Monday, December 23, 2013

Seasons Greetings Everyone!

©Santa, Kenya and Me, December 2013
   Laura Leeder





"May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
 The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
And the warmth of Christmas grant you love."

From my home to yours....thank you for sharing 2013 with me.  I look forward to our continued friendships in 2014!  

May it be your best year ever!

Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC



Saturday, December 21, 2013

"I love to paint completely for myself. I call it my experimental work when I just need to play with my materials and not worry about the market. This is where the child-like artist takes over and allows the artist to just have fun. There is a no risk factor." ~Adrienne Moore

















© "The Gift" ~ Watercolour, Dec 18, 2013
    Laura Leeder

This small painting was done as a quick study for a larger floral painting with this green bow. The subtle texture in the background was created by spritzing alcohol onto the wet paints and allowing to dry.  

*Tip: I sprayed the alcohol onto the background quite liberally covering the whole surface.  What I  noticed afterwards is that the alcohol seems to leave a slight film on the surface that made it very difficult for me to go back in and deepen any areas.  What I learnt? A little restraint is a good thing!!
 
To create the texture on the bird, I pre-wet the area and charged in my color's, (keeping in mind where my lightest light's and darkest dark's would be).  While the bird was wet, I pressed saran wrap onto this area, smooshing and twisting the wrap.  I then applied a heavy book on top of the painting and left it to dry overnight.  The result was this lovely aged texture! 

*Tip: If like me, you build up your painting with additional glazes of color, then you need to go EXTRA dark with your colors in this first step.    

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to play!

Thank's for stopping by, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Watercolour Study That Invites Some PLAY Time!

"Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds."  Elliot W. Eisner

















©Pottery Bird with Bow, Watercolour Study, Dec. 2013  Step 1
   By Laura Leeder 

I have just completed a commissioned painting with loads of detail (which I will post here after Christmas) and was in need for a fun and interesting study before starting my next painting; a floral that includes this bow.

I purchased this pottery bird  last January while shopping in Sandpoint, Idaho and have been wanting to include it in a painting for some time.  So,  I decided to pair it with this green bow for a playful study.  For me, this is a  perfect opportunity to explore textures, patterns and shapes plus the interaction of both warm and cool colors.  Here's to some PLAY time!  

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by,

Laura Leeder
Creston, BC *The Heart Of The Kootenays

Saturday, November 30, 2013

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.         
  ~W.T. Ellis






















Kootenay Gallery of Art -120 Heritage Way, Castelgar, BC
Phone:  250-365-3337     www.kootenaygallery.com










©Chrysanthemums ~ A Bowl Of Pure Joy by Laura Leeder
Ltd. Edition Giclee’ Print  #3/100
Retail: $175.00
Framed: 15” x 16.75”
*Available for purchase at the Kootenay Gallery Of Art 
  A selection of my Original Paintings, Giclee Prints, Notecards and Bookmarks
*Over 100 local artists and local craftspeople.  Ends December 24, 2013 




Key City Theatre Art Gallery, 20-14th Avenue North, Cranbrook, BC
The Key City Gallery spans the upper lobby of the theatre.
Phone: 250-426-7006      keycitytheatre.com












©Apple Lace by Laura Leeder
Original Watercolour 
Retail: $195.00 
Framed: 10.75" x 11.5"
*Available for purchase at the Key City Theatre Gallery Cranbrook
 This is one of the 3 paintings of mine that are included in this show and sale. 
* If you are looking for affordable art and unique gifts for the holiday season, check out this show in Cranbrook.  All art if priced under $300 dollars.  The show ends December 20, 2013.  

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend, 

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Creston, BC
*In the heart of the Kootenays! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

One Last Look At August And Our Kootenay Lake Retreat

"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many."  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Although I enjoy every season and always look forward to each, I can't help but feel sad that August has ended and with it summer is fading away and making way for Autumn.  So I am taking one last look at August and our Kootenay Lake Retreat.

















These hydrangeas are from my garden and I just had to bring a few back to the lake with me to enjoy.


















We thoroughly enjoyed our little slice of the wooded park on Kootenay lake that we named Forest Haven.

















