Friday, July 24, 2009

In Pursuit Of Fish - A short break from painting

"May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it." -Irish Blessing

A Holiday at last! Ivor & I finally managed to get away for a long awaited camping/fishing trip. Below are a few pictures from our trip.

Kootenay Lake Ferry -Crawford Bay crossing to to Balfour Landing. We are heading to Summit Lake Provincial Camground.

"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind."
~Washington Irving

Just like is all about color co-ordination. Red on red....and.... showing off my new fishing rod! The question is ......will they bite?!

Enjoy thy stream, O harmless fish; And when an angler for his dish,
Through gluttony's vile sin, Attempts, the wretch, to pull thee out, God give thee stregth
O gentle trout, To pull the rascal in!" ~John Wolcot

This little rascals name is Kenya....our beloved fishing guide.

"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." ~Herbert Hoover

My partner and fishing buddy....Ivor.

"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."
~Roderick Haig-Brown, Fisherman's Spring, 1951

Summit Lake Provincial Campground, the Kootenays, BC

C`mon mom! You can do it...reel in that fish! Now this is fun! .....

"Creatures can win their place without even uttering a word." -Unknown more loop...

I just had a hit....

Wow! Look at those fish jumping....

Let's just try over there!.....

Just five more minutes.....

All in all, was a relaxing holiday....fisrt time at this lake/campground, will certianly go again!

With just 35 sites....the campsite is small and intimate....plenty of trees & shrubs between sites allowing for privacy. Managers, Jim & Deb run a very clean & personable operation.

Although the fishing was slow... the weather was great...albeit....a bit too hot at times...hence, much of the time was spent on or in the water....either fishing or floating in our lounge chairs.

ps. A special thanks to Jon Huston.....who came from Edmonton, AB and looked after our home, allowing us to take some time out to play.

Now it's back to work.....or should I say painting.....which is more fun than it is work.....updates of new painting steps in the next few days....

Till next time......Artist Laura Leeder

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"The purpose of art is nothing less than the upliftment of the human spirit." Pope John Paul II

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On The Easel-New Painting With Roses

"Watercolor is a medium that can be as demanding and temperamental as those who choose to paint with it. But it is a colorful and exciting medium all the same – well suited to describing the many moods of the subject, as well as those of the artist wielding the brush." -Jean Burman

It's summertime! Distractions are everywhere! We have had company, so in-between the weeding, rain, & visiting.....very little painting. Our friends & neighbors from Edmonton, Alberta...Don & Michelle joined us for a few days. Thank You for your always ....a pleasure to have around...all the best in you future endeavors.

Step 2...Painting with roses and cherries, it's coming along slowly. Have dropped in some color into the roses and have stopped. As these are going to be my lightest lights....I have decided to work on other areas of the painting before going back to the roses. As the white of the paper will be the lightest value on my roses, it's critical that I don't add too much color this early in the painting.

Ivor & I are packing to get away for a few this painting will sit for a while. We are hoping to leave tomorrow or Thursday for a camping/fishing trip. Heading up to Summit Lake, located near Naskusp,bc. This lake has been recommend to us by many people here in Creston, as a good "fishing hole." So we are headed there for a much needed respite. With any luck, we'll have ourselves a good fish fry!

Perhaps, after having some R& R. I can concentrate on this painting once again and finish it!

*Here is another photo of one of my roses from my garden:

Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.”

This is a climbing rose called "Josephs Coat". Can you guess why?! Upon hearing about this rose from my framer...Jan...I searched it out and purchased it.

Have an awesome week....will post when I return from my fishing trip.

Yours in art,
Laura Leeder


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

On The Easel - New painting with roses

"Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence." ~Alfred Billings Street

My roses are just starting to burst open...I can't think of a more perfect blossom to symbolize the start of summer!

Here is the beginning of a painting with roses and cherries. Cherries are a major fruit crop produced here in Creston and shipped world wide...roses...of course, are grown profusely here.......both elicit strong summer memories for me.

I was going for a smoky blue/grey!...not sure I like it....I will have a better idea as I start to fill in the roses. I will add and adjust the background colors as more of the painting is established. Colors used are: Indanthrone Blue, Blue Apatite Genuine, Burnt Sienna...all Daniel Smith watercolor paints.

Happy Canada Day to all!
Yours in art,
Laura Leeder
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”An artist's early work is inevitably made up of a mixture of tendencies and interests, some of which are compatible and some of which are in conflict. As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes, certain patterns of enquiry emerge. His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is.” - Bridget Riley.
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