Saturday, August 27, 2016

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.  ~Paul Strand



Seed Pods & Zinnias Painting by Laura Leeder, 2016
Mixed Media (Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic)

Just one of my watercolour/mixed media paintings that will be included in the upcoming Art Show and Sale at the Centre 64 Gallery in Kimberly, BC.  

"Students, Teacher, Play" by Win Dinn & Students
In the Gallery from  August 30th to September 24th, 2016

Opening Reception ~ September 3rd from 2 - 4 pm. 


Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

She's here! Downton Abbey Fan's Meet Lady Edith

"It's beautiful to plant a flower in a garden, but, it's far more beautiful to plant love in someone's heart." 

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."   ~ Lao Tzu













@ Studio in the forest, July 2016, Laura Leeder

I've been working on my 3rd teacup painting in the Downton Abbey series along with a commissioned teacup painting at my studio in the forest.
  
@Lady Edith teacup painting in-progress

And here she is!
Downton Abbey's Lady Edith, Watercolour Teacup Painting
By Laura Leeder, August 2016

To represent Lady Edith, the second eldest Crawley daughter, I chose this vibrantly colored, modern floral teacup.  The battenburg lace it sits on is an elegant nod to this classic era. Nestled against the cup, is a lovely, delicate, blushing pink rose.  These perfectly sum up Edith's evolution from the long suffering and often overlooked, middle sister into the beautiful, confident, fashion forward Marchioness, we see at the end of the series.

In Edith's search for happiness, she is left at the altar by one suitor,  finds love with another, only to have him die tragically, leaving her with an illegitimate daughter, (a painful secret that she must keep for years).

In the final season Lady Edith finally gets her happy ending in spite of  Mary's cruel and calculated attempt to thwart it.  She ends up with a career as a magazine editor, has a dashing husband who is a marquis, a castle and her daughter Marigold accepted and loved in secrecy no longer.  She marries Bertie Pelham and becomes the titled Marchioness of Hexham.  It is like a modern day romance with a wonderful , fairy tale story book ending.

This original painting has been reproduced as a Limited Edition Giclee Print and as a Notecard

Click here to read my blog post about Lady Mary ~ the  2nd painting in the Downton Abbey series.  

Click here to read my blog post about Lady Cora ~ the 1st painting in the Downton Abbey series.  

-and if you are not familiar with Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is the award winning British TV series by Julian Fellowes that entranced millions of viewers and became a modern media sensation.  This series chronicled the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, 
I hope you enjoy this 3rd painting in the series as much as I enjoyed creating it!   The 4th and final painting in this series will be released later this fall.  By now, I'm sure you can guess who the 4th teacup painting will represent.......

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

Shop for Original Paintings, Reproduction Prints and Notecards ~www.lauraleeder.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Boswell Art Fair, Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31st from 10 am to 4 pm
Saint Anselm's Church, Boswell, BC
  Hwy 3A on the eastshore of Kootenay Lake

Enjoy the drive along the east shore of Kootenay Lake and meet some local artists and artisans.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Downton Abbey Tea In An English Country Garden

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to be close.  ~Carol and Malcolm Cohen


Join us for High Tea in the English Garden of Debbie Graham where freshly baked scones worthy of Mrs. Patmore awaits.


Saturday   July 9    at 2:00   Lady Cora Tea + Silent Auction
Sunday     July 10  at 2:00   Crawley Sister's Tea + Silent Auction

Silent Auction on Saturday:  I am donating one Lady Cora Limited Edition Giclee Print with mat.  

Silent Auction on Sunday: I am donating one Lady Mary Limited Edition Giclee Print with mat.  

*Plus a gift certificate for free framing of one of the above prints.  A drawing will be made for this gift.  Special thanks to owners Terry and Alison Spzak of 4 Corners Matting & Framing, Creston, BC  

~ Laura Leeder's Teacup Art Series of Downton Abbey will be featured. (prints, notecards and bookmarks available for purchase)

"Lady Edith", the 2nd of the Crawley Sisters will make her debut at both Saturday and Sunday's tea.  

~ 1920 collection of clothing  and accessories will be on display. 
Tickets are $15.00 at the garden gate
Reservations are Required:  Call Debbie at 250-428-7182  










Shop for Ltd. Edition Prints, Notecards and Bookmarks

Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder ~ Watercolour Artist 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Downton Abbey Fans Meet Lady Mary

"It's beautiful to plant a flower in a garden, but, it's far more beautiful to plant love in someone's heart."

“Some women feel the need to act like they're never scared, needy or hurt; like they're as hardened as a man. I think that's dishonest. It's ok to feel delicate sometimes. Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn't a rose at all.”  ~ Crystal Woods















Downton Abbey's Lady Mary, Watercolour Teacup Painting
By Laura Leeder, June 2016

Meet "Lady Mary" - the second painting in my new Downton Abbey Collection. This painting is based on the eldest Crawley daughter.  If you watched the series you'll know that Lady Mary's character was shown to be very cold, snobbish and mean, especially to her younger sibling, Lady Edith.  Through her romance and marriage with her first husband Matthew we see a softer side of Mary emerge. Kindness and vulnerability come to light.  After Mathews death, bitterness and sadness envelope her as she struggles to find meaning in her new life as a widow and single mother.  

