Sunday, January 29, 2017


James 3D printed me some new scratch board blade handles so, of course, I just had to try them out didn't I.  'Memory' Scratch board on Ampersand Museum Series 11 by 14 inch panel. (A touch of watercolour was added in the cats eyes.)

'Memory, turn your face to the moonlight
 Let your memory lead you
Open up, enter in.
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin'

Friday, January 27, 2017

Once Upon a Dragon

 I guess painting this was my escape from all the animosity and hate that is happening around our world right now.

'Once Upon a Dragon' Transparent Watercolour.

Reading a good story allows our imagination to take flight and allows us to forget about our day-to-day troubles. It can transport us to a fantasy world that, for a brief moment, we can escape into.

I guess because my paintings are visual stories it has a similar effect when I paint them. Painting this was a great escape. Who else fancies a pet dragon?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Richeson 75 Small Works Exhibition Finalist

I was pleased to receive an e mail yesterday afternoon to say that my painting 'Incarcerate-Ted' had been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Richeson75 Small Works Exhibition.

Now I need to package him up so he can safely be transport-Ted  to the exhibition. It opens on February 22, 2017 in Kimberly, WI and runs until April 18th.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Storytime WIP 1

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin....

I have been working on this background for the last week. What you see is only a section of what will be a much larger painting but as I was working on it today the picture I could see made me smile.

 I wanted to create the feeling of a book illustration for the background in what will be a double portrait of one child reading a book to another younger child. It appears though that two of the dragons I have painted in the background have other ideas and want more of a key role in my story! Maybe the plot or illustrations in the book the child is holding have captured their interest too.

I often use a piece of foamcore to cover the area I am not working on to keep the paper clean while I paint. As I stopped for a break today I realised  that the foamcore was covering the area they are all looking at. It made me smile because the two dragons and the child look as if they can see behind the foamcore but we can't so at the moment the story is their secret. I will have to keep painting so you can all be part of and enjoy the tale too won't I. Until I do any guesses what the story the child is reading might be???

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy New Year!

I just want to wish my readers a very Happy New Year and to let you know about some events that will be happening this year. Firstly I was honoured to be asked by the President of the International Watercolor Society to be part of the leadership team for IWS Canada.

I met with Atanur along with the president of CSPWC this week and we talked about building a stronger relationship between the two organisations here in Canada. I am looking forward to working with both presidents to make this happen.

I also wanted to let you know that this year I will be participating in the King Studio Tour in April rather than the Richmond Hill one in the fall. The dates for the King Studio Tour are April 22nd and 23rd. More details will follow soon but save the dates!

From Mid July until late in August I will also have a solo exhibition at the Aurora Public Library. More details will follow for this later this spring.