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.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Spectacular on the Hill

'I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and nights when I was six. ' Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

This is a small Pen and Wash I created over the past few days for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra to use during a reading of A Child's Christmas in Wales at their Holiday Spectacular in just under two weeks time on December 12th. During the evening they will be projecting 45 of my paintings on a large screen at the back of the stage providing a visual accompanyment to their music. The ever popular Ted series will  feature during one piece. The  music series of paintings and a couple of Christmassy ones too will also be projected during various performances. Music and art together. What a great combination!

If you live in the GTA it will be a great evening out and will be sure to put you in a great mood to kick off the Holiday season. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Huggable Art!

I am super excited to announce that 4 of my Ted paintings, Comfort-Ted, Tessellate-Ted, Extricate-Ted and Caffeinate-Ted along with Giocoso are now being printed on super soft, cuddly, velveteen pillow covers.  They are SO huggable.

 Click here to find out more about them. The link takes you to my store page on 'Art of Where' where you can order directly from them. At the time of ordering you can choose from a selection of colours for the reverse side of the cushion or opt to have the image printed on both sides. The picture above is just to give you some ideas.

I hope they will make awesome holiday gifts for family, friends or as a treat for yourself.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

3 Original Watercolours now for Sale

I have just released 3 of my fun music themed original watercolours on my website.

 You can find out more details about the size and price of each painting on the Rhythm of Life Gallery page of my website

I am really enjoying this series. I have done 14 now and have a few more at the ideas stage that I hope to paint over the next year.


Monday, November 2, 2015


My inspiration for this Transparent watercolour 'Accelerando' was the music 'Bicycle Race' by Queen. I wanted to try to capture a sense of motion and energy in the painting and thought it would be fun to turn the music on the stave into the velodrome track for the cyclist to race along.

This was my demo painting at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show 
It was a real race to the finish line, quite literally, to get it finished. 

Another of my paintings 'Animato Assai' which is in the background of the photo above was also featured in the TAVES brochure.

We had many, many visitors over the weekend. If any of you are reading this, it was a pleasure to meet you all.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Richmond Hill Studio Tour Weekend

Thank you to everyone who visited me over the weekend. It was lovely to see so many. For those of you who were too far away to visit here are a few photo's as requested.

The old farmhouse on Richmond Green, Boynton House, was decorated with Balloons by Twisted Inflations 

Just inside the front door to the right was my room.

 Over the weekend various musicians played live music. Thank you to Sarah and Oulu


 and lastly Velma, Nancy and Jeff from the Richmond Hill Philharmonic. Your music added so much to the experience for my visitors.

 For those of you who were able to attend and took part in my ballot the winner was Sandra. She selected her free print prize this morning and is pictured here in her home with her chosen print.

Thanks again to everyone who took an interest in my work. For those of you that were curious to know the results of the votes when I asked each of my 200 visitors to choose their favourite painting. I was amazed how close the results were at the top with only 2 votes separating the top 7 paintings!!!

On the Wings of Song ..................20 votes
Giocoso............................................19 votes
Don't Fret...........................................19 votes
Sugar sugar.......................................19 votes
Acceso................................................18 votes
Heart Strings......................................18 votes
Love makes the World Go Round.... 18 votes


Sunday, October 11, 2015


I was featured recently on the Richmond Hill Studio Tour Blog 'Art on the Hill'  as part of the promotion for the Studio Tour this coming weekend. I thought you might enjoy reading it too.

"Ona Kingdon is an internationally award winning watercolour artist and will be in the front East room at Boynton House, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd on Richmond Green on the 16th, 17th and 18th October for the Studio Tour this year.

Ona loves being able to create a story or capture feeling through her art….  

“Every blank piece of paper I use feels full of hope and promise. Sometimes I am inspired by music I hear or a phrase or lyrics from a song and this sparks ideas. Other times it’s as simple as a feeling or emotion that inspires me. 

 Although I usually have a very clear idea in my mind from the onset what I want to create, the painting journey is full of times when I am unsure of how to proceed, times when I need to stop and think, or times when I make a mistake and have to decide whether to live with it and use it or to find a way to remove it.”

