Monday, October 31, 2011

Cherrybrook Farms, 1st annual Artisan Market





















This week promises to be a busy one for me, as I get ready for this upcoming Artisan Market.

This will be my first time participating in such a venture....looking forward to it!

I am putting together a selection of gift cards and prints to sell and as the weeks progress, perhaps a few small paintings that celebrate the season as well. If you live near-by or are visiting the area, plan to make Cherrybrook Farms Artisan Market one of your stops.

Cherrybrook Farms Market, located at 2931, Highway 3 each Friday from Nov. 4-Dec. 23 from 1-5 p.m.

Each week, a local artisan will provide a demonstration at 2 p.m., and attendees can enter their name for a gift basket of items donated by the artisans. The basket will be drawn on Dec. 23 at 3 pm.

All Creston Valley residents and out of town guests are encouraged to check out the market, enter for the draw and shop locally for the season.

Have a great week,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On The Easel - Autumn Colors - Painting In Progress

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"    ~Percy Bysshe Shelley





















©Autumn Colors, painting in progress, Oct 26, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

I worked on this painting a bit more yesterday.

Mostly on the back leaves, which are almost finished.
I have dropped colors onto both wet & dry paper.  I then sprayed water to move this color around....I've dropped in salt and added flecks of paint from a toothbrush.  All of these techniques work well together on a simple composition such as these leaves.  And what fun watching the colors move about and mingle on the paper!

It's going to be another cold and rainy day, so I will spend some time in the studio and perhaps this painting will get finished.  Plus....I've another sketch I want to get started on and I am putting together an assortment of gift cards that I plan to sell in an upcoming Artisan Market.....more on that later!

Have a good one,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Monday, October 24, 2011

On The Easel - Autumn Colors

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
  ~John Burroughs

















©Autumn colors, painting in progress, Oct 24, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

Since my last post, I have completely emptyed out my studio. 

The room has been repainted...the windows, doors and furniture all received a thourough cleaning.
I have been sorting through boxes, paper, frames etc. and still have more to do. 

One of my favorite times of year is autumn. (spring being my first love)  And right now, it is a riot of color, as the leaves are changing from green to brilliant golds, oranges and crimsons.  The fall maple leaf is a favorite, although, I am partial to my "burning bush" with is scarlet, crimson and rose colors.

The above image is a small painting that I have just started featuring a few fallen maple leaves.

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

Friday, October 14, 2011

Apple Lace-Watercolor By Laura Leeder

"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."
   -- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples




















©Apple Lace, Watercolor, Oct.2011
   Laura Leeder

While most of the apples have been harvested in the surrounding orchards; there are still a few tree's here and there with apples yet to be picked.

This one, I picked from the ground beneath a tree laden with fruit.   Not sure of the variety, so I will simply title it "Apple Lace". 

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I am packing up my paints for a few days as I clear out and re-organize my studio.  This cleansing, is long overdue and much needed!  I will be working through the weekend, trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Being Creative - The Artist's Struggle

"Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells." 
  ~Teresa Amabile





















Healthy Pleasures, Watercolor - Sold
By Laura Leeder


The above quote is so true.  Every now and again, I go through a period in my painting where I wreck painting after painting.  I create mud, I drop in a sedimentary color where I should be glazing a transparent one, I charge in a staining color straight from the tube without testing it first, too late....the damage is done.
I add color from a tube of paint that I haven't used in quite a while and definitely has no place in the painting I am working on....you get the idea. 

This is what my last few weeks have been like.......I have a painting that is coming along nicely and without warning...(at least I think it's without warning) my brain shuts down and I perform one or several of the above stunts. 

Luckily they have all been small pieces....and will be used to test my color choices on later (when I'm once again,  using my brain).  After I got over the initial frustration and stopped beating myself up....I realized these periods in the past have always preceded times of growth.  Occasionally it is like an "aha" moment, most often, it is a slow and steady emergence of paintings that reflect improved compositions, better color choices, and technical skills that only come with time, practice and failure.

A quote that comes to mind is:  "We fail forward to Success" 

The above painting,(now sold), is a success story....it emerged after one of these periods. 

I've started a new, small apple painting....and if all goes well, I will post it soon!

Rise above your struggles.....because when you do, it is so worth it! 

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Maple Leaf Study - Completed

"To gain confidence, constant practice is essential. Just as a musician needs to practice regularly to retain his touch, the watercolourist needs to be constantly in touch with the medium."   ~Robert Lovett


MAPLE LEAF STUDY In Watercolor
 


                     Maple Leaf Study
                   Watercolor - 6"x7.25"
                         Laura Leeder

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While out walking yesterday, I found myself studying leaves with a renewed interest.  
I collected a few more to study....some with lot's of beautiful green to yellow value changes.  
I've picked out one of these for my next small leaf painting. 
    "Practice is the best instructor"

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

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Maple Leaf Study Using Autumns' Palette

"Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there's feedback."  ~Malcolm Gladwell





Step 1
©Maple Leaf Study In Watercolor, Oct.1, 2011
   Laura Leeder




Step 2













©Maple Leaf Study In Watercolor, Oct. 1, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

I cannot recall ever painting maple leaves.  Hard to believe isn't it?  With all the fallen leaves....it would seem to be an obvious painting subject at this time of year.  While out walking this morning, I collected several and chose this one to start with.  Time for some darks and a cast shadow. 
That is.....after I get some household tasks out of the way....    

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