Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Place Award International Watermedia 2017

I was so thrilled to find out that my painting 'From Little Acorns' was chosen to receive the First Place Award in the Pikes Peak International Watermedia 2017 exhibition. CONGRATULATIONS to all the other award winners and thank you to juror Soon Y. Warren

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Citrus Sunshine

Some days, when its miserable and rainy, you just have to create your own sunshine. Painting this watercolour has been my way of finding sunshine over the last few days. Since last Friday its been cloudy and rainy here almost every day so just in case your day is gloomy too I hope this sunny painting brightens your day.

Transparent Watercolour 25 by 16.5 inches

Saturday, June 3, 2017

First Friday Richmond Hill

It was our first ever 'First Friday' event in downtown Richmond Hill yesterday evening and I had a lovely time painting in the sunshine and chatting to the people walking around. I think the happy warm sunshine flowed into my painting too. Its not finished yet but this is where I got to by the end of the evening.

Any guesses when type of birds are visiting my painted oranges?

This is a photo of me with our local MP for Richmond Hill Majid Jowhari. Photo credit: Phil Shepherd

Monday, May 22, 2017


 Never belittle a child's game of pretend because everything we take for granted today like our computers, TV's, phones and cars and even the airplanes we use to fly around the world in, began in someone's imagination. While reality has defined limits, imagination is boundless. Our imaginations can be used not just to escape reality, but to create it and shape it's future. So be the master of your fate, the captain of your soul. Imagine, Believe and you WILL Achieve!

I had so much fun with this. Steampunk is an eclectic world of steam, goggles, cogs and rivets. It is a playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration so it seemed fitting that I used this style for this painting. Fitting too the I share the finished painting today as it is Victoria day here in Canada and Steampunk's origins are in the Victorian Era. Happy Victoria Day!

Transparent Watercolour 22.5 by 18 inches

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Emotive Expressions Gift Store

You can now buy directly from the Gift Store on the Emotive Expressions website using my newly installed online shopping cart.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars. Happy shopping!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


The steampunk style background scene on my paper is done, so today I started work on the child. I think this is going to be my last portrait for a while unless I get any commissions as I want to stretch my wings and try some other things. So I am just going to take my time and enjoy the process of bringing this one to life on the paper.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


After a busy couple of weeks it has been nice to pick up the brushes again. I'm having some fun with this background creating a steampunk style Victorian landscape.

I wonder what the city I am creating is called and who lives there. My progress is pretty slow as creating the misty/ smoky effect involves many layers of glazing. I am really enjoying both the challenge of architecture and developing a feeling of scale and distance using a very limited palette though.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Splash 19: The Illusion of light

I am delighted to be among the artists selected to be included in North Light Books Splash 19: The Illusion of Light which will be published next year
'A Penny for your Thoughts' has now officially become my most successful painting so far. It has been accepted into 3 big exhibitions, won 3 awards and now will be published in this book too. You can see the full list of winners here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Watermedia 2017

I was delighted to receive notification yesterday that 'From Little Acorns' has been accepted into Pikes Peak International Watermedia 2017. The exhibition will take place at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 East Colorado Avenue,Colorado Springs, CO 80903 from June 2- 24th.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors

I was delighted and very surprised to receive notification that my paintings, 'Leaf me Be' and 'Watch Over Me' have both been accepted into the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Thank you to everyone at the View Arts Center and to Juror of selection Ken Call.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Art will be Alive at Tour stop #5

I am super excited to be hosted by Kings Ridge Veterinary Clinic for Studio Tour King this year. We will be Tour stop#5, in just a couple of weeks time on April 22nd and 23rd, 2017. We will be open from 10am-5pm each day. You can find us at 1700 King Road, Unit 23, King City, ON, L7B 0N1 (It's in the new plaza on the north west side of King and Dufferin)

Hope you enjoy the video invite above. If you are receiving this blog post via e mail click on the following link to see the invite

I was also honoured to have a painting chosen to be on one of the billboards advertising the events around the town. Thank you to Leslie Whicher for sponsoring the sign and helping us to promote the tour.

Hope to see you soon

Sunday, April 2, 2017

An Egg-xtra special Egg-xercise in Glazing

 With Easter in just a few weeks time I couldn't resist doing this, so here is an Egg-xtra special Egg-xercise for you all to have fun with.

 Using just 5 colours you can create an illusion of depth on a flat piece of paper, and also develop the shape and form of the eggs. Have fun!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Brand New Look to my Website!

Very Excited to announce I have a brand new website design! 

I hope everyone will enjoy taking a look around the brand new  with its gift store, interactive galleries, paint along videos and much much more! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


It has been such fun painting this, just capturing that expression and playing with some really bright colour.

I have always struggled in the past when painting predominantly red/orange paintings because I feel colour as emotion and emotions as colour. So for me to use a predominantly orange/red palette makes me much more daring, determined, energetic, powerful, impulsive and slightly aggressive than usual.  It is a highly visible colour that makes me make spur of the moment rash decisions which is so unlike my style of painting and, in the past, has led to me making mistake after mistake. My saviour in this painting was Dawn's green eyes. when I started to get overwhelmed by all the orange/ reds I would just focus on the eyes and add a little more detail to them until I felt calmer again.

Do you find you are affected by the colours you paint with?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Red Alert WIP 2

I am so slow painting hair. After 2 days work I am still not even half way around. To me the WIP photo below looks just like she is saying " really??? I've been waiting here for days and you still haven't finished???

It's fun using all the bright oranges yellows and reds I don't usually use much though with some purples  and greens thrown in too. This photo above shows just a section of the full painting. It doesn't capture the intensity or the variation in colour in the actual painting but at least it gives you an idea of my progress.