Saturday, March 17, 2018

IWS Czech Republic Exhibition

My Thinking Cap will be shipped off soon to the Czech Republic for an International exhibition. This will be my first time exhibiting outside of North America. It is very exciting.

The painting explores the thoughts of a young child as they contemplate our world today. Many of his thoughts are incorporated into the background of the painting. Here is just one of them.

It is an honour to represent Canada in this exhibition.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 42nd Annual Exhibition Acceptance

I received this e mail this afternoon:

"We are pleased to inform you that our Jurors, John Salminen, TWSA DM, AWS, NWS and Soon Y Warren, TWSA, AWS, NWS have selected 'Broken in Transit' for the 2018 Transparent Watercolor Society of America 42nd Annual Exhibition."

 Oh MY Goodness!!! That means I'm going to actually have to ship 'Broken in Transit'! I am going to be on tender hooks and willing it to arrive in one piece. Very excited but very nervous too.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Louisiana Watercolor Society's 48th Annual International Exhibition Acceptance

I am delighted to have a painting accepted into Louisiana Watercolor Societies 48th Annual International Exhibition. An amazing selection of work has been chosen by Juror John Salminen. It promises to be a great exhibition.

My selected painting is 'Fly Away Thoughts' So much of what we see with our eyes is transient and ephemeral. Sights rest with us for only a brief moment and then fly away, just like butterflies. What we feel with our hearts in contrast is everlasting and eternal.

The exhibition will take place from May 5th-25th at the Place St.Charles, New Orleans.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Inner Symphony

In the fall, IWS Canada, CSPWC  and the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra are collaborating to showcase an international exhibition of Watercolours. As president of IWS Canada  I really wanted to create a watercolour that was uniquely relevant to our event, so for my painting I decided to capture the artistic director of the Philharmonic,  Dr. Jessica Kun,  as she conducts our 'Symphony in Watercolour' closing performance.

In this performance Jessica will  take our audience on a journey around the world.  As the orchestra play a selection of music, watercolours from both our Canada 150 finalists and the finalists of this years exhibition will be projected onto a large screen behind the orchestra. Led by Jessica the world will unite in a celebration of music and art.

I will leave you all to imagine the music that Jessica can hear in my painting or what images she can see in her minds eye. Maybe you would like to paint an image and submit it to our juried exhibition. You never know... maybe your painting will be one that inspires Jessica to select a piece of music for the evening.

If you would like to enter our exhibition, please follow the instructions in our call to artists

Sunday, January 28, 2018

41st WAS-H International Watermedia Exhibition

My Transparent Watercolour Red Alert' will be off to Houston Texas  for the WAS-H 2018 International Watermedia Exhibition.The juror for the exhibition is Iain Stewart. The exhibition opens on March 4th. Please cross your fingers and toes there are no red alerts for this painting as it travels to the exhibition.

Friday, January 19, 2018


It's been ages since I had fun painting  a Ted so when I thought of this idea I just couldn't resist.

 It's been pretty chilly here over the last few weeks. Temperatures have been well below zero with heaps of snow. Despite the frigid temperatures one of my little bears was quite happy to pose while I painted him. As you know though, I am not a fast painter....I think little Frost-Ted would really like to come inside now. Do you think you can you let him in?

Transparent Watercolour 7.5 by 9 inches

Monday, January 8, 2018

Broken In Transit

'Broken in Transit!!!!....the nightmare of all artists who transport paintings to and from exhibitions! We put so much of our hearts into our work and are so pleased when they are accepted into big exhibitions ... then this happens...

I think my models face says exactly how we feel. Don't you?

Thank you so much to Garry Sugden for agreeing to be my model for this painting. Think I am going to have to find a really distressed frame for this one.

Transparent Watercolour 25.5 by 17.25 inches

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Teds are featured in the International Watercolor Magazine's 3rd Issue

It was a great start to the new year to receive a copy of the latest issue of the International Watercolor Magazine. I have a 6 page feature in this magazine. My Teds have been eagerly awaiting this issue all holidays and so, of course, when it arrived we had to all sit down for story time.


I am honored to be featured alongside Alvaro Castagnet, Myint Naing, Huang Zhigang, Olga Litvinenko, Sun Jiangang, Dino Dante Pajao, Ouyang Songbai, Ouyang Songbai, Shi Zengxiu, and Mark Mehaffey in this issue.

You can purchase the magazine online

Happy New Year to you all.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Wishing you all a very happy Holiday Season

Look for the magic in the smallest things. The snow gently falling, the twinkling of the lights. Have a wonderful holiday season. See you all in 2018.

Music credit: "Up on a Housetop"
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Just Ducking Out

Very happy to find out that 'Just Ducking Out' was awarded second Place in the 2017 Georgina Art Gallery Juried Exhibition.

This transparent Watercolour is my fun take on what would happen if I ever tried plein aire painting. I'm such a slow painter that if I ever tried to paint this plein aire my subjects the wood ducklings would grow up and fledge before I ever got a change to finish the painting.

 The painting will be on display until January 21st, 2018. Gallery Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am- 4pm, Saturday 10am- 4pm, Sunday 12pm- 4pm 149 High St. Box 1455, Sutton , ON. L0E 1R0

Friday, November 24, 2017


Transparent Watercolour 30.5 by 21.5 inches. 

This one was such fun to do. It's the 2nd in my new series of  portraits focusing on larger than life expressions. Most people experience a degree of natural fear when exposed to heights but for some it can be overwhelming. 

I was going to call this painting Vertigo but technically a fear of heights and a feeling you are going to fall is actually Acrophobia. Maybe I should just call it Hold on tight! Any other ideas would be very gratefully received.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Vertigo WIP

I love the moment when a face starts to appear on the paper. This is going to be the second in my larger than life series of close up faces capturing emotions. As I was painting him this morning I couldn't help but laugh because, at the moment he looks as white as a sheet!

 I am sure he is yelling out  'NOOOOo!!! What are you doing!!! Don't paint me here!!! (grin)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Finalist: Richeson 75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife 2017 Competition

I was very happy to receive an e mail this evening to let me know that both my entries, 'It's been a Hard Days Night' (Transparent Watercolour) and 'Forever and Always' (Scratchboard), have been selected as finalists in Richeson 75 Birds, Animals and Wildlife online exhibition.

The exhibition will be published online on December 1st.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New 'Paint Along with Ona' Video

I've just finished a new 'Paint Along with Ona' video. I hope you will enjoy watching and maybe even trying your own version. November is a gloomy month so creating your own light in a painting is a great way to brighten up your day. This painting would also make an awesome holiday card. So why not click on the link below, watch the video, paint your own version and send it to your friends.

Painting Light in watercolour is fun because the light is really already there in the white of the paper. All you need to paint is the dark around it and the light magically appears. Have fun!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Once Upon a Dragon

I know I usually write a 'story' with my paintings but this time, I think you all can create the story. What do you think will happen next?

'Once Upon a Dragon' Transparent Watercolour  22 by 16 inches