Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Spectacular on the Hill

'I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and nights when I was six. ' Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

This is a small Pen and Wash I created over the past few days for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra to use during a reading of A Child's Christmas in Wales at their Holiday Spectacular in just under two weeks time on December 12th. During the evening they will be projecting 45 of my paintings on a large screen at the back of the stage providing a visual accompanyment to their music. The ever popular Ted series will  feature during one piece. The  music series of paintings and a couple of Christmassy ones too will also be projected during various performances. Music and art together. What a great combination!

If you live in the GTA it will be a great evening out and will be sure to put you in a great mood to kick off the Holiday season. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Huggable Art!

I am super excited to announce that 4 of my Ted paintings, Comfort-Ted, Tessellate-Ted, Extricate-Ted and Caffeinate-Ted along with Giocoso are now being printed on super soft, cuddly, velveteen pillow covers.  They are SO huggable.

 Click here to find out more about them. The link takes you to my store page on 'Art of Where' where you can order directly from them. At the time of ordering you can choose from a selection of colours for the reverse side of the cushion or opt to have the image printed on both sides. The picture above is just to give you some ideas.

I hope they will make awesome holiday gifts for family, friends or as a treat for yourself.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Windmills of your Mind WIP 3

The painting is slowly taking shape. I chose to use orange for the child's shirt to hopefully help accentuate our connection/ closeness, almost as if we are whirling around with him and to also enhance the feeling of distance in the background giving the painting more of a sense of depth.

There is no clear scientific theory as to exactly how this works but we perceive warmer colours with longer wavelengths e.g oranges as feeling closer to us than cooler colours with shorter wavelengths eg blues even though they are actually all on one flat piece of paper. 

This illusion is called Chromostereopsis. It's a fun concept to play with and a great word to drop into a conversation.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Windmills of your Mind WIP 2

The warmer oranges, pinks and yellows have been added to the face and I have also added in the child's hair. I think real hair probably grows almost as fast as when I paint it because I was so slow. It took me three whole days to get it done!

I still have a lot of work to do on the hand but It will be easier to do this at a later date once the area behind it has been painted.

I was reading through the lyrics of the song again earlier today and thought how relevant to us artists it is  as we capture a concept that is swirling around in our minds and gradually let it flow out onto paper. The clock goes round and round as we paint but we are so in the moment that we are unaware of the time we take

 'As the images unwind, like the circles that you find 
in the windmills of your mind!'

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Windmills of your Mind WIP 1

Glazing is not a speedy process but it's a magical one. Using single colours at a time I gradually, over a series of layers, build the shape and form of what I am painting. So far on my new painting I have used just a couple of blues and purples. The face and arm are still in their very early stages with only the purples added but I love the 'far away' expression in the child's face that is beginning to appear.  I wonder what he is thinking?


Sunday, November 8, 2015

3 Original Watercolours now for Sale

I have just released 3 of my fun music themed original watercolours on my website. It's time to put in that order for Santa

 You can find out more details about the size and price of each painting on the Rhythm of Life Gallery page of my website

I am really enjoying this series. I have done 14 now and have a few more at the ideas stage that I hope to paint over the next year.


Monday, November 2, 2015


My inspiration for this Transparent watercolour 'Accelerando' was the music 'Bicycle Race' by Queen. I wanted to try to capture a sense of motion and energy in the painting and thought it would be fun to turn the music on the stave into the velodrome track for the cyclist to race along.

This was my demo painting at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show 
It was a real race to the finish line, quite literally, to get it finished. 

Another of my paintings 'Animato Assai' which is in the background of the photo above was also featured in the TAVES brochure.

We had many, many visitors over the weekend. If any of you are reading this, it was a pleasure to meet you all.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Richmond Hill Studio Tour Weekend

Thank you to everyone who visited me over the weekend. It was lovely to see so many. For those of you who were too far away to visit here are a few photo's as requested.

The old farmhouse on Richmond Green, Boynton House, was decorated with Balloons by Twisted Inflations 

Just inside the front door to the right was my room.

 Over the weekend various musicians played live music. Thank you to Sarah and Oulu


 and lastly Velma, Nancy and Jeff from the Richmond Hill Philharmonic. Your music added so much to the experience for my visitors.

 For those of you who were able to attend and took part in my ballot the winner was Sandra. She selected her free print prize this morning and is pictured here in her home with her chosen print.

Thanks again to everyone who took an interest in my work. For those of you that were curious to know the results of the votes when I asked each of my 200 visitors to choose their favourite painting. I was amazed how close the results were at the top with only 2 votes separating the top 7 paintings!!!

On the Wings of Song ..................20 votes
Giocoso............................................19 votes
Don't Fret...........................................19 votes
Sugar sugar.......................................19 votes
Acceso................................................18 votes
Heart Strings......................................18 votes
Love makes the World Go Round.... 18 votes


Sunday, October 11, 2015


I was featured recently on the Richmond Hill Studio Tour Blog 'Art on the Hill'  as part of the promotion for the Studio Tour this coming weekend. I thought you might enjoy reading it too.

