Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Workshop fun


I had a lovely weekend with the Central Ontario Art Association and its sister organisation the East Central Ontario Art Association at Geneva Park. We learnt all about painting white objects.  Thank you to the organizers of the event for making sure it all ran smoothly and thank you to all the participants for their enthusiasm and interest. That is the last of my workshops this year. I have enjoyed them all.

I have just updated the workshop page on my website with the details for next years workshops. If you are interested in attending one reserve your place soon as they are filling up fast!

 http://emotiveexpressions.ca/tutoring-and-critiques/workshops-and-demos/

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Splash 19:Illusion of Light


I am honoured to have my painting 'A Penny for your Thoughts' featured as the lead image for the portrait section of the latest 'Splash 19: The Illusion of Light'  recently published by North Light Books. There are so many amazing images in this book. It is one well worth getting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Symphony in Watercolour



This is what is keeping me occupied right now. Over the weekend my dedicated team of directors framed over 65 paintings that have been shipped from around the world. We also have another 30 Canadian paintings yet to arrive. The exhibition will open in a months time on October 28th. You can find more details on the iwscanada website www.iwscanada.ca. It will be an exhibition well worth visiting.


Monday, August 20, 2018

For You


'For You' Transparent Watercolour 12 by 18 inches

It has been slow progress painting this as I am also working on getting everything ready for the big IWS CAnada/CSPWC event 'The Symphony In Watercolour' which opens next month. This felt like a really suitable painting to do in the odd moments I had though as it is all about the idea of giving and helping to organize the event next month is my way of giving back.

In this painting I wanted also to capture the feeling of summer -the light of the sunshine, the freshness of the breeze, beauty of the flowers and the joy of being outside. Hope you are all enjoying the summer. Make the most of it while it lasts.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Scratch board fun


This little Chipmunk is a frequent visitor to our front garden. What do you think he has seen?

I did a workshop this past weekend introducing my students to techniques I use in scratch board and pen and ink. This was the scratch board I was doing to show them how I used the techniques in my work. I finished it at home yesterday. Its drawn on an Ampersand Museum Grade Panel and is 12 by 16 inches in size.

Any ideas for a title?

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bottoms Up

It has been a lovely  warm sunny few days  so yesterday I painted outside. I love watching the local wildlife at our local pond. These little ducks obviously found something super yummy under the water.



'Bottoms Up' Transparent Watercolour 11.75 by 7.75 inches


Monday, July 2, 2018

Small but Mighty

I've just finished this miniature transparent Watercolour that is just 3 inches by 4 inches in size. Although the kestrel is one of the smallest birds of prey she is much larger in real life than in my painting. The little painted kestrel measures only 2.5 inches by 1 inch and was painted with a magnifying glass and a very small brush.


 This is the painting matted and framed.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Snuggle 'Down'

This little cygnet is sleeping peacefully in his mother's downy feathers. There is nothing quite like a warm soft downy bed to snuggle up in after a busy day.


'Snuggle down' Transparent Watercolour 11 by 14 inches.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TWSA Celebration Weekend

I had a wonderful long weekend in Kenosha Wisconsin at the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Celebration weekend. Here are just a few photos from the weekend.


The two other artists with me in the photo below are Anne McCartney and Harold Allanson. Both are also from Canada and both also won awards.


The Juror for awards was John Salminen.


Thank you to all at TWSA for such a great weekend.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Lighting the Way

When you light the way for others, you also brighten your own path


Tower Bridge, London UK. Transparent Watercolour 28 by 18 inches

Walking beside the river Thames in London was something I loved doing, especially at night when the skyline was all lit up. This scene certainly has a place in my heart. The inspiration for the watercolour though was at a much more metaphorical level. The bridge at night lights the way and guides others in the darkness but in doing so it illuminates itself too. When you light the way for others, you also brighten your own path. Only by giving will you be able to receive more than you already have. Light someone's path today and brighten yourself too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Louisiana Watercolor Society 48th Annual International Exhibition Award


After a fun workshop up in Sudbury, it was wonderful to come home to the news that 'Fly Away Thoughts' had been selected for an award in the Louisiana Watercolor Society 48th Annual International Exhibition.


Thanks to all the hard working directors of LWS for making the exhibition possible.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Tower Bridge WIP 3

The darker areas of the bridge are again taking a while to build up. I'm in no hurry though, just enjoying the process and remembering many times I stood on the side of the Thames thinking how magical the bridge with the city behind it looked when lit up.


Have you got a favourite city view at night?


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tower Bridge WIP 2

I have taken so long painting the background in this painting that my once daytime scene appears to have changed to to a night time one! Glazing one colour at a time and slowly building up the illusion of night isn't a fast process that's for sure!It is almost as if my time spent was mirrored in my painting as with each layer I added it slowly transformed from day to night.

I am hoping that this week I will get a chance to start work on the bridge itself. It took eight years, five major contractors and the relentless labour of 432 construction workers each day to build the real Tower Bridge. I am hoping I don't take as long to paint it!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Zoltan Szabo Founders Award

I received a very nice phone call and e mail today from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America

'Congratulations, Ona!
It is my distinct pleasure to inform you that your painting,’Broken In Transit’,  has been selected to receive the Zoltan Szabo Founders Award'


Hoping to be able to make the trip to Kenosha in June.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Studio Tour King

We had a lovely time at the Studio Tour King. Thank you to everyone who visited. It was wonderful catching up with old friends and making new ones.


The cards, prints, books and bookmarks are always a popular. My original Watercolour 'A Drop of light' and Interest-Ted were two of the originals that sold.