Wednesday, September 17, 2014

today's paper

It's always interesting and challenging to draw from a different perspective. Ya' gotta' shake things up once in a while.
$70 - 8x10"painting

Monday, September 15, 2014

portrait of a woman

I painted this at my last Life Drawing Session at the Toronto School of Art. The sessions are mostly short poses, which allows me to play around and figure out what I want to achieve. 
$40 - 5x7"painting

Saturday, September 13, 2014

share and share alike

I did this flower painting as a demo for the lovely Mississauga Art Club for our first class back this year!
$80 - 8x10"painting

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Very happy with how wet and drippy this one turned out. I love watercolours that look the way only a watercolour can look.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

admiring the Pre-Raphaelites

This is the second one I drew at the Art Gallery of Ontario last week. I'm very happy with the two pieces from that evening so I'll have to go back... perhaps next time it's raining.
$70 - 8x10"painting

Monday, September 08, 2014

top of the ramp

Another great outing with the Toronto Plein-Air Group. We met up at City Hall and climbed the ramp for an aerial view.
$70 - 8x10"painting
You can see 'old' city hall in the background. I'm at 'new' city hall, (which really isn't new anymore.)

Friday, September 05, 2014

think about it

The Art Gallery of Ontario is here in Toronto and it's free on Wednesday nights. So, a bunch of us from the Toronto Urban Sketchers went over there. It's so much easier sketching in public with a group! 
$70 - 8x10"painting

Thursday, September 04, 2014

last of the summer rain

I drew this while sitting safe and sound, and dry, under a cafe umbrella from across the street.
$80 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

keep on truckin'

Today's urban moment. I've included a pic of me on-site, at a coffee shop way across the street, with my eye makeup holder/palette.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

courtyard corner

I couldn't wait until September to get back out there and paint! I cycled over to the University of Toronto's Knox College and painted in the beautiful courtyard today.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Monday, August 18, 2014

bright and breezy


I really enjoyed painting these big bold roses. I named them after the summer we've had, bright and breezy. And now... I'm on vacation. See you in September.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
close ups -

Saturday, August 16, 2014

your secret is safe with me

It's nice to have a touch of pattern in a painting. Even if it's painted loosely, like on this little cup, it's a lovely bit of decoration.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

colour happy

There wasn't much sunshine on these echinacea so, I went with lots of colour instead! Below is a pic of my paintbox, which sits on my lap. Lots more examples of me using it on my Flickr Page.
$50 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, August 08, 2014

differences aside

Lately I've been working with white objects, mostly flowers, for my daily paintings. The subtle values in the shadows of white are a real challenge. I like adding a strong colour, like the orange here, as a contrast.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Thursday, August 07, 2014

dinner, yeah that's right

Here's my ice cream painting for this weeks Daily Paintworks Challenge. It was really fun to do. I kept is as loose and light as possible.
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Monday, August 04, 2014

edge around


Back out there! I love painting at the Toronto Botanical Gardens with the lovely ladies, (well... yesterday it was all ladies) from the Toronto Plein Air Group. Here is a pic of my trusty paintbox which sits on my lap. I may try to do this one larger in studio.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

morning stars

I'm very happy with these backlit flowers and lemon. I'm thinking of having it framed for the next Toronto Watercolour Society Juried Show.
close ups - 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I put these delicate bunch of pink flowers into a red vase, because I love pink and red together, then had fun splashing Holbein Opera Pink all over the place!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
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Friday, July 25, 2014

calling you over


I found this cute jam jar at the farmer's market and the next thing I knew... : )
$90 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

it's what matters


Flowers are always such a treat, and challenge, to paint. Their shapes are actually quite abstract, yet pleasing.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
close ups - 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

that's it


Lots of close ups of this one at my Etsy Shop WatercoloursbyNora.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

visiting friends


I have to say, after painting outside a lot lately, it was nice to paint a peaceful still life in a controlled environment.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

over the Humber

When people and cars cross this bridge, over the Humber River, you can just see their little heads and car tops go by.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Monday, July 07, 2014

let's go for a walk

I had a wonderful time yesterday with a new group of artists, called Toronto Urban Sketchers. (Very much like the Toronto Plein-Air Painters.) Painting outside is a blast and I highly recommend trying it!
$50- 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's a shot of my trusty paintbox.

Sunday, July 06, 2014


I did it! 7 Days of Trees. And now it's your turn... over at The Daily Paintworks Challenge!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, July 05, 2014

all year round

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This gorgeous tree thinks it's autumn no matter what the calendar says.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, July 04, 2014


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A couple of cars drove into my tree painting. I guess they wanted a spot in the shade. This is Tree 5 in my 7 Day Challenge. Two more to go...
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

meet ya' there

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Amongst the yellow greens of summer there is always a cool silver tree. Tree painting number 3 of my 7 Day Tree Challenge.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

 Also, Tree #2 titled "taller" for my 7 Day Tree Challenge.
$30 - 7.5x5"painting

Monday, June 30, 2014

front yard friend

I've been painting outdoors this summer and since there's so much green out there, I've decided to put myself on a 7 Day Tree Challenge. This is Tree 1.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


I was very inspired this week to do some lion drawings thanks to the Daily Paintworks Challenge. These are done with charcoal pencil on newsprint.