Wednesday, January 17, 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... ; )

Sunday, December 03, 2017

true stripes

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

The pleasure of being an artist is being introduced to all the subtlties in life like... I never noticed the white blobs on tigers ears until I painted one. Wild cats markings are truly marvellous! The stripes were a joy to discover and paint. This guy has big meaty paws, one of the few ways to tell a male from a female. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

can you spot me ten bucks?

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
This title, which my sister came up with, cracks me up. 
It was wonderful to create dark colourful blobs with soft and hard edges, sometimes on dry paper, sometimes on wet, when painting this spotted friend. The spots are blue, brown and purple. 
Lately I've been drawing wild cats. Here are some lioness'.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Portraits at Todmorden Mills Gallery

The Don Valley Art Club show at Todmorden Mills Gallery ends this weekend. Last chance. ; ) 
We spent our Sunday portrait session at the Gallery instead of our usual studio. It was wonderful and challenging to be in this new setting. The space includes an auditorium so, during intermission, many of the audience members wandered past us as we plugged away at our 25 minute portrait sessions. It was great to combine all the arts together. The Don Valley Art Club is my faaaaaavourite art group in Toronto!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rudolph Cards!

4 handpainted cards with 4 envelopes for $20! 
(plus $3 shipping). 
Please consider 7 business days for shipping.
Prices US dollars. Toronto friends email me. ; ) 

Drawn with pen and painted with watercolour, each 4x5"Rudolph card is one of a kind. I've been painting these cards for 3 years now and selling them at annual X-mas art shows. This year I decided to offer them online. 
This item is seasonal. Envelope colour may vary.
Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Toronto East Rotary Arts and Crafts Show 2017

Yesterday was the 6th Toronto East Rotary Arts and Crafts Sale show for me, and the 8th running. 
Here's my table with many small original watercolours and my one-long-line drawings in colourful frames.
Also, me with my lucky Koala pin on!
The one-long-line drawings had a dog walking theme this year. I start with a big dot and then see where the line takes me.
Also, my hand drawn cards and my annual Rudolph Cards
People are always thrilled by the concept of the one-long-line drawings so they, and Rudolph, did well. Otherwise.... a slow show this year. Nonetheless, I'm already looking forward to next year's show. : )

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).