Saturday, July 18, 2015

Five


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

Four

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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
close ups - 


Monday, July 13, 2015

One


My first abstract painting! I felt it was time to delve into this aspect of art.
$60 - 8x10"painting
close ups - 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

wild cards


a few close ups...
Still trying to keep my drawing loose-goosey and impressionistic... This is another one from the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

fallen tree


My aim for this piece was to keep the line and brush work as expressive as possible. This was done at the awesome Toronto Botanical Gardens when I didn't plan on being there, but was prepared to paint just in case!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

sundial

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This little eyeshadow case that I converted into a watercolour palette is wonderful. It really enables me to sit and paint anywhere and at any time. 
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
Here is the location picture -

Saturday, July 04, 2015

open into


Another painting from Riverdale Farm, my new favourite place to paint.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.
And the on site photo...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

pizza oven...mmm!


I spent the day at the lovely Riverdale Farm which was originally the Toronto Zoo. This lovely stone pizza oven heats up yummy pizzas on Sundays at noon!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"matt.
Here I am on site painting it with my eyeshadow case watercolour kit.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Sketchbook Project

Here are a few pages from my sketchbook that I made for The Sketchbook Project. It is an art gallery in Brooklyn, New York that has sketchbooks from all over the world, from floor to ceiling. Proud to be part of it. Also, they have a bookmobile for the sketchbooks to travel the world! Here's the link to my sketchbook, all 30 pages! Big thanks to those that click on it. : )

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

reflections

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This week's Daily Paintwork's Reflections Challenge. It was nice to paint a landscape for a change, and a moody sky too. : )
$40 - 5x7"watercolour painting

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A few portraits

Here are a few watercolour portraits from my last Life Drawing Session. The model was wonderful, but hard to capture. These short poses, about 5-10 minutes, were drawn with pencil, then I added watercolour to the shadow side, trying to keep it all one interesting shape. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Quickposes

I received my Certificate for 10 hours of gesture drawing from Quickposes today! It's a wonderful website that has photos that you can draw from. Of course, drawing from life is preferred, but it's not always manageable. So, quickposes.com is a great alternative. You can choose to draw nude, costume, male, female, both, hands or feet, then select a time interval from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. The program switches images for you as you sit and draw. If you sign in you can accumulate drawing time and they send you a certificate.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

peaceful morning


I am very happy with the simplicity in this painting. I wanted to capture the peacefulness I experience while cycling early in the morning. 
5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Friday, June 05, 2015

on the same wavelength


This is the watercolour demo I recently did for the wonderful Don Valley Art Club. They invited me to their artist's night to talk about my art and do a painting demonstration. I talked about the importance of daily practise. It went well and I had lots of support from fellow artist friends in the crowd.
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

life drawing session

A few pages from my last life drawing session. Short poses in pencil and one long pose in watercolour. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

a pear, a cup and a pair


Stayed inside on this rainy day and painted this fresh little number!
$50 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

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.