Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Sleigh Day


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$80 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

It's snowing like crazy here in Toronto! Fortunately, it's been mild, so it's the fun kind of snow... sleigh day snow! The fire escape was fun to paint. It is one of the few fire escapes on the houses around here. (I may have overdrawn it, but it's still cool looking). ; )

Thursday, December 23, 2021

december flowers


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$100 - 6x8" original oil painting with sides painted to match.

These cheerful violets with their bright yellow centres are certainly lightening the snowy mood today. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't find some cheer for inside. ; )

Monday, December 20, 2021

crunchy bunch

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$80 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
I didn't know that painting pickles in a mason jar was so much fun! A few colour onions have befriended the crunchy bunch. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

jarred treats


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I was missing my watercolour paints, what with all the oil painting I've been doing, so I painted this wonderful little still life. Fridge contents make great subjects!

Friday, December 10, 2021

Daisy Cascade


8x10" original oil painting on 3/4" panel.

Well, I may have over bought at the flower shop. Hee hee. So, I grabbed two little cups and filled 'em up. I made sure the cups, (well I guess one is a vase) were different. I love the dark one. It's such an interesting shape - one of my faves. 
Sides are painted grey. 

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Latest Portraits!

(see the cat?!)

These are the latest oil sketches I've done... all on Zoom with my awesome Portrait Pals. : ) I call them sketches because the poses are short and the panels are about 7x9". Sometimes I touch them up but often, I leave them alone. They are what they are! : )

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Portrait Drawing Practical Tips... Again!

The Portrait Class on Zoom went so well... it's Back! For those who missed it last time, all the information is here for you. Click the PayPal BUTTON when you're ready to register.


Tuesday Nov. 23, 6:30-8:30pmET
$40 CAD 
PayPal will convert currency for you, if necessary. 
Email me for e-transfer or cheque. nora904@yahoo.com  

 In this Zoom class we will explore portraits
using a practical approach
with lots of helpful tips!

An easy-to-remember block-in method
using lots of measures of facial features,
as well as using comparisons to find a likeness,
will all be demonstrated.

Get your sketchbooks out and your pencils ready,
as you draw-along with me
learning many portrait tips along the way!

Some portrait drawing experience is suggested.
Please be familiar with Zoom before attending.

Questions? Just ask - nora904@yahoo.com

 I will email you a line drawing 
that you need to print out (or trace) three times.

A sketchbook (9x12") or Newsprint Pad,
Your favourite dark pencils or pens,
(I'll use 6B pencil and charcoal pencils)

A few coloured pencils

You will receive an email with a PDF 
of all the handouts that I cover,
after the class.

PLEASE NOTE: I will communicate with you through the email address you use with your PayPal account unless you tell me otherwise.

Double Check your Time Zone.
Email confirmation sent out after you Pay. (It will include a line drawing you'll need).
This class is not recorded (just like real life 😉).
Waiting Room opens 10 minutes before the class starts
See you on Zoom!

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Little K



$100 - 6x6" original oil painting with 3/4"sides 
Remember these adorable Koala clips?! I wore one on my knapsack all through junior high school and another on the collar of my winter coat. Well, I recently found Little K here at a garage sale and I happily thought, 'he can be part of my finger puppet collection... and my painting series'. #toocute

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Abby and her whiskers

Abby the Mouse has the cutest whiskers ever! Not to mention her adorable pink nose. Finger puppets are so fun and, it turns out, a blast to paint. I'm using bright contrasting colours for my backgrounds for this series. My hand studies continue with my little puppet collection helping me out. Sides painted.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween Fun!


Another great Zoom Portrait Sessions. WooHoo! I think the whole group of artists, who pose for each other for 20 minutes, are all getting really good. This weekly practise is really paying off. Everyone has improved!! And today, being Halloween, the costumes made things super fun. Happy Halloween Y'all!!

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Blossom Bear


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$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on cradled panel. 3/4"sides. 

Meet Blossom Bear! She's been helping me out with my hand studies lately. Hee hee. She's added a nice touch to my little oil painting project. Over the years I've collected lots of finger puppets... and there will be more cutie-patooties to come!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Watercolour Class on Zoom - Flowers!

