Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Painting on location - Painted Turtle Gallery

"Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated." -Alexander Osborn

On Saturday, May 16th, I was painting on location at the Painted Turtle Gallery in Creston, BC. To those of you who came in to see me, a very special "thank you". The following is the painting I started while in the is still in progress.

Pears and their blossoms and of course...a rock. I am using Daniel Smith Prima Tek paints on this rock. Some of the colors used are: Green Apatite Genuine, Blue Apatite Genuine, Bronzite Genuine, Burnt Sienna, Q.Gold,Soldalite Genuine, Indanthrone Blue and my *newest color... Amethyst Genuine. Hmmm....very interesting grayed purple with lot's of sparkle from the pure minerals in it.

Now to find the time to finish this one! At this time of year there is so much yard work to be done. Weeding, edging, planting, cleaning and setting up decks. Not to mention taking the time to set-up and photograph as the spring blossoms come into bloom. My tulips and daffodils are fading. Lilacs are just starting to blossom.

So this morning found me photographing a set-up with lilacs and tulips. Now it's back to yardwork. At the end of the day, when one sits back and enjoys the view.....It is all worth it!

"Nature's own masterpieces will never go away. If I am able to cast just a few of them in favorable light, and convince you, the viewer, to look at them again with greater appreciation and perhaps a fresh perspective, then I have succeeded as an artist." -Scott L. Christensen

Enjoy you day! Till next time...
Laura Leeder

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blossom Festival

Creston Valley Blossom Festival

Blossom Festival - May 15, 16, 17, 18, 2009
Celecrating the 68th Annual Blossom Festival, the biggest annual event that brings the Creston Valley together for a weekend of fun.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

On The Easel - Rose Painting Completed

"Today we need colour more than at any time in history. Blacks and grays, both depressing, should be replaced in clothes, offices and homes with new colours that give inspiration, tranquility and happiness." -Linda Clark

I planted this rose bush last year. I was intrigued by the photo on the card....showing this brilliant orange-red rose.

I was not disappointed.....the blossoms were breath-taking...a beautiful hit of blazing orange beckoned to me as I strolled down my "mock orange" path. I could not resist painting this rose blossom.

This watercolor painting was completed May 2009.
The title is "Candelabra Rose"
The size is 8" x 7.5"
This little beauty is Sold!

"You love the roses - so do I. I wish the sky would rain down roses, as they rain from off the shaken bush. Why will it not? Then all the valley would be orange and red and soft to tread on. They would fall as light as feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be like sleeping and like waking, all at once! " - George Eliot

Take time to "stop and smell the roses"....till next time,
Laura Leeder

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

On The Easel - Painting Completed

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi

I have a row of lilac hedges on 2 sides of my property. When these are in bloom, the scent, not to mention the colors is wonderful. The hummingbirds nest, sing, dance and party all summer long in my lilac bushes. While these lilacs were a challenge to paint, they are well worth it. They provide me with many pleasant memories of spring past!

"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without." (Confucius)

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

This spring painting is titled: Dressed For The Party!
The size is: 12" x 13" and is painted on Saunders Waterford 200lb watercolor paper.

And tomorrow this party girl is headed off to the framers for framing and will be ready for sale.

For inquires on this painting or any others, please contact me at 250 402-6599 or email me:

More work to follow on next posting!

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura Leeder
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