Sunday, November 18, 2012

Images Art Show And Sale 2012-Nov.24th and 25th

"I love looking for things to paint, and I love painting, and I love framing them and seeing them in a gallery, but more than anything, I love to sell them!"  
   ~ Jack Hambleton
You Are Cordially Invited To Our 
Art Show & Sale

Saturday, November 24th
9:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Sunday, November 25th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
at the Rotacrest Hall, 230 19th avenue
Creston, BC

The following Artists will be exhibiting:
Andy Alfoldy, Elaine Alfoldy, Karen Arrowsmith,
 Ute Bachinski, Eileen Hirota, 
James McDowell, Gunda Stewart
with special guests Carol Schloss & Laura Leeder

We hope you can make it, have a great week!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My watercolour painting Pear Lace (gifts from the gods) is finished!

"A man watches his pear-tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!"   ~ Abraham Lincoln

Pear Lace, November 11, 2012, Watercolour, 10x12.25"
By Laura Leeder

There is something about pears that make them irresistible to use in paintings.  If you can get them right off the tree with their leaves intact, even better!  I was able to drive out to our friends farm and do just that.  Of course, I picked several for our immediate eating pleasure and several more to share with Shannon (their treasured horse) as she wasn't prepared to let me leave until she'd had a few as well! 

Did you know there are over 3000 varieties of pears grown around the world?  They have been cultivated and enjoyed for thousands of years.  Homer referred to them as a "gift from the gods" in the Odyssey.  For this painting I chose to place these "gifts from the gods" onto one of my cherished, vintage lace table runners.      

This painting will be available for sale at the Images Art Show and Sale, November 24th and 25th, here in Creston, BC.

Thanks for stopping by, comments are always appreciated.

Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hydrangea Blossoms-The Choice Of An Emperor and Me!

"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter."  ~Henri Matisse

©Serenity, Watercolour, November 11, 2012
   Laura Leeder

Big, Bold and Beautiful!  A few cut blossoms placed in a bowl and displayed in your home, create an immediate impact.  In the meaning of flowers, hydrangeas generally stand for friendship, devotion, perseverance and understanding.

"According to a Japanese legend, a proud emperor used a bouquet of hydrangeas as an apology to the family of a girl with whom he was in love. Ever after, the flowers have served as a representation of heartfelt feelings, whether of joy or sadness."  

These blue-violet blossoms fill me with a sense of calm and peace, hence the name "Serenity" for this watercolour painting.  

This painting will be available for sale at the Images Art Show and Sale, November 24th and 25th, here in Creston, BC.

Have a great week! 

Artfully Yours,  
Laura Leeder

p.s.  A special thank you to all of you who stopped by my table at the Christmas Sale on Saturday.    I enjoyed making new acquaintances as well as visiting with those of you that I have not seen in a while! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers, Specially Priced, One Day Only!



10 am - 4 pm at the Rotacrest Hall (upper level), Creston, BC

There will be a variety of vendors on hand providing a great selection of gift items for you to choose from.
Stop by for a coffee, enjoy some music while searching for the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. 
                     DOOR PRIZES TO BE WON - EVERY HOUR!

 Just a few of the fine art prints that I will have on hand 

             Plus: a selection of my Notecards, including some new designs.    



Some Items SPECIALLY PRICED for This DAY only! 

Artfully Yours, Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Peony Challenge....There is Light at the End of the Tunnel!

"It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed... the habits of a vigorous mind are formed contending with difficulties."  
    ~Abigail Adams

©Peony Blossom - Watercolour Painting In Progress
   Laura Leeder

It's been a challenging few weeks, dealing with the loss of a family member. I finally made it back into my studio yesterday and after "warming up" on a small geranium blossom painting (for another post), I set to work on this peony blossom once again. 

While it's nearing completion, there is still so much left to do.....I really want to have this painting included in the IMAGES Art Show & Sale, November 24th & 25th at the Rotacrest Hall here in Creston, BC. 

So my #1 goal this week is to work on this painting every day this week, until I get it completed!   Wish me luck...have a super Sunday,

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist, Creston. BC

P.S. If you are in the area this Saturday, Nov.10th plan to stop in at the Rotacrest Hall for a pre-Christmas Sale featuring a variety of vendors, myself included! More information about this on Wednesday's post! 

You'll then want to stop by KingFisher Books to see local artist James McDowell's latest paintings on display.  
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