For Lady Mary, I chose from my collection, an English china teacup and saucer in a beautiful, cool, icy blue. The rim, handle and base of the cup is edged in rich gold, befitting a Lady of heritage and class.  Also like Mary, the large blue peony on the teacup is a cool and delicate beauty.  The peony itself, has a long heritage as does the Crawley family and their estate.  The yellow leaves on the cup suggest jealousy and envy while the green leaves can be seen to represent growth and renewal.  The one red flower blossom on the cup symbolizes Mary's deep affection for her son, her loyalty and commitment to both the staff and estate of Downton Abbey. The delicate red rose nestled against against the teacup symbolizes her new found love and marriage at the end of the last season along with the peace made and kindness shown to Lady Edith.  

This original painting has been reproduced as a Limited Edition Giclee Print and as a Notecard

Click here to read my blog post about Lady Corathe 1st painting in the Downton Abbey series.  

-and if you are not familiar with Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is the award winning British TV series by Julian Fellowes that entranced millions of viewers and became a modern media sensation.  This series chronicled the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, 
I hope you enjoy this 2nd painting in the series as much as I enjoyed creating it!   Can you guess who the 3rd painting will represent?  (to be revealed the end of June)

Your comments, as always, are most welcome! 

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder

Lady Mary Original Watercolour Painting
Image Size: 6x8 inches
Retail Price: $130.00cdn  (free shipping)

Shop here

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pearls of Affection or Terms of Endearment?

"Happiness held is the pearl; happiness shared is the flower." 
      And I have a deep affection for both  ~Laura Leede


















Roses And Pearls (untitled), Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic Painting
By Laura Leeder, March 2016  
  
Image Size: 8.5 x 12.75 inches

This painting is finished and I couldn't be happier with it!  I haven't decided on the title for this one yet, but I'm leaning towards either Pearls Of Affection or Terms of Endearment.  Do You Have A Preference?

Pearl jewelry has long been a favorite of mine and this is such a fun way to include them in my paintings.  Watch for more paintings in this series throughout the coming months. 

Did You Know? 
Pearls symbolize wisdom acquired through experience. They are believed to attract wealth and luck as well as offer protection. Known for their calming effect, pearls can balance one's karma, strengthen relationships, and keep children safe. The pearl is also said to symbolize the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer.  I like that!

Notecards Available click here.
Thank's for stopping by, your comment's are always welcome
Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder    
  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Welcome Spring!


The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  ~Gertrude S. Wister

Spring is finally here,  and as the bulbs slowly poke their heads out of the ground, I can hardly wait for them to burst in flower.  I have vases filled with hyacinth, roses and chrysanthemum's scattered around my living room and on display in my bathrooms.  The scent is heavenly and the blossoms fill me with joy.  Inspired by all these bouquets I have started a new floral painting.  

Here is a close-up of the painting in progress:
  
Roses and Pearls (a work in-progress)by Laura Leeder, March 2016
I usually work with a still life set up of flowers and china, so I know what the end result should be and how I will achieve it.  With this one, I've decided to challenge myself to create as I go.  Call it practice, call it play and if I like it........I'll call it a success! 

If nothing else, I am honing my skills, and putting all those odd size cut-offs from full sheets of wc paper to good use.  















Step 1:  I charged in my chosen watercolor paints onto pre-wet paper.  Working quickly and while the paper was still damp, I sprinkled table salt liberally onto the paper.  I then spritzed the paper with an acrylic medium and allowed it to dry. (I like the pattern and texture created)















Step 2: Sketching in a floral design.  After staring at the dry paper for a few minutes, I started to see roses emerge from the colorful pattern swirls.  I chose a spot and started sketching.  My goal is to completely fill the paper.  So far, so good!

Step 3:  Building on the color and line of the floral design.   I'm keeping it simple by only using 2 elements (roses and pearls).  Why pearls?  Because I like them! And they fill in the spaces around the roses nicely.  The roses are slowly emerging from the paper as I continue to add layers of color to them.  The pearl shapes are receiving an acrylic iridescent medium and against the dark background they really sparkle. So far I am liking the results and anxious to get my housecleaning done so that I can get back into the studio and experiment some more!   Painting size is 9 x 12.75 inches.

Have a wonderful and creative week.  (comments are always welcome) 
Laura Leeder


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Are You A Downton Abbey Fan?

"No life is so charming as a country one in England, and no flowers are sweeter and more lovely than the primroses, cowslips, bluebells and violets, that grow in abundance all around me here."

Downton Abbey's Lady Cora, Watercolour Teacup Painting
By Laura Leeder, February 2016 

As Downton Abbey enters it's final season, I was inspired to create a new series of teacup paintings, honoring some of the characters that we have come to enjoy.  "Lady Cora" is the 1st teacup painting in this series.  To represent Lady Cora, I've pared a bluebell teacup with a rosy, peach begonia.   

I chose this English Royal Albert china teacup with bluebells as the bluebell is a  particularly beloved flower in Britain.  They are symbolic of humility and gratitude and are associated with constancy, and everlasting love.  I chose the begonia as they are hardy flowers that are able to withstand the elements. 

Lady Cora, is both delicate and gentle with a kind and forgiving heart. Over the years she has shown that she can be surprisingly strong when needed and for me the symbolism of both flowers, represent her character.  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy this 1st painting in the Downtown Abbey series.

(Thank You Debbie Graham (Pink Garden Tea organizer) for loaning me this beautiful teacup!) 

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder

Ltd. Edition Giclee Prints coming soon!

SHOP for Downton Abbey's Lady Cora Notecards.  CLICK HERE
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