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 video shows me painting a simplified version of the bubbles I created in the painting above. It isnt an instructional video. It was simply my 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 I do need to work on better lighting. Nevertheless I thought you might enjoy seeing my 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 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 15, 2016

Gave you my heart, Gave you my soul

These are two small 7 by 7 inch watercolour studies that I have been working on over the last few days. 'Gave you my heart'(red) and 'Gave you my soul'(blue) form a line from a very well known song that was on the sound track of a 1980 movie and  released as a single in 1981. Can anyone guess the name of the song?

I deliberately kept the design quite simple and graphic in style because I now want to use them  as a background for a larger painting which will be similar in style to this painting that I completed earlier this year. Don't forget to let me know if you can think of the name of the song 'You gave me your heart, you gave me your soul' is from. You will get bonus points if you can name the movie too.


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.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Harmonic Distortion

I have been quietly working away at this full sheet Transparent Watercolour for nearly a month now and finally finished it yesterday.

Everything we see is an illusion. Even our perceptions of reality are illusionary and are usually distorted by our beliefs and ideals.

Sorry I didn't share the WIP photo's with you all as I painted this but I felt it would spoil the fun of the final illusion if you knew from the onset what was there. How many musicians can you count in the whole painting? Click on the image to see a larger version and to see all the fun distortions of the musicians in the clear bell shaped glasses.


Monday, February 22, 2016

46th Louisiana Watercolor Society's International Exhibition Acceptance

'Animato Assai' has been accepted into the 2016 Louisiana Watercolor Society's International Exhibition. It is such an honor to be included with so many amazing artists!

 I love to include snippits of real music hidden in my music series of paintings. The music flying off my subject's hair in this painting is from the song 'Happy'. It seems very fitting this evening.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sweet Heart-Ted

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I couldn't resist painting this miniature Ted watercolour.

Little 'Sweet Heart-Ted' is seeking a home where he will be loved and thinks nothing would be sweeter than coming to live with you. Will you be his Valentine?

 Transparent watercolour (5.5 by 3.5 inches). 

Give somone a hug this Valentine's Day and make sure they know how much they are loved.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Flight of the Imagination and A Penny for your Thoughts

The selection of entries for the Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 2016 International Watercolor Exhibition has been completed by juror Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS and I was very happy to learn yesterday evening that my painting 'Flight of the Imagination' has been selected to be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will take place from March 8-31, 2016

Edit: I also had notification today to say that my painting 'a penny for your thoughts' has been selected to be part of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's  40th National Exhibition. This exhibition will take place from May through to August at the beautiful Kenosha Public Museum

It's been a good 24 hours

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think

 'Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think' is a quote by Dr Seuss which I love and I have decided to use it as the title for my first painting of 2016.

 Let's make 2016 a year in which we look for the beauty in the world around us and to remember there is beauty within each and every one of us also. It would be a very boring world if we were all the same so let's celebrate the rich diversity of life around us in all its forms.

I chose to use a hummingbird in my painting because 'legends say that Hummingbirds float free of time. They open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere and every personal connection has meaning.' (Papyrus)

Is the girl really looking at a hummingbird? Or is the small bird merely symbolising the child's thoughts as she stares into space dreaming of a world where there is acceptance and harmony, where beauty in all its forms is celebrated.

Transparent Watercolour 27.5 by 17 inches

Sunday, December 20, 2015


I  wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season and thought it would be fun to do so with a special holiday themed Ted painting.  As you can see below little Illuminate-Ted  has been helping me to decorate and thinks he looks good all lit up.

I hope these next few weeks will be equally as bright and happy for you. Thank you for all your support this past year. See you in 2016.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Photo's from Holiday Spectacular on the Hill

It is very hard to capture the spirit of an evening such as from 'The Holiday spectacular on the Hill' in just a few photos. I wish you could have heard the beautiful holiday themed music that was conducted by artistic director Jessica Kun and played by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra too.

 Many of my paintings were projected behind the orchestra as they played. The choices of which paintings were showcased when was beautifully done. Jessica and her creative director Cathy Clarke really had thought about the mood of the music and each painting seemed to match the mood so well. The transitions between each painting were so nicely done too.

Below are just 4 photo's from the evening.  Look at how festive the Orchestra looked. I love the little Santa hats on the tops of the cellos.

I hope this gives you just a taster of the evening. Thank you to the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra for such a wonderful opportunity.