Thursday, December 15, 2022

Watercolour Class - Raccoon Painting SATURDAY JAN. 14, '23 10-12pmET

Welcome! Below is all of the info you'll need about the Zoom Class on Saturday Jan. 14, '23 from 10-12pmET. When you're ready, just click the PayPal link. Or, email me for e-transfers, personal cheques or questions. 


The cost is $40 Canadian
(PayPal converts currency for you, if necessary. 
It will be less is US dollars!).

 The PayPal account is WatercoloursbyNoraMacPhail 

I will contact you through your PayPal email account (unless you tell me otherwise). My emails will be from

This class is NOT recorded (just like real life). 

Full reimbursement with 24hours notice.

Please be familiar with Zoom before attending.


A Sketchbook and Pencil.

Bring the Watercolour supplies and paper that you are familiar with. Scroll down to see the supply list that I'll be using. 

We will PAINT TOGETHER from the raccoon photo below. If you have your heart set on a different raccoon photo, feel free to use it.

I'll email you a copy of this photo, and more helpful raccoon reference pics, when you register.


I'll be using - 8x10" Fluid Hot-Pressed Paper. The paint sits a bit differently on hot-pressed paper. If you think now is the time to try hot-pressed paper, great! However, feel free to use the paper you like.


I use Winsor & Newton Paint Tubes that are squeezed out and ‘dry’.

Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Violet and Burnt Sienna.


Use the brushes you like and are familiar with. I use synthetic point brushes size 6 and 8. Lowe-Cornell 720 Ultra Round and/or King Art Original Gold 9020 Max Round.


sketchbook and pencil

paper towels and spray bottle.

Please be familiar with Zoom before attending. The Zoom link will be emailed to you on the Thursday Evening before the class. 

Questions? Just ask -

Thank you and see you on Zoom!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Lots of Xmas Shows are back on!! THREE COMING UP!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH - 10-4pm - 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH 10-4pm - 1300 Gerrard St. E (at Greenwood)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, '22 10-4pm Come by my Table and say Hi!!

ALL THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS ARE BACK ON! TWO IN NOVEMBER AND ONE IN DECEMBER. #woohoo I'll have small paintings, cards and crochet cuties for your Xmas tree.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Watercolour Classes Jan. 9 - Mar. 6, '23


Hello Fellow Artists! To enroll in the Monday Morning Watercolour Classes at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Toronto just email Sharon at - and let her know who you are and that you want to enroll in my Winter 2023 classes. 

The classes start on Jan. 9 and go until Mar. 6th. Desks are 6' apart.

The cost is $200 for 8 classes (#woohoo #gooddeal). 

They are held at 56 NEILSON DRIVE in Toronto/Etobicoke from 9:30am-12pm.

Here's allll the info below - 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Annual Christmas Market Craft Sale


I know, I know... we haven't even had Halloween yet! But, the following Saturday, I'll have a table at the Annual Christmas Market Craft Sale. It's a super fun, affordable, crafts-y show. I'll have small paintings, crochet christmas tree ornaments and hand-painted cards. Lots to see on November 5th from 10-4pmET.
Toronto - 361 Danforth Ave. at Chester Subway Station. You'll see the big sign!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Sunnybrook Hospital Hall Show


If you're in Toronto and you happen to be near or going to the Sunnybrook Hospital, check out all the art hanging in the D wing! There are over 8 of us, from Central Connection, with 6 paintings each brightening the walls. If you want to take one home with you, pay at the gift shop. It's also online here -
Sunnybrook Hospital - 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. 
very proud that they chose my painting for the poster!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Inktober - Nest


The prompt word 'nest' encouraged me to check the free images site called Pixabay, where this lovely image popped up. This nest idea is now on my 'Winter Painting' list. I've bought some long thin canvases (10x20), since I love the format, and on those snowy days I hope to try them out. Perhaps you'll be seeing more nests in the new year! ; )

Monday, October 10, 2022

Inktober - Gargoyle, Scurry and Bouquet

 So far, I'm having a blast participating in Inktober 2022

For the month of October, artists are encouraged to do a daily drawing with ink.
By following the prompt list, I end up painting a lot of things I might not paint.
I'm using the Elegant Writer Pens by Speedball. They're watersoluble so, the dark ink bleeds as I add watercolour, a look I enjoy for this project.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Two Pups


10"x10" cradled panel with 8x8" original watercolour painting.
I drew these two pups, which were sooooo cute, while at a cafe enjoying a sunny day. I love the striped shirt vs. the flower shirt, not to mention the contrast with the checkered chair backs. Lots of fun stuff to paint!
This is my new way of presenting my paintings. It took some time to perfect it, but the painting is completely adhered to the panel, painted with gouache. I love painting a strong vibrant colour for the background. It's like it's own frame so, it's ready to hang. Varnished too!

