Tuesday, September 19, 2017

to make a short story longer

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

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

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat, ready to frame!
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

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

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

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

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. : )

Sunday, August 27, 2017

horse gestures

Having a blast with pencil, drawing these horse gestures! I spent some time reviewing horse anatomy, from one of my favourite animal drawing books by Jack Hamm called "How to Draw Animals". Then, with the help of free images from pixabay, I drew as many as I could, as fast as I could. : )

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

run on home

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

This little guy only paused for a moment, looked back in curiosity, then continued to run on home.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

there's something'...

I'm very happy with this portrait, done from life last week. It's not quite a likeness but I captured somethin'.... I think I got the intensity that the model was putting out there. He didn't just sit, daydreaming or getting bored. Being an artist himself, he knew how to give us painters an interesting energetic, although still, pose. : ) 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

portrait study of a friendly face

11x14" original watercolour painting

It's been a very busy summer so, I haven't been painting as much as I'd like. However, on Sunday, I managed to make it over to the Don Valley Art Club for the portrait session. I was happy to capture this 25 minute study of a fellow artist, and a friendly face. : )

Sunday, August 13, 2017

the brook

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

It turns out that the James Gardens in Toronto is quite the hidden gem! A bunch of us from the Don Valley Art Club went painting there on Saturday only to discover hidden brooks, a beautiful duck pond, and lots of frogs and turtles. The place is a painters dream.
Here's a pic of my paintbox with my watercolour palette in it and a 6x8" watercolour pad bulldog clipped to it. I've done a lot of plein-air painting and urban sketching in this trusty little box. 
; )

Monday, August 07, 2017

Berczy Park's cat

8x10" watercolour
I spent Saturday with the Toronto Urban Sketchers over at Berczy Park. The city just finished renovating the triangular park. About 30 life size dog statues now surround, and swim in, the three tier fountain. As well, there is one cat. That's what the girl in my painting is looking at. I think I'll boost up the colour and line of the foreground cat so she's a little bit more noticeable. ; )
In the last photo the fountain turned on, which was a nice sudden surprise! We really wished it was on when we first got there... a good reason to go back and paint it again.

Friday, August 04, 2017

cut through

$60 - 6x8"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.

I love this little passage way. I've been meaning to paint it for awhile and today I got the chance. : )

Thursday, July 27, 2017


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

I saw this scene on my way home, as I was cutting down my favourite little lane. I stopped and drew it, although the man and his dog were long gone, putting them in from memory. They were both so cute. I'm sure the man enjoyed giving his dog the treat as much as the dog enjoyed receiving it. ; )

Monday, July 24, 2017

One Handed Palette and Water Holder!

My new watercolour palette and water cup holder. I saw one of these on Urban Sketchers, so I decided to make my own. : )
I got an inexpensive plastic corrugated board from the hardware store and flipped it over to use the back. I got plastic (not cardboard) so that it's WATERPROOF.
The water cup MUST have a lip on it. (dollar store)
Position the cup where you want it and trace it with a sharpie. Trace the BOTTOM of it! Make sure the hole is smaller than the lip.

I decided to cut a shape for the thumb hole on my palette too. (This is optional if you don't use a thumb hole.) A bulldog clip can hold your palette to the board.
 Ready to cut...
Cut with an X-acto knife. Ready to assemble...
I pushed the cup in only half way. Then added a bull dog clip, just for a little extra reinforcement. : )
 Don't forget the lid!
The space between the cup and palette holds an extra brush. 
All done. And my thumb fits into the hole perfectly so I can hold the board with one hand. This will work perfectly while I stand, or sit, when painting in life classes, urban sketching or plein-air painting. It's nice and light. Can't wait to try it out!
I've left an extra bit on the right so that I can clip a cloth/paper towel there.  Happy Painting Everyone!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

quiet morning

$60 - 6x8" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
The Toronto Music Garden is an awesome place to paint. It was designed by the famous cellist Yo Yo Ma! The Don Valley Art Club Plein-Air Painters spent Saturday there. We couldn't go wrong with the boats to paint, the benches to sit on, the shade of the many trees, and the near by Starbucks loo.  ; )
Here is a pic of my paintbox set up. When I got home, I decided to close off the corner of the painting by adding the tree in the top right.