Friday, December 23, 2016

Tis The Season.....

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."  ~Norman Vincent Peale
















A very special 'Thank You' to all my visitors of this blog over the past year.  I wish each of you peace, goodwill and happiness this holiday season and in 2017!  

As is my tradition each year,  I'm taking the next few weeks off from all social media.  I will tackle an unfinished project, then I look forward to some "quiet time" to review this past year's achievements and to plan and prepare my goals for the coming year.  And of course, I will be enjoying some extra family time.      
















*created by Laura Leeder with "First Season's Blush" notecard 

See you in 2017! 
Laura Leeder ~ Watercolour Designs

www.lauraleeder.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Meet Abigail - My Newest Floral Painting

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be usefulobelieve to be beautiful."   ~William Morris















Abigail ~ Watercolour Painting with Mixed Media, Dec. 2016
By Laura Leeder


Meet Abigail, the newest painting in my decorative art series.  This floral design was inspired in part by the classic and traditional art designs of the early art deco and victorian periods. Stylized motifs of flowers and leaves were as popular then as they are today.  

These jewel-like flowers are also inspired by the many brooches that I collect. You'll note the inclusion of the pearl-like pattern, a recurring theme in several of my paintings.  It's a nod to this beautiful and precious gemstone that I adore.  


The name Abigail is derived from the Hebrew name "Avigayil" meaning "my father's joy".  I chose this name for its historical reference but also because it sounds sophisticated and timeless and it felt "just right" for this painting which also has a "joyful" feeling to it. 







Abigail Floral Painting
(Mat and Frame not included)

Abigail Floral Notecards

Gift Packaged Set of 6






Thank You for stopping by, enjoy the weekend!
Creatively Yours, Laura Leeder

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Back In The Studio With A Bold Floral Design

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play!  ~Henri Matisse 















I finally managed to carve out some studio time this week and started this bold, floral. I'm using my new Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen for outlining the blossoms and leaves.  I'm working on a 200lb cold press paper and the pen handles it quite nicely.   

This painting style is a wonderful change from my usual process when painting my teacup and still-life paintings.  I tend to work more intuitively on these stylized florals, allowing myself to explore other mediums and taking more risks than I would otherwise.  

Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder

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