Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Still pluggin' away at my animal sketchbook. These cuties are trouble makers, but fun to draw.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I had a blast painting this one! Lots of great shapes and fun colours that allowed for lots of paint merging. It also reminded me that any subject can be a painting.
$80 - 8x10" painting.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

an understanding


After a busy weekend show and a heavy schedule, I decided to sit down with a few sweet pears and do a simple still life.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

all together

It always such a treat to see all of my work together and framed. I was very proud of my collection in this show. We had a constant stream of people, lots of sales and yummy treats! The East Toronto Arts&Crafts show is my favourite of the year because the vendors are so friendly!! Until next time...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Art Show!

I'll be selling my original watercolours and one-long-line drawings this Saturday. This will be my third year involved with this wonderful show at:
310 Danforth (near Chester), Toronto 
Over 40 vendors selling all kinds of stuff! 
Other news... working on a way of shading my drawings without hatching or watercolour. I did these on newsprint with a charcoal pencil.

Monday, November 10, 2014

hum along

Back to the wonderful Allan Gardens greenhouse with the Toronto Plein-Air Artists. There is so much to draw there... it's sensory overload! I titled this painting "hum along" because the only approach to such a flower filled glass conservatory is to go with it, and hum along!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
my paintbox

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Daily Painting

I'm thrilled to be included in Carol Marine's new book called Daily Painting, which is about exactly that! TONS of great instruction and advice with a wonderful personal touch. 
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Sunday, November 02, 2014

sky's up

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I spent the afternoon with the Toronto Urban Sketchers at Allan Gardens, a beautiful glass domed conservatory in downtown Toronto. The place is jam packed with plants, birds, squirrels and people!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I did a page of scared and scary faces for my 'Halloween Homework'. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

catch me if you can

With so many colours happening this season, I think zoning in on one beautiful bit of nature is best for me. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Monday, October 27, 2014

buffalo and barbary sheep

I had a great time doing gestural sketches of the animals at High Park Zoo over the weekend. Usually it's difficult to drawn them as they're on the move, but I think the lovely sunny Sunday we had kept them relaxed. The buffalo have huuuuggge heads... but they're still cute!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

come on over

I painted with the Toronto Plein-Air group today at the awesome High Park. A beautiful little red tree was behind me, so I invited it over to my painting to jazz up the shoreline of Grenadier Pond.
$60 - 7x5"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

old timer

Here's the 5th and last of my car series. I try to keep my drawings as gestural as possible then add lots of watercolour and water, letting it merge. I especially like the turquoise that found it's way down into the shadow.
$50 - 7x5"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Red Dynamo

I thought this guy deserved capitals in the title of the painting!
$50 - 7x5"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homework - Draw 5 for 5 minutes each

Had some time this week to get my homework done. I set my timer for 5 minute intervals then went to the awesome WetCanvas Reference Library, typed in a subject and used their photos to work from. (The key is to pick cute subjects!)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

old friend

I've been drawing lots of trucks lately. Not sure why. Just felt like it. More to come!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

pumpkin pals

I love this time of year and always enjoy painting pumpkins and fall colours.  I think the round pumpkins and hay blocks contrast wonderfully with the turquoise tractor. I tried to keep things as gestural and watery as possible, as usual!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

rusty days

Fall is here! It's a tough season to paint since there are so many colours, so I thought I'd zone in on some birch and maple trees. The old car insisted on being part of it!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

thanks a bunch

A bit cold outside... but there's always something to paint inside!
$80 - 8x10" painting.
close ups -

Saturday, October 04, 2014

today's moment

Here's a sketch I did today with 6B pencil on newsprint. I also recently took a trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario, here in Toronto, and did some drawings.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


I love the old buildings around the University of Toronto campus. And from this bench, I could see the CN Tower.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

squared away

Here is my second piece from the lovely Rosetta McClain Gardens.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Monday, September 29, 2014

ivy window

A friend and I spent the day at the wonderful Rosetta McClain Gardens here in Toronto. I'm loving this 'never ending' summer!!!!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

pages of people

I spent the day teaching the wonderful Mississauga Art Group. They lost their fear of putting people into paintings after we did pages of them! Each drawing is the size of a silver dollar.