Thursday, February 28, 2013

New painting in-progress and Winner Of The Draw Announced!

"An artist finds his happiest combination in a play of complementary colors. They are direct contrasts yet do not jar; they awaken the beholder, but do not disturb him."        
  ~Charles Burchfield




















©Red Roses, Crystal and Tomatoes, Watercolour Painting In-Progress
   Laura Leeder, February 2013

My goal for this week was to complete the still life painting with raku pottery posted earlier this month and start a new sketch.  Well, I started the new sketch and then I just couldn't stop!  I began by exploring several color options for the background.  Using the backs of practise paintings (okay, failed attempts) I played with several colors and ideas. In the end, I chose to do a complimentary background using 3 shades of greens.  These colors were not blended on the palette but allowed to mingle directly onto the watercolour paper. On impulse, I then sprayed water onto the paper and sprinkled an ample amount of salt across the wet paper as well.  I then crossed my fingers and waiting anxiously for the background to dry.  (A rather risky chance to take when you are working against a deadline!!)  

As I charged in the various greens I tried to think about their placement in relation to the tomatoes and roses.  I sometimes feel that the background is accomplished more through luck than planning or execution!!  Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to start dropping in paint with my eyes closed yet!!   My one concern is the leaves in the vase.  The actual leaves are red veined and I plan to paint these leaves a deeper red overall.  I am hopeful that this will give the separation needed from my multi textured green background!  

AND NOW....ON TO THE WINNER OF THE GICLEE PRINT!! 

Congratulations goes to Morgen Bordati!

ENTER to WIN this print!
©Dance Of Joy, Giclee Print by Laura Leeder



I've contacted Morgen and she is thrilled to be receiving "Dance Of Joy".  Morgen has informed me that this print is going to make a wonderful gift for her mother.  How great is that?!



A very special thanks to all of you who commented on the blog and/or took the time to "LIKE" my artist page on facebook.  You will have another opportunity to receive a gift from me later this spring as I will be offering another "give-away"!!!   So stay tuned and check back often!

THANK YOU EVERYONE, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!



Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, February 22, 2013

Peonies-Vibrant, Hardy, Fragrant

"Vision, Uncertainty, and Knowledge of Materials are inevitability's that all artists must acknowledge and learn from: vision is always ahead of execution, knowledge of materials is your contact with reality, and uncertainty is a virtue."  ~David Bayles






















©Pink Perfection-Peony Blossoms, February 2013
   Laura Leeder

I started this painting quite some time ago; but, due to my lack of planning (my eagerness to start painting these blossoms), I quickly hit a roadblock of uncertainty.  With exhibition deadlines looming, I was forced to set it aside and work on other paintings. I recently pulled it out again and after wrestling with how to resolve what I considered to be the problems, I finally managed to complete it! 

These blossoms are from my own garden.  They have been dug up and moved many times over the years and each time they punish me for a season by producing no blossoms.  By the following season I am forgiven and they once again tempt me with their large, beautiful, fragrant blossoms. 

These ancient flowers have been known to outlive people, thriving for a hundred years or more!  They embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.  

The size of this painting is 19.25" x 15.25" and will be included in "Summer In The Kootenays", a group art show and sale this coming April.  (see 2013 Events Page)  

Draw Date for FREE PRINT of DANCE WITH JOY is February 28th,2012
To ENTER your NAME in the draw for a chance to win this print, leave a comment on my blog post, and/or LIKE my artist page on facebook.  Do both and your name goes into the draw twice!

Leave a comment on each new blog post for an additional chance to win.
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Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend! 
Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Makers and Artisans of the Kootenays on Etsy

"Painting is a companion with whom one may walk a great part of life's journey."   ~ Winston Churchill

MAKE Team - Makers and Artisans of the Kootenays on Etsy





















©February 2012, kootenay artist-Laura Leeder....in the studio

"The handmade lives of artists and makers living in the Kootenays"


A day in the life of a kootenay artist 

We arrived in the Kootenays (Creston) 7 years ago from Edmonton, AB. In the previous 15 years we enjoyed a yearly summer drive through the area on our way to the coast to visit family and friends. We loved the Kootenay region in particular and always looked forward to our drive along the Kootenay Lake, and an overnight stay at Ainsworth Hot Springs. As a part time, hobby painter, I enjoyed stopping and admiring the work of all the artisans along the way......