An added bonus of having these hanging baskets around our campsite was the hummingbirds they attracted.

















Look up....way up....quite a perspective isn't it?!

















We've enjoyed many walks through the forest.  What an amazing spot this is!

















These daisies are just one of the many wild varieties of flowers that grow in this area.























Kenya enjoyed our morning walks through the forest and then down onto the beach.  Everyday was a new discovery for her.

     















Sigh....even now, I miss the sound of the waves rolling into shore.  I can't wait to get back here!

 















I marveled at the site of this"water art" a mass of old tree stumps and roots.






                 










And this, if you study it long enough, you can see all kinds of characters taking shape.




And last but not least, one of my favorite activities, sitting at the waters edge and dipping our feet into the lake, while watching the boats go by and the eagles soar high in the sky.

And with that I welcome September, the changes of the seasons and all that Autumn has to offer.

I am back in the studio working on some new sketches for my teacup series, a floral still life and another small apple painting.  Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always welcome!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder ~ Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC (the heart of the Kootenays)                                                              

Friday, August 16, 2013

Scenes From A Forest Haven - Summer 2013

"And so, with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."      ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

We found a perfect summer retreat in a forested area along the lake (Kootenay Lake) and enjoyed some warm sunny days there last week.  I thought I'd share a few photos of this idyllic spot with you.  

















©All photos by Laura Leeder, August 2013

Even in a forest one must have flowers.......

















We've named this spot our "forest haven" as we are surrounded by tall fir and larch that sway gently in the breeze and keep us protected from the strong winds that blow in off the lake.
  
This stargazer lily really packs a punch of color and added                                                                  beauty to this forest of green.  The fragrant perfume of this                                                                         lily adds another layer to the overall experience.
Each morning we enjoyed a walk along the beach, soaking                                                                    in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
After some light housekeeping back at camp and an hour                                                               or two of reading, followed by a nap, (for some of us that is)                                                it's back to the beach for some late afternoon sun. 
(oops someone has forgotten Kenya's hat)  
That helps, but my own fits a lot better and now I                                                         feel like I'm on beach patrol!

Fishing the lazy way....(fishing rod far left)

What a wonderful way to spend ones afternoons.  I am feeling                              refreshed and my creative juices are beginning to flow again.                                                            Maybe... just maybe...I'll start a sketch tomorrow and paint                                                             the next day...or the next day...for sure the next day!                                                             

Happy Summer Everyone!
Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC (in the heart of the Kootenays) 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Scenes From The Pink Garden Spa Tea

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as the expectation of something tomorrow.”  ~Orison Swett Marden

The 2013 Pink Garden Spa Tea


©All photos taken by Laura Leeder - July 27, 2013 



















It all starts with a walk down this beautiful garden path. 





















This charming lady (Lynda) knows how to dress for tea!  

















All along the pathway are areas with delightful treasures.






















Every table was set with fine china, flowers and tablecloths trimmed in lace. Each one a different theme.

















There were two seating's-a luncheon and an afternoon high tea.  




The tea station and some of the organizers. 



















These young girls brought out the trays of food and refilled our teacups.


















Displays of fine china and my tea prints were scattered throughout the gardens.






















Me (Laura Leeder) with my display of Ltd. Edition Tea Prints and Notecards.










































































"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt of Hope" given to women who are recovering from cancer treatments as a sign of hope, caring and comfort.  The Pink Ribbon was worn by many women in attendance who were either cancer survivors or supporters. 

 















My painting "Cup Of Hope" went home with a wonderful lady named Joell.  I am embarrassed to admit that I was so delighted it was going to a new home I completely forgot to ask for a photo of Joell with her new painting!!!  

A very big THANK YOU to the Pink Garden Tea Ladies - Debbie, Susan and Cindy!!!  You ladies are amazing!!!!  

We are already thinking ahead to next year's Pink Garden Tea and I am so excited to share with you just a hint of the 2014 paintings theme .....are you ready?    It's CHINTZ!

I have been busy photographing this beautiful set loaned to my by Glory Jacklin.  I haven't decided which photo I will use for my painting, perhaps I will have more than one available!

May your days be filled with sunshine and happiness,
Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC "in the heart of the Kootenays"  
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