Day

Here are a few paintings I did for Canadian Independence Day!
Canada gained it's independence July 1, 1867. 
Happy Canada Day! : )

Happy Canada Day

Here are a few paintings I did for Canadian Independence Day!
Canada gained it's independence July 1, 1867. 
Happy Canada Day! : )

Monday, June 27, 2016

capri pants

 I drew this cafe scene, on location, as an 11x14" painting designed for a 16x20" frame. I like all the open space. However, I'm considering framing it as an 8x10" painting, which would make it look like this:
or even like this...
Hmm. Any preferences?

Saturday, June 25, 2016


I've been dedicated to attending weekly figure drawing sessions all year, no matter how busy my life gets. Yet, with the arrival of summer, we take a break and return in September. So, with the excess time, I'll have no excuse not to get outside and paint from real life! 
Here are just a few from the last class. These pieces are about 15 minute poses drawn with 6Bpencil and painted with watercolour. A few mistakes along the way, but I always learn tons!

Sunday, June 19, 2016



This is my second painting done today with the Toronto Urban Sketchers, at the Leslieville Farmer's Market. I promised myself I'd do a painting capturing the people there. Then, once I arrived and set up, I lost focus with all the activity, people, food, kids, etc. and I tried to do a painting with everything in it! I mean everything! Needless to say, it didn't work. I think keeping it simple while on location is best for me, until I really get the hang of it. So, here's the second one, which I'm very pleased with. ; )
$100 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
Painting box and close ups - 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Doodlewash Interview!

Charlie O'Shields, who initiated #WorldWatercolorMonth as July starting this year, has interviewed me for his blog. Super thilled about it. It was very gracious of him and I'm extremely happy with the interview! 
Link HERE at Doodlewash to read it!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

school's out

I was out with my trusty paint box recently. : ) Here's the result.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

paint box

I've been doing a lot of urban sketching/plein-air painting with my trusty little paintbox. : ) It fits my Winsor & Newton travel watercolour palette perfectly and I can clip watercolour paper, up to 9x12", onto it. : ) It sits on my lap while I sit on a cheap aluminum camping stool. A lot more discreet and lightweight than a big easel. 

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

World Watercolour Month - July 2016

Charlie O'Shields, over at has made July the official World Watercolour Month! So, get ready to paint and post your watercolours everyday, (or whenever you like) on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, your blog, wherever. Use hashtag WorldWatercolorMonth. #WorldWatercolourMonth #WorldWatercolorMonth
Here's a link to join the Facebook club.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

National Butterfly Awareness Day


Today is National Butterfly Awareness Day! Butterflies are pollinators and important for our biodiversity, plus they make people smile!