Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!











Just as a new bloom spreads
fragrance and freshness around....
May the new year add
a new beauty and freshness
into your life.


Five Maids Of Spring by Laura Leeder

Happy New Year!

Warm Regards,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tis The Season.....

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."  ~Norman Vincent Peale
















A very special 'Thank You' to all my visitors of this blog over the past year.  I wish each of you peace, goodwill and happiness this holiday season and in 2017!  

As is my tradition each year,  I'm taking the next few weeks off from all social media.  I will tackle an unfinished project, then I look forward to some "quiet time" to review this past year's achievements and to plan and prepare my goals for the coming year.  And of course, I will be enjoying some extra family time.      
















*created by Laura Leeder with "First Season's Blush" notecard 

See you in 2017! 
Laura Leeder ~ Watercolour Designs

www.lauraleeder.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Meet Abigail - My Newest Floral Painting

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be usefulobelieve to be beautiful."   ~William Morris















Abigail ~ Watercolour Painting with Mixed Media, Dec. 2016
By Laura Leeder


Meet Abigail, the newest painting in my decorative art series.  This floral design was inspired in part by the classic and traditional art designs of the early art deco and victorian periods. Stylized motifs of flowers and leaves were as popular then as they are today.  

These jewel-like flowers are also inspired by the many brooches that I collect. You'll note the inclusion of the pearl-like pattern, a recurring theme in several of my paintings.  It's a nod to this beautiful and precious gemstone that I adore.  


The name Abigail is derived from the Hebrew name "Avigayil" meaning "my father's joy".  I chose this name for its historical reference but also because it sounds sophisticated and timeless and it felt "just right" for this painting which also has a "joyful" feeling to it. 







Abigail Floral Painting
(Mat and Frame not included)

Abigail Floral Notecards

Gift Packaged Set of 6






Thank You for stopping by, enjoy the weekend!
Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder

Serene Vignettes To Create An Oasis In Your Home 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Back In The Studio With A Bold Floral Design

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play!  ~Henri Matisse 















I finally managed to carve out some studio time this week and started this bold, floral. I'm using my new Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen for outlining the blossoms and leaves.  I'm working on a 200lb cold press paper and the pen handles it quite nicely.   

This painting style is a wonderful change from my usual process when painting my teacup and still-life paintings.  I tend to work more intuitively on these stylized florals, allowing myself to explore other mediums and taking more risks than I would otherwise.  

Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder

Friday, November 25, 2016

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Kootenay Invitational Artist Showcase At The Key City Theatre

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.     ~Thomas Merton




















If You are in the Cranbrook area this weekend please drop by the Key City Theatre and take in the Kootenay Invitational Artist Showcase.  YOU won't be disappointed!  


















Flamenco Dancers, Watercolour with Acrylic and Ink
By Laura Leeder 
( just one of my paintings included in the Kootenay Invitational Showcase)

Kootenay Invitational Artist Showcase
November 18-19
Discover the best that our regional artists have to offer in this very special showcase.
This is a juried invitational event so you are certain to find top quality professional art works for your home or for that special someone.
Watercolour, pottery, acrylics, fibre-arts, metal-art, mixed media, jewelery and more will be displayed in an elegant gallery setting.
Friday November 18: Artist Reception, Show and Sale 4 pm to 8 pm
Saturday November 19: Show and Sale 10 am to 4 pm
Key City Theatre Gallery & Foyer
Free Admission. All forms of payment accepted.
For additional information call 250-426-7006

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder ~Watercolour Artist

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New For Fall ~ Painting and Notecards Rich With The Colors Of Autumn

"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen."


Annabelle - Autumn Bliss Painting By Laura Leeder, Fall 2016

I've been experimenting with different mediums and floral designs.  This painting started out with watercolour and alcohol ink.  I then added a layer of acrylic paints and ink markers.  On the final layer, I've brushed on gelato paint sticks.  These add an interesting, creamy and iridescent texture that is quite pleasing!  
The warm, rich colors of this painting were inspired by the maple leaves falling on the ground in my front yard and the pot's of chrysanthemums at my doorstep.  
    












All occasion notecards.  Comes in a gift-packaged set of 6.


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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Decorating ...Creative Play

LIFE is a great big canvas, throw all the color you can on it!

Decorated pumpkin by Laura Leeder

What do three artists do when they get together for some creative play?  Why we decorate pumpkins of course!

Artist Laura Leeder

We started by choosing our wax crayon colors.  We then used gel medium to adhere them onto the top of the pumpkin.  

After allowing the gel medium to dry, we used a heat gun to melt the wax. (as demonstrated here by Win Dinn)









The melted wax created a fun and colorful design on each pumpkin.  (Eileen Gidman with her desert inspired colors)
And that's it!  So simple and fun.  Happy Halloween!
Creatively Yours, 
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