Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pearl Blossoms ~ My Newest Painting At The Fernie Arts Station

Half of the pleasure of painting and feeling the joy of the creative act is sharing it with others and the feeling of connection. It could just be the colour. But it is something that someone other than you has seen and felt. It is momentous. It is magic.  
~ Sara Genn




















©Pearl Blossoms, Watercolour & Ink, 2015
   By Laura Leeder (part of a new show and sale at the Fernie Arts Station) 

May has been a whirlwind of activity.  I've been busy in the studio completing new paintings for upcoming art shows and galleries and shops opening for the summer tourist season.  

The above painting is just one of several included in an exhibit with artists Eileen Gidman and Win Dinn at the Fernie, BC Arts Station titled "On The Wall - Off The Wall".  If you're in the area please join us for our opening reception Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm.  The show continues through to June 22, 2015. 






















I am also participating in a new art show at the Creston Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. 
(more local artists are also on display in the Creston Library).  Be sure to check out both locations!    



















©Best Wishes, Watercolour & Ink, 2015 
   By Laura Leeder (part of a new show and sale at the Creston Chamber Of Commerce) 

If you are traveling through the Creston Valley this summer be sure to put these locations on your 
"list of places to see".  The exhibits change every two months and are on-going throughout the year.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week!
Best Wishes, Laura Leeder ~ Creston Valley Artist


Saturday, May 16, 2015

I've Just Completed My Newest Rose In The Vintage Series

The eye loves repetition, but does not want to be bored. It likes familiarity, but needs surprises.  ~Edith Bergstrom


©Vintage Rose Kissed In Gold, Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic
By Laura Leeder, May 2015 

Vintage Rose Kissed In Gold is my newest rose painting in the vintage series.  I wanted this one to have a softly aged patina and the feeling of warm golden sunshine.  So I've chosen a palette of yellows, greens and blues with yellow being the dominant colour.  

In the initial background wash I charged in a mixture of the above colours with just a touch of red.  I left them to mingle on the surface and while wet I spritzed the wc paper with gold metallic paint and sprinkled on salt.  I allowed this to dry and was pleased to see a close version of my "aged patina" that I had envisioned in my mind.  






















©Vintage Rose In Marsala, Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic
By Laura Leeder, May 2015 

As you can see from the image of the first vintage rose painting above, they are very similar, yet different. 

Both paintings were dropped off at my framer's yesterday and will be included in the local Eastshore Artwalk along the Kootenay Lake in June through September 2015.

And now back to packaging notecards and mailing orders.  

Note: New notecards of these paintings will be available for purchase very soon.  

Shop for my current notecards on-line here and here

Have a wonderful weekend and THANK YOU for stopping by!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spring Pleasures ~ A New Vintage Rose In The Works

"With repetition, the alternate approaches become clear, options open." 
 ~Robert Genn






















Vintage Rose Kissed In Gold, Watercolour In-Progress
By Artist Laura Leeder, May 2015

After completing last week's vintage rose I found myself thinking about other ways I could have approached the rose painting and as a result I have started another "vintage rose".  I wanted this one to have a softly aged patina and the feeling of warm golden sunshine.  So I've chosen a palette of yellows, greens and blues with yellow being the dominant colour.  

I've used the rose blossom,upper buds and lower leaves of the original design.  I've sketched in a slightly different pattern of small buds, flowers and seed pods around the blossom.  And now to decide on the colour choices for these......

Roses are just one of those flowers that you can paint over and over again and no two will ever look the same.  

I think this quote by George B. Leonard says it best:   

"Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes."

 Do you have a favorite theme that you like to repeat in your paintings?  

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!  I'm planning to work in my yard, and plant some flowers and maybe a day trip to the lake to relax at the waters edge. 

And to all the Mom's ~Happy Mother Day!

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist


My website: www.lauraleeder.com
My Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 Spring Floral Painting ~ Vintage Rose In Marsala

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child






















Vintage Rose In Marsala, Watercolour, Ink & Acrylic
By Laura Leeder, May 2015 

"Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months." ~Leatrice Eiseman

In this stylized, floral painting, I'm taking my cue from the colors forecasted for Spring 2015 by pantone.   Soft, cool hues with touches of warm earthy neutrals.  The suggested rosebuds and berries are commonly seen in Victorian designs and  folk art.  It seemed fitting to include them here.

 Marsala~"Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul."

The color Marsala is not only showing up for spring but is also reported to be the fashion forward color of the year for 2015. 

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you will take some time to stop and smell the roses, get outside and putter around in your garden, take a walk in the countryside and enjoy all the colors that spring has to offer!

Creatively Yours, 
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist

My website: www.lauraleeder.com
My Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/lauraleedersart 

And if you are in the Creston area, please take in the new art shows by local artists of the valley at both the Creston Public Library and the Chamber Of Commerce.

 
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