Sunday, February 26, 2017

Red Prairie Lillies

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

I am continuing to work through all the provincial flowers of Canada in celebration of Canada150. These beautiful red and orange lilies can be found across the prairies of Saskatchewan.
All paintings are now for sale through Daily Paintworks. : )

Friday, February 24, 2017

7th out of 60!

I am thrilled to announce that my blog... this blog(!), received 7th place out of 60 watercolour blogs. Super Duper Happy about it. : )
Here's the LINK to check it out. There are lots of wonderful watercolour groups and individual artists on the list. I'm still going through them all! Very inspired. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

tigre

$60 - 7x5"painting in 10x8"mat, ready to frame!
I enjoyed painting this green eyed girl!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Portrait of Helen

I began this watercolour portrait at my last Life Drawing Session. There is never enough time... so I didn't quite finish. I was able to complete it at home while looking in a mirror and, as a result, Helen ended up looking a bit like me!
8x10"watercolour painting

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meerkats! - YouTube sketching videos

I've posted 4 quick videos (about 1 minute each) of me sketching on my YouTube Channel. Click here to see the others!
This is one of my favourites, of two meerkats! Enjoy.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Toronto Watercolour Society Portrait Demo

I had a great time at the Toronto Watercolour Society meeting last night. The awesome and hilarious Brian Smith did a portrait demo for us, with a big screen projecting his work. : )

Monday, February 06, 2017

NWT Mountain Avens

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

I painted these Mountain Avens, which are the provincial flower for the Northwest Territories in Canada, in celebration of Canada150! 



Sunday, February 05, 2017

1 minute video of me sketching

Recently, while at a cafe, I made a little video of myself sketching with a 6B pencil.
I can't seem to get the video to upload here... so click the link and you can check it out on my instagram page! 
https://www.instagram.com/noramacphailart/
It's also on my Facebook page. Meanwhile, I'll figure out how to make the clip file smaller so blogger will accept it next time, since I plan to do more!  : p

Friday, February 03, 2017

Alberta Wild Rose

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

It's Canada's 150 Birthday this year! So, I thought I'd paint some provincial flowers. I started with Alberta, the province I grew up in.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Golden Rule

I love painting animals!!
I drew this with a charcoal pencil then added lots of watery watercolour!
11x14"
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sheila in Blue

This piece is from my first session back in portraits. Took a while to find my way again! I'm excited to see where my pursuit of portrait painting will take me this year!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

bird's-eye view

SOLD
$40 USD - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
I saw these two cuties on pixabay, a site that has plenty of awesome free photos to work with, and they just spoke to me. I thought, hmm, I'm in the mood to paint birds. : )

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Monday, January 23, 2017

sunny disposition

$60 - 7x5"painting with 10x8"mat

It's always interesting to paint dark colours in watercolour. Here, I decided to contrast some white flowers with a dark vase. I threw the clementines in there for a mid-value. : )
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Friday, January 20, 2017

at peace

$60 - 7x5"painting with 10x8"mat.
I love painting flowers! Trying to see the well defined shapes while keeping the abstract quality of them is always a welcome challenge. These pretty pink ones arranged themselves into the vase so easily, hence the title. : )
close ups here-

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

sharing

$60 - 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat
I never tire of painting people at cafes. The goal is always to find two people who have interesting body language because they are actually taking and listening to each other, as opposed to people on their computers and phones. Not always easy to find these days. 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hand Studies with Tiggs and Elly

I found some new cute finger puppets which I've named Tiggs and Elly. ; ) This is a continuation of a hand studies series I started some time ago. I'm happy to be back at it. 
: )
Close ups - 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Toronto Watercolour Society - John B. Aird Gallery

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Toronto Watercolour Society art show last night. The show is on all week! It's at the John B. Aird Gallery at 900 Bay (at Wellesley) until the end of the month! 

Monday, January 09, 2017

sheri's shoulders

Today's life drawing model was absolutely amazing! She is very long limbed and often stood with her shoulders on an extreme angle. Not sure I got them right here, although her left should really was that high... Still very happy with it. : )

Friday, January 06, 2017

shoes on the line

$40 - 6x8"painting with 8x10"mat.

This cold weather has me missing summer... and I always thought these shoes hanging on the clothesline were kinda cute. : )

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

bearly

$80 - 8x10"painting
For this piece, I toned the watercolour paper with a wash of grey/pink first. I've been wanting to work on toned paper for awhile so, I made it a New Year's Resolution. : )

Monday, January 02, 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

last hurrah

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Well, this is the last hurrah, or at least the last still life set up for the year. The group I paint with doesn't reconvene until the new year. Hopefully, I'll set up some small still lifes on my own over the holidays. : )
$80 - 8x10"watercolour painting

here are some close ups -