Monday, April 20, 2009

Creston Art Club - Varnishing Workshops

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." (Ray Bradbury)

Last week I demonstrated my watercolor varnishing technique to members of the Creston Art Club.

This was the 1st group from the workshop held on
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

This was the 2nd group from the workshop held on
Saturday, April 18, 2009.

A "Big" thank you to everyone who attended.

One more tip: practise, practise, practise!

The Creston Art Club meet's Wednesday mornings for painting, sharing and inspiration.
*Check the sidebar for contacts & location.

Each fall in early September, the club holds an Art Show & Sale at the Rotacrest Hall in Creston, BC. New members are Welcome!

"If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others." Tyron Edwards

Yours in art, Laura Leeder

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

On The Easel - Still life with hydrangeas

"The best part about being an artist is that you don't have to copy the values found in your subject. Your job is to... decide how you can go beyond the references to alter or enhance the values." Tom Lynch

Step 4: Hydrangeas in rose bowl on lace doily

This one is coming along, the leaves are now taking shape. Stepping back a few feet and squinting my eyes, I can see the values need to be much stronger on the leaves. I will leave them for now and go back to working on the petals.

Tabletop is almost done, just need to adjust shadow values.....will leave this until the lace doily is complete. Several glazes have been added to the lace and it's definatley taking shape. Overall, I'm satisfied with it, just need to add more depth to some of the folds in the lace and a touch more detail to the mid-section that falls over the table.

The bowl is taking shape, some work still to be done on the stems in the bowl, the reflection from the doily and the water line.

I hope to have this painting done by the end of this week. However, the sun is shining, birds are singing and the yardwork is calling. Bulbs are just starting to pop their heads out of the ground, a few brave daffidols are close to opening......SPRING just could be my favorite time of year!

This is a photo of the new garden bench, my husband just finished building & painting for me. The pampered pooch sitting on it, is our faithful companion, named Kenya!

Thanks Ivor, your the BEST!

Thank You for stopping by, please come again.

Yours in art, Laura Leeder Email: Visit my website:

"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will." Michel de Montaigne

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

On The Easel - Still life with hydrangeas

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

Step 3: Hydrangeas in rose bowl on lace doily

More color and detail has been added to the leaves. Started glazing color into the bowl. Thinking about hard and soft edges, varying the use of rich dark color with soft tones, trying to create that watery effect.

Started the 1st glazes on the table and the lace doily. Colors used for the table top are: burnt sienna, ult. blue, q. gold and rose madder genuine. *All Daniel Smith Colors

The 1st glazes on the lace were done individually and allowed to dry before glazing the next color, some of the colors used were: burnt sienna,, ult. blue, thalo blue, rose madder genuine and serpentine genuine. I then painted in the lace holes with the background colors, after this was dry, I added more glazes of the above color's where needed to help develop the folds etc. Some of the color from the background has bleeded out onto the lace creating a softer more natural look.

Time to go back up to the hydrangea petals and continue to build the form using several soft glazes of color.

Stay tuned.....

Yours in art, Laura Leeder

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"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman

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