Watercolor Wednesday – Bird #7 of 100

Winter has Finally Arrived!

We finally got a taste of winter here in Southwestern Ontarion this past weekend. While I’m not a big fan of the white stuff, I have to admit to enjoying the cozy feeling of watching it snow and blow while warm and snug inside.

I painted this fellow a couple of weeks ago at a painting play date at my friend’s house. Thank you, Char, for letting me experiment with your vibrant Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolours! They sure helped make this guy stand out!

It’s always a thrill to see a brillant red cardinal, especially against a snowy backdrop. We all need a bit of colour in the wintertime! While most cardinals get all puffed up in the snow, this guy seems to be showing off his trim figure. I’ve decided to call him “Slim”.

Bright red cardinal sitting on a branch with snow falling. Watercolor and ink on paper.
“Slim” Watercolour and Ink on Paper 7 X 5″ $45 CAD
Reference photo courtesy of PaintMyPhoto

Blue Birds!

My flock is getting bigger! Here are two more additions, an Eastern Bluebird (#5) and our old friend, the Indigo Bunting (#6). These are torn paper collage on a mixed media background. (Which was really hard to photograph, BTW!) I guess I’m wishing for spring already, because this pair is called Spring Song.

The song that kept going through my head while I was creating these was:

Blue Skies by Irving Berlin

Blue skies smilin’ at me
Nothin’ but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin’ a song
Nothin’ but bluebirds all day long

Spring Song 1 – Eastern Bluebird
12 X 6″ Collage on Canvas
Two paper collage paintings, mixed media background using sheet music and other media. The first bird is an Eastern Bluebird and the second is an Indigo Bunting.
Spring Song 2 – Indigo Bunting
12 X 6″ Collage on Canvas


Watercolor Wednesday ~ Bird #4 of 100

We really enjoy watching the little nuthatches when they come to eat at our suet feeders. They are great acrobats and hang upside down and sideways to get at the food. This is a little female, and she has a good grip on that branch!

Little Acrobat
Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ X 5″ $45 CAD

Watercolor Wednesday ~ Bird #3 of 100

I have to admit that I really love this little warbler! He’s so tiny that he can sit at the very top of a cluster of crab apple buds. I looked in my bird book to see what kind of warbler he (or she) is, but couldn’t come up with a definitive answer. If any of you are birders, maybe you could help!

This is my final contender for the Twitter Art Exhibit. I’ll be deciding soon (with your help) which one to pick! I need to get it in the mail to send over to Scotland!

Little Warbler sitting on crabapple leaves. Watercolor and Ink on paper
Little Warbler – Watercolour and Ink 16 cm X 12cm $25.00 CAD
Reference courtesy of Linda Anderson at PaintMyPhoto

Watercolor Wednesday ~ Bird #2 of 100.

I’ve only seen this elusive little bird twice in my life, and for only a few seconds each. This is an Indigo Bunting, a tiny brilliant blue bird about the size of a sparrow, or smaller. The first time I saw it was when I was very young, at Rondeau Provincial Park in Ontario. The second time, was a few years ago in my backyard, perched on the fence around our pool and just long enough for me to say, “Oh!” and he was gone.

He’s another contender for the Twitter Art Exhibit. I like this little guy so much, I think I’ll do him again in collage and in a different setting. Stay tuned!

Indigo Bunting in Spring 16cm X 12cm Watercolour and Ink on paper $25.00 CAD

100 Birds!

It’s a new year, and I’ve decided to embark on an adventure. This adventure will probably take more than a year, but I’m going to try to paint or collage 100 birds! Birds are one of my favorite subjects and there are thousands and thousands of species to choose from. Although I’m going to try and do as many different species as I can, I can’t promise that I won’t be sticking with a favourite or two! (Crows come to mind.)

Although I have done a couple of bird paintings fairly recently, I will start from when I decided to do the series, which was today!

This is a small watercolour, one of the contenders to enter the Twitter Art Exhibit this year. She is a lovely female cardinal and I’ve named her Northern Lady.

Northern Lady 6.25″ X 4.75″ Watercolor and Ink on Paper
$25.00 CAD

Summer’s almost over!

This summer has been “The Summer of the Butterfly” for me. I brought in three tiny caterpillars into the house to raise into Monarch butterflies; Jeremy, Victoria and Elizabeth! Sadly, Victoria didn’t make it, but the other two grew into beautiful butterflies that got released into my garden.

This  inspired me to start a series of butterflies. The first one is “Winging It”, 12″ X 12″ collage and mixed media.

I’m currently working on another one which will be big and blue!


What Have I Been Up To?

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted on my blog! Let me catch you up on some of the things I’ve done lately.

Most recently, I’ve finished another in my Crow series. This one is called You’re So Vain and is available right now in my Etsy Store. In a few weeks he’ll be moving over to ARTspace in Chatham.

You’re So Vain


Another project I’ve recently complete was this diptych. A diptych is two paintings that are meant to be hung together, and kind of fit together.  I’m entering these into Paint Ontario this spring.


Wading At Ipperwash


I’ve also started a Tea series that I’m loving. These two are currently available at ARTspace in Chatham, Ontario.

Chai Tea

Orange Pekoe

And just yesterday, for fun, I doodled this little Art Card in honour of our athletes who are doing so well at the Olympics. This one is called Proud Canadian, and it is already SOLD!

Proud Canadian


Playing with Paper!

A while ago, I was going through some painted watercolor papers that were either failed attempts at something, or experiments gone wrong. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to cut them up into ACEO-sized cards and experiment with them further. I picked out interesting parts of the papers that had neat colours or textures and cut them into 2.5″ X 3.5″ pieces. Then they sat for another few months in a bag in my studio.

Yesterday, looking for something to do,  I found them! I got out my small Gelli plate and added some fun textures, then got out some of my scrap collage papers. I’ve really been enjoying my coneflowers, daisies (although they are done blooming now), and Black Eyed Susans in my garden.  I used them for inspiration for these little art cards.

And for those of you following the progress on the fawn collage, here is the finished version. This piece is now at ARTspace Gallery in Chatham, ON.