"Ona Kingdon is an internationally award winning watercolour artist and will be in the front East room at Boynton House, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd on Richmond Green on the 16th, 17th and 18th October for the Studio Tour this year.

Ona loves being able to create a story or capture feeling through her art….  

“Every blank piece of paper I use feels full of hope and promise. Sometimes I am inspired by music I hear or a phrase or lyrics from a song and this sparks ideas. Other times it’s as simple as a feeling or emotion that inspires me. 

 Although I usually have a very clear idea in my mind from the onset what I want to create, the painting journey is full of times when I am unsure of how to proceed, times when I need to stop and think, or times when I make a mistake and have to decide whether to live with it and use it or to find a way to remove it.”

 From initial reference photo to the finished framed painting, this composite photo outlines the journey of the creation of Ona’s painting ‘Heart Strings’

“ As a fellow watercolourist said to me recently: Watercolour is such a delicate and unforgiving medium but the trials during each painting journey often seem to enhance that feeling of accomplishment at the finish line.... It’s this journey that I love the most.” 

  We wondered if Ona had a favourite painting that she had created…

 “There are a couple that I am attached to for sentimental reasons (usually those of my children) but generally my favourite changes with each painting I do because what I love most is the process of creation. There is nothing quite like taking an idea only I can clearly see in my mind and capturing the essence of it on paper so that others can share in the emotions or story attached to it.”

 In this photo Ona is painting the watercolour ‘Sugar sugar’ watched by one of the hummingbirds as she carefully paints each note of the song in the background.

During this year’s Studio Tour Ona will have many of her music series watercolours for us to see. She says:

 “I love how you can be having such a dismal day, you hear a piece of music and it can uplift you. Equally it can calm or energize you too, so in my music series I set about finding ways to capture visually the many different ways music touches us. For example, in Sognando I wanted to capture that almost dream like feeling when music transports you to another dimension" 

Both Zayn and Sarah, the musicians in the photos above will be playing live at Boynton House during this years Studio Tour. Several of Sarah’s fellow musicians from the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra will also be joining her. It promises to be a great event.

 "I am really excited that some of the musicians that helped inspire my paintings are going to be with me on the Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon of the Studio Tour playing live music for us all. They are also bringing some of their musician friends so not only will my visitors be able to see the art but also hear some of the music that inspired me to create it.”

Check out the brochure for location info, dates and times of the Studio Tour!"

I have also had a painting featured on the TAVES consumer Electronic show web page. The show will take place at the end of the month and will have a few paintings on display there the weekend of October 30-November 1

Hope to see some of you at one of these events.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Music is a way to dream and to go to a different dimension

"Music is a way to dream and to go to a different dimension" Dido Armstrong

I managed to finish the watercolour I have been working on today and will now get it matted ready for the Studio Tour in a few weeks time.  Have you any ideas for a title? I love Dido's quote but its a little too long for a title.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Put the dates on your calenders

It will soon be October and this means it's soon the Richmond Hill Studio Tour. I will be at Boynton House on Richmond Green again this year and have a very exciting tour planned for you including live music, lots of unique gifts and cards to purchase as well as original artwork!

Click on the invite to enlarge. Hope to see many of you next month. Please share the invite with family and friends too.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


After 4 days work the hair is now finished and the last of the skin tones have been added to the face.

Thank you all for your e mails and messages about the music. Well done to all of you that guessed  correctly.  I hope you will enjoy listening to Bevani playing her version of 'In Dreams' from Lord of the Rings.


Saturday, September 12, 2015


 I have been working over the last week on a new music series painting and have really enjoyed creating the sense of light on my subjects face. I love the luminosity of transparent watercolour and the way it allows you to capture light in a painting. In my opinion no other medium can compete.

My inspiration for this painting is a quote by the singer Dido" Music is a way to dream and to go to a different dimension". I wanted to try to capture this idea in my background so decided to paint some written music disappearing off into the far distant stars as a backdrop to my subject. Just as sound travels through the air, our minds travel with it as we listen to music. Whether you are listening to or playing music, it can transport you into another dimension.

Any guesses what instrument my subject is going to be playing? or indeed what music he is playing? (there is a clue in the background for those that can read music)


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Joan Wignall Young Award Missisippi Grand National Exhibition

I had some great news yesterday evening.

"Midnight Blues" was selected by juror Paul Jackson for the Joan Wignall Young Award in the Missisippi Grand National Exhibition.

The exhibition will run from October 5 – November 22, 2015 at the Arts Center of Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

This weeks News

I love being part of the Richmond Hill Studio Tour each year. Today was the start of our promotional exhibition at Covernotes. My watercolour Content-Ted will be on display there until October 1st. Covernotes is a great place to stop for a snack or beverage and this month you have a huge variety of art to look at by several Richmond Hill Studio Tour artists while you sit and relax there or catch up with friends.

We have also just finished printing my music series watercolours on fine art cards. I am so pleased with how they look. I wonder which ones will be the most popular.