New portrait

February 15th, 2017


“I’m able to leave Don Draper at work. I'm quite dissimilar from him in real life.” 
- Jon Hamm


Watercolour, 9.5 x 12.5 inches, ©Barbara Spurll

Giovannina Colalillo 2017-02-08 17:24:00

February 8th, 2017

This is the poster I created for this years
International Women's Day,
March 8, 2017 for the
Ontario Federation of Labour


Get your poster or Pin at:
http://ofl.ca/…/unveiling-international-womens-day-poster-…/


Your union is invited to participate in the seventh year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Solidarity and Sisterhood”. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that our members and community partners will value for many years to come.
The pin is sold at cost plus 25 cents. Any surplus of this added cost will be donated to a provincial women’s organization recommended by the OFL Women’s Committee to the OFL Executive Board. Last year’s surplus funds went to support the following organizations:

• Equal Pay Coalition’s Equal Pay Day Campaign
• CBTU Summer Youth Program: OFL sponsored 5 girls to attend
• OCBCC – Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
• Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre
• Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
• Co-sponsor launch of Rise Up! A Women’s History Digitizing Project.
The price per pin for orders of 500 or more is $3.50. Orders of less than 500 is $3.75 per pin. Unions that place orders of 500 or more pins will have their union logo added to the poster. Posters (11×17) will be available in limited quantities in both English and French for $1.00 per poster. All orders must be placed by February 11, 2017 in order to have the pins produced and shipped in advance of IWD.
This year, for your convenience, we have arranged an online order and payment option. Click the following link to order your 2017 IWD Pins and Poster – (English) or (French).
If you prefer not to use the online option, you can download and order form by clicking here and return with your payment by mail to:
Ontario Federation of Labour, 202-15 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8. Attn: Kathy Neumann.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at 416-443-7674.
Below is the unveiling of our 2017 IWD poster and pin design!

New Portrait

February 4th, 2017


“Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy, I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like, 'Oh, I look like a woman.' And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, 'cause I loved it.” - Christina Hendricks

Watercolour, 11 x 14 inches, ©Barbara Spurll

New portrait

January 27th, 2017



“I’m an experienced woman; I’ve been around ... well, alright, I might not’ve been around, but I’ve been ... nearby.” - Mary Tyler Moore

Watercolour, 11 x 14 inches, ©Barbara Spurll


New portrait

January 19th, 2017


“I’m fearless, I don't complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on.“ - Sofia Vergara

Watercolour portrait 11 x 14 inches, ©Barbara Spurll

Happy Holidays

December 12th, 2016

Wishing everyone a great holiday season.

Happy Holidays

December 12th, 2016

Wishing everyone a great holiday season.

New portrait

December 6th, 2016


If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with. – Michael Jackson


Watercolour portrait of Michael Jackson, 9.5 x 12.5 inches, ©BarbaraSpurll

Dreaming Away For The Holidays…

November 27th, 2016
Hard at work yesterday putting books under the tree for the all the little kiddies that I just know will love #Dreamingawaywithpercivalcrumbly. And I got a special little visitor to help wrap up the day. www.dreamawaypublishing.com #canyoutellimexhausted  #childrensbook #illustrator #picturebookart #watercolour #holidaygift #followyourpassion #dreamdreamaway— at Danforth Avenue.



Parisian Girl Illustration

November 27th, 2016
I recently had a former client, Cosmepro, from France commission me for a fashion illustration. I created a watercolour and pencil illustration of the Pont Alexandre III Bridge in Paris, and added a vector image of a young woman depicting the customer of a private label cosmetics brand.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy painting with watercolour. :)