I love going to drop in life drawing classes and have been posting some of my sketches on social media. I thought I would take some time to shed some light about the practice which can be a bit of a surprise to some people. Yes, artists do gather together to draw actual naked people… Continue reading Life Drawing
As you all know, I am a big fan of QOR watercolours. QOR is a relatively new brand manufactured by Golden, a company mainly known for their acrylic paints. They use a unique "Aquazol" binder and claim to be more pigmented and versatile marketing themselves as truly "modern" watercolours. Do they live up to the… Continue reading Watercolour Review: QOR Watercolour Mini-Palette
"Shade and Shadows," Plein Air Watercolour, available for sale I had an amazing weekend in Elora, Ontario participating in their Plein Air Painting Festival. For 4 days artists from all over Ontario and Canada came together and created art inspired by the village and its surrounding countryside. The weather was cool with a mixture of… Continue reading Elora Plein Air Festival – Tips for Plein Air Painting
Student Work from my First Introduction to Watercolour Class My original life plan was to become a high school art teacher, but after finishing my Bachelor of Arts, I shirked teachers' college to pursue a career in the corporate world. After four years of University, I wanted shake off some student debts and get a… Continue reading Working as an Art Teacher – Living my Dream!
I am never without my tiny travel paint kit and I thought I would take some time to share a bit more about my paint selection. Customizing your palettes can be one of the most important things you do as an artist. The colours you choose are the foundation for your paintings and they create… Continue reading Travel Palette Tour
Are you just starting out with Watercolours? Going to the Art Store for the first time can be intimidating. I've written this post to explain a bit about the basic supplies you will need in attempt to demystify the process. I love to chat art supplies. So feel free to contact me if you have… Continue reading Your First Watercolour Supplies
This fall, at the Mary Allen Studio Tour I displayed six of my framed pieces together, on a grid wall. Somehow, with all the pieces in front of me, I had an "A-ha" moment! For the first time I saw my own distinct style. Previously, I had been describing my work as "moody and etherial" but… Continue reading Finding My Style