Saturday, January 30, 2016

Portrait Pals

At our last portrait drawing session, we did something new! Instead of one artist volunteering to be the portrait model for the night, we got in groups of three and sat for 30 minutes each. It was great to be able to sit so close to the model. We were all (30 artists) very happy with the new plan. : )
9x12"watercolour paintings

Thursday, January 28, 2016

purple puzzle pieces

I painted this wonderful lavender for the Daily Paintworks "Escape the Snow" Challenge. I love the weekly challenge posted on the DPW site, it makes me paint subjects I might not otherwise explore. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

going out for dinner

These two cuties are heading out to their favourite restaurant! ; )
$60 - 5x7"watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

a night out

I'm inside today, where it's toasty warm, painting a lovely Japanese influenced still life. I'm anxious for some snow to fall, so I can get outside and do some plein-air painting. There isn't any point painting out there if it's just cold, and no snow. ; )
$100 - 9x12" watercolour painting

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A few spots left..

There are still a few spots left in my upcoming workshops! Three Thursdays for only $55! We will be doing hand studies, animals and abstracts from sidewalk cracks.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Museum of Inuit Art

I had fun over the weekend doing some Urban Sketching with the Toronto sketchers at the Museum of Inuit Art. They don't allow watercolours, understandably, so I used a Tombow pen. It has a brush on one end and a nib on the other. It is water-soluble so, I added a bit of finger smudge for shading.
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Saturday, January 09, 2016

in earnest

I'll do doing a Watercolour Demo for the North York Visual Artists, here in Toronto, at the end of the month. I will doing a painting of an animal... and so far I think I'll chose a dog. It's a rare subject to see for a demo and I think it will be of interest to the group. Also, this one is 11x14", which is big for me so stickin' with my New Year's Resolution to work bigger. : )

Friday, January 08, 2016

Watercolour Classes - a few spots left!

I'll be teaching Watercolour Classes, here in Toronto, starting in 3 weeks! We'll do classes in Hand Studies, Animals and Abstracts.
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Only $55 for non-members. : )
Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

lilac-breasted roller bird

It's National Bird Day! I chose this colourful lilac-breasted roller bird because it's one of my faves! Both the male and female are this colourful. Also... it just happens to be this year's Pantone Colours of the year, rose quartz & serenity.
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Monday, January 04, 2016

first day back

Well, I tried something new at my Life Drawing Session today. I thought I'd start the year off by switching it up!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

rose quartz & serenity

I painted this for the Daily Paintworks Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 Challenge. This year there was a tie! I love these two colours together.
$60 - 8x10"painting

Friday, January 01, 2016

The mild weather has been wonderful but I'm sure glad it snowed. It's just so fun to paint!
$60 - 8x10"painting
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

over yonder

Well, it finally snowed! After a mild season, I happily woke up to a winter wonderland.
$40 - 4x6"painting with 8x10"mat.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

fine feathered friends

These two are enjoying a little thoughtful conversation after a long holiday break.
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

like one of the family

Started on my New Year's Resolution early this year, which is to work bigger! This one is 11x14", which is big for me. I believe I made the same resolution last year, that got me from 5x7" to 9x12"... we'll see where I am by the end of 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

outside in

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The beautiful facade of the Royal Bank of Canada lives inside a building called Brookfield Place here in Toronto. The whole building is a gorgeous glass spectacle and I hope to go back and draw some more, again with the Toronto Urban Sketchers. My aim here was to add a few faces walking through the scene to add a feeling of height to the composition. 
$80 - 9x12"painting
on site with the Toronto Urban Sketchers

Saturday, December 19, 2015

on holiday

Spent some time at a cafe doing a little people sketching. I used a 6B pencil. Both men were relaxed and I wanted to capture the way they were draped onto their chairs... hence the title of the painting.
Then I added a bit of line work, finding the darks with a Micron Brush pen. After a while, the main fellow put on a scarf which I happily added. 
And of course, I added watercolour. The thing that attracted me to the sketch in the first place was the way the hands, shoe and legs all lined up. It was like a game of Twister! Fun to draw. : )

Thursday, December 10, 2015


This was my final watercolour demo for the wonderful Mississauga Art Club. Magenta pansies, proud and unique!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

sunlit pass

From the GoTrain to PortCredit for my last watercolour teaching class of the year. The red water-soluble pen creates a random wash that encourages a spontaneous look. 
$60 - 8x10"painting

Sunday, December 06, 2015

sunny disposition

You can always count on Sunflowers to brighten up the day!
Thank you to all those that came out to the group art show yesterday. Super successful thanks to art enthusiasts and warm weather!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Friday, December 04, 2015

Art Show Tomorrow

Come by my art table tomorrow and say Hi! Original and Affordable Art.
Landsdowne & Queen, Toronto. 
78 Seaforth, 10-1pm : )

Thursday, December 03, 2015

two for you

This is the demo that I painted for the lovely Mississauga Art Club. The Iris is a flower with such a magnificent shape, a real joy to paint.
$60 - 8x10"painting

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

carry over

During my train ride to the watercolour class I'm teaching, I used a thick Micron artist's pen. It's got a calligraphy nib which is notably fun to use, but conducive to the bumpy ride!
$60 - 8x10"painting

Monday, November 30, 2015

extra butter

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The Daily Paintworks Challenge was a blast this week! So cute. I used the photo supplied and just stretched out the shadows. I never would have painted this subject without the challenge. The popcorn pieces are like little statues. : )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sketching Sidney

I heart donkeys!! They are a bit rough around the edges, kinda unpredictable and they might even dare to bite you. So cute!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

hand studies with Bibo

In class this week we did hand studies. The students brought in small cute objects and designed a page of three hands, trying to get some interesting actions happening. This is the demo I did with a Micron 3 pen, watercolour and my adorable friend Bibo the Koala!
$60 - 9x12"painting
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