Been working on this commission for a little bit. It spent more time in conception than actual brush to canvas work. That’s just how it goes sometimes.

It’s another 30×40″ canvas… I will pull this out by the end of the week.


Forget me nots again

April 12, 2011

French illustrator/designer, Coco does it again. Her illustrations are so dreamy and inspiring. I blogged about her Forget me not scarves a while back…just thought I’d highlight a few of my favourites from the Fall/Winter 11 collection. SO LOVELY!


Stay in the shade

April 6, 2011

Been a while since my last “one a day” thing….

“Stay in the shade”
9×12 watercolour painting. 140lb cold press.



March 29, 2011

I moved out of my old apartment and in with the boy recently – it was one of the better apartments I’ve had in this city (Ever since moving here in 1998, I’m perpetually moving…I believe I’ve moved 10 times in 12 years. I’m a damn nomad!!!) My last apartment was pretty nice – 1 bedroom on the 2nd floor of a large victorian house… big balcony, nice galley kitchen, high ceilings and a lot of charm.

Sadly, due to the entrance way of the new place, my handsome Ethan Allen heaven couch (which I got on Craigslist for $300!!!) wouldn’t fit. Luckily, it’s got a new home with some friends so I can always visit it. That trunk, also a Craigslist score ($15) had to go (dumb merging)…Kelso waited a good two years to take this off my hands…she’s a patient one I tell ya.

Any how, that apartment was good to me …but I can honestly say, my new place is by far, the BEST apartment I’ve ever lived in.

The only room in the new place that we’ve completed is the livingroom – which only required minor decor adjustments… the kitchen and bathroom had to be painted, among other things….

We got a really nice persian rug for a steal…and that couch was also found on Craigslist. Selling the old couch covered my share of the cost on this one. Rob and Spark had some old white ratty curtains up before -totally the landlord’s doing. They were more decorative than functional anyway, so we got rid of them. I found a single packaged curtain panel at West Elm on super sale and DIY’ed it into 2 panels…
Now, why are curtains SINGLE PACKAGED and priced as if there are two in there?! Why is this the standard?  We can all agree a window requires the balance of 2, right?! It’s kind of dumb.

Recovered chair in coffee bean Burlap!Brrrap brrrap! Reupholstering is the jam!

Art wall! Mix of stuff. Includes a photograph of my  Saba (grandfather) shot for Time Magazine in the 1950’s. Back story -After the war of Independence in 1948 between Israel and neighbouring Arab countries, including Iraq, many Iraqi jews faced persecution. This subsequently led to the mass exodus of Jewish people from the country in 1951-52….This photograph captures my Saba leading a prayer for the Jews in Iraq at that time. The emotion and urgency in this photograph is palpable.. just incredible….my grandfather was a pretty amazing man.

Just a little history, nbd. Back to decor, here is my inspiration for the bathroom…
We accidentally painted our bathroom a non-colour….with every intention of using a colour-colour. What I mean by this is we goofed mixing a light blue and cream paint our landlord already had and offered us. 
So the bathroom is a verrrrrrrry light non-colour gray. Everything in the bathroom is white and our walls aren’t too far off.  It’s not bad, it just means colour has to be sourced else where. Enter the inspiration for the colour pallette…..
Print by UnitedThread on Etsy. SOOO MANY PRINTS I WANT!!! The stacked whales? Beautiful! and the owls are lovely too, but this one was the one I chose.


I’m quite partial to the shower curtain above..but it does come in a cloud blue, which may be easier on the male contingent of the house. Hopefully, it all goes to plan.
updates to follow.

Holiday Warz

December 18, 2010

I can’t seem to stop!!! These fatties are part of a commission – I love them and wish I could keep them! Hopefully the recipient loves them just as much.

Just want to wish everyone a Merry ho- ho….Hope all your holiday shopping is in the can for another year. If not, you may find yourself at the mall in a similar scenario as junco and chickadee here!

Winter’s First Breath

December 7, 2010

Yesterday was Toronto’s first official snow fall..I can’t deny it any longer, winter is here. Boo. On the bright side, yesterday also marked my good friend Matt‘s 32nd birthday.
I whipped this little fella up JUST for him. Happy birthday Matty!  RENNICK RENNICK RENNICK!

Aubergine Dove

November 29, 2010

Aubergine Dove
9″ x 12″
Watercolour, Prisma Color Markers, Pen on 140 lb Cold Press Paper


Birds are my favorite subject to draw/paint/ render/whatever. I love them. I’ve spent the week working on a bird triptych for a hash man out west. I’m DYING to post them…DYING!!!!!  but I can’t spoil the surprise, even though it hurts my insides to restrain myself. So, once the little birdies have flown the coop, which should be soon, I will post.
I had the best time making those birds, I decided to make more….

This is the chubby  junco! He looks a bit cuckoo, no? Sphere birds are the best!


Watercolour, prisma markers, pen on 140lb Cold Press paper.


Update: That didn’t take long! The junco is SOLD. Off to Finland to roost with the Jon, Raija, Gracie and Bompsi.

Sleeping in the Cold.

November 20, 2010

40″x 60″ Diptych
Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
“Sleeping in the Cold”

One of the things I love most about painting is the tension. Its a lot of pushing and pulling, trying to wrangle an image onto the canvas. Sometimes the paint works for me and other times it fights me, but in the end I always manage to pull it back from the brink of disaster. This painting fought me tooth and nail… but somehow it all worked out and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the end result.

After a good month of work…this guy here is done! It was really important for me to make a really really exceptional piece for Sean and Aidan – they are some of the best people I know and I wanted to do right by them.
Robbie and I went by their place to “install” the paintings (i.e mostly enjoy their company and watch their PVR)
I forgot my camera so this iphoto will have to do….

Looks waaaaaaaaaay better in their bedroom than in my studio.
Hope they love it!

Oh and here’s Maybel (bunny princess) being super cute.

Keeping us guessing

November 16, 2010

An image that has stuck with me is that of the magpie and her locket. I’ve drawn it and been drawn to it so many times… or variations of it, I can only rationalize that it’s significance is pretty important.
When it continually re-emerges in my life, like it does, it gets me thinking about the idea of totems, myth and folk-lore –  I’ve been trying to find a way to convey this idea in new work and then I find myself stuck. Then that bird just shows up, chasing that locket.
It’s got to mean something…. The locket is something pretty personal for me…I know what it embodies for me.  The bird isn’t so clear… and that’s just like the magpie. Keeping us guessing.

So here, again…..My Magpie and her Locket

4″x6″ Oval in Vintage Ornate Metal Frame (The frame measures 5.5″ x 8″ )
Pen and  Prisma colour and watercolour
140 lb Cold Press Water Colour Paper