Thursday, November 27, 2008

Pencil Pony

"Moorland Pony"
4"x6" Pencil Drawing, on wc paper

I am fighting off the last dregs of this flu and did up this drawing today...

I'm sure any young girl would love to label this fella her "BFF" Calm, steady, friendly and trusting, he'll keep all your secrets and cover you with light kisses. And what girl could possible resist that mane, not to mention those eyes!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends!!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Due to another bout with the flu, Kim is taking some time off. Check back Wed/Thurs. for a new post.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tabby in a Basket

"Tabby in a Basket"
5" x5" watercolor on WC paper
This is the little cat painting I had been working on. It was taken from another painting that I did a couple of years ago, but wasn't too happy with.
I changed my cat reference to a softly back lit tabby and the subtle browns, blues and dove grays, work lovely together. I am very pleased with how it has turned out; hope you are too!

This painting is available for $50.00us plus $6.00 S/H.
Please contact me if you are interested.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I am still here!


2.5"x 3.5" Original ACEO; Mixed media on watercolor paper
Finally I have ditched this ugly cold and am getting back to the land of the living!
I spent the last day catching up on some of my Christmas commissions and am going to give this week's DSFDF challenge a try, plus I have a little cat painting that I am hoping to post tomorrow.

It seems the older I get, the longer these colds take to work through. Trying to focus on an art board and hold a pencil or paint brush steady is next to, I did doodle in some of my better moments and came up with a little whimsical ACEO that I finished up today.
This little guy kinda reflects what we feel when we are ill. Hopefully he brings a smile to everyone, especially to those of you who are fighting one of those annoying cough/cold/flu bugs now!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008


"Shadows" •5"x5" watercolor on board

Here is my painting for this week's challenge over at Karin's Different Strokes.

I have only eeked out this one painting this week as I am fighting a bad cold/flu thing that I caught from my son. A few more days and I'm sure I will be back to normal :-)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Grey on Black

Grey on Black •4"x7" watercolor on board

Well, here it is, bad Friskett not withstanding, the second head study for my arabian pair. A wonderful grey on black.
I am not sure which one I like better; the grey , for all it's drama in contrasts, or the Black, for all the rich colors that play underneath that black coat....Perhaps you have a favourite??

Here is a peek at how these two would look presented side by side...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Old Frisket=Bad Idea

I don't normally use Frisket, but for my painting "White on Black", I wanted to get a really deep, rich background, and I needed to protect my white areas. Hence the use of this liquid masking product.

However, watercolor artists should only use FRESH Friskett, in other words not the bottle that has been sitting on the shelf for eons and eons (Did I mention I don't normally use Frisket?)

Once old, Frisket can, (and did) refuse to come off the paper, and when it finally did release, it took little pieces of fiber with it.
So, my painting for today was not salvageable and I have started it over...using a new bottle of Frisket which I have tested on a scrap piece of board (getting clever in my old age!)

Please check back tomorrow to see the new results. In the meantime, I am taking my cue from this lovely Brighthope Kennel pup I recently visited with and am going relax and go to bed-Cheers! :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Black on Grey

"Black on Grey" • 4"x7" Watercolor on board

Here is a head study of a lovely arabian. While he may be black, there is tons of colour in this handsome boy. Tomorrow I will be posting the 'sister' painting to "Black on Grey" entitled "Grey on Black."

This painting is available. If you are interested, please contact me.


Monday, November 3, 2008

The Road Ahead

"The Road Ahead" 4"x6" Watercolor on paper

Today's post is from Karin Jurick's Weekly Different Strokes Challenge.

While the photo itself was of an American monument, literally, I cropped in on a part of the reference piece.
I painted in a very subdued palette but focused in on the small bits of bright orange red color of the brakes and stoplights seen on the road.

As a Canadian watching the US Election from the sidelines, this mirrors my feelings at this time. American citizens are on the brink of possibly making history in electing their first African American President and/or their first woman Vice-President. The pressure in this election is intense...Nothing is clear cut, or stands out; so it is time to stop and think and take a breath before reaching that iconic building.

I wish the best of luck to both candidates and all our American friends as they go to the polls tomorrow. We'll certainly be watching here.
This piece is available for $50.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
email me directly if you are interested.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Other End of the Leash V- Dont' Move!!

The Other End of the Leash V-Don't Move!
• 4"x6" watercolor on paper

Here is the final of the five paintings in this series. It is a little Jack with a lot of else are Jacks!?! Something has caught his attention (notice how he has used his owner's foot for a higher vantage point! ) and his focus is intense:-) I wonder what he saw??

This was a challenging series. Next week I'll have something new, but I still have enough ideas to continue this series at a later date; perhaps another 5 installments later this month? We'll see how things shape up.