Read the full feature article here......
MAKE Team, Etsy  
Published February 16, 2013 by Morgen Bordati

MY ETSY SHOP: www.etsy.com/shop/lauraleedersart


ENTER TO WIN a giclee' print of Dance With Joy
Draw Date is February 28th,2012
To ENTER your NAME in the draw for a chance to win this print, leave a comment on my blog post, and/or LIKE my artist page on facebook.  Do both and your name goes into the draw twice!

LIKE my artist page on facebook for an additional chance to win.
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Thank You for stopping by, have a great week.
Laura Leeder
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I'm Dreaming Of White Roses, Pottery,Birds And Lace

"Even when there is an overall plan, an artist may still get a better idea of his or her intention as the process unfolds."  ~Peggy Hadden

















©February 2013, Laura Leeder, Watercolour In-Progress, Step 4

The work on this painting came to a halt last week while I searched in vain for just the right hue and value of brown needed on my vase.  Then my order of art supplies arrived and in it was a tube of paint ordered in error that turned out to be a perfect solution to my dilemma!






















©Laura Leeder, close up of painting in-progress, Step 4


The tube of paint ordered in error is "Burnt Tigers Eye Genuine" by Daniel Smith paints.  With a name like that how could I resist opening up the tube?  As I sampled it on my paper I quickly realized it would be a good balance to the intense blue on the vase.  At full strength it is a rich, warm, sedimentary brown.  It granulates beautifully and when dry has a hint of luster from the tigers eye.  How perfect for this pottery vase! 















*I am giving away a giclee' print of Dance With Joy

Draw Date is February 28th,2012
To ENTER your NAME in the draw for a chance to win this print, leave a comment on my blog post, and/or LIKE my artist page on facebook.  Do both and your name goes into the draw twice!

Leave a comment on each new blog post for an additional chance to win.

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Have a joyful week, 
Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here's A Gift From The Heart From Me To You!


"A new month arrives with its excitement and promise of something new. February, the perfect month to weave both love and gratitude into our days, giving thanks for each of our creative excursions. Let your spirit sing as you nurture and embrace the gifts within. There is nothing more beautiful."                                          
     ~Linda Ellefson, President, Creston Art Club 



HAPPY FEBRUARY!!!  






















©2012, Laura Leeder, Dance Of Joy, Ltd. Edition Giclee Print

February is the month to CELEBRATE happiness, healthy hearts and that someone special! So, here's a gift from the heart from me to you!

I am offering you a chance to win Dance With Joy. The above fine art print of my original watercolor painting.  This print pulsates with color!  I can almost hear the drums beating in the background as the hearts glow and move to the beat.   Dance Of Joy is high energy and pure happiness.   (Size 10.5" x 10.5")

Draw Date is February 28th,2012
To ENTER your NAME in the draw for a chance to win this print, please leave a comment on my blog post, and/or LIKE my artist page on facebook.  Do both and your name goes in the draw twice!

Leave a comment on each new blog post for an addition chance to win.

LIKE my artist page on facebook for an additional chance to win.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Leeder-artist/302848629743774

SHARE this post on facebook for an addition chance to win.

That's it!  Good Luck and THANK YOU for visiting!!

From a grateful heart,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC

p.s.  At the start of each month, Linda Ellefson the president of our local Art Club sends out a thoughtfully created and inspiring message to all members.  Linda has kindly allowed me to share these here.   Many thanks Linda!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Creston Valley Newspaper Features Artist Laura Leeder

"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."  ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thursday, January 31, 2013                



©Creston Valley Advance Article
   By Lorne Eckersley

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lorne Eckersley, publisher of the Creston Valley Advance to share my process and passion for painting along with my journey to where I am today.  

The interview is featured in this weeks "Meet Your Maker" article of the newspaper. 

The article photo is an earlier step of this painting that I am currently working on.   
















©February 1, 2013, Painting-In-Progress, Step 3 
   By Laura Leeder 

If you have a subscription to the Advance you can read the full article on line here: http://www.crestonvalleyadvance.ca/

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Visit my website: www.lauraleeder.com

THANK YOU for stopping by, your comments are always welcome.
Wishing you a very Happy February!  Please check back next week for a SPECIAL offer as I celebrate my gratitude to everyone whose has helped and  encouraged me on this watercolour journey.   

From a grateful heart,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist
Creston, BC
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