Saturday, May 20, 2017

a few more

$80 - 8x10"original watercolour painting
"mixed colours" above and "resting warrior" below are both from longer poses during two different life drawing classes. I'm trying to achieve an interesting line with lots of colour, and I think this same palette choice works with the two very different poses. 
$30 - 8x10"original watercolour painting on 90lb paper.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


$60- 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's another piece from my last figure drawing session. Same model, same palette. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

criss cross

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
I'm finding my way during figure painting classes lately with a rose and olive watercolour palette. Since the poses are quick and I'm working 'on the fly', I find deciding on the paper size and the colours I'm going to use, before the class starts, gives me the opportunity to just concentrate on getting an interesting line then putting in select values.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

side by side

$60 - 6x8" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
The challenge today was making a nice rich dark background to help the yellow daisies pop. Also, my side lighting was quite strong, so I tried to match the glow it created. Lots of learning still going on. 
Also, just a reminder, I do make a serious effort to insure that my paintings are as true to colour on the computer screen as they are in real life. 

Friday, May 12, 2017


$30 - 9x12" original watercolour painting on 90lb paper.

Today's life model was full of energy when posing for short poses. I think I captured his spark in this charcoal drawing as he whizzed around from pose to pose. Then I added splashes of turquoise, purple and red.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

reaching sphere

$80 - 8x10"watercolour original painting
I tried out a new palette during my life drawing class this week. I added olive green, a colour I rarely use, to balance the soft pinks. For this pose, the model held a blue ball which contrasted wonderfully with my red green palette. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

true to your word

$150 - 11x14" original watercolour painting
I almost named this piece 'red sweater' since that is what first jumped out at me when the model sat under the spotlight. But in the end, it was her expression that I liked. In fact, I'm very happy that I stopped painting the sweater when I did, since any more of it could have dominated the whole piece.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Portrait in Profile


Still plugging away at portrait painting on Sundays. : )
Profiles are really challenging and I think rarely done. The most famous one is probably Whistler's mother. Or, it's the first one I can visualize easily. Profile are kind of harsh and, since it's not the way we look at each other, they don't seem to capture the person as we know them. Still, I'm happy with the result.
I drew this one, took a pic of it with my iPhone, then painted it in watercolour.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

the road less travelled

$60 - 5x7"watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
I created this painting based on sketches of trees in my sketchbook. So, I guess that makes it my first imaginary landscape. I concentrated on reproducing the trees interesting shapes then added lots of cobalt violet and splatters!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

to long friendships

$100 - 8x10" original watercolour painting

These flowers fell together like an old bunch of friends. 
I love the little brown cup, which I've had it for some time and painted before. I'd forgotten about it and, stumbling across it this morning, I though small pink flowers would look cute in it.
: )

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

just a stone's throw away

$60 - 5x7" watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
This is the first time I've put stones in my still life set up. I love the dark and light contrast as well as the texture differences.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

some sketches

Here are a few recent sketches. Two are drawn with 6B pencil and the middle one is a watercolour with no drawing first. Just went for it with pink and green paint, which is very rare for me. I don't normally use much green in faces, but after doing that piece, I've added green to my palette.
N.B. I am away for a short vacation. : ) All purchased paintings will be shipped on Tuesday April 25th. Thanks for your patience. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

a subtle hint

$100 - 6x11"watercolour painting
A few white buds amongst some strong pink friends.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

spring forward

$60 - 5x7"watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
Happy Easter Weekend Everybody.
I painted this Hydrangea up close and personal. : ) They are such a beautiful flower and quite fascinating before they completely bloom.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

older and wiser

The title of this painting doesn't just refer to the model... it refers to me as an artist too. ; )
8x10"watercolour painting.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

at your side

$80 - 6x8"watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
Flowers have such a beautiful abstract quality. They really are a joy to paint. And this turquoise vase is one of my favourites.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

just a touch of a smile

Well, this is my first attempt at painting teeth. Since the models can't hold a smile for 25 minutes, a lot of my finished paintings are of serious looking people. During this portrait session, the model just naturally held her mouth slightly open. It was a welcome challenge! In the future, I'd like to paint portraits for people other than models, and they won't all be serious. So, I'd better start practising painting teeth... 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

the other half of it

$80 - 8x10"original watercolour painting
I used the same objects but in a different configuration for this one. Drawing with charcoal pencil is great. It's a bit sticky and gets even darker and smudgier (!) when it gets wet. : ) So it just doesn't allow for a 'tight' drawing. 

Monday, April 03, 2017

lost and found

$100 - 8x10"watercolour painting
I've been doing a lot of drawing lately however, I'm a bit worried about tightening up as a result. So, I enjoy this still life for it's loose-goosey quality. : )

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Daily Paintworks!!

I've now got all of my paintings for sale over at Daily Paintworks!

I was with Etsy, but the site is a bit clumsy and complicated to manuveur. Etsy makes everyone sign in, create a password and have an account. Ugg.

At Daily Paintworks, a simple click on the PayPal button and you're good to go! No signing in required. You can register if you want, they have lots of amazing artists to check out, or you can just put in your shipping region/country and make your purchase. : )

I think my clients and I will be much happier at DPW with a simple PayPal/Credit button!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sketchbook - animal pages

My March sketchbook is filling up nicely. I love to draw draw draw, but it doesn't leave much time to paint paint paint! ; )

Thursday, March 23, 2017

close bunch of friends

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These pink flowers fell easily into the vase like a close bunch of friends.  I loooove painting flowers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Here are a few pages from my March sketchbook. 
I use 6B pencil or .07mm mechanical pencil, depending on my mood that day. Except for the last page, I drew the portraits from life. 
I used to draw everything on newsprint, because the inexpensive paper kept my drawings loose. But now I've got random saved pieces of newsprint kicking about... 
As of March, I decided to keep a sketchbook. It seems to be forcing me to take more care with my drawings, which is great. I do believe that it's all about the drawing. And, being tight and specific in sketchbooks is helping me draw confidently and loosely when approaching watercolour paper. : )