Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Puppy love

   I've spent the last couple of days curled up on the sofa drawing with my faithful friend beside me watching my progress. This is him as a youngster. He is now 14 years old but he still knows how to leave paw prints on my heart with those soulful eyes of his.

' Puppy Love ' Pen and ink (10.5 by 7 inches)

Love, they say, is patient,
Love, they say, is kind,
It sees beyond another’s faults
For love, they say, is blind.
Love will not diminish,
Or rush or fade with years,
But it will gain its strength
From time, from laughter, joy and tears.
Love is God’s own gift to us.
A present from above,
He gives us peace, He gives us joy,
But first He gives us love. (Anon)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Photo's from the Studio Tour

It was a lovely weekend at Covernotes Tea and Coffee House in Richmond Hill. We had lots of visitors. There were many familiar faces and some new faces too. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to see my work.

For those of you too far away to visit I hope you will enjoy these photos. If you are interested in any of the paintings please let me know. All are now available for sale.

These two sold during the weekend. The new owners kindly allowed me sharing their comments about the artwork with you all.

'We went on this life long dream vacation to Africa this last spring for our Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration and your pen and ink 'The Touch of love' just captures EVERYTHING about that special time and our lifelong love for each other. It might only be 11 by 14 inches framed but, to us it is HUGE in the emotion it conveys.'          Nancy

 'I have suffered from Depression for years and at times feel like a huge cloud hangs over me. Your painting 'After the Storm' gives me such hope each time I look at it. However heavy those dark clouds may feel there can be such colour awaiting us if we just plough through. I am putting this piece of work up in my bedroom so that its the first thing I see each day and the last thing at night to remind me of that message. Thank you for reminding me that hope and light and colour and strength and power is just behind those clouds.'        Han

Thank you for all the e mails, messages and phone calls about the weekend and my work. They touch my heart.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Ona invites you to Covernotes for the Richmond Hill Studio Tour

Hope you all enjoy this short video. It gives you just a taster of what I will have on display next weekend (October 14th-16th) at Covernotes Richmond Hill.  Details of opening times and address of Covernotes can be found on your invite below.

I will have over 20 original pieces of art on display and for sale. I will also have over 40 different art card designs, my new book, and various other gift items for sale or to order.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Leaf me be

There are times in our lives when we just need to take a break, to disconnect, to figure things out. At these times we need to be alone. We don't need to be comforted by others, we just need a quiet moment to take things in, all that has been, time to pull ourselves together again, or time to just let go.

'Leaf me be' Transparent Watercolour 20 by 28 inches

Creating this painting at my busiest time of year, for me has been my time out, my alone time, just me and my brushes, time for me to gather my thoughts. It has just been an odd hour here and there over the last few weeks but my 'alone time' with my brushes during these odd moments was just what I needed. 

Make sure you take the time out to take care of yourself however busy you are. You deserve it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Awarded NWS signature

I had a call today from from Ken Goldman, president of the National Watercolor Society. I have been accepted as a signature member of NWS! This good news couldn't have arrived on a better day as it's our celebrate watercolour day here in Canada today.

This painting 'Sognando' which means to dream, was one of the ones I submitted. I chose it because an NWS signature was my next BIG dream!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

CSPWC Open Water

It's always an honour to have a painting selected to exhibit in a Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour International Open Water Exhibition.

From Little acorns has just been accepted into the exhibition this year. The exhibition is open from October 20th to November 18th at the JOHN B. AIRD GALLERY, 900 Bay St. Toronto, Ontario.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Art of Watercolour Magazine Issue 24

I am honoured have one of my paintings inlcuded in the latest edition of 'The Art of Watercolour Magazine' Issue 24 as part of an article on the latest works of previously featured artists.

 Thanks to Laurent Benoist, Janine Gallizia and the editorial team of the magazine for the excellent job you do.

You can order the full magazine as a pdf to read on line or the actual physical magazine from 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Strokes of Genius 9 Winner Notification

I had some amazing news to end my birthday yesterday evening:

"Congratulations! We are very happy to inform you that 'Forever and Always' and 'Act-Ted' have been selected for publication in North Light Books' Strokes of Genius 9!"

