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.
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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.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

squared away

Here is my second piece from the lovely Rosetta McClain Gardens.
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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.

Monday, September 22, 2014



Here is the last of my urban sketches from Toronto's Distillery District. The wonderful old buildings are made of stone with green accents. I'll go back for more inspiration soon!
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

cappuccino crowd

I enjoyed the Distillery District so much on Saturday... I went back for more!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday stroll


A friend and I went urban sketching today at the Toronto Distillery District. I thought I'd try the Micron .005 pen, which is super thin. I quite like the look of it!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

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