Friday, August 28, 2015

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

 For those of you that have been following my progress or watched me as I was painting at Tastes of the Hill last weekend here is the finished painting.

 Mischief and Giggles, Fun and Love, That's What Little Boys are made of. This young child has found a snail and is seeing how well he can walk the tightrope. It's a long way down!   

This was a lot of fun to paint. Hopefully it brings back memories of when you, a sibling or your children were young and would get up to mischief. If you have any stories, I would love to hear them.


Monday, August 24, 2015

News News News!

Yesterday I worked on my current painting at 'Tastes of the Hill'  a large Richmond Hill event. It was a fun day with lots of interest in my work.  One of my blog readers Diane  stayed quite a while watching the progression so Chris snapped this photo of the two of us together. Thank you to everyone who popped by to see me work. It was lovely to be able to share a snippet of how I work with you all.

Today was both a sad and happy day for the Teds. It was take down day  for the exhibition at the Aurora Public Library. Many of the staff were sorry to see the Teds leave but two of the paintings have sold and  were collected today by their very happy owner Jody.

Its amazing to think that 12 of the 24 Ted paintings have now sold and live in their new homes in various parts of the world. I have just released the remaining paintings so if you are interested in any of them please let me know. Here is the link to the Ted Gallery page  Click on any small picture or title to find out the price of each remaining painting.

Lastly I am honoured to have my painting on the home page of the Transparent Watercolour society of America's website at the moment. Thank you TWSA!

Have a great week


Friday, August 21, 2015

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails WIP 2

I have now finished the face and background and I will be working on this larger than life size painting at 'Tastes of the Hill' on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill on Sunday from 11am-8pm.

For those of you too far away to visit me on Sunday... Any guesses what he is going to be looking at? There's a big clue in the title (smile)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails WIP 1

I thought you would enjoy seeing the amusing expression that has been appearing on my paper over the last couple of days.

This is just part of a new watercolour that I am working on. The face is larger than life in size which makes such a pleasant change from all the tiny faces I have recently been doing where every tenth of a millimeter counts. I still have a little more work to do defining his facial features but his expression is defintitely beginning to develop that mischievious look I am after.


Sunday, August 16, 2015


Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see me painting at Aurora Public Library for Doors Open Aurora. Here is my finished painting:


The small furry bear ‘Incriminate-Ted’ who was caught stealing maple syrup has been Incarcerate-Ted! The judge said the bear’s actions were “selfishly gluttonous” as he sentenced the small bear to 2 years in prison.

Poor Incarcerate-Ted is feeling blue and needs your help!!! Do you agree with the judges decision? If you don’t please either let me know a really clever case for appeal or an ingenious way for him to escape captivity so we can get him out of prison.  

Will Ted be ‘ Vindicate-Ted’ ‘Bust-Ted’ ? It’s up to you.  Let me know your ideas.

Thank you Patricia Duke for taking this photo of me painting at the library and sending it to me.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Doors Open Aurora

I will be painting a brand new 'Ted' painting at the Aurora Public Library this Saturday (August 15th) as part of Doors Open Aurora. Come and see me paint and meet some of the real Teds that star in my paintings. Its a must for both the young and the 'young at heart'.

The Ted in this publicity photo will be the star of the watercolour I will be painting and will definitely be putting in an appearance with me on Saturday. I wonder what will happen to him next?

 For my followers who live too far away to come and find out on Saturday, I promise I will post the finished painting as soon as I can.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

People's Choice Award: Transparent Watercolor Society of America 2015 Exhibition

I had a wonderful phone call this morning from Mary Ellen Segraves, the TWSA Awards Chair to tell me that my painting 'Acceso' won the People's Choice award in the exhibition this year.

Getting a People's Choice Award from such a large, well attended exhibition such as TWSA is so exciting. I am beyond thrilled that so many people were touched by the painting and voted for it.

Thank you everyone!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Love makes the world go round

If love makes the world go round,
 when we are together
it spins a little faster

I wonder what dance they are dancing as they are spinning around? A waltz maybe?  or something faster? What do you think?

Transparent Watercolour 32 inches by 22 inches on Arches 140lb cold press paper.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mississippi Watercolor 2015 Grand National Exhibition

Very happy to have received this e mail yesterday

'Congratulations!! Our juror, Paul Jackson, has selected your painting, Midnight Blues, to hang in the Mississippi Watercolor 2015 Grand National Exhibition to be held at the Arts Center of Mississippi located at 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS 39201 from October 5, 2015 through November 22, 2015. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WIP Love makes the world go round

I am going with an old time theme for my next music series painting. My inspiration is the 1966 song by Deon Jackson 'Love makes the world go round'. Of course back in 1966 people listened to their music on a record player so I wanted to encorporate a suggestion of one into my background. I thought it would be a fun 'stage' for my dancers to perform on as well as mirroring their spinning movement.

This is just a quick photo of my progress. The colours are not totally accurate and the graduation of colour in the real painting looks much smoother but hopefully the photo will give you an idea of my progress so far.

 Tomorrow I will start working on the dancers in the painting.  It will be a challenge to capture the sense of movement in their clothing.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Splash 16: Exploring Texture

Little 'Incriminate-Ted' is so excite-ted to see that he is on p41 of North Light Books Splash 16: Exploring Texture. He is busily practicing his autograph techniques right now so asked me to let you know that the book is now available from the link below

Seriously, I am so honoured to have this painting included in this book alongside so many awesome artists. I can't wait to get my copy. 


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flight of the Imagination

I really enjoy creating imaginative paintings such as this but I am now struggling to think of a title.
'Flight of the imagination'? This was the only idea I had. Let me know if you think of any good ideas.

Even after many hours painting this the baby's delighted expression still makes me smile.


Saturday, July 4, 2015


It's been a while since I have painted a larger portrait so I decided to give this one a go. I really enjoyed bringing her joyful face and soft fine baby hair to life on the paper. I still have a lot to paint before this watercolour is finished including a little more hair but it looks very much like I will be watched as I do so. Any guess what this young child might be so surprised and delighted about?


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 36th Annual International Juried Exhibition Acceptance

I was very pleased to find out today that my painting 'Journey' has been accepted into the The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 36th Annual International Juried Exhibition.

There is a full list of all the accepted artists on the PWS website. Looks like Juror of selection Iain Stewart has put together a great show. The exhibition will take place At the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, 38 W. Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013 from September 25 – November 13, 2015


Thursday, June 18, 2015


10 of my Ted series paintings are now on display at the Aurora Public Library, 15145 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M. The exhibition will be there until August 24th and will be open each day except Sundays and bank holidays during regular library opening hours.

Here are a couple of photo's that the library took of me with a few of the Ted paintings to use for their publicity

 This is the promotional video that was created by the library.  I was asked to talk about the idea behind the series as a whole and about a few of the paintings themselves.

I hope if you are close enough you will be able to visit the exhibition.