Harry, my labrador, just LOVES being in the Strokes of Genius books. This will be his third. 

and Little Act-Ted.... well you know how much my Teds enjoy being in books! The theme for this one is 'Creative Discoveries' and it will be published in the fall of 2017.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A magic moment

Sometimes you have to grab those magic moments in time. This little cygnet seemed to know I love to paint animals as she lingered in the water beside me just a little longer than her siblings before moving away. I just had to try capturing her wonderful expression with my brushes.

 (Transparent watercolour 7 by 10 inches)
I used a very limited palette, kept it pretty high key to help me to convey the softness and delicacy I was striving for and then added just a few darks to really help accentuate the cygnets coy expression. Sometimes just a few brush strokes can capture so much.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society 13th National Exhibition of Transparent Watercolors and finally a new painting!

It's been a busy couple of weeks with lots of exciting news.   

 I had an email yesterday to ler me know that both 'Thought Bubbles' and 'Accelerando' have been accepted into the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society's 13th National Exhibition of Transparent Watercolors! The exhibition will be in Lockport, NY, October 30-November 13th. The juror is Thomas Schaller.

I haven't done much painting this month because I have been slowly working on framing these newer paintings and getting my new art cards designed ready for printing. The Ted book has also taken up a fair amount of my time but I have completed one smallish painting. It was well out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed the challenge.

Thank you Paul Jackson for challenging me to paint a city night scene. I really enjoyed creating the illusion of light in the darkness. I chose to paint the sparkling city lights of Toronto because, well you know me, there is always a story or some meaning behind my paintings.

Toronto is a beautiful, almost magical city at night, especially when viewed from across the water. But, to me the light in the darkness is on more than one level. Yes, it has its faults, nowhere is perfect and there will always be dark moments but the light that shines metaphorically through the love and tolerance people show for each other here is very noticeable. I hope I managed to capture a little of both the physical light in the darkness and through my colour palette the love, tolerance and acceptance that this city shows the world is possible.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that" Martin Luther King Jr

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


I'm so Excite-Ted!!! My book TENDERHEART-TED TALES is now available to pre order. All pre orders will be hand signed with a personalised message and will include a canvas Ted bookmark.

The 62 page hardback image wrap book is $85 Canadian Dollars with free shipping to Canada and the US. (Book size: 7 inches square) To reserve your copy please e mail

If you are receiving this blog post by e mail please click on the link to the blog to watch the promotional video or watch it full screen on youtube here

Monday, August 15, 2016

96th Annual NWS International Exhibition Acceptance

I am so thrilled to have had my painting 'Looking down at you looking up at me' accepted into the the 96th National Watercolor Society International 2016 Exhibition! Its been a great few days!

The Exhibition will open in the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California, on October 22 and be on display through December 18.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

People's Choice Award Transparent Watercolor Society of America 40th Annual Exhibition

It's always a thrill to win the peoples choice award especially in such a beautiful exhibition as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition. I am even more thrilled to have won this award two years in a row! Thank you to everyone that voted for it!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Exhibition Opening and Workshop News

I have taken a break from painting for a few weeks while I worked on a book I am planning to publish later this year. More details on this will follow soon.

I also taught a one day workshop in my home town of Richmond Hill. I rarely do workshops at the moment but had my arm twisted to do one here. We had so much fun!

Everyone was learning how to create smooth transitional washes and we painted a misty lake scene to practice the techniques.

Everyone busy at work!

I was also lucky enough to be able to attend the  Pennsylvania Watercolor Society opening reception and awards presentation. Thank you to all the PWS board members for making my husband and I feel so welcome at the PWS awards reception this weekend. Here are just a few photos from the day.

Me being presented with my award by Vice President Karen Frattali

with my painting 'snips, snails and puppy dog tails'

It was a LONG drive (thank you James for driving me there and back) But it was so worth it to see the exhibition, receive my award in person and meet some of the other artists too.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Looking down at you looking up at me

I wanted to tackle this portrait from an unsual viewpoint so I decided to pretend that we, the viewer, are something quite small right down on the ground and are looking up at the child.  I wonder what we are? We are obviously VERY interesting, don't you think?

Transparent Watercolour 24.5 by 15.5 inches. This was so much fun to paint.