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.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TWSA awards dinner

It was wonderful to see so many good friends and amazing artists at the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Celebration weekend and dinner in Kenosha this past weekend. It was a special moment for me and several of my wonderful friends Saturday evening when we received our signatures at the annual dinner.

Here are some more photos from the weekend. I am on the left with Chihro Yabe, Marilyn Wear and Jane Freeman

 From left to right, Me, Cindy Agan, Mary Jansen, Chihiro Yabe, Chris Beck, Marilyn Wear, Janet Belich, Carolyn Sommer and Kaaren Oreck

A whole bunch of us celebrating together

John Salminen and I

John Salminen, Chihiro Yabe and I

Cindy Agan and I

Jane freeman, Tuva Stephens and Janet Belich

Mary Jansen Marilyn Wear and I

and me with my painting from the exhibition

 I am so proud to be part of this wonderful organisation and to be able to sign TWSA after my name.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Midnight Blues

It was great fun playing with light and dark in this painting and using the bell of the saxophone to create a misty dramatically lit stage for my saxophone player. I really enjoyed creating the concept for this painting. I used the lyrics from the Gary Moore song Midnight Blues as my stepping stone. I know Gary plays the guitar not the saxophone but it was more the emotions in the lyrics that inspired me.
When the shadows fall
I feel the night closin' in
There must be some reason
For this mood I'm gettin' in
Can't get no sleep
Don't know what to do
I've got those midnight blues

It was a great excuse to use all the different blues and purples on my palette too.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Canson Award Pikes Peak International Watermedia 2015

I was very pleased to receive a message this morning to say that Juror Ted Nuttal had awarded ‘A penny for your Thoughts’ the Canson Award in the Pikes Peak International Watermedia Exhibition in Colorado Springs US.

What a great way to begin the month of June.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Got the Midnight Blues WIP 3

Several of you have been asking about the size of the painting so this is a photo of my progress as I was painting this afternoon with my hand and my brush to show you the scale.

There is still heaps left to do but I am happy with how it is progressing. I have just blocked in the colour on the section you can see me working on today and yes, I do work by putting in the darks first. Tomorrow I will work on the lettering which is on this section of the saxophone.


Friday, May 22, 2015

I've got those Midnight Blues WIP 2

It's been slow progress this week but the saxophone is beginning to take shape.

 I can't wait to let my creativity loose in the inside of the bell but I must be patient... more keys and levers and shiny bits to do first. My total admiration goes out to my artists friends that paint glass and other shiny stuff. I have lost count how many times I lose where I am on my ref photo and have to follow my way back from a spot I can recognise! Whoever invented the saxophone didn't really think about us poor artists with all the keys, levers and shiny metal rods.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I've got those Mightnight Blues WIP1

I thought you would enjoy a sneak peak of the painting that I am working on now. I am loving the colour palette for this one. Blue is my favourite colour and in this one I am using the complete range of blues form the warm purply blues to the cooler aquas.

Painting this is a bit like working on a jigsaw puzzle as you look for the shapes on the reflective surface of the saxophone.  I have been enjoying listening to Stanley Turrentine's saxophone music as I worked on it today and thought you might enjoy hearing it too.


Monday, May 11, 2015


I finished the commission I have been working on today.  I hope you all enjoyed following my progress as I painted it. Thank you Sally for allowing me to share its development with everyone.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Commission WIP 2

I just love the stage in a painting such as this when my subject starts to appear on the paper. I enjoy painting any subject matter but bringing people and animals to life on the paper has to be my favourite part.

I still have a long way to go before this painting is finished and the number of reference photo's I am working from now has gone up to 15 but I am enjoying putting them all together into one image.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Commission Work in Progress

I am currently working on a commission and have been given permission to share it with you as I paint it.  Thank you Sally.

As I 'set the scene' I am working from about 7 different photographs to capture both the lighting and the detail. My subjects are masked because there are a lot of light areas on both of them that I do not want to accidently get paint on.


Friday, May 1, 2015

International Watercolor Artists Book 2: Handbook for Aspiring Artists and Art Lovers

I am very excited to be one of the 48 artists featured in this newly published book. It is now available for sale through both and


Amazon lists this book as: 

"A Handbook and Coffee Table book, to be both enjoyed and studied for artists, artist aspirers and art lovers alike. There are 48 artists in this book from 39 countries. Each artist has two pages 8.5x11 where his/her paintings are shown along with bio backgrounds, picture of the artist, answers to many questions relevant to their work, and advice for aspiring artists. They exemplify the best in watercolor world wide."

Thank you to the editor K Coralee burch Ph. D for including me in this book.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

International Watermedia 2015 acceptance

I had some more good news this morning.

'We are pleased to inform you that our juror Ted Nuttall has selected 'A Penny for your Thoughts' to be displayed in the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's International Watermedia 2015 exhibit. This exhibition is being held at the beautiful and innovative Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado.'

The exhibition will open on June 1 and run until June 30, 2015


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CSPWC Watermark Ontario Exhibition acceptance

I had some good news last night. Honouring the Past, Shaping the Future' has been selected to be part of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour 'Watermark Ontario' Exhibition.

The exhibition will take place at the Santa Fe Gallery, 828 Third Ave. East, Owen Sound ON. May 23 to June 20th.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society demo

I had a lovely evening yesterday demoing for the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society.

This was the high key painting I created using just 5 colours, each glazed individually.

and a couple more photo's of the evening as I was working and talking to the members.

Thank you to everyone at NFWS for making me feel so welcome.