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.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

National Watercolor Society Reciprocal Award

I had some very exciting news yesterday evening.

'Congratulations! The Awards for this year’s Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 37th Juried Exhibition have been chosen by our Awards Juror, James McFarlane, President Emeritus, American Watercolor Society. Your painting 'Snips, snails and puppy dog tails' has been selected for the National Watercolor Society Reciprocal Award.'


I was also honoured to have the painting chosen to be on the event invitation.

The exhibition opens next weekend at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersberg. It continues until late August.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

From Little Acorns

I finished the painting I have been working on this morning and am calling it 'From little Acorns'. This  is part of the well known saying 'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow' and is so true.  Many great things do grow from small beginnings.

My inspiration for this painting was the parallel between the young child full of hopes and dreams and the young oak sapling.  At the moment both child and oak sapling are small and vunerable and need tender loving care to grow but both are also so full of potential for greatness. Just as the tiny acorn sapling given the right conditions will grow into a mighty oak tree the young child's hopes and dreams given the right support and encouragement will be the gateway to their greater destiny.

Transparent Watercolour  Approx 21 by 20.25 inches

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Childhood memories

Remember all those times when you were young and you had to stand really still while your mom or dad did your hair? I am always reminded of these times when I paint hair in a portrait. Its a slow process and never works as well if you try to rush it. So I just put on some music, relax and enjoy the process.

I thought you might enjoy a small snippit of me at work today. Its a good job the child in my painting is so still. Imagine the hair style she would get if she moved while I was painting!

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Sunday, May 29, 2016


I was honoured to be asked to create a watercolour for the TWSA's 2016 mini painting auction and just had to create one with a transparent watercolour theme. Now we all know that when painting in transparent watercolour preserving your whites is the key. Little white Paint-Ted has been trying so hard to preserve his whites but when you are a young bear with deliciously juicy rich tubes of watercolour to experiment with this is such a hard thing to do. Pigment-Ted, on the other hand is learning, first hand, about the art of glazing. I think someone maybe should have told him that this layering of colour is supposed to happen on the paper though and not on him though, don't you?

 Click on this link to see the other paintings in the mini auction this year. You can bid on line for any of the paintings in the auction at any time over the next two weeks until June 11.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Love on the Rocks

The lyrics of the well known song by Neil Diamond was my inspiration for this painting.

'Love on the rocks
Ain't no big surprise
Just pour me a drink
And I'll tell you my lies
Yesterday 's gone
Now all I want is a smile.....' 

The background tells the story of first their passionate romance on the purple A side of the record and then the break up on the blue B side. I wanted the standing glass with the wonderful refraction of the two lovers dancing on the A side of the record to be the first focal point and then as we begin to look more closely for our eyes to wander down to the more distorted images of them at the back of the fallen glass and then forwards following the flow of the melted ice leading finally to the lonely man from the B side of the record walking dejectedly away in the puddle on the floor.
Transparent Watercolour 20.5 by 26 inches

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weimer Congemi Memorial Award

Exciting News! My painting 'Animato Assai' has won the Weimer Congemi Memorial Award in the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 46th International Exhibition.

I have to tell you an amusing story about the shipping of this painting. This is my fourth year in the LWS exhibition and all other years it has taken 8 days for the painting to travel down to Louisiana from here in Canada. So I shipped this one allowing the same amount of time. It arrived in only 4 days! I guess when a painting's title means 'very animated' it has an effect on the travel time (smile). Thank you to A Plus shipping for being so accomodating and taking the painting in early.

The LWS 46th International exhibition opened yesterday and continues until May 21 at Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans.  If you live in the area I hope you will be able to visit.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 37th Annual International Juried Exhibition Acceptance

I had notification today to say that 'Snips snails and puppy dog tails' has been accepted into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 37th Annual International Juried Exhibition.

Mischief and Giggles, Fun and Love,
That's what I hope this painting is made of.

The exhibition will be held at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, PO Box 33, Millersburg, PA and will run from July 5, 2016 – August 27, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thought Bubbles

Our thoughts are like soap bubbles floating in a gentle breeze on a summer’s day. Some are large, like dreams that glisten full of hope and promise. Others are smaller and less flamboyant but perfectly formed.  

Just like our thoughts, the fragile beauty of each rainbow coloured liquid orb is fascinating. For a short time they are a floating miracle, until they are no more.  Nothing is permanent, and like our thoughts and dreams, all things change.

Thank you for all your lovely ideas over the past few days about what the child might be thinking. I have a very creative group of friends. I will leave it to your imaginations to decide what thoughts she has in each bubble. (Transparent Watercolour 28.5 by 18 inches.)

Soap Bubbles are such fun to paint. This 10 minute video shows me painting a simplified version of the bubbles I created in the painting above. It isnt an instructional video. It was simply a first attempt at videoing me painting. I am really happy with the mount that my husband has made for the video camera so it can be suspended right over my painting area but we do need to work on better lighting as the glare from the wet paper is distracting and the colours are quite dull. Nevertheless I thought you might enjoy seeing my very first video attempt. (If you are subscribed to my blog e mail notification and are reading this as an e mail you will need to go to the blog if you would like to see the video)


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Portrait WIP 1

Look who has been appearing on my paper over the last few days. I love the dreamy look in those eyes.  Any guesses what the child I am painting might be thinking about?


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Grandmasters of Fine Art 'Living for Art'

I am honoured to be one of the 40 artists from around the world invited to be part of the Grandmasters of Fine Art 2016 Exhibition' Living for Art'

Click on the link to view the exhibition. Underneath each artists photo is also a link to their own websites so you can see more of their art if you would like.


Friday, April 1, 2016

A Flight of Fancy

Sometimes I just need to let my creative spirit fly free. ‘A flight of fancy’ Transparent watercolour 15 by 19 inches painted purely from imagination.

I have to confess I’ve had a tough month dealing with a nasty virus. For a while I couldn’t physically paint so I did the next best thing… I closed my eyes and created a painting in my imagination.

I wouldn’t trade my imagination for anything. The act of creation lifts my spirits and thinking outside the box is fun. Yes, it involves taking risks. You have to be prepared to try new things, be willing not to know and be ok with making mistakes.

But what if I fail? I hear you say

 My answer is… but what if you fly! Until you spread your creative wings you will have no idea how far or high you can soar. 

It’s been so much fun bringing this idea to life on paper over the last few days.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Exciting News!

I received a very exciting surprise e mail a few days ago from Beth Erikson at F&W/ North Light Books.

'Congratulations! Your piece "Waiting" from Strokes 6 has been selected to be in our new compilation book, Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks. Art Journey Animals will showcase the best animal art. Your piece has been selected to be the jacket cover image for the book.'

Harry and I can't wait to get our copy!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Strumming my Pain with his Fingers

It was the lyrics from  'Killing me softly with his song'  that gave me the idea for this painting.

 'Strumming my pain with his fingers, 
singing my life with his words, killing me softly with his song' 
 I love starting with lyrics such as these and just seeing where my imagination takes me. Transparent Watercolour 28 by 17 inches.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Forever and Always

Drawing this over the last few days has been a fun way to pass the time. Harry, as usual, was a very willing model. Wherever I go he is always at my side so eager to make me smile.

Scratchboard on Ampersand panel 8 by 10 inches.