Friday, September 16, 2022

breakfast in the garden

5x7" original watercolour painting in 8x10"mat

This cutie-patootie chipmunk is enjoying a little breakfast in the garden. In an upcoming art class I'm teaching, we will be talking about contour lines and a warm/cool palette. So, in preparation for my class demo, I drew this little snookums with a energetic line then painted him with a two-colour palette, of warm orange and cool violet. Super happy with him. ; )

Saturday, September 03, 2022

sharing a cookie


$100 - 
6x8" cradled panel - original watercolour painting. 
3/4"sides painted to match.
​Watercolour on Cradled Panel! I'm so please that I was able to safely adhere the 5x7" watercolour painting on paper to a 6x8" cradled panel. It's ready to go (see photo below). I painted the panel orange, which I think really adds to it, and then sprayed it with a watercolour friendly varnish. No more glass. Phew.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

great hair!


7x5"original watercolour painting includes 8x10"mat 

Great Hair! I used a two colour palette, a warm and and cool, to explore the many beautiful tones in this model's skin. Very happy with her! Check out the pics below of the original drawing. Cheers. : )

Thursday, August 25, 2022

morning marmalade

6x6" original watercolour painting on cradled panel with sides painted. Varnished.
Toronto - curbside pickup available.

This sweet little marmalade jar, with the morning light shinning through it, just spoke to me. I saw it as a watercolour right away. Sometimes... that just happens with an object.

Friday, August 19, 2022

very apt - cutiepatootie!


$880 - 5x7"original watercolour painting in 8x10"mat
Never has the word "cutiepatootie" been more apt than when describing a chipmunk!! Check out my IG or Facebook account to see the video of this little bundle being painted. #timelapse #fun

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Art Show and Sale!

Hello! Long time no post. 😆
I'm in a group art show here in Toronto, at the lovely historical St.Barnabas Church. If you're around on the Friday August 5th from 6-9pm or the Saturday August 6th from 11-6, come by and say Hi! I'll be there both times. And I'll have all new works. So, if you were kind enough to see me at the last show, come by this one too and see more. Over 15 Artists!
I've been doing a lot of outdoor painting this summer. I promised myself I'd get back at so... a few of those will be at the show too.
Cheers and hope to see you in-person soooooon!

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Contour Characters



I really focused on the model/fellow artist, and not on my paper, for these contour characters drawn during our Zoom Portrait Session. Sometimes I add a splash of burnt sienna for warmth and some cool purple for darks. For the last one, I decided to leave it alone. I love the mirror behind her. Here's a pic of the awesome Lyra 6B graphite stick. I've been 'into' lately. It's nice and chunky! ; )

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

springy friends


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

The third little bouquet from the big bouquet!

Sunday, April 17, 2022



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

Here's the painting from yesterday's Zoom Watercolour Painting Class. It went great. The artists who joined me, and painted along, really embraced the "lots of colour" approach. We also talked about painting white objects on white paper with watercolour, which is tricky. They were a very attentive talented group.
I'm thinking my next class might be in oil! #hmmm

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Pastel Beauties


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

I recently took a flower arranging class! I've been interested in doing this for some time. We made a huge bouquet which was lovely, but sooo big. Once I got it home, I decided to make many small bunches from it and take the week to paint each one. Here's the first. #woohoo

Sunday, April 03, 2022

Spring Flowers - Zoom Watercolour Class

Paint along with me for this 2 hour Zoom Watercolour Class!
Questions? Just ask -


The cost is $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 Watercolour Class we will explore flowers with watercolour. We'll draw and paint together, learning about composition, the importance of warm and cool colours, painting white flowers, and finally, adding a simple background for a clean bright flower painting.
The class includes a PDF at the end! It will not be recorded. 
Some Watercolour Painting experience is suggested.
Please be familiar with Zoom before attending.
I'll be using Fluid 9x12" Hot-Pressed Paper. Feel free to bring the paper you are familiar with. Cold-Pressed is fine.

I use Winsor & Newton and/or Holbein Tube Paints. 
Yellow Ochre
Permanent Rose (Rose Madder Genuine or Aliz. Crimson)
Cad. Red
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Umber

Use the brushes you like and are familiar with.
I use synthetic pointy brushes size 8. 
Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round.

4B pencil 
paper towels
water container
palette for mixing colours
colour wheel (optional)

Questions? Just ask  -

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 online. It is not recorded (just like real life 😉).
See you on Zoom!