Wednesday, June 21, 2017

portrait with braids

11x14" original watercolour painting
Last nights portrait session at the awesome Don Valley Art Club was with this lovely model, wearing braids and dressed in orange. Such an expressive wonderful model. It was nice to have a full session to work on it and really see it through, as opposed to short poses and sketching. ; )
Here's the work while in progress -

Sunday, June 18, 2017

the last short pose

$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
It's tricky not to get carried away with a portrait when doing a figure study. I concentrate on the shapes of the face, and not details. That way, the whole piece balances. I think I still caught a subtle expression on her face within the loose style. ; )

Thursday, June 15, 2017

group photo

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

I was aiming for strong contrasts between the white daisy and warm brown vase when I did this daily painting. ​The pink flowers were a nice cool subtle contrast to the single white one. And the little red beads, well they just spice it up. ; )

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

shapes and splatters

$60 - 6x9" original watercolour painting in 9x12"mat
I drew this during a life drawing session, with a strong contour line and added my new favourite palette, pink and olive green. I've been working with these two colours now for awhile, and I'm really liking the way the cool pink plays off the warm green. I then added a few decisive shapes... and not so decisive splatters. ; )

Monday, June 12, 2017

I heart opera pink

$60 - 6x8"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat. 
'Splish splash paint fast' was my philosophy when painting this one. : )

Saturday, June 10, 2017

rocky stream

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

Fellow painters and I spent the day at the wonderful Toronto Botanical Gardens called Edwards Gardens. While under a shady tree, I painted this rocky stream, which was moving quite fast from all the rain we've had. There were about 10 of us from the Don Valley Art Club there and we all had a great sunny day. Below are a few pics of my trusty paintbox. ; )
1/2 way there...

Thursday, June 08, 2017

turquoise splatter

$100 - 8x10"original watercolour painting

It's just so fun adding a few final splatters to encourage that playful look!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

shazam t-shirt

 I finally remembered to take photos of my watercolour process. I drew him with a 6B pencil, which allows for a dark and light contrasty line. I drew him as quickly as I could while still watching for accuracy.
 I always start the drawing and the painting with the face. It seems I need to get that down first before the rest can follow.
 I like emphasizing shadows on the floor to really ground the figure. Without them, the person can look like they're 'floating'.
12x16" - original watercolour painting
Here's the finished product. I did his portrait first (last post) then, realizing how cute his t-shirt was and how interesting his seated body language was, I decided to do this much looser full figure.
And finally, here is a close up of it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

walking man

11x14" original watercolour painting.
I painted this portrait yesterday at a Sunday Painting Workshop. The model went for walks during his break, (every 20 minutes) because it was such a lovely day. So, he returned for each sitting with his cheeks slightly pink. : ) He wore a pink/red shirt so, it all went together nicely.
Here are two more photos, of the drawing and one of the model in the background.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


9x12" original watercolour painting
This fellow was such a treat to paint! I added hints of blue cerulean to contrast with his warm brown and dark coat. Lots and lots of colours mixed in this one. 
Here's a close up of him:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

a few more

$80 - 8x10"original watercolour painting
"mixed colours" above and "resting warrior" below are both from longer poses during two different life drawing classes. I'm trying to achieve an interesting line with lots of colour, and I think this same palette choice works with the two very different poses. 
$30 - 8x10"original watercolour painting on 90lb paper.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


$60- 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
Here's another piece from my last figure drawing session. Same model, same palette. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

criss cross

$60 - 5x7"original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat.
I'm finding my way during figure painting classes lately with a rose and olive watercolour palette. Since the poses are quick and I'm working 'on the fly', I find deciding on the paper size and the colours I'm going to use, before the class starts, gives me the opportunity to just concentrate on getting an interesting line then putting in select values.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

side by side

$60 - 6x8" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
The challenge today was making a nice rich dark background to help the yellow daisies pop. Also, my side lighting was quite strong, so I tried to match the glow it created. Lots of learning still going on. 
Also, just a reminder, I do make a serious effort to insure that my paintings are as true to colour on the computer screen as they are in real life. 

Friday, May 12, 2017


$30 - 9x12" original watercolour painting on 90lb paper.

Today's life model was full of energy when posing for short poses. I think I captured his spark in this charcoal drawing as he whizzed around from pose to pose. Then I added splashes of turquoise, purple and red.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

reaching sphere

$80 - 8x10"watercolour original painting
I tried out a new palette during my life drawing class this week. I added olive green, a colour I rarely use, to balance the soft pinks. For this pose, the model held a blue ball which contrasted wonderfully with my red green palette. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

true to your word

$150 - 11x14" original watercolour painting
I almost named this piece 'red sweater' since that is what first jumped out at me when the model sat under the spotlight. But in the end, it was her expression that I liked. In fact, I'm very happy that I stopped painting the sweater when I did, since any more of it could have dominated the whole piece.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Portrait in Profile


Still plugging away at portrait painting on Sundays. : )
Profiles are really challenging and I think rarely done. The most famous one is probably Whistler's mother. Or, it's the first one I can visualize easily. Profile are kind of harsh and, since it's not the way we look at each other, they don't seem to capture the person as we know them. Still, I'm happy with the result.
I drew this one, took a pic of it with my iPhone, then painted it in watercolour.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

the road less travelled

$60 - 5x7"watercolour painting with 8x10"mat
I created this painting based on sketches of trees in my sketchbook. So, I guess that makes it my first imaginary landscape. I concentrated on reproducing the trees interesting shapes then added lots of cobalt violet and splatters!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

to long friendships

$100 - 8x10" original watercolour painting

These flowers fell together like an old bunch of friends. 
I love the little brown cup, which I've had it for some time and painted before. I'd forgotten about it and, stumbling across it this morning, I though small pink flowers would look cute in it.
: )