Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dogs and Cats and Shows!

Here are a few pages I just finished in my sketchbook. ; )
I've been crazy busy preparing for the Don Valley Art Club Show, which opens this Wednesday, and my Saturday Arts and Crafts Show. However, I always find time for some drawing. 
Here are the show evites again. Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Arts and Crafts Sale!

It's that time again, in just a few Saturdays, for the arts and crafts show at Chester and Danforth, in Toronto. Lots of vendors with lots of wonderful handmade objects, all at affordable prices!
My table is on the main floor by the windows. This is my 6th year participating. Come by, say Hi and see my art in person!!
Saturday Nov. 18th
310 Danforth Ave. (near Chester and the Carrot Common).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Watercolour Portrait Sketch

Here's another piece I did during the Janet Rogers workshop. My goal for the three days was to see shapes. I'm a line and colour artist and, knowing how important it is to be able to make a clean decisive shape, I stuck with the program. ; )

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Janet Rogers Workshop was wonderful!

Here are two quick sketches I painted during a wonderful 3 day workshop with the lovely watercolour artist Janet Rogers. We used 140lb Arches Cold Pressed, which I haven't used in years, since I use the slippery Hot Pressed paper. It was wonderful to get back to it however, I think I'll stick with HP since it takes pencil drawings so nicely. ; )

Friday, October 20, 2017


$60 - 7x5"original watercolour painting with 10x8"mat.

The tennis ball toss game never ends with this little guy. ; )

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

portrait study

I found some time to get back to portraits on Sunday at our weekly portrait session. The 3/4 angle is such a tough one... because of the far eye... I'm still working this angle out. 
; )

Monday, October 16, 2017

a reason to be proud

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to pop into a frame!
There's lots of anticipation for this beauty to arrive at the distant waiting crowd.
; )
And here's the initial drawing, before I added watercolour. : )

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

free lunch

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Turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch! This hungry girl is enjoying the last of the season's flowers.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

rosie glow

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I really relaxed into the pen markings with this one. ; )

Saturday, October 07, 2017

just calm

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with acid-free 8x10"mat.

It's cloudy today so my mood took me in this direction. I'm trying to respond to the colours, which I put down first, when adding the simple pen lines. Previously, I've always drawn before painting and this reverse process is really stretching my artist muscles.

Friday, October 06, 2017

sun mountain

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

I'm really enjoying making beautiful colourful washes, that only watercolour can make, with a new pad of cold-pressed paper. I'm still devoted to the hot-pressed that I've used for years but, to be honest, it doesn't take washes well. However, it does keep the incredible vibrancy of watercolours. I started watercolour painting with cold-pressed, as most artist do, and it's a treat revisiting it! 
; )

Thursday, October 05, 2017

pink trees

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I was creating watercolour washes on some new paper and the next thing I knew, this happened! I'm super happy with it and I'm super duper excited about a new direction in my work. : )

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat.
I found this awesome free reference photo at Pixabay. 
For InkTober I've been painting animals and that means painting from photos, which has it's pros and cons. Otherwise all my work is painted from life. 
The bonus is, finding a fun photo like this!
; )

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


$60 - 7x5"original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat!

Well, Inktober Day 3 and the prompt word is poison! Since I'm on an animal kick I thought this spotted creature was a good choice. Careful... he's angry! 
; )

Monday, October 02, 2017


$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame!
Day 2 of Inktober and the prompt word is 'divided'. This little critter is divided in markings as well as in a cuteness/smelly way! 😉

Sunday, October 01, 2017


$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame.
Well, Inktober 2017 is underway and the first day's prompt word is 'swift'. I think this little cutie charging through the flowers makes for a running start!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

antelope sketchbook page

Here's my Antelope study page from my sketchbook, done in mechanical and 6B pencils. The rings on their horns are quite fascinating and more defined than I previously thought. It's fun doing these studies before venturing into a painting. I like the free images website called Pixabay. : )
Other news.... Inktober starts soon!

Friday, September 22, 2017

lunch for 3

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I drew these 3 guys with a strong gestural ink line then added a wash of colourful watercolour paint. I was very selective about what I left white. I wanted to do something a bit different and I'm very happy with the end design. : )

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

to make a short story longer

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About 20 fellow Urban Sketchers and I went to a downtown park, with an outdoor cafe, for our last sketch outing. There are many urban sketchers groups and ours, called TOUSK (Toronto Urban Sketchers) is fantastic. Very friendly, very supportive and run by a wonderful ambitious woman named Marie-Judith. We meet up about twice a month. 
Here are a few photos of my painting kit.
The people in my cafe scenes don't look too much like real life, because of my style, and just in case it offends them. I save trying to get a likeness for my portraits. Also, I changed the colour of their clothes... to brighten things up. : )
I added a couple in the background, with soft cool colours.
That's me. Duh.

Friday, September 15, 2017

on the lookout

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This little guy is looking right at you, and he likes what he sees! 
; )

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sketchbook - Rabbits!!

Sketchbook page of rabbits! 
I used two pencils for this page. I just discovered the Faber-Castell Jumbo 9000 6B pencil which is quite smooth and dark. I love it. It's the green one on top of the second pencil, a .07mm mechanical. I blocked in with the mechanical pencil  then just went for it with the dark Jumbo pencil. : )

Monday, September 11, 2017

last of the summer days

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Well, the first day of fall is around the corner, and the late summer sun casts beautiful shadows through the kitchen window. : )

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

kid stuff

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This playful kid might know more than you think... ; )
I had such a blast painting this baby goat, with his little horns, hairy ears and his cheeky grin.

Monday, September 04, 2017

prairie ride

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"acid-free mat. : )
This painting symbolizes freedom, depicted through a rider galloping across the open prairies. 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Horse Anatomy

Thanks to my two favourite animal drawing books, I've got my horse anatomy figured out. It's been a few weeks of hard work, filling sketchbooks with horse drawings while studying bones and muscles and thinking about how they move. I'm now confident I've got a handle on it. So, moving onto horse paintings. : )