Thursday, October 10, 2019

2 weeks today!

There are a few spots left in my upcoming portrait workshop. It's here in Toronto, in the Finch and Bathurst area. I've been busy making lots of handouts and I'll be doing demos in watercolour and gouache. I'm super excited about it. All levels and materials are welcome
Contact Adele at if you're interested. Only $60!!

Tuesday, October 01, 2019


$200 - original 12x6" oil painting on 1"deep wooden panel

My second piece from the awesome Peggy's Cove (just south west of Halifax, Nova Scotia.) I titled it 'bejeweled' since there are so many hidden little wonders amongst the boats. 
Below is a pic of my thumbnail sketch done in charcoal pencil on newsprint. My thumbnails are usually actual size, so this sketch is also 12x6". 
; )

Sunday, September 29, 2019

hidden corner

My first piece since returning from the breathtakingly beautiful Nova Scotia. This beautiful turquoise boat was hiding behind a lovely gray building at Peggy's Cove. Such a mesmerizing place. 
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Thursday, September 26, 2019


Save the Date! 
I'll be teaching An Approach to Portrait here in Toronto next month. It includes demos, handouts/pdfs and your own painting time, all at an awesome price! I'm super excited about it. : )
contact Adele at

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


This portrait sketching exercise is about drawing fast, using as few lines as possible (I tried to stick to 20...) and using both the point and side of the pencil. I loved this process. I wish I did them on artist quality paper. They are on newsprint and I have yet to learn the lesson, always use good paper! ; )

Sunday, September 15, 2019

three sisters

$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1"deep wooden panel 

Light bouncing through glass always creates wonderful patterns on the table. This is another one from the little colourful glass bottle collection.​
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019


$80 - 6x8" original gouache on archival grey paper

I'm very happy with this piece - I caught her lovely twinkle. : )

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Portraits - Strathmore Toned Blue Paper

$80 - 6x8" original gouache painting on acid-free quality paper.

The 6x8" Strathmore Toned Blue Paper is just great for gouache. It really makes the colours pop! Especially when I leave it as the mid-value. A lot of people ask me about it's durability but it's 184lb paper. It's thick, like card stock. And it's acid free. Love it and highly recommend. 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019


$80 - 8x10" original gouache portrait

I painted this in a class where fellow artists and I sit for each other for 25mins. The person keeping track of time calls out how much time in left every once in a while, so the painters know they gotta paint fast! The 25 minutes flies by when you're painting, but when you're the sitter, hearing how much time you have left to sit perfectly still is quite a struggle! Unlike the painters, the sitter feels time is going super slow. It's a crazy juxtaposition.
This model managed to find a relaxed zone which created her soulful expression. I think I captured it! : )

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Hot Pink

The model's lovely pink shirt bounced colour into her cheeks, forehead and hair. It was tons of fun painting with Opera Pink which is pretty much the 'hottest' pink around. : )

Saturday, August 24, 2019

stand up to sit down

6x12" oil painting on 1"deep wooden panel.
When the model couldn't make it to our last portrait session, a fellow artist stood up to the occasion and sat for us. : ) 
I went for a high key palette (very light, like pastel colours) and really thought a lot about adding greys. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019