Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bendy Straw-Berry

$60 - 6x9"original watercolour with 9x12" mat.
It's a long weekend. Yippee and Yummy!
I hope you all find some creative time this weekend.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sketchbook Portraits

I've been drawing a lot this year, mostly with 6B pencil and some charcoal with chalk. Here are a few 8x10" pages of portraits from my sketchbooks. : ) 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

winter walk

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

One of my favourite streets. I've walked it many many times and watched it change dramatically through the variations of the seasons. But, the trees are always there, standing proud.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


$100 - 9x12"original watercolour painting

Well, good 'ole watercolour, always demanding a big decision for the background. At least that's the challenge for me. I left the top right corner free of the wallpaper pattern and I'm very happy with the negative space. As always, the hair was a treat to paint! ; )

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

winter friend

$80 - original 8x10"watercolour painting

This red fox is showing off his distinctive dark pointy ears and lovely long profile. : )

Sunday, February 04, 2018

subtle style

$60 - 6x9"original watercolour painting with 9x12"mat

The reference for this painting was from the awesome sktchy app. It is a wonderful free source that has lots of portraits to choose from. Check out the home page of paintings and then just swipe right to see the original photo. It's very inspiring and really cool to see what artists have done. : )

Friday, February 02, 2018

makin' shadows!


This is a little cartoon I've had in my head for a few years. It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to get it onto paper this year! 
; )

Thursday, February 01, 2018

February's Flower

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

February's flower is the lovely purple violet. A fresh small flower for a fresh cool season.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


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

A burst of flowers for the end of January. Already anticipating spring...!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

crush on you

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

Soda Pop Cans are so fun and colourful. I really love painting them. It's an original subject for a still life I know, but just goes to show, everything wants to be painted! ; )

Sunday, January 21, 2018

portrait in progress... or finished portrait.

16x20"original watercolour painting

Well, at our Sunday portrait session at the Don Valley Art Club, a fellow artist wore this lovely scarf over her head. I intended to paint it however, since each sitting is only 25 minutes, I didn't get to it in time. Now I'm not sure if I should paint it. I love the painting as it is. Then again, the scarf was quite beautiful and I have a photo to work. But, it's never the same as from life. Hmmm. Thoughts?
; )

Thursday, January 18, 2018

little friend

 $60 - 8x10" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
Ready to frame.

It's the Year of the Dog. What a wonderful excuse to paint this soulful eyes of this little Daschund.
Here's a close up - 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

orange glow

$80 - original 8x10"watercolour painting

This lovely life model had a beautiful stillness about her, that I hope I captured. I was a bit nervous when I chose the lime green contrasting background but now I'm glad I went for it. ; )

Thursday, January 11, 2018

boxer booties

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
This little boxer is leading the way! He's enjoying his walk in the snow while wearing his little red dog boots.  : )
Here's a detail - 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Monday's Model

$80 - 8x10"original watercolour painting
Yesterday's model was just lovely. It was our first week back in the new year and it was a great way to kick things off. Here are a few details of her portrait and hair. Hair is tricky! Big brush, confident strokes and leave it alone! ; )

Thursday, January 04, 2018

a friendly face

$80 - 8x10"original watercolour painting

When I saw this face I knew I had to paint him. I really enjoyed painting his green yellow eyes and all of that mane. I didn't realize that the farther back the mane goes, the darker it gets. Such a beautiful animal. Ferocious, yet such a warm likeable face. 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

a couple of sketchbook pages

 Today, with my 8x10" sketchbook, I finished a page of little pencil portraits.
And over the holidays, I had fun sketching some elephants. (Baby elephants are so frickin' cute!)

Monday, January 01, 2018

january's flower - the carnation

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

Happy New Year. 
January's lovely flower is the carnation, a wonderful soft flower to bring in the new year. Wishing you all a healthy and creative year.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Somersaulting Santa!

Santa's on his way! 
Happy Holidays to you all 
have a Wonderful Creative New Year!
See you in January. : )

Friday, December 22, 2017

sharing a piece of chocolate cake

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

It's the holidays! I spent my first afternoon off at a cafe, drinking a hot chocolate and drawing some people. These two lovely women took a break from shopping to share a piece of chocolate cake. : )

Sunday, December 17, 2017

the bus home

8x10" original watercolour
This is a work in progress. I kinda like the white left in the background but I haven't decided if the piece is balanced. This isn't a painting of me, but it feels like me, as a university student heading home for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

purple tresses

 $80 - original 8x10" watercolour painting
I've been experimenting with my new Fude fountain pen. It's got a bent nib!
The nib allows you to move sideways across the paper with a thick strong line. It's actually quite heavy to hold, but it's wonderful. I got it on amazon. It's called The Duke.
The ink I used was not waterproof, so it's a bit tricky adding watercolour. It's from Scriptus '17 which is a Pen and Writing show held every year here in Toronto. The Confederation Brown was this show's handmade specialty ink. It's beautiful. It's olive green when drawing with it then a slight brown warmth emerges when it gets wet. Lovely stuff.
I believe waterproof ink in a fountain pen can cause it to clog up the nib, due to the shellac that is in it (which makes it waterproof). So, it was challenging to add water and colour to this free flowing ink. Fun though.
I got the photo ref from the awesome app called Sktchy.

Monday, December 11, 2017

guess where I hid it...

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
This little Jack Russell may have hidden his toy in a place you'll never think to look. The question is, will he remember where it is!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

cute bangs

On Sunday, at the awesome Don Valley Art Club portrait session, I got about half way with this one. I thought, just get the drawing right in the 25 minutes we have, since I can always finish painting it at home. Usually, as is the exercise, I try to completely finish the painting in the allotted 25 minutes.
I am very happy with the finished portrait. However, despite having a photo to work from at home, I really think finishing the painting from life at DVAC is the better choice. I think some slight kind of energy or freshness escaped the portrait. So, for now, I'll finish from life whether I have 25 minutes or 3 hours... ; )