Sunday, June 21, 2009

Artwalk/Artdrive 2009

With 37 locations from Creston to the Eastshore and Crawford Bay.....this year's Artwalk/Artdrive is going to be terrific! What a great way to spend some time, along with family and friends who come to visit, touring the business venues and artist owned galleries.

You can pick up your map at the Chamber of Commerce in Creston and many other locations throughout the valley. I am participating this year and some of my work can be viewed at the following locations on the Artwalk/Artdrive map:
Location #12-Painted Turtle Gallery
1132 Canyon St, Creston
From 10-50pm daily...along with many other local and kootenay artists.
Phone: 250-428-5141
Location #14-Straight from Earth Food Store
1025 Canyon St, Creston
From 8:30am-5:00pm...Mon.-Fri. and from 10:30am-3:00pm Sat.
Phone: 250-428-5889

*I share this location with Carol Schloss, a wonderfully talented pastel artist, who is a Signature Member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America in New York.

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -Henry David Thoreau

On The Easel - Pears Rock

"To see what's in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle." - George Orwell

I started this painting for a demo at the Painted Turtle Gallery, during the "Blossom Festival" end of may. My goal was to have the background painted in, along with some of the colors in the rock and blossoms, then start painting the pears during the demo. I did not like the 1st layer of background colors and was "stuck" as to how to proceed. (yes, it happens!)

So, I started another painting, with a deeper blue/green background, which is featured in an earlier posting, (May 20,2009) for the demo at the gallery. This one will eventually get finished, however, I liked the way rock was coming along in the one above, so I wanted to try and finish it.

I took it to a wednesday morning painting session with the Art Club and through the suggestions of artist Marion Evans, I added some strong hints of burnt sienna, along with indanthrone blue and ameythst genuine...a glittery primatek color, and WOW! What a difference!
Thanks Marion!

I will continue to develop the painting and post another update later this month!

"Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof."
-Julie Moir Messervy

Enjoy your day! Laura Leeder

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peony's and the Glorious Month Of June!

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock

This is a picture of one of my Japanese Tree Peony's. This one is named "Naniwanishiki" and will grow to a height of 1.25m - 2m (4-6'). This tree is 3 years old and is loaded with buds that are ready to burst. These 3 blossoms that have opened up are huge!

This variety of Tree Peony is a hardy, deer-resistant, ornamental shrub. (Creston,BC is a zone 5/6) It flaunts exquisite blossoms measuring as much as 10 inches across in May or June, and a mature specimen may bear 50 of these silken-petaled show-stoppers all at once.

Japanese Tree Peony require moist, well-drained soil, in sunny or partially shaded locations. Well decayed manure and peat will encourage strong growth. The removal of dead and damaged wood in early spring is all the pruning that is necessary.

Planting: The tender young shoots are susceptible to late frost and protection is recommended for these on cold nights until they have hardened. For best results plant after the last threatening frost. Prefers to be planted in an area that receives full to partial sun. Flowers are stunning and can be used in arrangements or by themselves.

They take a year or two to show what they can do. Hardy, disease-and (best of all) deer-resistant.

I have taken some photo's of the blossoms and it will one day become a painting.

June is a fabulous month here in the valley...every month is for that matter. I just couldn't resist sharing this picture and will share more as the weather allows. I have several peony shrubs with buds that are just ready to burst. I am waiting for the weather to change....the warmth of the sun is needed.

Have an awesome day,
Laura Leeder

Thursday, June 4, 2009

On The Easel - Completed Painting....Finally!

"I'm not trying to make paintings look like photos. I want to make paintings using photos as a reference, the way painters did when photography was first invented." -Peter Doig

This painting is finally done! (Note to self) more than 3 to 4 paintings at a time....any more and you lose momentum! Anyway, here is the end result.

Title: An Old Fashioned Bouquet Image Size: 12.5" x 17.25" Framed: 16.5" x 21.5"
Retail: $350.00 Medium: Watercolor

”Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” - Henry Ward Beecher.

Till next time.....Laura Leeder
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