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My website ( is thrilled to announce yet another brand new feature! You can now join a series of FREE classrooms. You receive everything but a teacher:

– Receive (and also give) helpful feedback on each assignment from your classmates

– Complete ten sequential free courses that range from 3 to 6 weeks each

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– When you finish a classroom, choose another free classroom, or choose a for-pay classroom hosted by a world renowned art educator


Those are NOT Blue Mushrooms!

Many moons ago, when I was trying to find my way in this world as a woman, I painted my thoughts. Strangely enough, I missed the parts of the 60’s and 70’s  when “everyone” was supposedly doing drugs. These images are from a clear (but somewhat unusual) brain.

Title: Eden Dawn of Feminism

Medium: Oil on Canvas




Eat Veggies Before Painting!

“Eat veggies” has become the buzz phrase for everything that is good for you. Now, how am I going to connect this to painting you ask? Well, as veggies are the prerequisite for good health, knowing how to draw is the prerequisite for realistic painting.

When you can create the illusion of three dimensional space with pencils on paper, you are ready to do the same with paints on canvas.

After many years of drawing realism, I decided to try painting. The transition from drawing was surprisingly easy. This painting (one of my early works) was part of a juried exhibition in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia a couple of decades ago.



Cuddles the Cow!

I don’t have a style. The artistic freedom of not being pigeonholed empowers me to just have fun creating whatever strikes my fancy!

Besides, when styles are critiqued and/or examined by others, the resulting labels often focus more on a particular historical period or artistic movement rather than the creation or its creator. In my humble opinion, the entity known as style is simply an accumulation of an artist’s inherent preferences, life experiences, artistic philosophy, personal goals, and academic background.


Rhino in Pajamas!

My pencil drawing of this rhinoceros is based on a pen and ink drawing by Albrecht Dürer.

Dürer never saw a real rhinoceros. His drawing was based on only a rough sketch and a written description. Dürer obviously employed his artistic license to create this quite unusual looking animal. This drawing was widely accepted as a realistic representation of a rhinoceros right up until the 18th century.


In 1515, Manuel I, King of Portugal, sent a live rhinoceros (on which Dürer’s drawing was based) to Pope Leo X as a gift. Unfortunately, the rhinoceros never arrived at its destination; it drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Italy in early 1516.

In 1956, Salvador Dali created a three-ton, bronze cast sculpture of a rhinoceros based on Dürer’s drawing. Dali stayed true to Dürer’s representation of a rhinoceros, but couldn’t resist adding two humongous sea urchins as a satirical reference to the actual animal’s demise in a watery grave. Today this sculpture, titled Rhinoceros Dressed In Lace (Rinoceronte vestido con puntillas) resides in Puerto Banús in Marbella, Spain.

Here’s an image of Dürer’s original drawing.


Katie the Pitweiler!

Meet Katie – my sweet, lovable, mixed-breed dog whose pedigree includes Rottweiler, Pit-bull, and possibly Beagle. We adopted Katie from our local SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) when she was 2-years-old (almost 6 now). Today, despite the horrors of her first two years, she is very happy, and has the waggiest tail and the biggest smile you can imagine.

This is one of my favorite drawings – one of my many experiments that worked! The focal point (her eyes) is enhanced by gradually fading out the lower part of her head, neck, and body.


Back to my Shading roots!

For many years now, my drawings have been shaded with squirkling, hatching, and crosshatching. In the process of planning Book 4: Introduction to Shading, I decided to return to the traditional shading techniques of my younger years.

I’m so happy I made this decision – I had forgotten the joy of using this technique! This realistic drawing of a flower is rendered with pencils sharpened to a chisel point.


My first post!

At this point, I’m just trying to find my way around. This colored pencil drawing was done about 20 years ago. Needless to say, I changed it to gray scale in Photoshop.


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