Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Enjoying Nature On The Eastshore Of Kootenay Lake

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."   ~John Muir

©On the Eastshore of Kootenay Lake, BC
   Laura Leeder, June 29, 2011 

I spent the last few days camping along Kootenay Lake.  While the weather wasn't great....lot's of rain....the scenery certianly made up for it! 

I am working on a new sketch and will post an image in the next few days. 

I will be posting less often over the next few weeks as I take time to enjoy the summer, family and friends.

Wishing you a creative week and enjoyable week,

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wedgewood Manor Hosts an Exhibit of Watercolors By Laura Leeder

©Wedgewood Manor Country Inn, Crawford Bay, BC
    Photo by Laura Leeder

As part of the 16th Annual Creston Valley and Eastshore ARTWALK , I will be exhibiting some of my watercolor paintings at this beautiful Country Inn.

Artwalk runs from June 17 - Sept 5, 2011.  Maps of all the venues showcasing Artists can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce in Creston and throughout the Valley in local businesses and artist owned galleries.

Last week Ivor & I drove up to Crawford Bay to hang my paintings in the manor and had a delightful visit with the owners, Nancy & Andre.  We were given a tour of the manor & part of the gardens.  The manor has been lovingly restored (still plenty of charm & history remains), with a few modern touches that are sure to make your stay not only enjoyable but comfortable as well. 

It was built as the retirement home of Royal Navy Senior Commander James Matthew Harrison for his wife, Lady Lucy Caroline Wedgwood.  Lucy was the great grand daughter of the founder of the Wedgwood China Company. (Josiah Wedgewood)

 *I do not have a wedgewood teacup...or I would have included it in my "teacup series" of watercolor paintings.  I will certainly be on the hunt for one now though! 

I left with a very special item given to me on loan, that I will include in a future painting. 
(you'll have to check back later this summer to find out)

For more information you can visit their website:
or better yet, pay them a visit! 

16002 Crawford Creek Road
Crawford Bay, BC

The art exhibit is in the lobby of the manor and can be seen 10am -5pm daily. 

Art Exhibit & Sale of Watercolors By Laura Leeder

©Guardians Of The Grapes, Watercolor, Framed: 20"x24"
   Laura Leeder

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ambrosia - A Taste Of BC, A New Apple Painting By Laura Leeder

"The promise of these fragrant flowers, the fruit that ’neath these blossoms lies...
Once hung, they say, in Eden’s bowers, and tempted Eve in Paradise." 
      -Walter Learned

©Ambrosia - A Taste Of BC, Watercolor, June 2011
   Laura Leeder

This small watercolor painting(8"x10") of an apple and apple blossoms is finished.  It has already travelled to Cranbrook where it has been scanned for Giclee prints and is now awaiting framing. 

The apple in this painting is named "Ambrosia" and is a new variety that is grown here in BC in the Similkameen Valley.  It was discovered by Wilfrid and Sally Mennell growing in their newly replanted orchard of Jonagold trees.

Wilfrid named the new variety "Ambrosia" because it had the honeyed flavour of "a food of the Gods".

I couldn't agree more!

I found these particular websites to have interesting and informative information about this new apple variety.

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Did You Know: 
-Pomology is the science of apple growing.
-Apples are 'self-incompatible' - you need two trees growing near each other to have successful pollination.
-Apple trees take four to six years to produce their first fruit and they can live for hundreds of years.

-Folk hero Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) did indeed spread the cultivation of apples in the United States. He knew enough about apples, however, so that he didn't distribute seeds, because apples do not grow true from seeds. Instead, he established nurseries in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio.

-The game of apple-bobbing began as a Celtic New Year tradition for trying to determine one's future spouse.
-In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.

Monday, June 6, 2011

On The Easel - Painting With Apple & Blossoms Nearly Completed

"I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up."     - Mary Cassatt

Step 4

©Laura Leeder, Watercolor In Progress, June 2011

After a weekend away from the studio, I am ready to get back to work and hopefully complete this painting of an apple and it's blossoms.  The leaves are almost complete. Still more to do on the apple blossoms and cast shadow. I will remove the miskit on the apple and finish painting the stem, perhaps adjust the background colors slightly and lastly, add some lace detail to the foreground.

And if all goes well, and my other "errands" don't take long, that will all happen today!

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Did You Know......
-The apple has long been associated with immortality, as exemplified by its role in the tempting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
-The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island."
-In Scandinavian legends, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apple every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring and youth who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Taking a Creativity Break On Beautiful Moyie Lake

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
    ~Henry David Thoreau

©Moyie Lake, BC   June 4, 2011
   Laura Leeder

We've had a long, cool and wet spring here in the Creston Valley, so when the forecast promised to be clear and sunny, we jumped at the opportunity to get our boat out on the water.

This was our first trip to Moyie Lake and it was an enjoyable, relaxing day.  A much needed break for both myself and Ivor.  Being out on the water, soaking up the's such an enjoyable or no fish!

After several hours on the water, we caught a nice looking rainbow trout.....alas, I was too slow with the net and it got away!  You've heard this one before?!  I'm not kidding.....

So next time I will reel in the fish, Ivor will work the net...and Kenya...well, she'll continue to pick out the fishing lures.

  let's see....this one...

and this one on the other rod...
©Kenya, Fishing Buddy, June 5, 2011
   Laura Leeder
Moyie Lake is approximately 10 km (6 miles) long and is unique in that it was caused by a great depression in the landscape from the retreating glacier and a leftover piece of ice. 
You can fish for:  kokanee, rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat and ling cod. Each year a local fishing derby is put on by the Kokanee Cove Pub in Moyie.  This lake is popular in the winter for ice fishing with good catches reported consistently.

We launched our boat at Moyie Lake Provincial Park, (20 kms south of Cranbrook, BC).   The camp site areas offer privacy with plenty of trees and space between each. There is a beach and a day use area along with picnic sites at the water's edge.  We will certainly come back to this lake and also plan a stay at the provincial park campsite.

Have an enjoyable day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC        

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Painted Turtle Gallery and WineART 2011

Today is the Creston Valley Rotary Club's WineArt Event.  This year it's being held in the newly renovated  Creston and District Community Complex.  The art portion of the event is being hosted by the Painted Turtle Gallery.   

My painting: "Guardians Of The Grape" will be on exhibit.

©Laura Leeder, Watercolor

Title:  Guardians Of The Grape
Retail:  $375.00 plus tax
Size:  20" x 24"

10% of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork is donated by the artists and the gallery to the Rotary Club, in support of the tremendous community projects implemented in Creston by the Rotary.

The wineries partaking in the event are: Golden Beaver, House of Rose, Grohman Baille, Seven Stones, Arrowleaf Cellars, Paradise Ranch, Silver Sage, and our own local Skimmerhorn Winery.

Some Tickets may still be available and can be purchased through the Painted Turtle Gallery.

Box 1189 1132 Canyon St. Creston, BC Canada, V0B 1G0

Ph. 250-428-5141

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist
Creston, BC

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

On The Easel - A Watercolor Painting Showcasing Apple Blossoms

"Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind."   
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Step 3

©Laura Leeder, Apple with Apple Blossoms, Watercolor In Progress,

Yesterday was perfect weather for working outdoors in the I only spent a short time in the studio.

I have made some progress painting the apple leaves and blossoms...I will continue to concentrate on these, adding more glazes of color and deepening the values.  I'm not sure about the background....however, I will leave it for now and see how I feel as the painting develops.

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Did You Know: 
- The origin of the apple tree is believed to be in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.
- Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC.
- Apples are a member of the rose family of plants along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
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