Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Watercolour Portrait Sketch

Here's another piece I did during the Janet Rogers workshop. My goal for the three days was to see shapes. I'm a line and colour artist and, knowing how important it is to be able to make a clean decisive shape, I stuck with the program. ; )

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Janet Rogers Workshop was wonderful!

Here are two quick sketches I painted during a wonderful 3 day workshop with the lovely watercolour artist Janet Rogers. We used 140lb Arches Cold Pressed, which I haven't used in years, since I use the slippery Hot Pressed paper. It was wonderful to get back to it however, I think I'll stick with HP since it takes pencil drawings so nicely. ; )

Friday, October 20, 2017


$60 - 7x5"original watercolour painting with 10x8"mat.

The tennis ball toss game never ends with this little guy. ; )

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

portrait study

I found some time to get back to portraits on Sunday at our weekly portrait session. The 3/4 angle is such a tough one... because of the far eye... I'm still working this angle out. 
; )

Monday, October 16, 2017

a reason to be proud

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to pop into a frame!
There's lots of anticipation for this beauty to arrive at the distant waiting crowd.
; )
And here's the initial drawing, before I added watercolour. : )

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

free lunch

$60 - 7x5"original watercolour painting with 10x8"mat.

Turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch! This hungry girl is enjoying the last of the season's flowers.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

rosie glow

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
I really relaxed into the pen markings with this one. ; )

Saturday, October 07, 2017

just calm

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with acid-free 8x10"mat.

It's cloudy today so my mood took me in this direction. I'm trying to respond to the colours, which I put down first, when adding the simple pen lines. Previously, I've always drawn before painting and this reverse process is really stretching my artist muscles.

Friday, October 06, 2017

sun mountain

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

I'm really enjoying making beautiful colourful washes, that only watercolour can make, with a new pad of cold-pressed paper. I'm still devoted to the hot-pressed that I've used for years but, to be honest, it doesn't take washes well. However, it does keep the incredible vibrancy of watercolours. I started watercolour painting with cold-pressed, as most artist do, and it's a treat revisiting it! 
; )

Thursday, October 05, 2017

pink trees

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat.

I was creating watercolour washes on some new paper and the next thing I knew, this happened! I'm super happy with it and I'm super duper excited about a new direction in my work. : )

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat.
I found this awesome free reference photo at Pixabay. 
For InkTober I've been painting animals and that means painting from photos, which has it's pros and cons. Otherwise all my work is painted from life. 
The bonus is, finding a fun photo like this!
; )

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


$60 - 7x5"original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat!

Well, Inktober Day 3 and the prompt word is poison! Since I'm on an animal kick I thought this spotted creature was a good choice. Careful... he's angry! 
; )

Monday, October 02, 2017


$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame!
Day 2 of Inktober and the prompt word is 'divided'. This little critter is divided in markings as well as in a cuteness/smelly way! 😉

Sunday, October 01, 2017


$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame.
Well, Inktober 2017 is underway and the first day's prompt word is 'swift'. I think this little cutie charging through the flowers makes for a running start!