Friday, December 09, 2016

past the hot dog stand


The walking while drawing sketches are so fun to do. I just draw what I see, impulsively, and hope it works out. Sometimes it does... sometimes it doesn't. Either way the line is nice and loose. At home, I add fresh watercolour.
; )
5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

quiet thought

8x10" watercolour painting

Still pluggin' away and trying to find my place in the world of portraiture!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

past the music shop

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Another walking and drawing sketch with my Micron purple Brush Pen. I really had to keep the wash of watercolour loose to match the line. I love the originality of this kind of drawing. 
$40 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Willow dale Group of Artists Portrait Session

On Tuesday nights, at the Willowdale Group of Artists, the artists pose for each other for 40 minutes each (two sessions of 20). It's a great way to get lots of portrait practise so, if you belong to an art group, I highly recommend this approach. : ) 
Very happy with this one. Just had to touch up the bottom of his beard with pencil line when I got home.

Monday, November 28, 2016

afternoon stroll

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Well, my new Micron purple Brush Pen is now my new favourite drawing tool. Also, I'm revisiting my 'walking while drawing' idea. If people can text and walk, why can't I draw and walk! ; ) 
$40  - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Here are some close-ups.

Friday, November 25, 2016

slight smile

A second piece from the same life drawing class earlier this week. I'm trying out new watercolour paper which is still the hot-pressed, but it's from Fabriano. It's good because, as usual, the colours sit on top of the paper however, it really won't take a second wash of colour... So, one wash of colour and get out of there! ; )
8x10" watercolour painting

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

short bangs

I painted this at my last figure drawing class. The model was just wonderful!  
8x10"watercolour painting

Monday, November 21, 2016

great show!

Very happy with how my table looked this year. : ) 

Thanks so much to all those that came by and said Hi. And I'm glad the mid-day rain didn't keep away the steady stream of people, and sales. : ) 
And who knew that my Rudolph X-mas cards would be such a hit. 
See you at the same show next year! : )

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

rosy locks


I couldn't resist choosing this picture from the sketchy app, which provides photos to work from, since her pink hair is so cool!
$30 - 6x8"painting

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Arts and Crafts Sale this Saturday

Come on out and see the many vendors, including me, at this years Arts and Crafts Sale! See all my paintings in real life. ; )
310 Danforth Ave. (at Chester), Toronto
10-5pm  Free!

Friday, November 11, 2016

poppy fields

SOLD
I painted these poppies this morning for Remembrance Day.
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

summer reflections

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With all this unseasonal warm weather, I felt like painting a summer scene!
$80 - 8x10"watercolour painting
close ups -

Saturday, November 05, 2016

tea and cinnamon

I drew this while enjoying a tea with cinnamon myself. 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
close ups-


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Robert Library, University of Toronto.

 
On Sunday, the Toronto Urban Sketchers (TOUSK) went out sketching at Robarts Library. This University building is a very interesting structure. In fact, there is a constant discussion amongst Torontonians on whether it's shaped like a turkey, a peacock or a turtle! So, we planned to draw it. Unfortunately very cold weather drove us inside. Well, maybe not 'unfortunately' since I managed to do these sketches. 
Students didn't mind/notice and I don't think there is enough of a resemblance to anyone to cause offence. ; )
I'm one of the TOUSK correspondents. Check out our blog! - here

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Ayala


I thought I'd start November off with this girl!
$150 
5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

man in plaid

6x8"painting
Since I've been so interested in working on portraits lately, painting fabric with patterns, such as plaid, comes into play. Something I'm really looking forward to exploring in future works. 
: )

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

whispers


I managed to squeeze one more pen and wash painting in for Inktober 2016!
$60 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Toronto Watercolour Society Aquavision Fall Show - Bronze Award!

I am very proud to have received the Bronze Award at the Toronto Watercolour Society Aquavision Show today for my "Portrait of Frank!" Super happy about it! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

star-crossed


These two flowers fell into each other as soon as I put them in water, like a couple of star-crossed lovers. ; )
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Inktober Portrait

The great thing about participating in challenges like InkTober is that it forces me out of my comfort zone. The idea is to work in ink everyday for the whole month. So, while in my portrait session, I blocked in with pencil then worked with a 3 micron pen. I never do that and I may not have tried if it wasn't for InkTober! 
From there, I tried something else I haven't done for awhile, which is one colourful wash from top to bottom, on the shadow side only. This approach often allows for lots of colour!
9x12"painting 

in a galaxy far far away

SOLD

I had a blast painting this one! 
$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat

Saturday, October 15, 2016

ponder

For this piece I used pencil, watercolour and my fingernail. ; )
$80 - 6x8"watercolour painting