Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Toronto Watercolour Society Workshop

I spent last Saturday at a Toronto Watercolour Society Workshop given by the talented and inspiring Mark Thurman. He's a famous Canadian Children's Book illustrator who now teaches Anatomy at Sheridan College. He encouraged us to work with ink and chopsticks (!), pen nibs and watercolour, from a live model. After many gesture poses, I did these 10 minute clothed poses. As often happens in workshops, we were all completely out of our element, but I certainly learned new things to apply to my way of working.
You can see a page of Mark's talent HERE.

Monday, May 25, 2015

it's about time

The Toronto Distillery District is a wonderful historical area that has a slew of Victorian Industrial Architecture. It was once a brewery and all of the old machines are still intact, while cafes and shops built up around them. It's cool with lots of subjects to draw. I was there with the cheerful (and hilarious!) Don Valley Art Club Plein-Air Artists.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


I painted this from a sketch I did at a wonderful green house called Allan Gardens. I don't normally work from a sketch, but I've been wanting to try it, so this was a first. I'm very happy with it. Also, it coincided perfectly with the Daily Paintworks Window Challenge. : )
$70 - 8x10"painting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Captain John's Seafood Ship

This old ship, once a popular seafood restaurant, is finally being towed away. It's been at the Toronto Harbourfront for decades, but since it's falling apart (apparently there is 10 feet of water inside!) away it goes.

I got together with the Toronto Urban Sketchers this past weekend and we, all 20 of us, drew and painted this wonderful subject. In the top one (9x12"/charcoal pencil), I wanted to capture the abandoned shopping cart in the parking lot, compared to the boat. In the bottom painting (5x7"/pen) I wanted people walking by in the foreground, again a nice comparison.

Other news: if you received a few of my old posts, like a fox or a girl on a bike, I apologize... a glitch with blogger... but I've fixed the problem. : )

Sunday, May 17, 2015

the gate at Philosopher's Walk

The stone gate at Philosopher's walk has wonderful, slightly wacky, street lamps on it that I've been wanting to paint for some time. I found a shady spot during a warm afternoon and did this with charcoal pencil and watercolour.
$50 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat.

Here's a pic of my paintbox, which is still holding up well considering it's just a thick paper mache box from the art store. It gets wet as I splash watercolour paint all over it, and it's slightly warped now... but it's still awesome.

Friday, May 15, 2015


I found another Cherry Blossom Tree! This one was peeking out from within all the green trees along Philosopher's Walk.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
And, of course, here's my paintbox.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

warm and cool

At my Life Drawing Session, I thought I'd play around with Burnt Sienna for warmth and Purple for a splash of cool. These are 5 minute poses drawn with charcoal pencil. Wonderful model!
SET OF THREE - $60 - 5x7"each

Thursday, May 07, 2015



Another lovely Cherry Blossom Tree. A few more days and they'll be gone... until next year.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
And here's my trusty paintbox.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


I enjoyed yesterday plein-air painting at the University of Toronto campus. My eye caught this beautiful little Sakura tree next to a cute bicycle with a basket. Couldn't resist!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Here are photos of my painting kit from yesterday morning.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

peak through

A friend and I spent the day at the lovely Guild Inn. It used to be an artist retreat but, sadly, it closed. The grounds and gardens are still open to the public, with lots of statues and stone facades to paint.
$70 - 8x10"painting
Here's my trusty paint box which holds up to an 8x10" painting and sits on my lap, a table or the ground.

Monday, April 27, 2015

King George Craft Show

Come on out to the 1st Annual King George Craft Show in Toronto this Saturday May 2nd from 10-2pm! Lots of vendors! I'll be selling my paintings and my one-long-line drawings. The drawings are in cute colourful frames.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

a Tuesday in April

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I spent this rainy Tuesday urban sketching in a dry cafe, drawing people.
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's my process - 
I drew with my 6B pencil on a small hot-pressed watercolour pad.
You can see my tiny palette, that was once an eye shadow kit! Very unobtrusive!
Also, my small water container, a rag and my size 14 watercolour paint brush.
Another customer sat down, so I quickly added her, left of the blonde woman.
Happy with this one... and onto another. : )

Sunday, April 19, 2015

a Sunday in April

I spent today sketching from a cafe in downtown Toronto. This lovely building, from the mid 1800's, is soon to become condos. 
I've sketched this street with my trusty little sketch box, shown below, many times. I will miss it... 
$80 - 8x10"painting
- some close ups

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Teaching and Horses

The lovely talented artists in the Self-Portrait Drawing Class I'm teaching did wonderful on Thursday night!
And... today I did a little 'horse homework'. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

splash and splatter

Monday Night's Demo went very well. : ) 
Here's the watercolour painting I did after talking a bit about life drawing. Two very different subjects, but lots of fun to share with everyone!
$60 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat
Here are some life drawings, short poses with charcoal on newsprint.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

mish mash

Just practising flowers for my upcoming demo. : )
5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
close ups -

Monday, April 06, 2015

Awesome App!

I just discovered this awesome app/website called Quickposes. I'm working towards a 'certificate' they offer, 10 hours of drawing gestures in 20 days (30mins a day/2 minute poses). They are really great models. I used charcoal pencil on 11x14"newsprint pad. : )