Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mississippi Watercolor 2015 Grand National Exhibition

Very happy to have received this e mail yesterday

'Congratulations!! Our juror, Paul Jackson, has selected your painting, Midnight Blues, to hang in the Mississippi Watercolor 2015 Grand National Exhibition to be held at the Arts Center of Mississippi located at 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS 39201 from October 5, 2015 through November 22, 2015. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WIP Love makes the world go round

I am going with an old time theme for my next music series painting. My inspiration is the 1966 song by Deon Jackson 'Love makes the world go round'. Of course back in 1966 people listened to their music on a record player so I wanted to encorporate a suggestion of one into my background. I thought it would be a fun 'stage' for my dancers to perform on as well as mirroring their spinning movement.

This is just a quick photo of my progress. The colours are not totally accurate and the graduation of colour in the real painting looks much smoother but hopefully the photo will give you an idea of my progress so far.

 Tomorrow I will start working on the dancers in the painting.  It will be a challenge to capture the sense of movement in their clothing.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Splash 16: Exploring Texture

Little 'Incriminate-Ted' is so excite-ted to see that he is on p41 of North Light Books Splash 16: Exploring Texture. He is busily practicing his autograph techniques right now so asked me to let you know that the book is now available from the link below

Seriously, I am so honoured to have this painting included in this book alongside so many awesome artists. I can't wait to get my copy. 


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flight of the Imagination

I really enjoy creating imaginative paintings such as this but I am now struggling to think of a title.
'Flight of the imagination'? This was the only idea I had. Let me know if you think of any good ideas.

Even after many hours painting this the baby's delighted expression still makes me smile.


Saturday, July 4, 2015


It's been a while since I have painted a larger portrait so I decided to give this one a go. I really enjoyed bringing her joyful face and soft fine baby hair to life on the paper. I still have a lot to paint before this watercolour is finished including a little more hair but it looks very much like I will be watched as I do so. Any guess what this young child might be so surprised and delighted about?


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.