 From initial reference photo to the finished framed painting, this composite photo outlines the journey of the creation of Ona’s painting ‘Heart Strings’

“ As a fellow watercolourist said to me recently: Watercolour is such a delicate and unforgiving medium but the trials during each painting journey often seem to enhance that feeling of accomplishment at the finish line.... It’s this journey that I love the most.” 

  We wondered if Ona had a favourite painting that she had created…

 “There are a couple that I am attached to for sentimental reasons (usually those of my children) but generally my favourite changes with each painting I do because what I love most is the process of creation. There is nothing quite like taking an idea only I can clearly see in my mind and capturing the essence of it on paper so that others can share in the emotions or story attached to it.”

 In this photo Ona is painting the watercolour ‘Sugar sugar’ watched by one of the hummingbirds as she carefully paints each note of the song in the background.

During this year’s Studio Tour Ona will have many of her music series watercolours for us to see. She says:

 “I love how you can be having such a dismal day, you hear a piece of music and it can uplift you. Equally it can calm or energize you too, so in my music series I set about finding ways to capture visually the many different ways music touches us. For example, in Sognando I wanted to capture that almost dream like feeling when music transports you to another dimension" 

Both Zayn and Sarah, the musicians in the photos above will be playing live at Boynton House during this years Studio Tour. Several of Sarah’s fellow musicians from the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra will also be joining her. It promises to be a great event.

 "I am really excited that some of the musicians that helped inspire my paintings are going to be with me on the Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon of the Studio Tour playing live music for us all. They are also bringing some of their musician friends so not only will my visitors be able to see the art but also hear some of the music that inspired me to create it.”

Check out the brochure for location info, dates and times of the Studio Tour!"

I have also had a painting featured on the TAVES consumer Electronic show web page. The show will take place at the end of the month and will have a few paintings on display there the weekend of October 30-November 1

Hope to see some of you at one of these events.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Music is a way to dream and to go to a different dimension

"Music is a way to dream and to go to a different dimension" Dido Armstrong

I managed to finish the watercolour I have been working on today and will now get it matted ready for the Studio Tour in a few weeks time.  Have you any ideas for a title? I love Dido's quote but its a little too long for a title.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Put the dates on your calenders

It will soon be October and this means it's soon the Richmond Hill Studio Tour. I will be at Boynton House on Richmond Green again this year and have a very exciting tour planned for you including live music, lots of unique gifts and cards to purchase as well as original artwork!

Click on the invite to enlarge. Hope to see many of you next month. Please share the invite with family and friends too.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


After 4 days work the hair is now finished and the last of the skin tones have been added to the face.

Thank you all for your e mails and messages about the music. Well done to all of you that guessed  correctly.  I hope you will enjoy listening to Bevani playing her version of 'In Dreams' from Lord of the Rings.


Saturday, September 12, 2015


 I have been working over the last week on a new music series painting and have really enjoyed creating the sense of light on my subjects face. I love the luminosity of transparent watercolour and the way it allows you to capture light in a painting. In my opinion no other medium can compete.

My inspiration for this painting is a quote by the singer Dido" Music is a way to dream and to go to a different dimension". I wanted to try to capture this idea in my background so decided to paint some written music disappearing off into the far distant stars as a backdrop to my subject. Just as sound travels through the air, our minds travel with it as we listen to music. Whether you are listening to or playing music, it can transport you into another dimension.

Any guesses what instrument my subject is going to be playing? or indeed what music he is playing? (there is a clue in the background for those that can read music)


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Joan Wignall Young Award Missisippi Grand National Exhibition

I had some great news yesterday evening.

"Midnight Blues" was selected by juror Paul Jackson for the Joan Wignall Young Award in the Missisippi Grand National Exhibition.

The exhibition will run from October 5 – November 22, 2015 at the Arts Center of Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

This weeks News

I love being part of the Richmond Hill Studio Tour each year. Today was the start of our promotional exhibition at Covernotes. My watercolour Content-Ted will be on display there until October 1st. Covernotes is a great place to stop for a snack or beverage and this month you have a huge variety of art to look at by several Richmond Hill Studio Tour artists while you sit and relax there or catch up with friends.

