Saturday, June 22, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

bushy brows

12x6" original oil painting
Here's my paintbox with lots of white oil paint on my grey painter's palette pad.
Blocking in with yellow ochre and figuring out the shadow side first.
Trying to keep the paint on my grey painter's palette more organized!
Palette eventually gets kinda messy on the right hand side... oh well...: )
And here's a detail of the face. Cheers!

Monday, June 10, 2019

morning chickadee

$100 - 5x7" original oil painting on 1/8" panel.
This little chickadee loves to sing in the morning, sit high upon the tree tops and she pours lots of chocolate sauce on her sundaes. ; )

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Portrait Practise and... 8 years today!!

I spent this morning practising portraits with coloured pencil. A fun thing to be doing on the 8th anniversary of my blog!! 
Thank you all for the ongoing support and encouragement. I appreciate all your comments. Having a blog is a great way to working consistently, especially when the blog community is so inspiring. 
Cheers y'all ; )

Monday, June 03, 2019

musical trio

I had a fantabulous time sketching a musical trio at life drawing today. They practised, we sketched. It was a great experience, mostly because musicians take 'poses' that life models never do, so it was all new to us. 
There were three of them with five instruments. Violin, viola, flute, bassoon and piccolo. They switched seats every 20 minutes (playing musical chairs literally!) so we all had a good experience. I used charcoal pencil and watercolour, oh... and I had a blast! ; )

Saturday, June 01, 2019

on my easel

Presently on my easel. She was wearing a green shirt, hence the reflected light under her chin... but along the way, I changed the shirt from green to red. Now it's a little bit confusing. Hmm. ; ) 
I use a gray paper mixing pad when painting with oil, which is covered in paint in the pic so it's a bit hard to tell (!), but I find it's mid-value really helps when mixing colours. 
And here's a close up. : )

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

with confidence

We had a new model at life drawing and she gave off so much energy, despite sitting perfectly still(!). It's funny how some models are so dynamic and alive, while not moving a muscle. Incredible really. Also, it was nice to bring out the watercolours! ; )
here's a detail - 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Mary Jo

This little birdie likes long flights through the park, sweet berries and Jake Gyllenhaal movies. ; )

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

red rocks

I love painting with red. It's such a warm wonderful colour. For some reason, it's kind of scary to use... but it often works great!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Award of Excellence for Portrait

The Don Valley Art Club Show opening went great last night. Tons of people showed up. Thanks to everyone for all their support. It was wonderful to see all of you! 
I was thrilled and honoured to receive an Award of Excellence in Portrait. There were 15 awards given amongst over 100 paintings. Also, my painting sold. So all in all a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Art Show!

Tomorrow Night is the opening of the Don Valley Group Art Show. I'll be there 7-9pm. Over 100 paintings from as many artists. Phew!
May 8th at 67 Pottery Road Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills. Toronto. Come by and say Hi!

Saturday, May 04, 2019

natural beauty

I’m very happy with the end result of this one, with all the cool green light bouncing around. I really wanted to do the model justice. I’m adding lots of colour on the light side, like I do with my watercolours, and still keeping it harmonious. Each portrait really is it's own learning process. 🙋🏻

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

slender elegance

Our figure painting model was just lovely today. She had such a subtle slender elegance. Drawn with a strong contour pencil line, then warm red and cool green watercolour added.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

milk n' berries

These awesome strawberries were bouncing light and reflections all over the place! ; )

Friday, April 19, 2019


I painted this bright 'sparkly' model at last week's portrait session. Her hair was so cool, and fun to paint. Again, not sure why but, I love this long thin board size for faces. It gives everyone a kind of graceful long look. ; )