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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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris

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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.  

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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, 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Forever Your's ~ A Commissioned Teacup Painting

"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."  ~Tim Bodett

"Forever Your's" Watercolour Teacup Painting by Laura Leeder, 2016 SOLD 

This pretty and delicate teacup painting was done as a commission for a wedding gift for this summer past.  The client's only request was that I include a daisy in the teacup painting, as this is one of the brides favorite flowers.
White daisies symbolize innocence, purity, happiness, new beginnings and true love.  (An ideal flower to include in a wedding bouquet.)  The teacup pattern is inspired by one in a friend's collection and while it is not an exact match it is similar to the original including the pink ribbon.  When I inquired of the color of the bridesmaid dresses and learned that were pink, I knew I had chosen the perfect teacup!  
The ribbon woven through the flowers on the teacup symbolizes "bringing together" or "tying the knot" as in marriage.  The lace cloth was also chosen for it's circular  "daisy like" pattern.  Forever Your's is a celebration of happiness!
Said the other, little daisy, "I am very well content
To live simply in the meadow where the sun and rain are sent;
Where the bees all gather sweetness, and the dew falls on my head,
And the radiance of the moonlight is all around me shed.
"The grass and clover blossoms admire my beauty all day long,
As I listen to the music of a bird's delightful song..."
- Gertrude Tooley Buckingham
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Centre 64 Opening Reception Of Creative Play Paintings

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

 *Photo of me (Laura Leeder) with Win Dinn, Mixed Media Artist And Creative Play Instructor. This photo was taken at our opening reception September 3, 2016.  We are standing in front of 4 of the 5 paintings that I included in this exhibition.    

The show continues to September 24th, 2016 at the Centre 64 Gallery in Kimberley, BC.     

Vintage Rose Kissed In Gold by Laura Leeder, 2016
Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic (Mixed Media)

Seed Pod's And Zinnias by Laura Leeder, 2016
Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic (Mixed Media)

Marsala Vintage Rose by Laura Leeder, 2016
Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic (Mixed Media)

First Blush by Laura Leeder, 2016
Alcohol Ink and Acrylic (Mixed Media)

Pearl's Of Affection by Laura Leeder, 2016
Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic (Mixed Media)

The show continues to September 24th, 2016 at the Centre 64 Gallery in Kimberley, BC.     
Visit Win Dinn's blog to see more works in this show and to learn more about her. 

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Centre 64 Gallery In Kimberley Showcases Artwork That Focuses On Creative Play

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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