Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Figure Drawing with Conte!

quick gesture with dark brown conte on newsprint
sienna conte for a quick portrait gesture 
20 minute figure study
20 minute portrait study
1.5 hour pose in conte with white pastel

The model at yesterday's life drawing class was just sensational. I had never drawn him before and a new model is always a treat. He had a really interesting face and he kept very still. Instead of my usual watercolour, I decided to use conte, a tool that allows for big loose strokes (lots of freedom!) and 11x15" newsprint, for it's smooth and unintimidating qualities. Lots of fun. 
Now, back to my anatomy books to brush up!

Thursday, February 22, 2018


I'm very proud that my painting titled "criss cross" just received an honorarium at this year's Heliconian Drawing Show. Yippee! 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bendy Straw-Berry

$60 - 6x9"original watercolour with 9x12" mat.
It's a long weekend. Yippee and Yummy!
I hope you all find some creative time this weekend.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sketchbook Portraits

I've been drawing a lot this year, mostly with 6B pencil and some charcoal with chalk. Here are a few 8x10" pages of portraits from my sketchbooks. : ) 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

winter walk

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat. Ready to frame!

One of my favourite streets. I've walked it many many times and watched it change dramatically through the variations of the seasons. But, the trees are always there, standing proud.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


$100 - 9x12"original watercolour painting

Well, good 'ole watercolour, always demanding a big decision for the background. At least that's the challenge for me. I left the top right corner free of the wallpaper pattern and I'm very happy with the negative space. As always, the hair was a treat to paint! ; )

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

winter friend

$80 - original 8x10"watercolour painting

This red fox is showing off his distinctive dark pointy ears and lovely long profile. : )

Sunday, February 04, 2018

subtle style

$60 - 6x9"original watercolour painting with 9x12"mat

The reference for this painting was from the awesome sktchy app. It is a wonderful free source that has lots of portraits to choose from. Check out the home page of paintings and then just swipe right to see the original photo. It's very inspiring and really cool to see what artists have done. : )

Friday, February 02, 2018

makin' shadows!


This is a little cartoon I've had in my head for a few years. It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to get it onto paper this year! 
; )

Thursday, February 01, 2018

February's Flower

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to pop into a frame!

February's flower is the lovely purple violet. A fresh small flower for a fresh cool season.