Wednesday, October 07, 2015

hand studies with foxy and Bert

Working on hand studies is a lot more fun when I include a few finger puppets!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

cover to cover

Here's my second line drawing for InkTober. I drew this one while at the library and it's so nice to see people with books in front of them, instead of computers! Still working on how to take a photo of a white piece of paper... looking a bit gray but the only alternative is over exposed. Any ideas?

Saturday, October 03, 2015


I was inspired by the Daily Paintworks Interiors Challenge for this one, which I drew while enjoying my morning tea. I usually ask for a little steamed milk with extra foam on my tea, just to jazz it up a bit. ; )
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

by the tree

In 2009, an awesome artist named James Parker started InkTober. Everyone is welcome to join in and you don't have to post everyday, just whenever you can through the month of October! Here are the very loose 'rules'.
This is my first one, done in micron pen while enjoying this still surprisingly warm weather we are having!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Market Day

I had a fantastic time painting these standing baskets with all the little fruits and veggies in them. I went with the Toronto Plein-Air Artists to Kensington Market for the last Pedestrian Sunday of the year. No cars... well, except for the one parked in the foreground of my painting. 
$60 - 8x10"painting

Saturday, September 26, 2015

all together now

I've never been a fan of yellow however, every once in awhile I try to embrace it and find the beauty in it. I think I'm starting to like it a bit more... It's just a difficult colour to paint with. ; )
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, September 19, 2015

study of a bottle

Back to still life studies with my weekly fellow artists group called The Adrian Angels! I love these kinds of bottles, which I learned are called 'fiasco' bottles, and I've been wanting to paint one for some time. Happy to explore the chance! 
: )
$40 - 8x10"painting

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

take centre stage

Here is the Watercolour Demo I did last night for the lovely Willowdale Group of Artists. Biggest crowd I've ever painted in front of, with about 40 people. Lots of positive feedback. Thank you so much to all the member who came out to see me for the first meeting back this year!
$80 - 8x10"painting

Friday, September 11, 2015

alone time

I'm enjoying painting the Daily Paintworks Challenges again, like this one for 'Fog'. I did a wash over the charcoal drawing, which is unusual for me as I am not really a 'wash watercolour' kind of painter. However, this subject demanded it.
$80 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

up close

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Another painting I finished over the weekend while out plein-air painting with a group of artist friends. I liked the idea of the big foreground and the subtle background pushing the viewer's eye from front to back. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

morning stretch

I spent yesterday plein-air painting with the wonderful artists from the Don Valley Art Club. We went back to Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough. It's a beautiful place with lots of subjects to paint! These tall sunflowers caught my eye. They are such lovely flowers, so majestic!
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's my paintbox. (I already cleaned my palette before I remembered to take the picture.)

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

within walking distance

This donkey looked so peaceful, walking along enjoying his day, that I just had to paint him. I got the photo from the awesome WetCanvas reference library.
$80 - 8x10"painting

Saturday, August 22, 2015

tea party

I love this Asian tea pot in real life as much as I loved painting it! It was fun to do the little blue scenes on it. I also got a little creative with the way I cut the orange. I'm really enjoying adding so much 'stuff' to my still life set ups lately.
$80 - 8x10"painting

Thursday, August 20, 2015

follow your heart

Tulips move a lot, mostly in a drooping fashion, under a hot spotlight. Still, I had a great time painting these changing flowers.
$80 - 8x10"painting
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

at home together

Back from vacation and finding some time to paint! I enjoyed working with lots and lots of flowers today.
$80 - 8x10"painting

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bayview Watercolour Society

A few evenings ago, I did a Watercolour Demo for the Bayview Watercolour Society. First I spoke about my work as a daily painter, then about learning to draw from life drawing sessions and finally about being an urban sketcher. After the break I painted a small still life set up, which you can see in the bottom right.
Great wonderful intimate group. Thanks to everyone that attended!

Monday, August 10, 2015

sketchers enjoying the moment

Spent the day with the Toronto Urban Sketchers at an old downtown building, that is about to be demolished. The organizer of the group is putting together a book of our paintings, based on disappearing landmarks in Toronto. It's kind of a sad subject, but an important one.
$30 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

late run


Back from a wonderful loooonnggg vacation during one of the most fantastic summer's ever! It's been sunny with a cool breeze almost every day. Even the adorable dogs along the Humber River are enjoying it!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


This one was a real blast to paint! I had to be very careful with placement and the amount of splatters and blobs!
I'm off for the rest of July! I may blog from vacation but if not, see you in August!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Thursday, July 16, 2015


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Continuing with my abstract art and really enjoying it! I always draw first then add watercolour paint however, this style has me jumping between drawing and painting... painting and drawing... just mixing it up.
$60 - 8x10"painting
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