Thursday Night Life Drawing – Watercolour Painting

Hello everyone ! I went to Thursday Night Life Drawing last night. It’s located in downtown Toronto at Queen and McCaul street. It was really good. I managed to grab a spot on the left side of the model. He has some really good poses. I love the bend and twist in torso’s.

I made some charcoal drawings for the short poses (1 min, 2 min and 5 min poses). For the longer poses I used my watercolours and really enjoyed it. It was my first time using watercolours to do life drawing and it was very enjoyable.

I do reccomend though that if you are going to do the same, bring portable everything that is very easy to set up, clean and then put away. I have a portable set of everything that I bring with me while I urban paint / sketch. Also keep in mind, that I sat out from painting the final 25 min pose because I needed to give my last watercolour enough time to dry. So for last pose, you can either go back to drawing or just wait around.

This painting is a 20 min pose. I have progress shots as well as a final image.

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Artist Appreciation – Chau Toronto

Artist Appreciation

I find that art can be many mediums. It is oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, spray paint, paper, ink, sculpture, photography, makeup, hair, performance, dance, song and let’s not forget one of my favorites, food. (And so much more) To create something with food that really captures someone is something that takes skill. Visual artwork can make someone pause to look at it, trapped by what it makes them feel and what they see. Food can do the same thing. It can shock and surprise you. Can make you feel different emotions.

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I know a food artist that I greatly admire. Her name is Jane Tran and this month I would like to recognize her. She isn’t just insanely talented with her ability to make some of the best food I have ever eaten, but who she is and what she does for her art is inspiring. She is dedicated to what she does. She is constantly motivated in her field, always growing and creating. She is never stopping. Always, she is doing something new, popping up in kitchens all over Toronto. She has only lived here for less than a year and yet within that short amount of time she is on fire in the food scene and people can’t get enough of her cooking.

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She really inspires me to keep moving forward, to keep going. Even if something doesn’t work out, let it go and move on. Keep doing more things and trying to get out there. Put your best into what you are doing and people will see it, people will recognize it. Your hard work will pay off if you want it, and work for it, and put your all into it. I often refer to her as my role model to other people. I have seen this woman accomplish things she puts her mind to and seeing her do what she loves shows me that I too can do what I love and be successful.

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Future Urban Sketching in Chinatown, Toronto.

Hey everyone ! Feel free to join me on July 23rd (Sunday) from 1-3. I will be downtown sketching on location. Spadina and Dundas. If you want to join you are more than welcome too. It’s going to be very casual. Just moving around sketching what ever I want. Afterwards I will be grabbing a bite to eat in the area and anyone is welcome to join. 

I will be brining my travelling watercolor kit and sketching tools in a bag. So nothing crazy. Easy to set up no matter where I sit and easy to clean up and move onto the next spot. 

Chinatown is really beautiful and there is so much going on. Tons of subject matter to sketch and paint. I am very excited to go. If anyone comes along, looking forward to meeting you !

Giant rubber duck visits Toronto watercolor postcard

I am in love with this giant rubber duck that’s in Toronto right now and I really wanted to make a quick postcard painting before I call it a night so I thought I would combine the two.

This was fun and quick to make. Just made me smile the whole time I was making it. I love the occasional fun painting to make that isn’t too serious.


New website address and taking traditional painting commissions !

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Hello Everyone !

First I updated my website address so no more wordpress in the name. Just straight . But if you still have wordpress in the name it will re-direct you to .

Second of all, I am open for taking traditional watercolor painting commissions in my style. If you would like me to make a painting for you, please send me an email at and I would be happy to get things started with you.

Good things to have ready if you want a commission :

What building(s) would you like in your piece ?

Do you have reference photos of said building(s) ? If it’s located in Toronto I will be able to go to location and take photos myself.

How big are you looking at this being ? I can do any size up to 36″ high by 48″ long.

What is your time line? Do you need it as soon as possible or in a few months ?

Keep in mind, I don’t just do condos or iconic buildings. I have painted peoples houses, stores they have owned, beach houses, structures that people are fond of, favorite parks, harbors, airports, and many more. No matter the building type, send me a message anyways and we can discuss it !

Contact email :

Instagram : @TyleensArt



Participation in my very first art show !

That was such a good experience. Wow what a time. I participated in my first art show on Thursday June 22nd, 2017, at the Mod Club in Toronto.

I went to the show at 4pm to get everything set up. I’m glad I went when I did because I had never set up a booth before so I had no real understanding of how long it was going to take me to set up. I was pretty good though at getting it all together since I had prepared everything at home before hand. The only thing I had to do was put the wire on the back of my frames, put the S hooks on the railing and then hang the paintings. After that I just had to set up my table and easel. I think it turned out rather well. Oh yes and lighting.

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I am very grateful for my husband and my sister coming and helping me set up everything and be ready for the show. They helped me get it all together and stage it and bring things back and forth. And most of all support.

I don’t think I could thank all my friends and family who came out and supported me enough. It was so wonderful seeing them all there and knowing that they all believe in me and want to see me succeed. It’s empowering to know that even without them I would have been there still doing it, but it’s heart warming to know that I didn’t have to do it alone. I had all of them. It made me so happy to see each and every person. There was some people that bought tickets even though they knew they couldn’t go and the messages of support that people sent me all brought a smile to my face and boosted my confidence up. I was a little nervous but because of all of them I was able to push through my lack of nerves and floppy turning stomach hahaha.

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The experience was really great. It really helped me understand what it was like to prepare myself for a show. Get everything ready. Plan out how I want to present myself. And I am really glad I was honest with myself about what to expect from this. I was very realistic and expected my prints to sell more than my original artwork on the basis that my originals cost more. I ended up selling all of my prints, a lot of my postcards and I also got some orders for some custom paintings. I felt like for the amount of people that attended I had a pretty high volume of foot traffic which was really nice.


One of the best parts was just talking and meeting people. I got to talk to so many different people. Customers, admirers, other artists and people who were just curious. I couldn’t stop talking the whole night. I felt kinda bad cause I wanted to give more time to every person that stopped by but sometimes I was talking to some people and then other people would come by. I did the best I could. Everyone was really great. I loved talking not just about my artwork but getting to know everyone and just talking about art in general.

I will never forget my first sale. It was to a woman who came to my booth, she was with a friend and she told me how much she loved my paintings; just everything about them, and she just really thought they were beautiful. I have little goose bumps typing this right now cause I remember that it just made me feel so real. Someone else, someone I didn’t know was in love with something I created with my two hands. Something that meant a lot to me and she loved it. She ended up buying a print of the St.Lawrence Market. I hope I never forget her. Thank you.

I had a great time. I am in love with getting out there into this crazy world with my art and I honestly am looking forward to my next show.

But right now, I am exhausted and I want a nap hahahaha.

Finished FlatIron Building Watercolour

Here is my finished watercolour painting of the FlatIron building located in downtown Toronto, Ontario. This building is also called Gooderham Building.

This building is located near my old neighborhood in the Old Town district. It is close to the St Lawrence Market and the Distillery District.

This painting had more focus on detail work. Instead of repeating patterns there was a lot of more unique areas of detail. The windows aren’t all the same and there is other areas of difference. It was very enjoyable and I liked the layout of the building more to the right and not in the center.

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