Paint along with me for this 2 hour Watercolour Zoom Class!
Grab 4-5 flowers, put them in a simple cup, and let's paint!
Questions? Just ask - nora904@yahoo.com


Tuesday Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30pm ET
$40 Canadian

(PayPal converts currency for you, if necessary. 
It'll be about $35US).
Email me for personal cheque or e-transfer

In this Zoom Online Class we will explore flowers with watercolour.
We'll draw and paint together, learning about composition, 
blocking-in, the importance of warm and cool colours, 
keeping shapes strong and finally, adding a simple background 
for a clean bright flower painting.

The class includes a PDF at the end!
Some Watercolour Painting experience is suggested.
Please be familiar with Zoom before attending.

You will need just a few flowers (4-5), both light and dark. 
The flowers can be real or fake. Nothing elaborate.
Light your little set up from the left - a desk lamp source is fine.
We are using the flowers as a jumping off point.

I'll be using Fluid 9x12" Hot-Pressed Paper. 
The paint sits differently on this paper. 
I do not use Arches Brand of Hot-Pressed. 
I recommend Fluid Hot-Pressed Paper for this class. 

I use Winsor & Newton and/or Holbein Tube Paints that are squeezed out and dry on my Winsor & Newton Cotman Compact Travel Set 14 pan palette. 
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Permanent Rose (Rose Madder Genuine or Aliz. Crimson)
Cad. Red
Opera Pink
Cerulean Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Violet
Burnt Umber

Use the brushes you like and are familiar with.
I use synthetic pointy brushes sizes 6, 8 and 10. 
Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round 
Kingart Original Gold 9020 Max Round

6B pencil and paper towels

Questions? Just ask  - nora904@yahoo.com

PLEASE NOTE: I will communicate with you through the email address you use with your PayPal account unless you tell me otherwise.

Double Check your Time Zone.
Email confirmation sent out after you Pay. 
This class is not recorded (just like real life 😉).
See you on Zoom!

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Back to School!


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8x8" original watercolour painting

Dogs go back to school in September... don't they? ; ) This smart Husky sure does.  Well, more like go to the beach and fetch sticks and splash around in the water...  #hehe Seriously, I love the fall and I guess because of school, I still feel like September is the start of a 'new year'. 

Thursday, August 19, 2021



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$80 - 5x7" original watercolour painting in 8x10"mat
Painting Spots! Such a blast! I don't get the opportunity to paint polka dots that often so when I saw Dottie (of course that's her name), I wanted to paint her immediately. Dalmatian's rock. ; )
If you've got a pet, or a friend with a pet, email me some photos and I'll get painting. #greatgift 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Pet Portraits - Watercolour

Pet Portrait in Watercolour by Nora MacPhail nora904@yahoo.com 

Hi! Simply email me, say "Hi" and let's chat about your project. Send along a few photos of your pet and I'll get painting! Original Art is a great gift for a friend, or for yourself. ; )

The finished painting will be a 5x7" original watercolour painting on 140lb artist quality paper. The painting is then adhered to a painted cradled panel.

$150Cad - Shipping Included.

2 Weeks turnaround time. 

Small packets take approximately 7-10 days for shipping.

PayPal, e-transfer or personal check.  Toronto Curbside PU.

EMAIL ME BEFORE PAYING - nora904@yahoo.com 

$150.00 CAD
(PayPal will convert to your currency, if needed)

Monday, August 09, 2021

crunchy shine


6x6" original oil painting on 3/4" panel

Well, that's the second spoon I ever painted! (The first was from a Carol Marine reference photo and this one is from a Sarah Sedwick photo). Reflections in silver are always fun, like the green apples, but this time there's a kick on light on the inside of the creamer! Every painting brings a new little somethin'-somethin' to the game. ; )

Sunday, August 08, 2021

loosey-goosey and juicy


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$120 - 6x6" original oil painting on 3/4"panel

Well this title just had to happen! #heehee
Cheers again to Sarah Sedwick for her photo ref. ; )