We have also just finished printing my music series watercolours on fine art cards. I am so pleased with how they look. I wonder which ones will be the most popular. 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

 For those of you that have been following my progress or watched me as I was painting at Tastes of the Hill last weekend here is the finished painting.

 Mischief and Giggles, Fun and Love, That's What Little Boys are made of. This young child has found a snail and is seeing how well he can walk the tightrope. It's a long way down!   

This was a lot of fun to paint. Hopefully it brings back memories of when you, a sibling or your children were young and would get up to mischief. If you have any stories, I would love to hear them.


Monday, August 24, 2015

News News News!

Yesterday I worked on my current painting at 'Tastes of the Hill'  a large Richmond Hill event. It was a fun day with lots of interest in my work.  One of my blog readers Diane  stayed quite a while watching the progression so Chris snapped this photo of the two of us together. Thank you to everyone who popped by to see me work. It was lovely to be able to share a snippet of how I work with you all.

Today was both a sad and happy day for the Teds. It was take down day  for the exhibition at the Aurora Public Library. Many of the staff were sorry to see the Teds leave but two of the paintings have sold and  were collected today by their very happy owner Jody.

Its amazing to think that 12 of the 24 Ted paintings have now sold and live in their new homes in various parts of the world. I have just released the remaining paintings so if you are interested in any of them please let me know. Here is the link to the Ted Gallery page  Click on any small picture or title to find out the price of each remaining painting.

Lastly I am honoured to have my painting on the home page of the Transparent Watercolour society of America's website at the moment. Thank you TWSA!

Have a great week


Friday, August 21, 2015

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails WIP 2

I have now finished the face and background and I will be working on this larger than life size painting at 'Tastes of the Hill' on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill on Sunday from 11am-8pm.

For those of you too far away to visit me on Sunday... Any guesses what he is going to be looking at? There's a big clue in the title (smile)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails WIP 1

I thought you would enjoy seeing the amusing expression that has been appearing on my paper over the last couple of days.

This is just part of a new watercolour that I am working on. The face is larger than life in size which makes such a pleasant change from all the tiny faces I have recently been doing where every tenth of a millimeter counts. I still have a little more work to do defining his facial features but his expression is defintitely beginning to develop that mischievious look I am after.


Sunday, August 16, 2015


Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see me painting at Aurora Public Library for Doors Open Aurora. Here is my finished painting:


The small furry bear ‘Incriminate-Ted’ who was caught stealing maple syrup has been Incarcerate-Ted! The judge said the bear’s actions were “selfishly gluttonous” as he sentenced the small bear to 2 years in prison.

Poor Incarcerate-Ted is feeling blue and needs your help!!! Do you agree with the judges decision? If you don’t please either let me know a really clever case for appeal or an ingenious way for him to escape captivity so we can get him out of prison.  

Will Ted be ‘ Vindicate-Ted’ ‘Bust-Ted’ ? It’s up to you.  Let me know your ideas.

Thank you Patricia Duke for taking this photo of me painting at the library and sending it to me.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Doors Open Aurora

I will be painting a brand new 'Ted' painting at the Aurora Public Library this Saturday (August 15th) as part of Doors Open Aurora. Come and see me paint and meet some of the real Teds that star in my paintings. Its a must for both the young and the 'young at heart'.

The Ted in this publicity photo will be the star of the watercolour I will be painting and will definitely be putting in an appearance with me on Saturday. I wonder what will happen to him next?

 For my followers who live too far away to come and find out on Saturday, I promise I will post the finished painting as soon as I can.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

People's Choice Award: Transparent Watercolor Society of America 2015 Exhibition

I had a wonderful phone call this morning from Mary Ellen Segraves, the TWSA Awards Chair to tell me that my painting 'Acceso' won the People's Choice award in the exhibition this year.

Getting a People's Choice Award from such a large, well attended exhibition such as TWSA is so exciting. I am beyond thrilled that so many people were touched by the painting and voted for it.

Thank you everyone!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Love makes the world go round

If love makes the world go round,
 when we are together
it spins a little faster

I wonder what dance they are dancing as they are spinning around? A waltz maybe?  or something faster? What do you think?

Transparent Watercolour 32 inches by 22 inches on Arches 140lb cold press paper.

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?