Monday, December 29, 2008
-- Winston Churchill
As another year comes to a close......I like to spend time
de-cluttering my office and studio. As I was going through one of my files, I came across the following article on achieving your dreams .... I'd like to share it here.
To Achieve Your Dreams...Remember Your ABCs
Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up and don't give in.
Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.
Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to give.
Hang on to your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it!
Keep on trying. No matter how hard it seems, it will get easier.
Love yourself first and most.
Make it happen.
Never lie, cheat or steal. always strike a fair deal.
Open your eyes and see things as they really are.
Practice makes perfect.
Quitters never will and winners never quit.
Read, study, and learn about everything important in your life.
Take control of your own destiny.
Understand yourself in order to better understand others.
Want it more than anything.
X-celerate your efforts.
You are unique of all God's creations. Nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target, and go for it!
Thank You for visiting my blog,
Monday, December 22, 2008
"I'd rather have a Rose on my table than diamonds on my neck!"
-Emma Goldman (also.....Laura Leeder! HA!)
This "small gem" was completed recently. The cranberry glass bowl and delicate lace, along with the shade's of pink in the rose, just say "Merry Christmas" to me. Ironically, the painting is titled, Reflections of Summer .....perhaps, I should have titled it, Longing for Summer.
"Reflections Of Summer"
Image Size: 7.75" x 9.5"
Framed: 10" x 11.5"
Retails for $105.00
This painting has been UV Varnished, no glass required.
Thank You for viewing my site: Your comments are welcome!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Step 3: Added 2nd layer of glazes to the table top. Adding darker brown and blue mixes to back of table top - help's to push that edge back. Added color to table edge, starting to build form on lace cloth by defining folds and painting out lace holes. continuing to glaze rose -building depth and form. Holding off on adding any more color to pottery until the rose and lace are further along. With all the color's and texture in this piece of pottery, it would be too easy to overdue it! Hope to have this one finished by Christmas......we'll see!
Thank You for viewing my site!
Yours in art, Laura Leeder
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
and when you knew better....you did better!" - Maya Angelou
(Instructor Eileen Gidman)
Over the weekend I attended a watercolor workshop given by Eileen Gidman, an accomplished watercolor, mixed media, fabric artist and long time resident of the Creston Valley.
The workshop was fun & informative. Some of Eileens' work can be found in the Painted Turtle Gallery, Creston, BC.
Our Poinsettia paintings in various stages of completion.
I'm always amazed at how each artist can interpret a plant, flower, item so differently!
Taking a workshop from time to time,or joining your local Art Club can benefit you in many ways......it's inspiring, chances are you'll improve your skills, expand your knowledge, and build your confidence as an artist. I have found that painting with other artists is not only fun, but stimulates creativity.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Raku Pottery with Rose and Lace
Added a 2nd layer of paint's to the background....added 1st layer of glazes to pottery, rose and starting to work on table top. Have masked the holes in lace that are overlapped by the folds draped over table edge. Starting to add color to table. Will continue to build & deepen color of rose with several glazes and start adding color to the lace cloth.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
compared to what lives within us. Henry David Thoreau
I enjoyed the first painting I completed last month with this pottery vase, so I'm painting another! Same Rose, have added lace to this one and made it a larger size.
Step 1: Added 1st layer of paints to the background. Colors used are: Verditer Blue, Blue Apatite Genuine and Ultramarine Blue, all Daniel Smith Paints.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
“Creating a painting is a journey and returning with discoveries worth sharing and exploring, makes the journey worthwhile.” ~ Terry Gilecki
Title of Painting: "Strike It Rich"
Image Size: 8" x 9.5" Framed: 11.5" x 13"
Retail Price: $150.00
(This painting has been UV Varnished, no glass required)
I confess, I was not happy with the first painting. Upon studying it, I found the table with it's underbar made the lower half of the painting too dark, distracting from the beauty of the pottery, that I wanted to capture. So, I finished the painting and tucked it away......then I started a new piece shown here. I like the simplicity of this painting. The slimmer table edge, creates a better overall balance. Bringing the background's blue tones below the table edge, helps the rose to shine. What drew me to paint this set-up, was the richness of colors & textures in the pottery vase. Also, I was very much drawn to the "masculine/femine" balance represented in this piece. In the vase, (the upper half ... soft & smooth, the lower half, rich, dark, textural, heavy looking). And also in the vase against the rose, (the rose being pretty & delicate, with a light femine scent).
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Painting Step 2
I am using some new Daniel Smith watercolor paints that I ordered specifically to try painting this pottery. For the background, Ive used Ultramarine Blue, Verditer Blue and Blue Apatite Genuine*. For the vase I've used Quinicrone Gold, Burnt Sienna, New Gamoboge, Sap Green, Verditer Blue, Indanthrone Blue, Moonglow, Perylene Violet & Zoisite Genuine*. For the Rose,I've used New Gamboge, Prryol Orange, Q. Rose, Q.Red and Opera Pink. It's coming along!
Using Saunders 200lb c/p watercolor paper. Painting this pottery is such fun! The colors are never quite the same. I am using transparent watercolors only. The challenge is to keep the sedimentary colors from pooling around the edges of the vase and the rose. I found that if I keep the salt more towards the center this also helps. (I was liberal with it in my demo)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
1983 First interest in clay work
1985 Established my own clay business, called Rainbow. Created and designed jewellery made from stoneware and porcelain clay, which I sold for years at markets, fairs and private shows.
1991 Needing a change from the fine work of jewellery, took art classes in sculpting at the College of Art in Bern. At the same time, got interested in raku. This was a major change in my career. Raku was the perfect technique for my sculpted birds, cats and chickens. Raku brings them alive, gives them character and and uniqueness.2001 Emigrated to Creston Valley, BC Canada.
2006 Returned to Switzerland to attend workshop with raku teacher. Creativity is essential in my life. If I spend too muchtime away from the act of creation,a part of me dies. To work with clay and textiles is my passion; over 20 years of creating in these mediums is in each piece.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As a parting gift, Rose gave me this pretty metal sculpture of a "hummingbird with hibiscus flower". I have several hummingbird feeders on the decks and they are a great source of entertainment and wonder all summer long.
(Rose...Here is where I hung it!)
Here is a close-up of this piece:
This metal sculpter along with many other fun pieces was crafted by local artisans and can be purchased at the "Painted Turtle Gallery" in Creston, BC! The gallery is located at 1132 Canyon Street. Phone: 250-428-5141. Stop in to say hi to owner Winn. This place is loaded with many fine pieces made by artisans and crafts people of the Kootenay Region.
Thanks again Rose! Oh, and please say a "special" hello to Maryke!
(don't work too hard ladies!) Hugs, Laura
Thursday, August 21, 2008
*Please visit my website: http://www.lauraleeder.com/ to view all of my paintings! Thank You! Come again....
Yours in art, Laura Leeder
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The following are paintings in several stages of completion. I will post updates as I work on each one. My goal is to make a journal entry at least once a week. Please visit my website: lauraleeder.com to view more of my work and learn more about me!
Yours in ART,
I Love the background colors on this one!
Not yet titled....