Friday, March 30, 2018

spring circle

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

These friends are enjoying early spring! 
I chose white flowers because I was in the mood for a dark background. And I added a few cherries to keep them company. 
; )

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

towards the sun

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

I think I'm starting to like yellow... : )
It's a difficult colour in watercolour and it doesn't have the value range of other colours, but it certainly suits the arrival of spring. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

spring over to the purple side

$60 - 5x7" Original Watercolour Painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame!

These are the same flowers as yesterday only from a different angle. : ) 
The awesome Lisa Daria, whose dailypainting workshop I hope to take in August, talks about the importance of daily painting and just 'showing up for the job' of being a painter. Not an easy task... For some reason, with the arrival of spring, I've been even more inspired by her working method than I already was! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!

click on arrow for a 7 second slideshow ; )

As you can see, I've been sketching and painting dogs lately.
The slideshow was fun to put together, with help of the free slideshow app, although it's a bit tricky to line the photos up nicely, let alone remembering to take them along the way! It's not a great video, so I may upgrade to a better slideshow app...!

The four drawings were done in my sketchbook with 6B pencil.
Happy Year of the Dog!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

old soul and slide show!

click on arrow for 10 second slideshow. : )

$120 - 11x14" Original Watercolour Painting
I just discovered this awesome app called Slide Show, which creates exactly that. So, while painting this beautiful German Shepherd, I took photos of my progress. I just kinda eyeballed it as far as making my photos all the same size.
It's a super easy app to use, it allows you to save the slide show in iPhotos, and then simply upload it to Instagram, Blogs and Facebook. : )

Friday, March 09, 2018

sketching 100 people challenge continued

Well, not quite 100. And not quite a week, as the challenge was a 'work week' and ended today. 
thinking about design and line...
portraits of a dude
across the cafe and wearing plaid

The above sketches were drawn with Prismacolour Colour Pencils, mostly with Black Grape, which is an awesome colour. Very smooth pencil, especially on newsprint. And below, 6B pencil (my favourite). 
dog treats
making interesting shapes
These photos were taken with my iPadPro where they look great. It turns out, they don't look so good here... Hmm.
You can see even more of my sketches of people on my Instagram page! Check it out.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

OneWeek100People2018 Challenge

 I had a few moments at my last life drawing class to capture some fellow artists. And below, people reading at a local bookstore. : )
Well, it turns out 100 people is a lot! ; )
These sketches are part of a drawing challenge going on this week (there's still time to join in), set up my the awesome Montreal urban sketcher Marc Taro Holmes. Post your drawings of people, with the hashtag #OneWeek100People2018 ,on Facebook, Instagram, your blog, wherever! It's fun... even if you don't quite make it to 100 by Sunday. Drawings can be super small and/or loosey goose, like mine. Cheers and Happy Drawing.
p.s. ipad photos... ; b

Sunday, March 04, 2018

burst out

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

These pink and green friends are determined to fight the winter blues and show off their lovely colours and shapes.
Actually it's kinda sunny outside, here in Toronto, but still chilly. Perfect to work in my studio with natural light. Cheers!