Thursday, May 28, 2020

city sky

$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1" deep panel
I captured a pic of the morning sky (back with traffic looked like this) knowing I'd oil paint it one day. Like today!!! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

myPAOTW - Will Young

8x8" original oil painting on panel.
Here's my oil painting of Will Young for this week's Portrait Artist of the Week Challenge. It was just awesome painting along with the SkyTV live stream. Artist Christian Hook was this week's painter and the conversation between these two was riveting - and funny. 
It was the first time I painted a portrait from the computer screen, as the subject talked (and moved a bit). 'Getting to know' Will, as he spoke about his life, must have influenced my painting of him - certainly different than painting from a photo. I did not use Christian's technique, I painted as I do, but watching his piece progress was very educational. 
The live weekly challenge is on the SkyTV facebook page every Sunday morning. Then it replays all week. Cheers.: )

Friday, May 22, 2020

portrait in blue

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6x6" oil painting on1"deep panel
I'm thrilled with the outcome of this portrait in blue. Thanks again to the awesome Sktchy site where people upload photos of themselves to be painted. Cheers Alanna Jewel!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

follow your heart

$60 - 5x7" original painting includes 8x10" mat.
Gestural lines made with charcoal pencil is how this painting started. Then I flooded in a colourful deep background to contrast the light pinks of the flowers. These two flowery friends have been inseperable. : ) 

Monday, May 18, 2020


5x7" original - watercolour and charcoal pencil.
This little hedgehog is trying to escape. Or that's what I thought... Turns out he was on his way to his new home. He was purchased as soon as I posted him on Instagram! And I found the perfect purple frame for him, to match his pink belly. ; )

Friday, May 15, 2020

my PAOTW - Rankin

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$100 - 8x10" original watercolour painting on paper. 
Here's my contribution to week 3 of the skyTV Portrait Artist of the Week Challenge. I tried to capture the lovely smile of the photographer Rankin. It was so nice to get back to watercolours. Hmm... jumping back and forth between oil and watercolour enhances my skill at both but, at the end of the day my first love, watercolour, will always be my preferred medium! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

myPAOTW - Bernardine Evaristo

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8x8" original oil painting on panel with 1"deep painted sides.
Here's my portrait of the beautiful colourful Bernardine Evaristo for the second week of the Portrait Artist of the Week Challenge. She's the writer of Girl, Woman, Other which won the Booker in 2019. SkyTV is continuing the Portrait Artist Challenge and now, everyone can join in on the fun every Sunday (uk time) over on Facebook. She sat staring at the computer and talking to the host for 4 hours (while thousands of people painted her), including this week's artist that skyTV chose. So... 3 screens happening for the show! So fun!

Thursday, May 07, 2020

feather earrings

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$60 - 6x6" oil painting with painted sides to match background.
I used the awesome Sktchy App to find this lovely model's photo. I changed her earrings, which were big white distracting shells, and made them feather earrings. Remember those? I just thought they'd suit her 'look'. : )

Tuesday, May 05, 2020


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$60 - 5x7" original gouache painting with 8x10"mat.
At 6:38am this morning, this is what the sky looked like. : )
Here are some more pics... 

Monday, May 04, 2020

morning side street

$40 - 5x5" oil painting on 1" deep panel with painted sides. 
I drew a sketch for this sky study first (below) however, painting with oil is such a different experience than drawing with pencil that I'm not are how much the drawing 'helped'. Besides, I strayed quite far from the sketch composition.
Having said that, I do intend to keep doing sketches first. ; )

Friday, May 01, 2020

two balloons

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$120 - 6x6" original oil painting with 3/4" deep painted sides.
Can you see the two balloons? There is a lot going on in this painting! I love painting skies and cars... and pennants... and flags and of course... balloons!